Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-6700K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.4GHz; DX11 CPU graphics).
  • ASRock Z7170M OC Formula motherboard (Intel Z7170 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
  • HyperX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3333MHz), supplied by Kingston
  • PNY GTX 1050 Ti XLR8 Overclocked edition 4GB, PNY clocks and further overclocked, supplied by PNY
  • PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, reference clocks and further overclocked, supplied by PNY
  • EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC, 4GB, EVGA clocks and further overclocked, supplied by EVGA
  • XFX RX 460 4GB, XFX factory clocks and further overclocked
  • Two 2TB Toshiba 7200 rpm HDDs for each platform
  • EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
  • Thermaltake Water2.0, supplied by Thermaltake
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
  • Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake
  • ASUS 12X Blu-ray writer
  • Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K
  • Kill A Watt

Test Configuration – Software

  • Nvidia’s GeForce 375.57 used for all of the Nvidia cards.  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display. 
  • AMD Crimson Software 16.10.2 drivers were used for benching AMD cards.
  • VSync is off in the control panel.
  • AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied
  • All results show average frame rates including minimum frame rates shown in italics on the chart below the averages.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home edition, all DX11 titles were run under DX11 render paths. Our DX12 titles are run under the DX12 render path. Latest DirectX
  • All games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • Sapphire’s TriXX was used for the RX 460 for overclocking.
  • MSI’s Afterburner, latest beta, was used for Nvidia cards for overclocking.
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 was used to measure total system power consumption (2560×1440, maximum details, 8xAA)


  • Firestrike – Ultra & Extreme
  • Time Spy DX12
DX11 Games
  • Crysis 3
  • Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
  • Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
  • Alien Isolation
  • Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
  • Dying Light
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • ProjectCARS
  • the Witcher 3
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Mad Max
  • Fallout 4
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Just Cause 3
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • DiRT Rally
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Civilization VI

DX12 Games

  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Hitman
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • Gears of War 4

Nvidia Control Panel settings:


AMD Crimson Control Center Settings:

Crimson CP - system drivers Global-1Let’s head to the performance charts to see how the three overclocked-to-the-max GTX 1050 Tis compare with each other and with the overclocked-to-the-max XFX RX 460.