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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming motherboards leak

Intel's X299 platform is coming and we all know what that means, hardware leaks. Today, thanks to Videocardz, we can have a look at Gigabyte's X299 Aorus Gaming series of motherboards, coming with plenty of new features and an insane number of M.2 slots.

Looking below at the X299 Aorus Gaming 9, we can see that Gigabyte has gone a little RGB crazy, including RGB illuminated RAM slots, PCIe slots, heatsinks, IO covers and even an RGB illuminated rear IO. This is easily the largest number of RGB elements that we have ever seen on a single motherboard, offering users with a lot of illumination options. Let's hope that end users have the ability to disable some of these LED at will if they desire a more stealthy system.   

We can see that Intel X299 socket is a similar size to their older X99 socket, which makes sense given the fact that they support the same cooler mounting solutions. We can also see that X299 still supports 4-channel DDR4 memory, with the board also supporting three M.2 slots, all of which support large M.2 heatsinks.   

Below we can also see the Aorus Gaming 7, which offers similar features as the Gaming 9 but lacks the rear IO RGB illumination and lacks M.2 coolers for the top two M.2 slots.

We can also see some changes to several components on the motherboard, including different capacitors around the motherboard's audio section as well as other subtle changes on different locations on the motherboard from changed buttons/switches to different capacitor brands and placements.
Moving down to the Gaming 3 we can see a lot of hardware changes, like the move from dual 8-pin power connections to a single 8-pin power as well as less RGB components all over the motherboard.

With the Aorus Gaming 3, we have less reinforced PCIe slots and no RGB LEDs between this motherboard's RAM slots and the removal of this motherboard's third M.2 slot which is present under the chipset heatsink on Gigabyte's Gaming 7 and 9 motherboards. We can also see some clear changes fo this motherboard's audio section as well as a removal of the USB 3.1 front panel header that is present on the Gaming 7.
Intel's X299 platform is expected to launch at Computex, which is set to officially start on May 30th. Here Intel is expected to launch their first i9 series CPUs, which are rumoured to offer up to 12 CPU cores.
Originally reported by OC3D

Friday, 26 May 2017

Kingston Introduces KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD

Kingston Introduces KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD to Meet the Most Demanding Data Needs of SSD Enthusiasts

•    Up to 290,000 IOPS; Capacities Up to 960GB
•    Ultimate Storage Upgrade for HD Video, PC Enthusiasts, Gaming and More

Mumbai,India –May26, 2017 –Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products,today announced KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD.Shipping in mid-June, the M.2 NVMe™ PCIe SSD is over 2x faster than SATA-based SSDs and over 40x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive. KC1000 is built for the power user, providing the ultimate, low-latency performance boost for resource-demanding applications including high-resolution video editing, data visualization, gaming and other data intensive workload environments where traditional storage solutions are unable to keep pace with data demand. 

The demands of today’s performance power users are constantly being put to the test as new data-intensive applications push the boundaries of what can be achieved with even the market’s high performance professional workstations and most powerful gaming rigs.KC1000 is the perfect solution to meet the needs of media and design professionals, gaming enthusiasts and anyone who needs ultra-low latency storage performance to end data bottlenecks. This native NVMe device offers one of the industry’s most powerful storage solutions for high-resolution content delivery, virtual reality applications, accelerated game play or a competitive edge for the creative professional on tight deadlines.

KC1000 delivers up to 290,000 IOPS and will ship in mid-June in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The high-performance SSD supports the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and the latest NVMe protocol. KC1000 provides accelerated boot and load speeds and increases sequential read/write performance, as well as offering improved endurance and energy efficiency. It is perfect for users seeking instant, breakthrough performance improvements for:
  • High-resolution video editing
  • Virtual and augmented reality applications
  • CAD software applications
  • Streaming media
  • Graphically intensive video games
  • Data visualization
  • Real-time analytics
KC1000 is backed by a limited five-year warranty and legendary Kingston support.For more information, please visit

Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD Features and Specifications:

•    Form Factor: M.2 2280
•    Interface: NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 Lanes
•    Capacities1: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
•    Controller: Phison PS5007-E7
•    NAND: MLC
•    Sequential Read/Write2:
240GB: up to 2700/900MB/s
480GB, 960GB: up to 2700/1600MB/s
•    Maximum 4K Read/Write2:
240GB: up to 225,000/190,000 IOPS
480GB, 960GB: up to 290,000/190,000 IOPS
•    Random 4K Read/Write2:
240GB, 480GB: up to 190,000/160,000 IOPS
960GB: up to 190,000/165,000 IOPS
•    PCMARK®Vantage HDD Suite Score: 150,000
•    Total Bytes Written (TBW)3:
240GB: 300TB and .70 DWPD5
480GB: 550TB and .64 DWPD5
960GB: 1PB and .58 DWPD5
•    Power Consumption: .11W Idle / .99W Avg / 4.95W (MAX) Read / 7.40W (MAX)
•    Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
•    Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C
•    Dimensions:
80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (M.2)
180.98mm x 120.96mm x 21.59mm (with HHHL AIC – standard bracket)
181.29mm x 80.14mm x 23.40mm (with HHHL AIC – low-profile bracket)
•    Weight:
10g (M.2)
76g (with HHHL AIC – standard bracket)
69g (with HHHL AIC – low-profile bracket)
•    Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
•    Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (20-1000Hz)
•    MTBF: 2,000,000
•    Warranty/support4: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

Kingston can be found on:


About Kingston Technology
Kingston Technology is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for computers, digital cameras and mobile devices. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, China and sales representatives in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, India,Taiwan, China, and Latin America. For more information, please visit

Thursday, 25 May 2017

MSI releases the Z270 GODLIKE GAMING Motherboard

MSI releases world’s most feature packed & powerful Z270 motherboard: Z270 GODLIKE GAMING

World's first motherboard with Killer xTend and ASMedia 3142 USB 3.1 Gen2

MSI, the leading gaming motherboard brand, is proud to announce the all-new Z270 GOLDIKE GAMING motherboard. As the pinnacle of GAMING in terms of design, performance and features, the new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING raises the bar once again for motherboard development. With plenty of world’s first and exclusive technologies such as Killer™ xTend and the new ASMedia 3142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller, the new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard closely follows the GODLIKE standard.
"With our continuous strive to push the gaming industry forward, we are excited to once again work close with Rivet to be world’s first motherboard brand to launch Killer™ xTend on our new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING. With GODLIKE at the heart of a gaming rig, it allows it to act as a Killer fueled router to pass on and strengthen the internet signals, with lower latency, offering the best online experience when gaming on LAN or WIFI. Like GODLIKE GAMING, Killer’s new technology is packed with new cutting-edge technologies, such as their exclusive gaming bandwidth management. The MSI and Killer gaming experience has now been expanded throughout the complete household." Ted Hung – MSI Motherboard, Desktops Sales & Marketing Director

One Board to rule them All:


Turn your PC into a gaming Router: World’s first motherboard with Killer™ xTend

As an exclusive, the new GODLIKE adapts the Killer™ xTend technology as well and delivers powerful network extension capabilities by integrating a network switch that includes 3 Killer Ethernet ports and a Killer Wireless-AC module as a Wi-Fi extender. This allows the GODLIKE GAMING to provide the network access to other nearby wired and wireless devices with a strong, powerful network connection. Gamers no longer need to mess with switches and network extenders that are expensive and difficult to configure – instead they can use Killer’s innovative new xTend Technology to connect devices such as gaming consoles, smart phones, and tablets directly to your gaming PC. The Killer xTend keeps your games, voice, and video fast and smooth because high priority traffic on the Killer PC is prioritized above the traffic from connected devices. Killer xTend also delivers amazing throughput to your home – with potential throughput up to 1 Gbps for each Killer E2500 plus another 867 Mbps for the Killer Wi-Fi module.

World’s fastest USB 3.1 Gen2 solution: ASMedia ASM3142

MSI is proud to be in a continuing and close relationship with ASMedia in helping develop the next generation USB controllers. Its latest addition, the brand-new ASMedia ASM3142 USB 3.1 controller, is the world’s fastest USB solution and will be the new standard for super-fast data transfer over USB. Z270 GODLIKE GAMING is world’s first motherboard to feature this new ASM3142 controller. While the current Lightning ASMedia ASM2142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller, running at PCIe Gen3 x2 (16Gb/s), already offers the fastest USB 3.1 performance in the market, the next generation Lightning ASMedia ASM3142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller chip enhances performance and achieves higher energy efficiency, consuming at least 50% less energy than former USB solutions.

MSI and Phanteks team up to bundle a Rainbow LED Strip with separate color control

X99A GODLIKE GAMING was world’s first motherboard to introduce RGB LED on motherboards. Z270 GODLIKE GAMING takes it to another level. Through closely working with the word’s best component brands to seamlessly sync RGB products, Z270 GODLIKE GAMING offers perfect Mystic Light Sync integration. To showcase this, the Z270 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard comes with the brand-new Phanteks Rainbow Strip with multiple colors to further personalize any gaming rig and enahnce the experience for gamers and modders around the globe. With 15 high quality LEDs, which can be controlled independently, combined with a new 4pin pin-header, you can show different colors on the LED strip at the same time.

Other GODLIKE GAMING features

The new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard also offers the purest audio solution with AUDIO BOOST 4 XTREME. With a fully isolated audio circuitry using a high quality ESS DAC and 2x dedicated audio processors, Audio Boost 4 Xtreme allows for the most immersive gaming experience and ability to use headphones and speakers at the same time.

More features include front USB 3.1 Gen2 type C, 3 x Turbo M.2 with patented M.2 Shield, onboard Turbo U.2 with Steel Armor and much more. Dominate your opponents with this unique piece of divinity. The new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard is the best motherboard we have ever made.
As a world leading gaming brand, MSI's aim is to become the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. We stand by our principles of breakthroughs in design, the pursuit of excellence, and technological innovation as we have continued to raise the bar for ourselves and have accomplished a great deal of pioneering work in the industry. For more product information, please go to

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Corsair keeps the light show going with more fan and lighting controllers

Light up your PC

For those of you who want to level up your LED skills, Corsair today announced a bunch of new products that will have you do exactly that. Among them are new Link fan and lighting controllers, along with a new series of RGB cooling fans.

The big new release is Corsair's Commander Pro. It's a decked out fan controller that puts you in command of up to six 4-pin PWM fans, which you can adjust from a dead stop on up to maximum speed (and anything in between). You can also use programmable fan curves.
In addition to adjusting fan speed, the Commander Pro includes RGB lighting channels to put you in charge of the light show. It also boasts four thermistor inputs to draw temperature data from anywhere in your system. This allows you to program fan speeds and lighting effects to respond to different thermal conditions, such as illuminating shades of red as certain sections heat up.

Finally, Corsair equipped its Commander Pro with a couple of USB 2.0 headers so that you can attacked other Link products, such as certain model power supplies and liquid coolers.

Corsair also announced its Lighting Node Pro that looks like a smaller version of the Commander Pro. It's used strictly for controller lighting effects, both from RGB fans and dedicated RGB lighting strips.

Lastly, Corsair rolled out a new HD140 RGB fan. It has a dozen individually addressable LEDs for 360 degrees of RGB lighting. The 4-pin PWM fan also has thin fan blades and a hydraulic bearing for low noise operation.

The Commander Pro ($70), Lighting Node Pro ($60), and HD140 RGB fan ($35) are all available now direct from Corsair.

Cooler Master tweaks Cosmos II to celebrate two decades of case design

A far cry from beige cases of yesteryear

Companies such as Cooler Master are a big reason why computer cases have morphed from beige boxes with sharp edges and a taste for blood to a wide variety of styles available today. While this makes us feel old, Cooler Master's been around for a quarter of a century. To celebrate the occasion, it's offering up a revised version of its Cosmos II.

The main difference between the new Cosmos II 25th Anniversary Edition and the original model is the addition of two curved tempered glass side panels. As shown in the picture above, both swing open in an attempt to mimic a luxury car.

"Innovation is Cooler Master's legacy, brought to life once more with these massive tempered glass panels, the first of their kind. These beautifully crafted panels blend seamlessly with the sophisticated contours of the case and give a smooth look inside the case to show off your build," Cooler Master says.
If you already own a Cosmos II and are enamored by the curved panels, Cooler Master says it will happily sell you just the doors as a separate retail product starting in the third quarter of this year, though it did not say for how much.

Other than the side panels, the Anniversary Edition has an updated design with two brushed aluminum handles and a soft brushed aluminum sheen on the front and top panels. There is also a control panel hidden underneath a sliding panel cover and hot swappable drive bays sitting behind a sliding front panel.
Cooler Master avoided the temptation to inject RGB lighting into its Anniversary Edition chassis. In place of that, the case comes with a 200mm blue LED fan in the front and a magnetic blue LED to offer a discrete blue glow from behind the tinted side panels.

The Cosmos II 25th Anniversary Edition will be available in Europe at the end of June for €349. Cooler Master did not say when it will ship to the U.S. or for how much, though a straight conversion works out to around $390.

Monday, 22 May 2017

This liquid cooling kit gives your empty drive bays a purpose

Make use of those empty optical drive bays

Its been like ages since I and most of you out there used that optical drive for anything & I mean anything. While not completely obsolete, the market for optical drives isn't what it once was. With that in mind, EK has a new line of liquid coolers that make use of your case's empty 5.25-inch drive bays. That's assuming your case even has optical drive bays to begin with.

EK's new Gaming series kits, or G kits for short, come in three different radiator sizes, those being 240mm, 280mm, and 360mm. The smaller of the two feature two cooling fans, while the largest one has three fans.

Other than the size of the radiator and number (and size) of the accompanying cooling fans, all three kits are the same. Each one features a universal CPU water block that fits all modern CPU sockets (including AMD's new AM4 socket for Ryzen) with tool-less installation, and all three come with a plexiglass reservoir that occupies two 5.25-inch drive bays.

"This type of design makes the use of 5.25-inch drive bay slots in order to provide efficient air flow and more room for other components when facing limited space constraints," EK says.

The reservoir also sports an integrated Xylem D5 PWM water pump that pushes coolant through two meters of transparent tubing that comes with the package. You also get six advanced compression fittings that are made of nickel, and a 100mL bottle of CryoFuel clear concentrate that needs to be dilluted with 900mL of distilled water (not included).

In addition to users with free 5.25-inch drive bays, EK says its Gaming series is ideally suited for users with limited liquid cooling experience.

"The majority of components are pre-assembled, resulting in quick and painless installation procedure. Once installed, these kits are a full custom loop solution. They can be upgraded with additional water blocks, for example, GPU water blocks and components, such as additional radiators," EK says. "If you are cooling your rig with air, and dreaming about liquid cooling, these kits will make your transition to this elite club as easy as possible!"

Pricing has been set at €290 for the G240 kit, €300 for the G280 kit, and €315 for the G360 kit.

Asus teases Ryzen ROG notebook

Full reveal at Computex 2017, starting May 30

With Computex 2017 just around the corner, various tech companies are gearing up to reveal their latest and greatest. Last week, AMD lifted the lid on Ryzen Mobile, a set of new CPUs for laptops. Now we've got a teaser video on the Asus Republic of Gamers YouTube channel. The first consumer Ryzen laptop is apparently on the way.

The video shows the Ryzen logo with a ROG branded laptop in the middle, with the words "Something has awakened" flashing beneath. Below the video, the caption reads: "Something BIG is coming your way! Can you guess what it is? #JointheRepublic #Computex 2017." Yes, Asus, we can guess what it is.

Ryzen Mobile will apparently consist of APUs that pair AMD's Zen processor architecture with the company's Vega GPU architecture. Or Asus might just use a CPU-only variant with a discrete Vega GPU, since both should be announced at Computex. Final specs are still unknown, as well as the actual availability, other than sometime this summer.

Since the Asus ROG branded hardware targets gamers, we imagine the notebook will have pretty beefy specs. This is also the first time in many years where AMD could have a mobile GPU that actually competes well against Nvidia's best mobile offerings. 100-125W Vega with a 45W Ryzen chip would make for a lovely all-AMD solution.

Computex 2017 will take place in Taipei from May 30 until June 3, so we'll have to wait until then for all the details.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming Review

Nvidia took the market by storm with its Pascal graphics cards that brought out an unprecedented performance to power consumption ratio! With the mighty Titan X sitting on top of the mountain as the ultimate fancy of every gamer, the GTX 1080 followed by the GTX 1070 fuel the mid to high end market. While the GTX 1060 6GB and the recent 3GB edition are great cards the budget market was still craving for a Pascal card aimed strictly at 1080p gaming and nothing  more.
The answer came in the form of the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050Ti the bottom most step on the Pascal ladder. I know its late but I couldn't resist myself from reviewing one more of the GTX 1050Tis out there especially if its the finest looking one of them all. Today we'll be reviewing the Gigabyte GTX 1050Ti Gaming G1 OC Edition Graphics Card from Gigabyte India and also be adding the final piece of the puzzle to our GTX 1050Tis review lineup!

Just like the reference GTX 1050Ti this card even packs up to 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit GDDR5 memory interface topped up by a 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM. Gigabyte GTX 1050Ti Gaming G1 is the top of the line card in its segment and comes with a custom PCB, the signature dual fan setup called Windforce 2X and a 6-pin PCIe power connector to aid in reaching its clock frequency of 1367Mhz. The memory is at stock frequency of 1752Mhz though.

Packing and Closer Look

Packing wise the Gigabyte GTX 1050Ti Gaming G1 OC is similar to its smaller cousins and follows the same color scheme as the entire Gigabyte VGA lineup. Front is mainly occupied by the Gigabyte Gaming G1 eye logo which is all orange and lit, don't worry this one won't stare in your soul! Vital information such as RGB support, windforece cooling, OC edition etc are mentioned neatly at the bottom left corner.

At the back we have two main features printed quite boldly as if Gigabyte wants you to nail them inside your head. Firstly about the Windforce2X cooling solution and how it works along with the fans and the whole heatsink installation. Secondly we have the GPU Gauntlet sorting system which basically means that Gigabyte has handpicked or binned the GPU to ensure higher clock speed both by default and by manual overclocking for sustainable and richer performance, we'll see to the overclocking part ourselves later on though.

Open the box and you'll find the accessories inside a thin black box seated above the molded cardboard containing the card. The bundled accessories include, driver CD and a quick setup guide. Sadly there are no decals included which I was expecting from a top tier card.

Closer Looks and Features

Gigabyte has opted for the familiar color scheme that it came out with for the 10 series graphics card and looks nothing less than premium from the sheer looks itself. Its a tiny card though measuring in at just 229x118x40mm.

The color scheme is black with orange which is really catchy and gives the card a distinctive yet colorful look. Top shroud is angular at places inspired from the stealth design of airplanes I suppose with a combination of smooth & textured plastic.

At the back its not only surprising to find a solid backplate which is uncommon for such small cards but its more so angular and colored to gel in with the entire color and design theme of the card! Also there is no warranty void sticker at the back screws making it an ideal card for people who indulge into DIY hobbies or modding.
While the backplate does add a ton of aesthetics appeal it is a bit unnecessary over here and could've been avoided to cut down on the extra cost sweetening the deal further on.

Its a dual slot card & looking at the connectivity options we see that its a dual slot card with a DVI port, three HDMI port, and one DisplayPort. The HDMI port is 2.0b and the Display Ports are 1.3 HBR3/1.4 HDR ready. All this especially the three HDMI ports make it one of the most loaded card in terms of connectivity.

To power this nifty little power house you need a 6-pin power connector so theoretically this card can reach upto 150W of peak power consumption which indicated to a promising overclocking headroom! No SLI support is provided for the GTX 1050 Ti

Also at the top end there are two LED back lit areas namely as the Gigabyte Logo and the Fan Stop indicator. While the Gigabyte Logo is always on by default the Fan Stop indicator is only lit when the fans are off either by the user or by the default settings. You can customize these LEDs to the color of your choice as well as determine the pattern in which they'll glow like pulsating, still, breathing, random colors etc,

The Windforce2X cooling system incorporates dual 90mm alternate-spinning fans with the unique blade design and two 6mm composite copper heat pipes in direct touch to the GPU, keeping the card cool and quiet even when aggressively overclocked.

Gigabyte claims that the airflow is spilt by the triangle fan edge, and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, effectively enhancing the air flow by 23% over traditional fans. These '3D Active Fans' fans don't spin at all as long as the temperatures are under 60°C after which they gradually spin wrt the temperature.

At the center we have the GP107 Pascal GPU based on the newer 14nm technology unlike the 16nm on which all other Pascal GPUs are based upon.

To power the GTX 1050Ti Gigabyte went for Samsung GDDR5 memory chips and are model number K4G80325FB-HC28. These run at 1750 MHz (7000 MHz GDDR5 effective) and are 1GB each in capacity.

Benchmarks and Overclocking 

Installing the Gigabyte GTX 1050Ti Gaming G1 was easy and it powered up like a breeze once we booted up the system.
GPUZ reported the correct frequencies with 1367Mhz on the clock and 1752Mhz on the memory.
For the benchmarks we used the following test setup configuration --
CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K 4.2Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z270X Designare
RAM: ADATA XPG Dazzle 16GB DDR4 3000Mhz Memory Kit
Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX (Push Pull Configuration)
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4GB OC
Storage: ADATA XPG SX950 240GB SSD
Power Supply: Corsair AX860i 860W 80+ Platinum
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
GPU Driver: ForceWare 375.70

Overclocking the Gigabyte GTX 1050Ti was a simple process and using the Xtreme Engine Utility from Gigabyte or any other utility for that matter yielded the same results. The highest frequency with respect to performance gains that we could obtain on our sample was 1502Mhz on the clock and 2002Mhz on the memory, anything above this either gave poor results, white dots or even system freeze.
Note that the card is highly compatible with third party apps and I didn't face any issues to control the fan speed or while over clocking even if I used any other utility. gigabyte's own Xtreme Engine Utility is more than enough though but still if you are more comfortable with something else then go ahead with it.

AIDA64 Extreme Edition GPGPU

The AIDA64 GPGPU test not only calculates the read, write and copy speed of the graphics card and processor but is also very useful in observing the SHA-1 Hash and AES-256 score. These are indications of how well the GPU can handle number crunching or real life image or video rendering. Higher score shows a better card.

The results seen over here are extremely impressive for a budget oriented card.

Unigine Heaven 4.0 and Unigine Valley 1.0

A compilation of 26 beautiful scenes rendered and run via the raw GPU power of the system. It emulates any game or graphical work that you'll perform on the system scoring it on various parameter. We ran the test on Custom preset and settings at 1920x1080 resolution, quality to ultra and extreme tessellation.

These two benchmarks utilize the full 4GB VRAM on the GTX 1050Ti hence quite an accurate real-world rendering power can be made out from the results.

3D Mark Fire Strike

Fire Strike by 3D Mark is a test suit that plays a cinematic scene to determine the FPS, GPU temperature and CPU temperature scaling everything via a cumulative score. It is a great tool to benchmark your GPU since the render is mostly GPU & memory dependent.

3D Mark 11 Professional Edition

Another variant of the Fire Strike by 3D Mark, used mainly for scoring the GPU performance.

Crysis 3

I can't start gaming benchmarks without running my all time favorites Crysis 3 but its a game that no system loves! The CryEngine 3 behind this scenic beauty can bring down any system to its knees and I mean any system. I set everything to Ultra at 1920x1080 resolution with MSAA 4X and motion blur high.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The latest installation of Lara Croft in the spectacular Rise of the Tomb Raider 2016 with stunning graphics and rich location makes it a great game to benchmark with while enjoying in the due course! We used DX12 and settings were at Ultimate on full HD resolution.

Battlefield 1

The latest installation to the Battlefield franchise and mind it the grandest one of them all aswell, Battlefield 1 is a prequel to the infamous Battlefield 1942 placing the players right in the middle of World War 1. Based on the latest Frostbite Engine by EA-DICE, Battlefield 1 takes advantage of DirectX 12 with asynchronous compute to weave together richly detailed worlds. It is heavily taxing on current-generation hardware, and you're handsomely rewarded for investing more into your graphics setup. Settings are at Ultra preset with full HD resolution.

Batman Arkham Knight

Since the game is powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 3 and supports DX11 tessellation so playing this game on 1920x1080 resolution with all settings maxed out can be any modern system's 'worst nightmare'!

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 takes place in post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a Nuclear war. Bethesda's Creation Engine drives the game's strong first- and third-person presentation. The game takes advantage of DirectX 11 and can be highly taxing on most of the PC hardware. At full HD resolution shadow quality was set to high along with everything else cranked to max.

Far Cry Primal

A game that takes the concept of going back in time a bit too far, set in pre-historic central Europe where man is still fighting the forces of nature to become the dominant species on Earth. Based on Ubisoft's latest Dunia Engine, the game takes advantage of DirectX 11 and is heavily taxing on high-end GPUs. We used Very High preset at 1920x1080 resolution since that's what is considered the sweet spot for this game.

Ashes of the Singularity 

Developed by Oxide Games & running on the Nitrous Game Engine Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in the future where descendants of humans (called Post- Humans) and a powerful artificial intelligence (called the Substrate) fight a war for control of a resource known as Turinium.
We've used the in-built benchmarking tool and the result is shown in an average of all the graphical tests conducted over various locations and topographies of the game. DX12 API, Quality set to Extreme, 4xMSAA and everything else to high.

Hitman 2016

Agent 47 is back and in this sixth installation of the infamous Hitman series everything is notched up ranging from gameplay to graphic engine. The game uses an in-house game engine by IO Interactive called the Glacier game engine that is one of the first to leverage DirectX 12. The sole purpose of including this game in our benchmark today was to see how the GTX 1050Ti performs in DX12 mode.
Settings are at Ultra on full HD resolution.


Finally we've introduced this much awaited titled to our benchmarks! Developed by ID Software Doom or popularly written as DOOM is a reboot of the older Doom series. Its fast and scary with more than enough variety of guns that you can ever imagine or even use!
Its OpenGL and quality is set to Ultra.

Noise and Temperature 

The fans on the Gigabyte GTX 1050Ti Gaming G1 OC don't spin till the card hits 60°C or more. We recorded the maximum temperature in Celsius that our card hit during extensive gaming & sound was measured in decibels from a distance of 3 feet. This was performed for both stock and overclocked speeds.

My Verdict

The Gigabyte GTX 1050Ti Gaming G1 is the flagship offering from the brand and hence priced at $165 or Rs 15,000 in India. This puts the card right on the edge of the budget card segment but Gigabyte surely justified the pricing with the entire package that it rolls out with the GTX 1050 Ti. The shroud, custom build PCB, just the enough softwares, three HDMI ports and even the Windforce2X cooling solution are all incorporated very well in the product giving a premium finish to budget oriented product. I'm personally impressed by the performance & its stability at high clock speeds which are both higher than most of the competitors priced even higher to this! Sound all good right but there is one tiny problem its priced almost equivalent to the RX 570 which outperforms any GTX 1050Ti right out of the box at the cost of higher TDP and power consumption.
So the Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti Gaming G1 OC is highly recommended if you are not on a strict budget, gaming for you mainly means eSport stuff, favor the green team, like some bling and want the best in the sub Rs 15,000 category giving you the perfect blend of aesthetics & performance.
I give it a 8/10 earning our Gold Award!