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.
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|
|VRAM||4GB DDR5||3GB DDR5||2GB DDR5|
|Memory Interface Width||128-bit||96-bit||128-bit|
|Memory Bandwidth (GB/s)||112||84||112|
|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.”