Here's what you need to know about the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, Nvidia's latest budget graphics cards. In this article we outline their price, specs and where to buy them. Also see GTX 1070 reviewGTX 1080 review and GTX 1060 review.

Nvidia's GP107 Pascal-based graphics cards, the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti compete with the AMD RX460 - a budget GPU that also doesn't require dedicated power from the PSU. 

Update 2 December: According to a Digitimes report, Nvidia GTX 1050 GPUs are ready for gaming laptops and will be shown off at CES 2017 in January. This will no doubt create a price war on gaming laptops, so if you're planning to buy a gaming laptop and have a tight budget, it's well worth waiting for these to appear on shelves. The report says, "Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Lenovo are all planning to showcase their latest gaming notebooks using Intel's new processors and Nvidia's new GPUs at CES 2017. Motherboard players are also expected to unveil their 200 series motherboards and mini PC products during the show."

GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti UK price: How much does the GTX 1050 cost?

  • GTX 1050 Ti 4GB: £139 / $139  
  • GTX 1050 2GB: £115 / $109 

The recommended price from Nvidia is £139 / $139 for the GTX 1050 Ti and £115 / $109 for the GTX 1050. This close to AMD's RX460 pricing, but the UK price of Nvidia's GPUs is a little more expensive. Also see: AMD RX 480, 470, 460 UK release date, price, features and specification.

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GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti UK release date: Where to buy the GTX 1050? When is the GTX 1050 out?

Release date: 25 October 2016

Both GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti were available globally on 25 October 2016. The cards are available through various retailers in the UK, such as: AmazonOverclockers UK, Box.co.uk, Scan and Ebuyer.

Unlike the other cards in the range, the GTX 1050 won't be available as a Founders Edition card and will only be available through partners and system builders, such as Acer, Alienware, ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Origin, Razer, Sager and XMG. Also see: AMD RX 480, 470, 460 UK release date, price, features and specification.

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GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti specifications: GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti features

At a glance GTX 1050 Ti 4GB:

  • CUDA Cores: 768
  • Core Clock: 1290MHz 
  • Boost Clock: 1392MHz
  • VRAM: 4GB GDDR5
  • TFLOP: 2.13
  • Memory Clock: 7Gbps 
  • Memory Bus Width: 128-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth: 112 GB/s
  • TDP: 75W
  • Transistors: 3.3b
  • Manufacturing process: Samsung 14nm FinFET
  • Power connector: None

At a glance GTX 1050 2GB:

  • CUDA Cores: 640
  • Core Clock: 1354MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1455MHz 
  • VRAM: 2GB GDDR5
  • TFLOP: 1.86 
  • Memory Clock: 7Gbps 
  • Memory Bus Width: 128-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth: 112 GB/s 
  • TDP: 75W
  • Transistors: 3.3b
  • Manufacturing process: Samsung 14nm FinFET
  • Power connector: None

Both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti will have 14nm Pascal chips that are produced by Samsung - interestingly enough, Nvidia has decided to not use the same manufacturing process as the rest of the GTX 10xx line, whereby it no longer uses a TSMC 16nm FinFET process.

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The cards come in only one configuration and don't require additional power from the PSU to work. This means that just like the AMD RX460, the new Nvidia budget cards run on a single PCIe slot from the motherboard. This means that they only require 75W of power - meaning a 300W PSU should be sufficient to run your entire PC gaming rig!

GTX 1050 & 1050ti - Benchmarks

Nevertheless, some of Nvidia's partners are set to release a 1x 6-pin or 1x 8-pin PSU connector variant, which will allow users to further overclock their GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 cards.

The cards do not support Nvidia's SLI technology, meaning you can only run one at a time. On the other hand, the cards do support G-Sync, a welcome addition to those who have G-Sync enabled monitors.

The cards also use GDDR5 and not GDDR5X - this is to be expected, given only the GTX 1080 uses GDDR5X memory.

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In terms of form factor, Nvidia's partners are producing small-form factor cards, with others opting to have a dual-fan design - both cards are set to be two-slot cards, but we expect single slot models to be produced down the line.

It will be up to Nvidia's partners to include different connectors on the card - but Nvidia made it clear that their reference board is capable of outputting every signal.

Unfortunately, there is no news on the GTX 1050's being available in laptops just yet. See also: Best graphics cards 2016.

In order to see how all the numbers stack up, here's a comparison to other Nvidia cards:

GTX 1050 V GTX 1050 Ti: Which graphics card is the best?

We do not currently have benchmark data to share, but we figure that the GTX 1050 Ti is a faster card. The GTX 1050 Ti also features two extra gigabytes of VRAM - this is very important to those who will use the game for more visually intense games. 

Given the small price difference between the two cards, we expect the GTX 1050 Ti to be the more popular card, as an extra 2GB VRAM can go a long way in games.

We expect both cards to be used in full-HD 1080p setups, with 1440p and 4K gaming to be out of the question, unless you favour sub 20fps gaming (definitely not recommended).

GTX 1050 & 1050ti - Performance

Over previous generation cards, the GTX 1050 has a noticeable gain over the GTX 750 Ti (a fan favourite) and the GTX 650. We expect the GTX 1050 Ti to have an even larger performance gain over older generation cards, given its larger 4GB VRAM.

The cards both run on the Pascal architecture, which give the cards great power efficiency and low heat output. Despite Pascal being made VR-ready, we don't expect either of the cards to be build for VR, given their specifications.

However, we do expect Nvidia Ansel to be available to gamers. The tool provides a way of editing and viewing different angles of your in-game screenshot. It even has the ability to take full 360 VR screenshots - an exciting prospect for a selection of games which will have full support for Ansel.

We feel that both cards will be ideal to most, with Nvidia wanting to make the upgrade process extremely simple for inexperienced users. See also: How to build a gaming PC | How to upgrade your graphics card.

GTX 1050 & 1050ti - Upgrade

Also see: Nvidia GTX 1060, GTX 1070 & GTX 1080 | Nvidia's Pascal architecture | Nvidia GTX 1080 vs GTX 1070.