The natural evolution of the NVIDIA graphics card line-up was announced today with the unveiling of the GTX 1050, and GTX 1050 Ti.
Starting at a very nice $109 and $139 respectively, NVIDIA are promising 60fps at 1080p for a variety of titles including BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, Grand Theft Auto V, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Star Wars Battlefront, Witcher 3, Ashes of the Singularity and The Division, although they don’t specify graphics settings. Comparing the technical specs with that of the previous 900 series of NVIDIA graphics cards, you should be expecting performance between the 960 and 950. The announcement does, however, compare the cards with AMD’s RX460 and reports a 40% performance increase, and a 128% power efficiency bump.
For those of a technical nature out there, the 1050 packs 640 NVIDIA CUDA cores, about half that of the GTX 1060, a 1354mhz base clock, while the Ti model has 768 NVIDIA CUDA cores, a 1290mhz base clock. Both cards have 112 GB/sec of memory bandwidth, NVIDIA G-SYNC, DirectX 12 support and support up to an 8k display, all while running a maximum power draw of 75 watts, which can be powered exclusively through the motherboard, no external connectors required. Full specs can be found on NVIDIA’s website, located here.
These are obviously not meant for “hardcore” gamers, but those who are on a budget who want to bump their performance specs can now do so on the very cheap. Those interested in that can pick up the 1050 Ti on October 25, while those wanting the cheaper model will have to wait untill November 8.
The graphics card war is well under way for this generation, and with both sides offering great performance and ridiculously low prices, the consumer is definitely winning. If you are interested in performance enough to make playing Overwatch or GTA V run smoothly on your 1080p display, it looks like you are in luck.