NVIDIA has been on an absolute roll this year. The company first announced it’s new GTX 1070 and 1080 desktop solutions back in March, then proceeded to shake up the industry even more by announcing that these fully-specked cores would be thrown in laptops, completely re-defining the power of a notebook. And while the ultra-powerful GTX 1080 Ti has yet to be announced by the supercomputing giant, they have opted to give the low end market a run for its money with some new desktop solutions.
NVIDIA has just announced the GEFORCE GTX 1050 and 1050Ti graphics cards, and you can get them in all shapes and sizes. The company has partnered with Asus, EVGA, Gigabgyte, MSI, PNY, and Zotac to give users a variety of options when selecting a card, so you can choose whatever option suits your build best. Though there are no third party benchmarks out yet, NVIDIA is touting 1.5x better performance on the 1050 over the 750Ti, and almost 2x better performance on the 1050Ti. Though these cards probably won’t be able to power your favorite virtual reality headset, but we’ll have to wait and see just how much power the community can pump out.
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Though NVIDIA is not making a reference model of this card, it is listing the MSRP of the 1050 at $109 while the 1050Ti sits at $139 US. These price points sit almost exactly in line with AMD’s RX 460, meaning the company is hoping the card will be the entry door for prospective e-sports players. NVIDIA is even advertising Overwatch right on the landing page, so you know they’re getting serious. Those who purchase the cards will also gain most all the benefits of the new Pascal architecture such as simultaneous multi-projection and asynchronous compute, making it a no-brainer when considering these cards over similar NVIDIA based options.
Cards will all be available starting October 25th, though we aren’t exactly sure in what quantity. We’re also wondering how these overclock, as it is very possible that users could get a lot more performance by pumping some more power through the cards. Since these run solely on PCIE however, it might be a bit dangerous to do this.
We’ll follow up with more information once it comes, but in the mean time stay tuned to VR Source for all the latest news on virtual reality, gaming, and beyond.