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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Rumored For Launch in Late October – The Most Affordable Pascal Graphics Card

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Sep 16, 2016
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NVIDIA is soon going to launch their most affordable Pascal based graphics card. Known as the GeForce GTX 1050, the card would feature the same architecture and features found on NVIDIA’s Titan X (Pascal) which costs US $1200 but at a very entry level price for budget gamers. A rumor over at Zolkorn alleges a launch date between 24-28th of October.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Expected in Late October – Built For The Mass Gaming Community

The GTX 1050 is built on the Pascal architecture which was introduced in May 2016. Since then, NVIDIA has introduced four graphics cards. Most of these cards have been targeting the high-end market. The GTX 1060 did bring prices for Pascal GPUs down to the sub-$250 range. Most of that had to do with competition that AMD had brought in with their Polaris cards.

AMD’s Polaris cards are currently aiming the mass market with very affordable price rates. NVIDIA does offer a $199 solution of the 1060 with halve the memory and lower specs. This product competes against the $179 US, Radeon RX 470 card. Below that, NVIDIA has yet to launch a new graphics card.

SMP on Pascal graphics card is one of the biggest features that enables fast VR and multi-monitor gaming.

The GeForce GTX 1050 will be NVIDIA’s most affordable solution. It’s based on the new Pascal GP107 chip. The chip is the smallest of the Pascal family and is very easy to manufacturer on the 16nm process. This card is expected in two variants, a 2 GB and 4 GB model. The base model is expected to feature a price of $149 US. This puts the price in between the $119 US RX 460 and the $179 US RX 470.

The GeForce GTX 1050 – First To Use Pascal GP107 GPU

Earlier, leaked specifications revealed that the GP107 features 768 CUDA Cores. This would mean we are looking at 48 TMUs and 32 ROPs. As for clock speeds, we are looking at 1318 MHz core and 1380 MHz boost clock which is around a 250 MHz jump over the GM107 GPU. This increases the texture fill rate up to 84 GTexel/s (almost twice of GM107). The card should also feature up to 4 GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 7 GHz. This gives us 112 GB/s bandwidth along the narrow 128-bit bus interface.

A surprising thing about the GP107 chip is that it’s TDP is suggested at 75W. This means that NVIDIA can do away with additional PCI-e power connections on the reference cards. AIBs would follow too but that won’t stop them for offering more beefier designs that would cost extra. AMD’s Radeon RX 460 card also comes with no power connector on reference boards but AIB models with higher frequencies do support extra connectors.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA Titan X
Graphics CoreGP107GP107GP106GP104GP106GP104GP104GP102
Process Node14nm FinFET14nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Die Size132mm2132mm2200mm2314mm2200mm2314mm2314mm2471mm2
Transistors3.3 Billion3.3 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion12 Billion
CUDA Cores640 CUDA Cores768 CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1280 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores
Base Clock1354 MHz1290 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1607 MHz1417 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHz1392 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz1733 MHz1530 MHz
FP32 Compute1.8 TFLOPs2.1 TFLOPs4.0 TFLOPs4.0 TFLOPs4.4 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs11 TFLOPs
VRAM2 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X
Bus Interface 128-bit bus128-bit bus192-bit bus192-bit bus192-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus384-bit bus
Power ConnectorNoneNoneSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin Power8+6 Pin Power
TDP75W75W120W120W120W150W180W250W
Display Outputs1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
Launch DateOctober 2016October 2016September 2016TBD13th July 201610th June 201627th May 20162nd August 2016
Launch Price$109 US$139 US$199 US$199 US$249 US$379 US$599 US$1200 US

A lot of gamers with budget and entry tier PCs should look forward to the GTX 1050. Not only does it sound like a capable graphics card at HD resolution, but the efficiency of Pascal that rids of extra power connection should make it compatible with many HTPC setups.

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