In addition to the GTX 1050 Ti, Nvidia has also taken the wraps of its lower-end GeForce GTX 1050. This is a slightly cut-down version of the same GP107 GPU using in the Ti model, shaving $30 off the asking price. The GeForce GTX 1050 is a low-end graphics card with decent AAA gaming performance available for just $109 / €125 / £115.
For Nvidia's latest Pascal GPUs we're seeing a minor process shrink from 16nm down to 14nm FinFET, offering improved performance and power efficiency. Considering the GTX 1050's placement at the bottom of the GTX 10 Series family however, it promises to offer some very capable gaming performance. Nvidia claim it can achieve 60 FPS in the biggest titles like GTA 5, Overwatch and Gears of War 4, provided you're prepared to opt for a mixture of Medium/High graphics settings.
Since the launch of the current gen of consoles the hardware demands for the biggest titles have tripled and the graphics cards have had to triple to accommodate this. In a nutshell we've got a $109 graphics card which is most definitely capable of exceeding console performance.
So onwards with the GeForce GTX 1050's specs. The actual graphics card won't be available in a reference model of Founders Edition from Nvidia this time around, so this is just the base specs Nvidia's add-in-board partners can mess around with. According to Nvidia overclocks in excess of 2 GHz are totally achievably, up from the base clock of 1354 MHz. A huge leap to be sure, so it'll be interesting to see how the AIB companies take advantage of this.
GeForce GTX 1050 Specifications
|Graphics Processing Clusters||2|
|Base Clock||1354 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1455 MHz|
|Memory Clock||3504 MHz|
|Memory Data Rate||7 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||112 GB/s|
|Texture Rate||54.2 GigaTexels/s|
|Transistor Count||3.3 billion|
|Display Connectors||1 x DisplayPort|
1 x HDMI
1 x Dual-Link DVI"
|Thermal Threshold||97 C|
|Form Factor||Dual Slot|
For a budget priced 1080p gaming graphics card the GeForce GTX 1050 seems like a very decent, and cheap, entry point. It'll be capable of playing just about every game out there in some form. My one gripe would have to be the 2GB VRAM which is sure to see it run into a few problems at some point, but we'll be sure to see in performance benchmarks soon enough.
The GeForce GTX 1050 is out on October 25th priced at $109 / €125 / £115. There's no reference model so expect the market to flood with third-party models in the coming days.
For something a little more powerful, be sure to also check out Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti which has also been announced.