NVIDIA Could Be Prepping A GeForce GTX 1050 3GB For Entry-Level Gaming

GeForce GTX 1050

Most of the rumors surrounding NVIDIA's future graphics card plans are related to whatever it has in store as a successor to Pascal, whether that means porting Volta over to the gaming sector or rolling with Turing or Ampere. However, NVIDIA might not be finished with Pascal. The latest GPU rumor about team green is that NVIDIA is prepping a 3GB version of its entry-level GeForce GTX 1050 card for cost conscious gamers.

If that comes to fruition, budget gamers would have three GeForce GTX 1050 models to choose from, including 2GB and 3GB variants of the GeForce GTX 1050, and the Ti model with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Before we get to the rumor, let's have a look at the specs of the existing GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti
Specifications & Features

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
GPCs 2 2
Streaming Multiprocessors 5 6
CUDA Cores (SP) 640 768
Texture Units 40 48
ROP Units 32 32
Base Clock 1354MHz
Boost Clock 1455MHz
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
Memory Interface 128-Bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s
112 GB/s
Text. Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 54.2 GigaTexels/sec
61.9 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication Process 14 nm
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
Dual Slot
Power Connectors NONE NONE
Recommended PSU 300 Watts
300 Watts
TDP 75 Watts
75 Watts
Thermal Threshold 97°C
Price $109 MSRP - Find Them At Amazon $139 MSRP - Find Them At Amazon

Those are launch MSRPs, by the way, and not current inflated pricing caused (in part) by cryptocurrency mining. That's a topic for another day. What's of interest here is the rumored GeForce GTX 1050 3GB model. Having an additional 1GB of GDDR5 memory would presumably help in some games, especially if attempting to run at a higher resolution. What isn't known, however, is if the added memory would come at the expensive the memory bus width—NVIDIA could decide to go with a 96-bit bus instead of a 128-bit pipe.

That wouldn't be necessary in our opinion, as even with a bigger frame buffer, there would still be separation between the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, as the later has more CUDA cores and texture units. The bigger question is how would NVIDIA price its new card?

Going by the original MSRPs, there's not much gap between the 1050 and 1050 Ti—just $30. Rather than split the difference, we could see a price cut on the 1050 2GB to make room for the 3GB model. That's assuming the rumor is accurate in the first place, which we don't know. If it is, another possibility is that this could be a SKU specifically for the Chinese market, or for use in OEM systems only, neither of which would be unprecedented.