GeForce GTX 1050 Leak Says NVIDIA Is Ready To Satisfy Budget Gamers At $150 MSRP, No PCIe Power Required

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After launch its high-end GeForce GTX 1080 enthusiast-class GPU earlier this summer, NVIDIA has been quick to flesh out its Pascal family from top to bottom. Slotting in above the GTX 1080, we’ve seen the release of a new Titan X. Coming in below, NVIDIA launched the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1060 (in both 3GB and 6GB versions).

Now NVIDIA is ready to take the Pascal family deeper into entry-level territory with the GeForce GTX 1050. Still based on a 16nm FinFET manufacturing process, the GTX 1050 has just 768 CUDA cores compared to 1152 for the GTX 1060 (3GB) and a staggering 3584 or the Titan X. Base and boost clocks have also been reduced to 1318 MHz and 1380 MHz respectively.

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Whereas the GTX 1060 makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, the GTX 1050 gets a further reduction to 128-bits. GTX 1050 cards will be available in either 2GB or 4GB configurations, with the former being aimed at the ultimate penny-pinching DX12 gamer. When all is said and done, the GTX 1050 will have roughly half the FP32 compute performance of the GTX 1060 (3GB), coming in at 2.1 TFLOPs versus 4.0 TFLOPs.

The heavily neutered specs do come with some upsides, however. The GTX 1050 won’t require the use of a power connector (the GTX 1060 need a single 6-pin power connector) and it features a TDP of just 75 watts compared to 120 watts for the GTX 1060.

Performance wise, we expect the GTX 1050 to compare favorably against the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470. But we’ll have to save the benchmark numbers for when the GPU launches next month with an expected MSRP of $149.