Nvidia releases new GTX 1050 (3GB) for gamers on a budget

Nvidia announced its GTX 1050 lineup comprised of the GTX 1050 (2GB) and 1050 Ti back in October 2016. The 10-series desktop GPUs also received their laptop counterparts slightly later in January 2017. Now, Nvidia has quietly released a 3GB VRAM version of the GTX 1050.

As the name of the new card suggests, it sits somewhere in the middle between the older GTX 1050 the superior 1050 Ti, although it appears to be closer to the latter. The specifications sheet comparing the three cards can be viewed below:

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

As can be seen, the new GTX 1050 sits quite nicely between the two older cards, offering 1GB more VRAM than the 1050 (2GB). In fact, it even boasts clock speeds higher than the GTX 1050 Ti as well.

That said, the card obviously comes with a few compromises compared to its predecessors. It features a memory interface width of 96-bit instead of the 128-bit offered by the older cards, which also results in a bandwidth of 84GB/s compared to the 112GB/s touted by its predecessors.

Pricing is unconfirmed as of yet, however, 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."

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