GI­GA­BYTE GEFORCE GTX 1050 2GB OC $135

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Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 2GB isn’t go­ing to wow your friends, but there’s no ar­gu­ing with how im­pres­sive it is re­gard­ing value for money. We’ve come a long way graph­i­cally in the last few years, with Nvidia’s ten­th­gen se­ries of cards rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing what you can ex­pect across the range. To give some clar­ity to that, in our test­ing, the GTX 980 per­forms al­most iden­ti­cally to a GTX 1060. The 1050 is a some­what slower card than its big­ger brother, but it still packs just enough punch to tackle most 1080p ti­tles.

Ba­si­cally, you need to be smart with your set­tings. You can’t just throw ev­ery­thing to Ul­tra and leave it there if you want an ac­cept­able frame rate. Most main­stream es­ports ti­tles, Over­watch, MMOs, MOBAs, and the like will play well into the 100fps mark, but for any other graph­i­cally in­ten­sive ti­tle, you should drop the qual­ity of the tex­tures and lower an­tialias­ing where you can to re­duce the over­all load on the GPU.

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