NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 1050 3GB For Budget Gamers

Nvidia have officially unveiled their latest graphics card. But no, it's not a shiny new GTX 1180, it's a GTX 1050 hybrid, with a faster, more powerful GPU, but a low memory subsystem.






The new 3GB version of the GTX 1050 sports a Pascal GP107 GPU, with 768 CUDA cores compared with the standard 2GB variant, which only has 640 inside it. That puts its GPU configuration on the same level as the speedier GTX 1050 Ti, but it also boasts a higher boost and base clock speeds than either of the other two older cards.
On the GPU front, the memory configuration is where things look a little less pleasing. Despite having more GDDR5 memory than the standard GTX 1050, this 3GB version only utilises a 96-bit aggregated memory bus and therefore has a much lower memory bandwidth than any other GTX 1050 card that's been created before.
The newer GTX 1050 3GB is listed on Nvidia's site using the same 7Gbps memory, but seemingly only using three 1GB GDDR5 modules, which then only support an aggregated 96-bit memory bus. The 2GB version divided its memory capacity over four chips allowing it greater memory bandwidth and support for the full 128-bit bus.




GTX 1050 Ti GTX 1050 (3GB) GTX 1050 (2GB)
Nvidia Cuda Cores 768 768 640
Base Clock (MHz) 1290 1392 1354
Boost Clock (MHz) 1392 1518 1455
Memory Speed 7Gbps 7Gbps 7Gbps
VRAM 4GB DDR5 3GB DDR5 2GB DDR5
Memory Interface Width 128-bit 96-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) 112 84 112
VR-Ready No No No
Nvidia G-Sync-Ready Yes Yes Yes
Nvidia GameStream-Ready Yes Yes Yes
Nvidia GPU Boost 3.0 3.0 3.0
Maximum GPU Temperatures (C) 97 97 97
Graphics Card Power (W) 75 75 75
Recommended System Power (W) 300 300 300
How that weaker memory performance will affect the pace of the new GTX 1050 3GB will be interesting to see. In a statement to PC World, an Nvidia represented stated that: "It depends on the game, but on average, GTX 1050 3GB is approximately 10 percent faster than GTX 1050 2GB.... it’ll occupy the similar price bands with the existing lineup."

NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 1050 3GB For Budget Gamers NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 1050 3GB For Budget Gamers Reviewed by Rajat Negi on May 22, 2018 Rating: 5

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