The 1050 and 1050 Ti are expected to hit shelves next week.
The GPUs are designed to support “all your favorite games,” with a particular focus on e-sports titles, as well as the less-demanding likes of DOTA 2 and World of Warcraft (which Nvidia claims can run at maximum graphical settings).
The manufacturer also expects the 1050 Ti to meet the necessary minimum performance requirements for VR gaming using the Oculus Rift, though it still recommends a GTX 1060 or better for an optimal VR experience.
Unlike many of the more robust graphics cards on the market, the 1050 and 1050 Ti do not necessarily require an external power connector or an upgrade to a new power supply, as they are designed to use only 75 watts of power (and need only a 300-watt power supply). Simply install the GTX 1050, optimize game settings using the GeForce Experience software, and start playing. Nvidia told PCMag in a briefing, however, that manufacturers can add a 6-pin power connector to the card when including a heftier cooling system to support overclocking.
The entry-level GTX 1050 features 640 Cuda processing cores with a base clock of 1,354MHz, which can be throttled up to 1,455MHz. With 2GB of GDDR5 memory running on a 128-bit interface, the 1050 boasts a total memory bandwidth of 112GBps and a data rate of 7Gbps.
Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti sports 768 Cuda cores with a base clock of 1,290MHz, boostable to nearly 1,400MHz. It’s equipped with 4GB of memory with the same data rate and total bandwidth.
Set for launch on Oct. 25, the GeForce GTX 1050 will cost $109, while the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is priced at $139. Unlike other 10-Series cards, there will be no Founders Edition of the GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti.
Based on the Pascal GP107 GPU, the budget cards fit into Nvidia’s lineup below the 3GB version of the $200 GTX 1060. They do not support Nvidia’s Scalable Link Interface (SLI) technology, which means you can use one in your computer at a time.
Nvidia recently settled a class-action lawsuit the claimed it sold graphics processing units to consumers who expected 4GB of RAM, but could access only 3.5GB. Now, US residents who purchased a GeForce GTX 970 between Sept. 1, 2014, and Aug. 24, 2016, can submit a claim for $30 cash for each qualifying device.