Here at KLGadgetGuy, we've covered the high-end and the mid-range variants of Nvidia's GeForce 10 Series of graphics card. So it is only fitting that we should touch upon the entry level offering that Nvidia has. With that in mind, allow me to introduce to you the ASUS's GeForce GTX 1050-2G graphics card, the company's vanilla version of the GTX 1050. So how does this graphics card fare? Read on to find out.
Size-wise, the GTX 1050-2G is a very compact card. Measuring at a mere 19.2cm in length, this graphics card is small enough that it'll fit in almost any case size available. The overall design of the card is pretty simple as well, with a race car-like cooler sitting on top of the PCB itself. Flipping over to the back, you'll notice that the card doesn't come with a backplate.
For output, the GTX 1050-2G comes with a DVI port, a HDMI port and a DisplayPort. The card doesn't come with any power connectors, meaning that it draws power directly from the motherboard itself.
Test Bench Hardware Specifications
ASUS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050-2G Specifications
Unigine Valley Benchmarks
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
So here's the deal with the GeForce 1050-2G. As one can expect from an entry level graphics card, you won't be able to ramp up the settings is some of the more resource intensive games on the market at 1080p. The card can handle popular games such as Dota 2, Hearthstone and Overwatch on High settings with a framerate above 60FPS. Impressively, the GTX 1050-2G is even able to run Battlefield 1 at High settings with an average framerate of 60FPS. That being said, the Frostbite engine is a marvel of programming, so the card's performance can partially be attributed to it.
Once you move on to other games though, the performance becomes more in line with expectations. For Hitman, the card manages to clock in an average FPS of 60 on Medium and 49 on High. For Mankind Divided, the card manages a 49.8FPS average on Medium, and a 33.7FPS average on High.
On the temperature side of things, the ASUS cooler that comes with the card manages to keep it cool even under heavy load. The maximum temperature recording that was detected is 78 degrees celsius, while the average temperature sits at 65 degrees celsius. The fan runs pretty silent as well as I did not hear any obvious whirling of the fan coming from my CPU.
In summary, the ASUS GeForce GTX 1050-2G is an entry-level graphics card that is perfect for those that just want to play their video games at 1080p without needing to max out all the graphical settings. The card is also good for non-hardcore gamers that plays only Dota 2, Overwatch and FIFA.
The one thing I will say that worries me about this card is its longevity. With only 2GB of VRAM to its name, I expect this card to struggle with newer games as the year goes on. If you're looking to get a card that will last you for a while, I'd recommend skipping this card and opt for the 1050 TI instead.
- Performs well for standard 1080p gaming
- Small enough to fit almost any casing
- The card doesn't seem to have good long term prospects