GTX 1050 Dark Souls 3 Review: Is it Good? Is it Bad?

In this GTX 1050 for Dark Souls 3 review, we look at how well the GPU runs the game and the gaming experience it provides. The GTX 1050 is the cheapest and least powerful graphics card in Nvidia’s GTX 10 series line up.

The GPU and its GTX 1050 Ti counterpart are made for low budget and light gamers, for eSports like DOTA 2, CS GO or LoL, the card will do just fine at Full HD, but for more demanding titles such as Call of Duty, Rainbow Six and Battlefield, you are likely to come up short. Read on about the GTX 1050 performance in Dark Souls 3.

Dark Souls 3 overview

Dark Souls 3 is an action RPG video game (role-playing) developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Ent. It was first released in Japan in March 2016 and worldwide later in April. T was released for Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Dark Souls 3 graphics

Using the same engine from From Software’s Bloodborne, the game looks quite impressive as the developers went from a comic look to draw away attention from mushy textures. The graphics selection is quite moderate with over 11 settings ranging from low to epic.

The difference between the maximum settings and medium settings is not much, apart from the change in vegetation density. The game only starts looking worse on low settings. The good thing is, you do not have to restart the game for a change to take effect. The game’s framerate is however locked at 60 fps even with V-Sync deactivated. It is, however, possible to change the limit, but it requires some work.

GTX 1050 specs

These are the specs for our GTX 1050 for Dark Soul 3 review card. 640 shaders with the central unit running at 1290 MHz base and 1392 MHz boost clock speed. It is fitted with a 2 GB GDDR5 memory accessed through a 128-bit bus interface. The memory runs at 7008 MHz and the total bandwidth is 112 GB/s.

Dark Soul 3 system requirements

The system requirements for this game are quite modest which is great for users with lower-end systems. The game requires a minimum of Windows 7/8/10 64-bit OS, Intel core i5 2500 or AMD A8 3870 CPU, 8 GB RAM, internet connection. It also requires a 50 GB available disk space and a GTX 465/ ATI Radeon TM HD 6870.

The recommended systems include Intel core i7 3770 or AMD FX 8350 CPU and AMD Radeon R9 290X or GeForce GTX 970 graphics card which is up to 50% faster than the GTX 1050.

Benchmarks

According to benchmarks by NotebookCheck, at 1080p resolution, medium settings, the GTX 1050 provides an average of 50 fps, high settings at 1080p it averages at 39 fps and in epic settings, it averages at 34.6 fps.

Verdict

With the framerate capped at 60 fps, the performance by the GTX 1050 cannot be termed as bad, but to max out the 60 fps cap at 1080p, you will require a GTX 970 or 780 Ti or a Radeon R9 290/390. The GTX 1050, however, provides smooth gameplay with frame rates being above 40 fps at 1080p. That is all for our GTX 1050 for Dark Souls 3 review, do not hesitate to ask any question in the comments.