The GeForce GTX 1050, the entry model of the new NVIDIA “Pascal” GPUs, doesn’t impresses at first sight, since it was not faster than the GeForce GTX 950, the most basic model from the previous generation.
However, we need to consider that it is not focused on performance, but on cost/benefit ratio, small size and low energy consumption. Because of this, what we have is a video card that doesn’t require an auxiliary power connector, what makes it compatible with virtually any computer: all it requires is a free PCI Express slot.
Comparing the GeForce GTX 1050 to its direct competitor, the Radeon RX 460, the NVIDIA card was faster in most of the tests, thus bringing a better cost/benefit ratio.
We can say that the GeForce GTX 1050 will replace both the GeForce GTX 750 Ti (because it costs the same and is up to 50% faster) and the GeForce GTX 950 (because it has similar performance and costs less).
About the Zotac ZT-P10500A-10L card, it is a small card, with simple and robust construction. It worked cold and quiet during all our tests.
We concluded that even an entry video card like this one is capable of running recent games in Full HD and medium or high video quality with high framerate, allowing a good gaming experience. Thus, the GeForce GTX 1050 is an excellent option for casual gamers or anyone who wants an inexpensive video card with reasonable performance.