GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti Release and Overview

The all new GeForce GTX 1050 has just been released with its big brother, the GTX 1050 Ti, being right around the corner. The new graphics card is surely to become popular among gamers looking for high performance from an entry level card. Join us as we  take an in-depth look at the specifications of the new GTX 1050 and review its benchmarks to see how well it compares against its closely matched rivals.

Overview

Nvidia has been focused on high end graphics cards for months now, and has finally made a move to compete with lower end budget cards such as the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470. The all new GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti are a set of all new graphics cards in the GTX 10-series that will surely live up to the older GeForce GTX 750 Ti's legacy. A very important similarity between the new GTX 1050 and the older GTX 750 Ti is that they both have low power consumption at just 75W, and they do not require any power connectors from the power supply in order to support them (a feature that the GTX 950 failed to achieve.)

The GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti both use slightly different technology than the rest of the GTX 10-series. The reason being because they are built on Nvidia's Pascal architecture using a brand new "GP107" graphics processor, and  using a 14nm process at an undisclosed manufacturer. All this, while the rest of the 10-series was built using the 16nm manufacturing process.

Nvidia Pascal Architecture

At first glance (see the table below) we can see that the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti hit lower overall clock speeds than the rest of the 10-series (all which boast at least 1,500MHz base clocks and boost clocks exceeding 1700MHz.) In comparison neither of the new cards achieves 1,500MHz under boost. However, Nvidia has claimed that they were able to "hit speeds in excess of 1,900MHz with ease" when overclocking them manually/internally.

  GTX 1050 Ti GTX 1050
Engine Specifications
NVIDIA CUDA Cores 768 640
Base Clock (MHz) 1290 1354
Boost Clock (MHz) 1392 1455
Memory Specifications
Memory Speed 7 Gbps 7 Gbps
Standard Memory Config 4 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) 112 112
Technology Support
Simultaneous Multi-Projection Yes Yes
VR Ready No No
NVIDIA Ansel Yes Yes
NVIDIA SLI* Ready Yes Yes
NVIDIA G-SYNC-Ready Yes Yes
NVIDIA GameStream-Ready Yes Yes
NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0 3.0
Microsoft DirectX 12 API w/ feature 12 API w/ feature
Vulkan level 12_1 level 12_1
API Yes
OpenGL 4,5 4.5
Bus Support PCIe 3.0 PCIe 3.0
OS Certification Windows 7-10, Linux Windows 7-10, Linux
Display Support
Max Digital Resolution 7680x4320 @ 60Hz 7680x4320 @ 60Hz
Standard Display Connectors DP 1.4', HDMI2.0b DP 1.4', HDMI2.0b
Multi Dual LInk-DVI Dual Link-DVI
Monitor Yes
HDCP 2.2 2.2
Graphics Card Dimensions
Height 4.38" 4.38"
Length 5.7" 5.7"
Width 2-Slot 2-Slot
Thermal and Power Specifications
Maximum GPU Temperature (Celcius) 97 97
Recommended System Power (Min.) 300W 300W
Supplementary Power None None

Benchmarks

The chart below has been compiled by PCGamer.

GeForce GTX 1050 Benchmarks

As the chart above suggests, the GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti do a fantastic job gaming at 1080p on medium settings and still pull their weight on ultra settings. The GTX 1050 Ti has marginally better performance due to it's less-trimmed "GP107" graphics processor and higher CUDA core count. You may find yourself tweaking certain games for better performance, such as Ashes of Singularity which only averaged 23-29 FPS on ultra settings, which is still admiral for an entry level card in its price range. The cards by default generally already outperform the Radeon RX 460 and fall just short of the RX 470. However, once we start overclocking we expect to see performance levels on par or even exceeding the RX 470. The cards are extremely power efficient resulting in the temperatures being kept relatively low, leaving plenty of room for even unexperienced overclockers to boost their performance with mild overclocks.

Summary

The GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti are great entry level graphics cards capable of achieving impressive performance on games set on medium settings at 1080p resolution. The new cards from Nvidia use low power resulting in low temperatures and quiet operation. If you're looking for an inexpensive card worthy of running the latest titles, and are not interested in VR or 4K ultra resolution capabilities, this card may be the perfect fit for an average gamer like yourself.