GTX 1050 for World of Warcraft Review: Is it Good? Is it Bad?

This article is intended to find out how good GTX 1050 for World of Warcraft performs to help you make the best performance and economic GPU choice.

Since its release in the fourth quarter of 2016, the GTX has been massively popular with entry-level gamers. Its popularity is fueled by its great eSports performance and low cost. But this card is not just for eSports, it is also capable of running most AAA titles at medium settings. Find out how the cheapest Pascal based GPU available performs in World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft

WoW is the fourth game set in Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft fantasy universe. It is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Moreover, it was released in 2004 meaning it has had 15 successful years and only getting better. The game has received 7 extension packs with the latest being Battle for Azeroth that was released in 2017.

The game is massively popular, by 2014 it already had over 100 million registered accounts and it is one of the highest grossing video game franchises of all time having grossed over $9.23 billion in 2017.

WoW graphics

World of Warcraft is more CPU bound than GPU. For a reason, having being released in 2004, a time when most developers thought that high-speed single-core processors were the future. To be fair to the developers, most people at the time were running AMD Athlon or Pentium III processors.

Because of that, WoW was designed to make as much use of a single core as possible. This doesn’t quite work well in modern multi-core computers as it hammers only one core and the rest remain untapped.

That means GTX 1050 for World of Warcraft would perform well as long as it is paired with a processor that is quicker in single core tasks, preferably an Intel one.

Minimum system requirements

According to Blizzard, the minimum specs are Windows 7 64-bit, Intel core i5 760 or AMD FX 8100 CPU, Nvidia GeForce 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7850 or Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU, 4 GB RAM, 70 GB available disk space, 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution and Broadband internet connection.

The recommended specs

Blizzard recommends 64-bit Windows 10, Intel core i7 4770 or AMD FX 8310 processor. Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 280 GPU, 8GB RAM and 70 GB SSD available space.

According to UserBenchmark,  the GTX 1050 has 85% faster effective speed than the GTX 560 which is the minimum required GPU. Furthermore, this means the GPU should be able to run the game smoothly. However, the recommended GTX 960 is more powerful which means you will not be able to play at maximum settings.

GTX 1050 World of Warcraft benchmarks

According to benchmark results on Tom’sHardware, at 1080p, DX11, Quality preset 7’’, the GTX 1050 provides an average of 79 fps and a minimum of 68 fps. This is behind the 1050 Ti which provides an average of 85.4 fps.

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The GTX 1050 is a great option if you are playing on a budget. It will run the game smoothly at decent framerates and even better if you pair it with a faster CPU. That’s all for our GTX 1050 for World of Warcraft guide, if you have any question on this topic, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section.