Earlier this year Nvidia announced another graphics card in their densely populated line-up of GTX 1000 series. This was the Nvidia GTX GeForce 1050 3GB variant which is supposedly faster than a usual GTX 1050 2GB but on the other hand slower than a GTX 1050Ti 4GB card.
So why was this card even launched?
According to Nvidia, with increasing prices of graphics cards due to all the cryptocurrency hype, it has become a nightmare for gamers choosing their favorite PC parts. Especially those gamers who are on a tight budget. So the 1050 3GB card was introduced for those who couldn’t decide whether to go for a 1050 2GB variant and save some extra bucks or go all in and spend it on a 1050Ti 4GB which would eventually give them better performance and help them enjoy their favourite AAA titles at 1080p locked at 60 frames per second.
Which companies will be manufacturing the new 1050 3GB cards?
There are currently two major brands who will be manufacturing the new GTX 1050 3GB cards: Gigabyte and EVGA. Gigabyte announced earlier this year about their upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 OC 3G card having 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM. It will be featuring 768 Cuda cores same as a 1050Ti 4GB variant which is significantly more than the 1050 2GB variant card. The card will have a base clock of 1417MHz and a boost clock of 1556MHz in Gaming Mode. Whereas, when overclocked the speeds will be slightly more compared to Gaming Mode i.e a base clock of 1442MHZ and a boost clock of 1582MHz. Other than that Gigabyte will also be releasing a standard variant of the card which won’t have the ability to overclock and hence will cost a bit cheaper than the OC variant.
Not soon after Gigabyte announced the cards EVGA also came up with their two own 1050 variants: The standard one and SuperClocked edition. The standard one is clocked at a base frequency of 1392MHz and boost clock of 1518MHz. Whereas the SuperClocked variant performs slightly better having a base frequency of 1455MHz and a boost clock of 1569MHz. These cards can support upto 3 monitors at 8k resolution @60Hz. The cards have a single dual-link DVI-D a Displayport 1.4 and a single HDMI 2.0 port. It has a 75W TDP which means that at least a 300PSU is recommended to run it properly.
What about the pricing?
The EVGA GTX 1050 3GB is said to be priced at $159.99 (Rs 11,000 approx.) and
the GTX 1050 3GB SC (SuperClocked) Edition is said to be priced around $169.99 (Rs 11,700 approx.) The price range of the Gigabyte cards is yet to be known.
So would you rather buy a 1050 3GB or a 1050Ti 4GB?
Let us know in the comments section below!