NVIDIA has announced a new low-cost variant of their GTX 10-series graphics cards. Dubbed the GTX 1050, the card is targeted at the lower end of the gaming population – specifically an audience who may be new to gaming and have a tight budget. It is also the first GTX 10-series card to come in two variant – the vanilla 1050 and also a 1050 Ti.
While the 1050 comes with 640 CUDA cores and 2GB of video memory, the 1050 Ti will have 768 CUDA cores and 4GB of video memory. Unsurprisingly, both cards are also squarely positioned as NVIDIA’s competitive answer to AMD’s Radeon RX 460 and 470 range of graphics cards, and are excellent fit for mini PC builds. Both cards will also feature a mere TDP of 75W, and the minimum requirement on the power supply unit is 300W. By default, the cards will not require a separate power supply, although partners such as ASUS and MSI may include a 6-pin PCIe power connector on their cards for stable overclocking.
According to NVIDIA’s internal benchmark numbers, the GTX 1050 alone is able to pull off some pretty good performance on popular MOBA and eSports titles, with an average of 60fps and above at 1080p resolution. Example of games that were benchmarked on include GTA 5 and Gears of War 4 on medium settings, Overwatch on high settings, DOTA 2 and World of Warcraft at highest settings. Note that these are run on 1080p resolution.
The GTX 1050 Ti will be available first, starting from 25 Oct onwards with an SRP of US$139. The GTX 1050 will follow a couple of weeks later with an SRP of US$109. Unlike its siblings (the GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060), the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti will not be available in Founders Edition.