NVidia is back at it – today, they have announced these tiny little monsters that require no external power and operate strictly on the 75W or so that the PCIe connector is capable of providing.
The GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti announcement follows NVidia’s trend – starting from the high-performance cards, and then releasing the lower-tier ones; with today’s launch NVidia intends to compete with AMD’s already-released low-end offerings such as the RX 460.
AMD’s RX 460 costs $99 for the 2 GB version, and $129 for the 4 GB version, therefore NVidia has priced the GTX 1050 (with 2 GB of VRAM) at $109 and GTX 1050Ti (with 4 GB of VRAM) at $139. Sure that’s a wee bit more expensive than what AMD is offering, but they are also a wee bit faster than what AMD is offering.
At this price and tier, AMD’s RX 460 can manage to run solely on the 75W of power provided by the PCIe slot – NVidia obviously had to compete with this, and so the 1050 and 1050Ti do the same. This is important to note – NVidia is marketing these cards towards new gamers.
NVidia’s idea is this: because e-sports is gaining popularity, a lot of new gamers are switching to PC; people not only want to watch these e-sport events but also play the competitive games. For example, Valve’s ‘The International’ event for Dota 2 had a 20-million-dollar prize pool this year – more than many of the “real” sporting events. Dota 2, however, is a PC exclusive – so obviously this would create a bigger market for PC gaming.
Lower-tier cards such as the 1050 and 1050Ti help make PC gaming great… more accessible for those who would rather not spend half of their savings on a $1000 PC.
However, If you are looking for a card and have money to spend – you shouldn’t be looking at the lower-end or the higher-end. It is always recommended to buy a card that gives you the highest performance-to-price ratio, but pricing obviously depends on your region.
AnandTech has gone deeper into the specifications and performance claims NVidia makes for these cards; so far it seems to be a pretty decent card capable of delivering 60 FPS at 1080p for most games on high settings. However, games like GTA V and the recently released Gears of War 4 are still too demanding for a lower-tier card.
The GTX 1050Ti will be available across the world starting from October 25th, while GTX 1050 will be available from November 4th.