This Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 review is based on the Gigabyte Windforce OC Edition. I am personally using this graphic card for the past 5 months on my Ryzen based computer system. This review will be based on the Price, Performance, Noise and Temperature of the card. This card was listed in my Best Budget Gaming PC article. So without further ado, let’s jump right in.
At the price of $ 109, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 falls into the entry-level card category usually bought by casual gamers. It is the direct competitor of the AMD Radeon RX 460 and both cards perform on an average of 10% difference performance depending on differing games. So it depends on your preference of team green or team red to choose which card to buy. In my case, I previously went for AMD and was satisfied with it but I wanted to try Nvidia for once and I can honestly say that they both are great Graphic card manufacturers. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. For users with a tight budget like me, I strongly recommend this graphic card. But if you have about $40 more to spare, I would suggest to buy the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI instead.
My computer system has a dual monitor setup with both monitors at 1080p and this card has been handling anything I have thrown at it without a fuss. If you only will be gaming on 1080 resolution, I wouldn’t advise you to buy a more expensive graphics card than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050. I’ve played some esports games such as : Rocket League, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, DOTA 2, and Paladins all available through Steam. The best feature I tested was when I could play Rocket League on a dual monitor display with my brother where each one of us had our own monitor to play from ! For these games you can expect to have up to 120 FPS with graphic settings maxed out.
For triple A games like Battlefield 1, Far Cry Primal and others, you can expect to have 25-30 FPS on ultra settings or 60 FPS on High to Medium settings. Regarding, everyday activities such as video viewing and overall performance, this card is perfect, no bottleneck whatsoever.
Noise and Temperature
While gaming, the card maximum temperature went up to 70°c which is not alarming at all thanks to the double fan setup by Gigabyte. Even for long gaming sessions, the temperature seems to be stable while overclocking. The noise is barely noticeable as I always play with sound on so it never bothers me. When not gaming, the fan is turned off most of the time and temperatures not exceeding 40°c.