Meet The GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti
Today we’re able to tell all, with a trio of GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti cards from MSI and EVGA. We’ve got two cards from MSI – in both plain vanilla and Ti flavors – along with an EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SuperClocked Edition.
Before we dive in, here are the GPUs’ reference specifications, as outlined by NVIDIA. Keep in mind, however, that all of NVIDIA’s partners are offering custom GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti cards, so these specs are more of a guideline than the rule...
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
|CUDA Cores (SP)||640||768|
|Memory Clock (Data rate)||3504MHz (Effective Speed - ~8Gbps)||3504MHz (Effective Speed - ~8Gbps)
|L2 Cache Size||1024KB||1024KB
|Total Video Memory||2048 MB GDDR5||4096 MB GDDR5
|Total Memory Bandwidth||112 GB/s
|Text. Filtering Rate (Bilinear)||54.2 GigaTexels/sec
|Fabrication Process||14 nm
|Transistor Count||3.3 Billion||3.3 Billion
|Connectors||1 x Display Port
1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI
|1 x Display Port
1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI
|Form Factor||Dual Slot
|Recommended PSU||300 Watts
|Price||$109 MSRP - Find Them At Amazon||$139 MSRP - Find Them At Amazon
Pascal-based GPU, that’s somewhat smaller than previous offerings. The GPU is codenamed the GP107, and it is essentially a scaled-down version of the GP106 featured on the GTX 1060, but targeted at a more mainstream audience. Like its big brothers though, the GP107 supports all of the main features of Pascal, like Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP), Ansel, Fast Sync, and enhanced memory compression. If you'd like more detailed explanations of these features, please see our coverage of the GeForce GTX 1080.
TSMC, NVIDIA tapped Samsung for the GP107.
CUDA cores, arranged in 2 graphics processing clusters (GPC). Each GPC includes a dedicated raster engine and three SMs with 128 CUDA cores, eight texture units, a shared memory unit, and some L1 cache. There is 1024KB of L2 cache on the chip, and a total of 48 texture units. Each SM is also outfitted with a PolyMorph Engine that handles vertex fetch, tessellation, viewport transformation, vertex attribute setup, and perspective correction. It's also in the PolyMorph Engine that a new unit enables Simultaneous Multi-Projection. Note, however, that on the GeForce GTX 1050, one SM has been disabled, so there are only 640 total CUDA cores.
Another notable change versus other Pascal-based cards is that NVIDIA won’t be making a Founder’s Edition GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti. Instead, NVIDIA’s partners will be bringing custom boards to market, like the MSI and EVGA cards we’ve shown you here. Speaking of MSI and EVGA, each company’s cards actually feature somewhat different PCBs, but all of them are relatively small. The coolers are also different, but are fundamentally similar. Since these cards do NOT require additional power feeds and come in under the 75W limit of a x16 PCI Express slot, heat output is not a major consideration. As such, the cards feature basic aluminum heatsinks and single cooling fans. There will be higher-clocked models on the market at some point, however, with additional power connectors, which should allow for more overclocking headroom.
The MSI and EVGA cards featured here are factory overclocked, but still come in under the 75W mark. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has base / boost GPU clocks of 1354MHz / 1468MHz. The MSI GTX 1050 Ti OC comes in every so slightly lower at 1341MHz / 1455MHz. And the 2GB MSI GeForce GTX 1050 OC arrives with a 1404MHz base clock and a 1518MHz boost clock.
The MSI and EVGA cards we received for testing both shipped with similar bundles as well. Both cards included a basic lit pack, registration information, and a driver / utility disc. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SuperClocked Edition also included an EVGA case badge.