Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 10-series of Graphics chips have been focusing on the high-end chipsets for a long time, but finally, the company has paid attention to entry level Graphics cards. The new $109 GeForce GTX 1050 and its bigger brother, the $139 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, are a pair of affordable new graphics cards designed to ease introductions into PC gaming.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) fabricates the GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060 using the 16nm manufacturing process and Nvidia’s “Pascal” GPU architecture, but the GTX 1050’s brand-new “GP107” graphics processor is built using the 14nm process at an undisclosed manufacturer which is most likely to be Samsung.
Budget gamers can install Nvidia’s new cards into a prebuilt “big box” PC from the likes of Dell and HP in order to easily transform them into full-fledged gaming machines. This possibility matches what 2 GB variants of the Radeon RX 460 can also offer.
The GTX 1050 Ti is a 4GB card with 768 CUDA cores, 48 texture units, 32 render outputs (ROPS), and a 128-bit memory path (768:48:32). The GTX 1050 is a 640-core GPU with 40 texture units and the same 32 ROPS (640:40:32). The 1050 Ti has 4GB of RAM, while the 1050 has 2GB, but both cards offer 112GB/s of main memory. The RX 480 and RX 470 are offering more memory bandwidth, more cores and more texture units than their GeForce competitors, but feature fewer render outputs and run at much lower clock speeds. The RX 460’s cannot compete against the GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti. Furthermore, the GTX 1050 Ti can hit high clock rates — its 75W TDP doesn’t prevent the card from holding a maximum frequency around 1.8GHz.
Various reviews are available on both cards from specialised websites like Hot Hardware, DigitalTrends and Tom’s Hardware. According to those reviews, the RX 460 is generally outclassed in both DirectX 11and DirectX 12, by both the 1050 and the 1050 Ti. More than that, the GTX 1050 Ti’s 75 W TDP allows the graphics card to hit high clocks, holding a maximum frequency around 1.8GHz.
Nvidia isn’t releasing a Founders Edition version of the GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti, and a wide variety of custom boards from a wide variety of graphics card makers are now available after the lineup launched Tuesday.