NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050: Entry-Level Cards Launching October 25th
After a break of a couple of months in their Pascal launch schedule, NVIDIA is back again to launch a new Pascal desktop product. Following their near-perfect top-down launch schedule that started with GeForce GTX 1080 in May, being announced today and formally launching next week is the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050. Aimed at the entry level discrete video card market, these products will round-out the GeForce 10-series desktop lineup.
Launching their low-tier cards last instead of first for the Pascal generation marks an interesting inverse of what happened with the Maxwell generation. In 2014 it was the low-end Maxwell 1 parts that launched first, only to be followed up by the other Maxwell 2 parts later on in the year. As a result, the Maxwell 2 family went through a full cycle – from release to retirement – before NVIDIA’s entry-level cards were refreshed. Out of all of the segments in the NVIDIA product stack, it’s fair to say that the entry-level was the one most due for a refresh.
And to that end, here we are with the GeForce GTX 1050 series. The previous GeForce GTX 750 series went very well for NVIDIA, so much so that the new 1050 series follows a number of beats laid out by its predecessor. NVIDIA is launching two cards – both of which are based on the new GP107 – which setup a two-tier product offering for the entry level market. The faster of the two cards is the GTX 1050 Ti, while the GTX 1050 follows closely to offer a bit less performance at a lower price point. And in order to maximize compatibility, both cards are being offered in configurations that draw their power entirely from the PCIe bus, forgoing the need for an external power connection.
|NVIDIA GPU Specification Comparison|
|GTX 1060 3GB||GTX 1050 Ti||GTX 1050||GTX 750 Ti||GTX 750|
|Memory Clock||8Gbps GDDR5||7Gbps GDDR5||7Gbps GDDR5||5.4Gbps GDDR5||5Gbps GDDR5|
|Memory Bus Width||192-bit||128-bit||128-bit||128-bit||128-bit|
|Manufacturing Process||TSMC 16nm||Samsung 14nm||Samsung 14nm||TSMC 28nm||TSMC 28nm|
Diving into the specs, we’ll start with the GTX 1050 Ti. Based on a fully enabled GP107 GPU, this card is arguably the backbone of NVIDIA’s entry-level offerings. All-told, it has 6 SMs enabled – 60% that of GP106/GTX 1060 – so GP107 is a bit more than half of a GP106. The rest of the Pascal architecture has been scaled similarly; GP107/GTX 1050 Ti retains 2/3rds of the ROP and memory controller configuration, meaning we’re looking at 32 ROPs attached to a 128-bit memory bus. Notably, this is double the number of ROPs found on GTX 750, so all other factors held equal, GTX 1050 Ti will see a massive jump in ROP throughput compared to its predecessor.
Unofficial GP107 Block Diagram
Feeding GTX 1050 Ti is 4GB of GDDR5 memory, clocked at 7Gbps. This is a budget card – and a power limited one at that – so NVIDIA has pulled back on the memory clocks compared to the other Pascal cards. Meanwhile power consumption starts at 75W, the maximum amount allowed to be pulled from a PCIe slot. I say “starts” because NVIDIA will be allowing partners to sell factory overclocked cards, and these cards will feature a higher TDP and an external power connector in order to meet the card’s power needs. The significance of offering a 75W-and-under card cannot be overstated; there is a sizable market for end users who would like to upgrade an OEM system but don’t have an external power connector, and this is a role the preceding GTX 750 filled very well. Meanwhile HTPC users who were holding out for a 75W card will be equally pleased, as now Pascal’s suite of media features are on a lower power card.
Joining the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is its smaller, cheaper sibling, the GTX 1050. Based on a cut-down GP107 GPU, GTX 1050 drops 1 SM and 2GB of memory. This leaves us with a 5 SM (640 CUDA core) card paired with 2GB of GDDR5 running at 7Gbps. Otherwise it has the full ROP complement and memory bus, so while GTX 1050 loses some shader and geometry throughput, in other areas it holds firm. In fact due to the unusual clockspeeds of these cards – more on this in a moment – the GTX 1050 is actually clocked higher than the GTX 1050 Ti. So the net performance difference on paper is less than the loss of the SM; the smaller card should offer around 87% of the GTX 1050 Ti’s performance. With that said, unlike the last generation you don’t save any power versus the Ti card when going by the official TDP, as the GTX 1050 is also a 75W card, which happens to be 20W more than the GTX 750. Consequently while it’s still a card that can run on just PCIe slot power, by NVIDIA’s own numbers we may be looking at a relatively sizable increase in power consumption relative to its predecessor.
GP107 – An Enigma of a GPU
Having covered the basic specifications, I want to spill a bit more ink talking about the GP107 GPU. Reading the specs table, the GTX 1050 series cards are very unusual compared to their more powerful siblings. To be sure they’re still Pascal cards, but certain elements we take for granted about the Pascal family don’t apply here. At the same time there are certain elements we take for granted about x50 series cards which also aren’t applicable here. GP107 is, at the moment, an enigma of a GPU.
I’ll address what’s likely the elephant in the room first, which is the manufacturing process. To date all Pascal GPUs have been fabbed over at TSMC on their 16nm FinFET process. GP107 is not one of those GPUs. Instead, it’s fabbed on a 14nm process – NVIDIA’s specification sheet doesn’t technically state whose process – but by simple elimination it’s a very safe bet that they’re making the chip over at Samsung. Feature size is a red herring here, and instead the significance of this deal is that NVIDIA has not used a fab other than TSMC for GPUs for a long time. In fact we’d have to go back to 2003 to find an NVIDIA GPU fabbed somewhere else, when NVIDIA tapped IBM to help fab the ill-fated NV3x series (GeForce FX).
Suffice it to say, tapping another fab is a very big deal. There’s no second-sourcing here – GP107 is only being made on Samsung’s 14nm process and GP106+ only on TSMC’s 16nm process – but splitting orders like this may just as well be new territory for NVIDIA. As this is just a product announcement NVIDIA hasn’t said anything about the change in fabs, so let your imagination go wild here, but it definitely has some ramifications. I really need to get the GTX 1050 cards in house and on the testbed to figure out the full ramifications of this, but I think the most important change here is that a new process from a new vendor means that the voltage/frequency curve we’ve come to know with TSMC 16nm and Pascal has essentially been thrown out the window.
This in turn may explain the clockspeeds of the GTX 1050 cards. All of the other desktop GeForce 10-series cards have an official boost clock of 1600MHz+, with all but one of those cards being 1700Mhz+. The massive jump in clockspeed relative to Maxwell 2 is one of the signature elements of the Pascal architecture, and a major factor driving the significant performance gains of this generation compared to the last. The GTX 1050 series, by comparison, is only rated to boost up to 1455MHz for the GTX 1050, and lower still for the GTX 1050 Ti at 1392MHz.
Given that these are power-constrained cards, the final specifications of the cards are bound by a larger number of variables than usual – power curves, attainable frequency range, and now total power consumption – so I’m not even going to try to insinuate that the lower clockspeeds are solely a function of the change in fabs. However it’s very important to keep in mind that these lower clockspeeds come with a sometimes sizable increase in TDP relative to the GTX 750 series; instead of 55W/60W cards, we have 75W cards. So to use the fully enabled GTX 1050 Ti as an anchor point, power consumption has gone up 15W (25%) for a 28% increase in the boost clock, 1 more SM (20%), and somewhat decoupled from this, the doubled ROP count.
It’s telling then that NVIDIA has informed the press that the higher TDP cards with an external power connector are going to have much higher boost clocks. Whatever is going on under the hood, power plays a big part, and at a TDP limit of 75W, GP107 isn’t getting all the room it needs to stretch. Meanwhile it’s also noteworthy that NVIDIA’s own marketing materials call for GTX 1050 to have a 3x performance increase over GTX 650, and only a bit over 50% increase over GTX 750 Ti.
At the same time though, keep in mind we’re looking at a generation and a half architectural jump from the GTX 750 series (GM107) to the GTX 1050 series (GP107). So NVIDIA has to spend quite a bit of their transistor budget on supporting new features, and not just graphical features like SMP and Feature Level 12_1, but also features like the new video display block and the full fixed-function HEVC encode and decode blocks. By virtue of being the smallest Pascal, GP107 spends relatively more die size and space on non-graphics features. For those reasons the transistor count is quite a bit larger than GM107; NVIDIA has gone from 1.87B transistors to 3.3B, an increase of 76% (greater than the increase for any of the other Pascal GPUs). Or to put this another way, GP107 is 75% of the transistor count of GP106. Die size meanwhile stands at 135mm2, down a bit from the 148mm2 die size of GM107.
Ultimately GP107 is not just another Pascal GPU. While it offers the same feature set, there’s more than meets the eye, and it will be interesting to see how things shake out in benchmarking and overclocking. Ahead of launch, this is easily the least predictable GPU and card set of the entire Pascal family.
GTX 1050 Series Launch Info – No Reference Cards, GTX 1050 Ti Available Next Week
Getting back to the cards at hand, let’s talk about positioning, pricing, and availability. As these are NVIDIA’s entry-level cards, it goes without saying that they’re not targeted at NVIDIA’s usual horde of PC gaming enthusiasts. These cards won’t have the power to run games at 1080p with all the bells and whistles turned up – that’s really what the GTX 1060 is for – but instead they’re meant to be the next step up from integrated GPUs. This is a market that the GTX 750 series served very well (and judging from market share, NVIDIA sold well to), and the GTX 1050 will do the same. From specifications alone, the GTX 1050 series should be head and shoulders above the Intel GT2 iGPU found on Skylake/Kaby Lake.
Unlike the GTX 750 series, NVIDIA won’t be producing any reference cards this time around, Founders Edition or otherwise. So all GTX 1050 series cards are going to be vendor custom designs. Expect a mix of cards that follow the 75W TDP and cards that offer factory overclocks in exchange for a higher TDP. If for some reason you’re after a slot-powered card, be sure to check the specifications closely.
Meanwhile, although NVIDIA is listing the launch date as the 25th for both cards, from what NVIDIA has told me at the product briefing, in reality this isn’t quite the case. GTX 1050 Ti should in fact be available next week, right in time for the launch. However NVIDIA is not expecting GTX 1050 to be in stock for a few more weeks. Vendors can sell the cards as soon as they have them, so indeed the retail embargo ends on the 25th, but if the GTX 1050 interests you, don’t expect to be able to buy it until around mid-November.
Finally, let’s take a look at the completive landscape. Besides the outgoing Maxwell 1 and Maxwell 2 cards, the current-generation competition for the GTX 1050 series is AMD’s already-launched Radeon RX 460. The $109 GTX 1050 is the very clear counterpart to the 2GB RX 460. Meanwhile the $139 GTX 1050 Ti is in a bit of a different place; the cheaper 4GB RX 460 cards are running closer to $120 right now, so the GTX 1050 Ti is essentially $20 more expensive, which is a small but still significant difference given the overall low prices of entry-level cards. Still, it means that AMD’s two-month run as the sole supplier of current-generation entry-level video cards is about to come to an end.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 Prices Confirmed – $139 US and $109 Respectively, Specs and AIB Models Revealed, 75W on Both GP107 Cards
The final prices for the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 have been confirmed. The prices were leaked in official material that has been gathered by Videocardz. Aiming at the entry-level market, the GTX 1050 series will shake up things in the sub-$150 segment.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 Official Prices Confirmed
The GeForce GTX 1050 series will be bringing Pascal down to the more affordable range. Replacing the GTX 750 Ti and GTX 950 would be the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Replacing the GTX 750 would be the GeForce GTX 1050. Both cards are based on the GP107 core architecture which is the smallest of the bunch we have seen so far. This core is also quite power efficient with TDPs of both cards set below 100W which is impressive.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti – Official Price of $139 US, October 25th Launch
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti features 768 CUDA Cores. The core comes packed with 48 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The chip is clocked at 1318 MHz core and 1392 MHz boost frequency which is just around a 250 MHz jump over the GM107 GPU. The texture fill rate of the chip goes up to 84 GTexel/s (almost twice of GM107).The pixel fill rate is maintained at 41.3 GPixel/s that is a good increase over Maxwell. The card should also feature 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7 GHz. This gives us 112 GB/s bandwidth along the narrow 128-bit bus interface.
The card will be priced at $139 US which is a really sweet price considering that it only costs $20 more than the Radeon RX 460 yet going to be faster. The card will feature the same TDP as the Radeon RX 460's Polaris 11 core, coupled with all the enhancements Pascal brings for gamers. This card will be available in various custom models on launch and we can expect those to follow the reference pricing.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 – Official Price of $109 US, October 25th Launch
Moving on to the next variant, we have the GTX 1050. The non-Ti variant features a cut down, Pascal based GP107 core. It has specifications configured at 640 CUDA cores, 40 TMUs and 32 ROPs. It will have a few bits disabled here and there, the clock speeds are maintained at 1354 MHz and 1455 MHz boost clocks. The card will be available in both 2 GB and 4 GB RAM models.
Priced at $109 US, this model can be a effective solution against the Radeon RX 460 which has the same price point. The card will also feature a 75W TDP which means no extra power connector would be required. We will see some models not even closing in on the 75W limit while boosting past the reference clock speeds.
NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family
|Graphics Card Name||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080||NVIDIA Titan X||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||NVIDIA Titan Xp|
|Graphics Core||GP107||GP107||GP107||GP106 / GP104||GP106||GP106 / GP104||GP104||GP104||GP104||GP102||GP102||GP102|
|Process Node||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET|
|Transistors||3.3 Billion||3.3 Billion||3.3 Billion||4.4 Billion||4.4 Billion||4.4 Billion||7.2 Billion||7.2 Billion||7.2 Billion||12 Billion||12 Billion||12 Billion|
|CUDA Cores||640 CUDA Cores||768 CUDA Cores||768 CUDA Cores||1152 CUDA Cores||1280 CUDA Cores||1280 CUDA Cores||1920 CUDA Cores||2432 CUDA Cores||2560 CUDA Cores||3584 CUDA Cores||3584 CUDA Cores||3840 CUDA Cores|
|Base Clock||1354 MHz||1392 MHz||1290 MHz||1506 MHz||1506 MHz||1506 MHz||1506 MHz||1607 MHz||1607 MHz||1417 MHz||1480 MHz||1480 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1455 MHz||1518 MHz||1392 MHz||1708 MHz||1708 MHz||1708 MHz||1683 MHz||1683 MHz||1733 MHz||1530 MHz||1583 MHz||1582|
|FP32 Compute||1.8 TFLOPs||2,3 TFLOPs||2.1 TFLOPs||4.0 TFLOPs||4.4 TFLOPs||4.4 TFLOPs||6.5 TFLOPs||8.1 TFLOPs||9.0 TFLOPs||11 TFLOPs||11.5 TFLOPs||12.5 TFLOPs|
|VRAM||2 GB GDDR5||3 GB GDDR5||4 GB GDDR5||3 GB GDDR5||6 GB GDDR5||6 GB GDDR5/X||8 GB GDDR5/X||8 GB GDDR5||8 GB GDDR5X||12 GB GDDR5X||11 GB GDDR5X||12 GB GDDR5X|
|Memory Speed||7 Gbps||7 Gbps||7 Gbps||8 Gbps||8 Gbps||9 Gbps / 10 Gbps||8 Gbps||8 Gbps||11 Gbps||10 Gbps||11 Gbps||11.4 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||112 GB/s||84 GB/s||112 GB/s||192 GB/s||160 GB/s||224 GB/s / 240 GB/s||256 GB/s||256 GB/s||352 GB/s||480 GB/s||484 GB/s||547 GB/s|
|Bus Interface||128-bit bus||96-bit bus||128-bit bus||192-bit bus||160-bit bus||192-bit bus||256-bit bus||256-bit bus||256-bit bus||384-bit bus||352-bit bus||384-bit bus|
|Power Connector||None||None||None||Single 6-Pin Power||Single 6-Pin Power||Single 6-Pin Power||Single 8-Pin Power||Single 8-Pin Power||Single 8-Pin Power||8+6 Pin Power||8+6 Pin Power||8+6 Pin Power|
|Display Outputs||1x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|1x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|1x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|3x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|3x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|3x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|3x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|3x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|3x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|3x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|3x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|3x Display Port 1.4|
1x HDMI 2.0b
|Launch Date||October 2016||May 2018||October 2016||September 2016||August 2018||July 2016||June 2016||October 2017||May 2016||August 2016||March 2017||April 2017|
|Launch Price||$109 US||$119 US-$129 US||$139 US||$199 US||TBD||$249 US||$349 US||$449 US||$499 US||$1200 US||$699 US||$1200 US|
NVIDIA AIB Partners Ready For GTX 1050 Series With Vast Array of Custom Models - Pascal GeForce 10 Series A Big Hit
As expected, NVIDIA AIB partners are already ready with a vast array of GeForce GTX 1050 custom cards. Both the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 will be available in many custom flavors to select from. Cards ranging from single fan and dual fan solutions or those with and without power connectors will attract a majority of budget PC builders.
NVIDIA AIBs are ready with GeForce GTX 1050 series custom cards. (Image Credits: Videocardz)
Talking about the graphics market in general, Q3 2016 has seen a large increase in shipment and sales of NVIDIA's mid-range and high-end graphics cards. Digitimes reports that NVIDIA partners MSI and Gigabyte will be shipping over 4.8 and 3.45 million graphics cards in 2016.
As demand from the gaming market continue rising, and virtual reality (VR) applications are growing popular, graphics card players such as Micro-Star International (MSI), Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Colorful, Galaxy and Zotac, are seeing their Nvidia-based mid-range to high-end product sales increase with MSI and Gigabyte expected to ship over 4.8 and 3.45 million graphics cards in 2016, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. via Digitimes
It looks like the new entry level cards would further help in increasing graphics card sales among the various AIBs. NVIDIA is expected to have increased their graphics market share in the third quarter and with no imminent competition from AMD this year, that is further expected to rise in the enthusiast and high-end sector.
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GTX 1050 Ti Rides Again: 2016 Budget GPU Returns With Zero Improvements, Elevated Price
At least some manufacturers have followed through on putting old GPUs back on the market again. Japanese vendor Kuroutoshikou has restarted sales of the GTX 1050 Ti, with a 4GB card retailing for 22,800 yen, or roughly $200. The card in question, the GF-GTX1050Ti-E4GB / SF / P2, originally sold for $140 when the GTX 1050 Ti launched in late 2016.
There are absolutely no new features, capabilities, or functions to report regarding the new card, which is reportedly manufactured by Palit. The GTX 1050 Ti offers gamers a chance to return to the halcyon days of 2016, when we were also (coincidentally) discussing an ongoing GPU shortage.
At the time, however, we were only chewing on AMD and Nvidia for launching cards they couldn’t ship for ordinary reasons, like low yields. Lower-end cards that were launching at the time, such as the RX 460 and GTX 1050 / 1050 Ti, were easier to find than their higher-end counterparts.
Last year, AMD and Nvidia offered tentative hope that the GPU market might stabilize as Q1 2021 drew to a close. Q1 2021 is officially drawing to a close, so take a moment to enjoy some of the better GPU deals you can currently purchase at Newegg. To those of you who don’t feel like clicking, a screenshot of current GTX 1050 Ti prices should tell the story well enough:
At $200, the Palit-built GTX 1050 Ti cards above would actually be a great value if they came to the US, where the cheapest card is currently $262. Under ordinary circumstances, we might expect high 1050 Ti prices at this point in time simply because the card is no longer manufactured, but that’s not what’s driving up prices. Even GPUs like the GeForce GT 1030, introduced at $80, are now selling for $140+.
Right now, your best bet for an economical graphics solution is to rely on CPU-based graphics. This is easier on Intel CPUs than AMD, because Intel offers an integrated GPU on all non-F CPUs, while AMD only offers a handful of APUs, and none equipped with either the Zen 2 or Zen 3 CPU architectures. There are no parts in-market currently selling at anything resemblant of a reasonable price and estimates for when market prices might approach a reasonable range from the end of Q2 to Q1 2022. We’re still hoping for the earlier part of that range, but no bets.
Nvidia has cleared out the high-end graphics card competition with its new 10-series of cards. At each price point above $200, AMD struggles compete with the price, performance, or efficiency of Nvidia's more modern Pascal architecture. Now Pascal is coming to the budget category with the new GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti cards. They have a starting price of $109 and $139, respectively. That $30 difference is important: the Ti version has 4GB of DDR5, while the 1050 has half that. The 1050 Ti also has 768 CUDA cores, while the 1050 has 640.
For comparison, Nvidia's 1060 cards come in 6GB and 3GB flavors, with a faster memory speed, faster clock speed, and many more CUDA cores. It's also important to note that the 1050 is the first Pascal card not labelled "VR ready," although it's likely it will match the new minimum spec Oculus just published.
Meanwhile, it's rumored AMD will cut the price of its Radeon RX 470 card to $169 to compete. We'll have to wait for relative benchmarks to see what's the better deal, but it's great to see a fight break out in this price range.
The 1050 Ti will be available on October 25th, while the 1050 will be out "on or before" November 8th, and all the usual suspects (ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Zotac, etc.) will be making custom versions.
Price release gtx ti 1050
Launching A GeForce GTX 1050 Ti In 2021? Sure, Why Not?
You know the graphics card market is in a bad place when vendors resort to rereleasing five-year old graphics cards. Kuroutoshikou, a Japanese vendor, has announced that its GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (GF-GTX1050Ti-E4GB/SF/P2) will hit the domestic market in mid-March.
In reality, the GF-GTX1050Ti-E4GB/SF/P2 is a rebranded version of Palit's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti StormX. Based on the GP107 (Pascal) silicon, the graphics card is equipped with 768 CUDA cores with a 1,392 MHz boost clock and 4GB of 7 Gbps GDDR5 memory. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is rated for 75W so it doesn't require any external PCIe power connectors, making it a good plug-n-play option for entry-level gamers, even though it is no longer among the best graphics cards.
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti's revival isn't a coincidence though. It was Nvidia itself who decided to replenish its partners with Pascal GPUs in the middle of the ongoing graphics card crysis. Nvidia's actions also paved the way for other vendors to get rid of their old Pascal stock, including Palit who might launch new specialized GeForce GTX 1060 models for cryptocurrency mining.
We've already started seeing more GeForce GTX 1050 Ti availability here in the U.S. Sadly, the pricing leaves much to be desired. While Kuroutoshikou's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will arrive in Japan with a price tag of ￥20,727 (~$190.97), custom models in the U.S. market currently retail between $330 and $600. That's pretty insane since the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has five years under its belt now and had launched for $139.
With how ridiculous pricing is right now and the graphics card shortage, picking up a pre-built PC, especially one of the best gaming PCs, suddenly doesn't sound like a bad idea anymore.
GTX 1050 Ti vs. GTX 1050 Specs, & 1060, 1070, & 1080
|NVIDIA Pascal Specs Comparison|
|GTX 1050||GTX 1050 Ti||GTX 1060 3GB||GTX 1060 6GB||GTX 1070||GTX 1080|
|GPU||GP107-?||GP107-?||GP106 Pascal||GP106 Pascal||GP104-200 Pascal||GP104-400 Pascal|
|Fab Process||14nm||14nm||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET|
|Memory Clock||7Gbps||7Gbps||8Gbps||8Gbps||8Gbps||10Gbps GDDR5X|
|Power Connectors||None||None||1x 6-pin||1x 6-pin||1x 8-pin||1x 8-pin|
|Release Date||November, 2016||10/25/2016||August, 2016||7/19/2016||6/10/2016||5/27/2016|
|Release Price||$110||$140||MSRP: $200||Reference: $300|
GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050
The GTX 1050 Ti has an MSRP of $140, placing it in direct competition with some mid-class RX 460 cards. No reference cards will exist for the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, and that includes a lack of “Founders Edition” cards. This is entirely a board partner launch, and availability will begin on October 25 for the GTX 1050 Ti, or about 2-3 weeks later for the GTX 1050 non-Ti card.
The 1050 Ti uses a GPU that operates on just two GPCs, the same as the GTX 1060 6GB and 3GB cards, with 3 SMs per GPC on the GTX 1050 Ti. Each SM hosts the usual 128 CUDA cores per SM, nothing new there, and that nets us 768 total CUDA cores. In terms of performance scaling, that'd mean the GTX 1050 Ti operates on approximately 40% fewer CUDA cores than the GTX 1060 6GB model.
Note also that the GTX 1050 Ti and 1050 are on 14nm fabrication process, which is part of nVidia's already ongoing process switching based on supply availability.
NVidia's GTX 1050 Ti runs the usual 8x TMUs per SM, resulting in a 48 texture map unit count and 32 ROPs. The GTX 1060 isn't quite double, but stands close with its 80 TMUs (and 48 ROPs). This specification disparity will primarily contribute to better 1440p gaming performance on the GTX 1060, which we've already shown is a fully capable card for high/ultra gaming at 2560x1440.
The stock clock of the GTX 1050 Ti is listed as 1290MHz, or 1392MHz boosted. We were told by nVidia that AIB partner models can allegedly overclock upwards of 1900MHz with an additional power header – though that's something GN will independently validate.
Speaking of power headers, the 1050 Ti doesn't need one – TDP is rated for 75W, meaning minimal power required to cool the GP107 GPU. It is not until factoring in heavier overclocks or other ancillary features that additional power headers will become necessary, though using one anyway will lighten load on the PCIe bus. The most important takeaway here is that the 1050 Ti can be operated on PSUs nearing 300-400W, depending on other hardware in the system. The industry is finally moving away from big power supplies, and this will hopefully encourage PSU manufacturers to invest at the low end. Right now, the 300W PSU market is largely filled with garbage – but that is slowly changing.
Memory speed functions at a reduced 7Gbps for both the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti, down from 8Gbps on the GTX 1060 6GB GPUs. This is coupled with a reduction in memory capacity, the GTX 1050 at 2GB and 1050 Ti at 4GB. It's worth pointing out that this will almost certainly confuse buyers, as the GTX 1060 3GB card runs more SMs, cores, and an overall more powerful GPU than the GTX 1050 Ti, but has 3GB VRAM (or 1GB less than the 1050 Ti). We know that most of our readers understand that VRAM is not a direct measurement of performance, and that the SM resource availability is more important, but not all buyers will get that. This feeds into our argument that nVidia should have named the GTX 1060 3GB something different.
The memory subsystem for each card includes reliance on a 128-bit memory interface, totaling bandwidth of 112GB/s for each device.
As for the GTX 1050, it's the same GPU. Take everything we just told you about the GTX 1050 Ti, then kill one SM. That results in a GTX 1050, which runs 5 SMs rather than 6, and nets a reduction of 128 CUDA cores and 8 TMUs. The core clock is increased to 1354MHz base and 1455MHz boost on the GTX 1050 non-Ti, with memory again at 7Gbps.
The GTX 1050 is available only in 2GB SKUs – and we hope it stays that way. There's no real reason for a 4GB GTX 1050 to exist.
In its press conference, nVidia made it a point to illustrate the nth-degree performance swing between using an IGP only (e.g. HD series Intel GPU) and adding a GTX 1050. We think this comparison is vacuous, seeing as no one is realistically going to be considering playing GTA V and the Witcher 3 on an i5 IGP. Take a look at that footnote: averaged performance of Fallout 4, GTA V, and The Witcher 3 (some of the most intensive titles out) as amalgamated with Overwatch, Battlefront, and Tomb Raider, and with “1080p/medium” settings across the board. The FPS disparity there is tremendous. Overwatch alone would throw the average.
We think this comparison is misguided. This is not revolutionary, nor is it news. Adding a dGPU improves performance. Everyone knows that.
The more useful set of data is below:
This initial GTX 1050, provided by nVidia (press cards haven't arrived yet), highlights that the GTX 1050 should sustain ~60FPS AVG in GTA V with medium settings and Overwatch with High settings. We'll also look into frametime performance once our models arrive. These numbers provide some minimal expectation as to performance, though, and something against which we can write our review later th is week.
We have cards en route. Check back this week for reviews. To our knowledge, no reviewers received cards from nVidia in time for day-one publication. Cards are being distributed through board partners for this round.
Editorial: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke
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NVIDIA brings back the GTX 1050 Ti to mitigate the global GPU shortage
When NVIDIA launched the GTX 1050 Ti in October of 2016, Obama was still president and Samsung’s fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 was the biggest tech news. Now it seems that this relatively ancient GPU is coming back due to an acute shortage of GPUs,PC World has reported.
NVIDIA confirmed that it was “meeting market demand which remains extremely high,” by re-releasing older GPUs including the RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti to its board partners. NVIDIA pointed out that neither product was technically at the end of its life, “so ‘reviving’ seems like the wrong terminology to use here,” it said. That may be the case, but of course the GTX 1050 Ti is nearly obsolete compared to modern GPUs.
Still, the GTX 1050 Ti will give buyers a cheap option for non-demanding games. NVIDIA could also sell it without tapping its GDDR6 memory supply, as the GPU uses older GDDR5 chips. Since the card won’t work for certain types of cryptocurrency mining, releasing new stock might keep the prices down for gamers, as well.
The GTX 1050 Ti launched at just $139 but is currently selling for well above that, with prices ranging from $190 to $800. Meanwhile, the RTX 2060 launched on the market in early 2019 for $350, but can be found on NewEgg from $800 to $1,644, not exactly an affordable price point for most gamers.
New NVIDIA 3000-series GPUs are all but impossible to find, simply because NVIDIA (and rival AMD) can’t get enough GPUs to keep up with demand. NVIDIA and AMD both use TSMC to manufacture their chips, and that company currently can’t make enough of them to keep up — though it’s spending up to $28 billion this year alone to change that. Meanwhile, President Biden has promised to tackle the issue with executive orders, but it’s likely to take years before that changes anything.