NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050 starts at $109

The manufacturer aimed the card at novitiates to PC gaming who want to run semi-recent games at a 'smooth' 60fps and 1080p.


Earlier today, NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, two GPUs aimed at entry-level PC players (via Engadget).

The GTX 1050 starts at $109 and will be available starting on October 25, while the GTX 1050 Ti starts at $139 and goes on sale on November 8.

"Everyone deserves great gaming," NVIDIA altruistically opined on its website. "That’s why we created the fast, powerful GeForce® GTX 1050. It’s loaded with innovative NVIDIA Game Ready technologies that let every gamer experience the latest titles in their full glory."

You'll find full specs for both GPUs on NVIDIA's site. Most of the key differences lie in cores and video RAM. The 1050 comes loaded with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and 640 CUDA cores, while the 1050 Ti gets a slight bump up, at 4GB of GDDR5 and 768 cores.

Derived from its Pascal architecture, NVIDIA promises that both cards are capable of running games like Grand Theft Auto V, BioShock Infinite, The Division, and Star Wars Battlefront at a "smooth" 1080p and 60 frames per second.

Players more comfortable with PC hardware and who want more bang for their buck are better suited to NVIDIA's pricier options, like the Titan X, priced at $1200.

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