For weeks now we have been hearing rumors of Nvidia’s upcoming budget graphics card series, dubbed the GeForce GTX 1050. Yesterday, Nvidia finally gave us the official details, and we are now able to pass them onto you guys.
Padding out the Pascal line-up in not one but rather two affordable GPUs. Along with the vanilla GTX 1050 there is also going to be a slightly buffed Ti model using the full GP107 GPU.
Nvidia says they’re positioning these new budget parts as the perfect solutions to transform basic PCs without discrete graphics, into something that can play all the latest PC games at respectable settings. As both graphics cards don’t require an external power connector, upgrading an old PC is easy and won’t require a new power supply, in most cases.
Nvidia is boasting a 3x performance improvement with the GTX 1050 when compared to the aging GTX 650, with the GTX 750 Ti falling between the two. For this reason, Nvidia is claiming the GTX 1050 is all you need to play your favorite games at frame rates above 60 FPS, including GTA V and Gears of War 4, albeit at modest resolutions and quality settings.
If you have been following the leaks the specifications won’t surprise, as nothing has changed here. Both cards are based on Nvidia’s GP107 GPU and feature 75W TDPs. The GTX 1050 has 640 CUDA cores, while the GTX 1050 Ti bumps this up to 768 CUDA cores.
The base model 1050 will operate at up to 1455 MHz while the Ti will be slightly lower at 1392 MHz. Nvidia has already stated that through overclocking both GPUs run happily at 1.9 GHz and they expect some users to push even higher. So it will be interesting to see where this lands them in terms of performance.
Both are armed with GDDR5 memory operating at 7Gbps. The Ti version will come exclusively with a 4GB buffer while the standard 1050 will be available in either 2GB or 4GB configurations. Both use a piddly little 128-bit wide memory bus though Nvidia stresses that with their memory compression technology this isn’t an issue.
Both models will become available on October 25th from a wide variety of board partners. For those wondering Nvidia is not releasing Founders Edition variants of these cards. The Ti version is priced at a modest $139 US, while the standard 1050 is just $109 US, placing both in strong competition with AMD’s Radeon RX 460 2GB and 4GB models.
At this stage we don’t have samples in had but hope to have cards in time for next week’s release. In any case you can expect a GTX 1050 vs RX 460 2GB and GTX 1050 Ti vs RX 460 4GB, head to head comparison on the channel in the very near future.
Well that’s all from me on this one guys. How do you think the budget GPU war will play out? Let us know in the comments below and thanks for checking out the specifications of these new GPUs with me.