After many rumors over the past couple of weeks, Nvidia has officially announced both the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, filling out Nvidia's Pascal line-up with new entry-level products.
Nvidia is touting a 3x performance improvement in the GTX 1050 relative to the aging GTX 650, with the GTX 750 Ti falling between the two. For this reason, Nvidia is claiming the GTX 1050 is all you need to play your favorite games at frame rates above 60 FPS, including GTA V and Gears of War 4, albeit at modest resolutions and quality settings.
The company is positioning the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti as the perfect cards to transform basic PCs without discrete graphics into something that can play PC games. As both graphics cards don't require an external power connector, upgrading an old PC is easy and won't require a new power supply in most cases.
The specifications for the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti shouldn't surprise if you've been following the leaks. Both cards are based on Nvidia's GP107 GPU and feature 75W TDPs. The GTX 1050 has 640 CUDA cores alongside 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, while the GTX 1050 Ti bumps this up to 768 CUDA cores with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.
The GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti will both become available on October 25th from a wide variety of board partners; Nvidia is not releasing Founders Edition variants of these cards. The GTX 1050 Ti is priced at a modest $139, while the GTX 1050 is just $109, placing both in strong competition with AMD's Radeon RX 460.
Look out for a review of both cards on TechSpot shortly before the launch next week.