NVIDIA has been on a rampage throughout 2016 with GPU announcements and launches, starting it all off in May with the reveal and release of the first consumer graphics card based on the Pascal architecture in the form of the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.
Between May and now, we've also had the new Titan X and GeForce GTX 1060 revealed, as well as notebook GPUs launched at NVIDIA's London event in August. So to say 2016 has been busy has been an understatement - and trust me, I've spent over 200 hours flying around the world to these GPU events (not just NVIDIA, but AMD's events as well) - and it never stops. We're back again with the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, with the first card off the GP107 rank being MSI's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G.
But before we dive into MSI's card, let's walk through what NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is capable of, and what type of performance/feature benefit we're going to experience coming in from the GTX 600, GTX 700 and GTX 900 series graphics cards.
GIVEAWAY: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G / 2G (running for the next two weeks)
FTW: Continued Focus on eSports
NVIDIA has been heavily focused on eSports for a while now, and it's something that I admire about the company. It has nothing to do with the review and won't change my thoughts on the card, but the mid-range market is where gamers will be upgrading their PCs and setting up new PCs - and millions of them watch, participate, and love eSports.
The money being pumped into eSports continues to skyrocket, with 206 million eSports fans in 2014 - growing to a huge 292 million in 2016, and the year isn't even over yet. DOTA 2 continues to pile money onto the mound, with $20 million+ offered during the last The International tournament.
This is where NVIDIA steps in with some facts on the gaming industry, with the GeForce brand being the #1 brand in PC gaming with over 100 million GeForce gamers in the world now. NVIDIA's graphics card hardware is #1 on Steam, #1 for iCafe use, and #1 for professional eSports.
What's the Difference? GeForce GTX 1050 + GTX 1050 Ti
NVIDIA has launched two new graphics cards, with the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which are both quite similar in some aspects, and in others, they are very different beasts.
Starting with the GeForce GTX 1050, we have 640 CUDA cores from the Pascal architecture, 2GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a 75W TDP. The faster GeForce GTX 1050 Ti has 768 CUDA cores, 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, and the same 75W TDP. Both graphics cards are launching today, October 25 - with retail availability expected for November 8.
Price wise, NVIDIA has priced the GeForce GTX 1050 at $109 while the higher-end GTX 1050 Ti has a price of $139.
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