I have to admit after seeing the Nvidia GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti I was less than impressed. In an instant I rushed to judgement before realising that a smaller form factor does not mean that you are getting less performance. At the price points of $109 (GTX 1050) and $139 (GTX 1050 Ti) you aren’t going to be wowed but it will be a major step up from onboard graphics. According to specs you should be able to play games in Full HD but there will be limitations.
Being based on the pascal architecture with the new GP 107 that uses the 14nm process is a positive move. It’s a sign that Nvidia are taking their budget friendly cards seriously. Credit can be given to AMD here since they made a point of focusing their efforts on delivering pleasing performance without the need to break the bank.
The cards have an ace up the sleeve as well in terms of power consumption where they may require 75W which can be delivered through the PCI-e port and with no need for a direct connection to the PSU. Expect to find different variations of both GPUs from the many manufacturers around though initially there will be a 2GB GTX 1050 and 4GB GTX 1050 Ti.
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