In this article, you will find our GTX 1050 for Overwatch review. The Pascal architecture will probably go down as one of Nvidia’s greatest achievements of this decade. It took the gaming performance to the next level while bringing down the power consumption, noise, and the heat produced by the GPUs.
The performance improvement was not only for the high-end graphics cards only. But Nvidia also introduced the entry-level GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti that shook the budget market up. Even AMD which is known for its budget cards was forced to make immediate price adjustments in anticipation of the two cards.
The GTX 1050 was driven by the GP107 chip which enabled Nvidia to pack up to 3.3 billion transistors on to the small die. The GPU offers 640 shaders for the standard GTX 1050 and 768 shaders for the fully unlocked GTX 1050 Ti.
The core runs at 1290 MHz and up to 1392 MHz clock speed in the boost mode. The 1050 is fitted with a 2 GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 7 GB/s through a 128-bit interface. The 2 GB only VRAM is probably the most limiting factor for the GTX 1050.
Overwatch, according to Blizzard, is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter game. Since its launching in 2016, the game has been able to attract millions of players across the globe successfully cementing itself as a popular gaming culture cornerstone. This may be because of the seasonal events, free updates, and eSport competitions. The game assigns players into two teams of six with each player selecting a character from its roster of 30 ‘heroes’.
Overwatch like other Blizzard games is a graphics fireworks. It has great textures and the developer uses comic graphics to keep the system requirements low, probably another reason for its massive success. It can run on most systems at decent frame rates.
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Overwatch system requirements
Not every player can afford a high-end gaming rig, but this is not a problem for Overwatch as the requirements are pretty low. Here are the minimum requirements:
An AMD Phenom X3 8656 or Intel Core i3 CPU, 4 GB RAM, Windows Vista, 64-bit Windows 7/8/10, ATI Radeon HD 4850, Intel HD Graphics 4400 or GTX 460 graphics 768 MB VRAM and disk space. This will get you 30 fps. The GTX 1050 is 102% faster than the minimum of GTX 460 GPU.
The recommended system has windows vista 7/8/10 64-bit, AMD Phenom II or Intel Core i5 at 2.8 GHz, 6 GB RAM and 2 GB VRAM and GeForce GTX 660. This set-up will get you 60 fps on medium settings. The GTX 1050 is up to 32% faster than the recommended 660.
According to the UserBenchmarks, the GTX 1050 averages at 63 fps in Overwatch, max settings at 1080p. This is 28% more fps than the recommended GTX 660 which averages at 49 fps.
Today, Overwatch is one of the most popular games in the world and with Blizzard’s commitment to new characters, and modes, the game will be around for more years to come. The GTX 1050 which is an entry-level gaming GPU runs the game smoothly at decent framerates. That’s it for our GTX 1050 for Overwatch review. Should you still questions on this topic, ask them in the comments and we shall answer.