Leaked specs detail upcoming entry-level NVIDIA GTX 1050

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New details have leaked out concerning another upcoming addition to NVIDIA's lineup of Pascal-based graphics cards in the GTX 1050. Set to come in behind the GTX 1060, the GTX 1050 will follow in the footsteps of the GTX 950 in offering a similarly positioned card based on the newer Pascal architecture.

GTX 1050

GTX 1050

According to the details leaked by BenchLife (via Neowin), the GTX 1050 will pack 768 CUDA cores with a base clock of 1316 MHz and the ability to boost to 1380 MHz. Compared to its predecessor, the GTX 950, the 1050 features the same number of CUDA cores while offering a bump in clock speed over the 950 from 1024 MHz base and 1188 MHz boost.

The GTX 1050 is also expected to be offered with either 2 or 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM while carrying relatively low power demands. Of course, none of this is set in stone until we hear the official word from NVIDIA, which is rumored to announce the card sometime in October. As for pricing, this one is expected to come in at around $150, according to BenchLife.

While certainly not intended to power a high-end gaming rig, the GTX 1050 could prove an interesting play for the low end of things. Would you be interested in one of these cards? Be sure to let us know in the comments! And don't forget to check out our roundup of the best graphics cards available now for more buying options.

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  • The 225 bucks rx480 8gb cost 350 bucks where i live. I bet this 150 bucks card will cost like 250 bucks.
  • It's because demand is very very high at the moment. Wait a year and the price should drop significantly ;)
  • It should only take 2 months for the supply to catch up
  • Hopefully we can get a low profile version of this or the 1060!
  • EVGA makes a shorter version of the 1060 with 3 GB of RAM, but it still requires a 6-pin power cable.
  • Taxes !
  • Is there enough detail here for anyone to make a rough comparison between this and the custom 940M with 1Gb memory that's in the current Surface Book?
    ​Am I right in thinking the power usage and heat output is quite a bit higher? How's would the performance increase look from the standard 940M or 950M compare with the Pascal equivalent?
    ​Or, how do the specs of this compare with the 1060 that's already been benchmarked? ​Essentially, my main concern is whether people think having this (or a version of it) could fit into a Surface Book 2 and be used to play a future PC version of Halo 5 or Halo 6, in a manner at least equivalent to the performance on the current Xbox One. PS. I'm enjoy reading about tech but want to defer to the wisdom of more technically experienced peeps :P
  • I'd expect that to be about 50% faster. The 940m and all the "m" related hardware were much worse than the equivalent desktop model. Take into account that the 1050 I would expect a 25% improvement the least from the 940 desktop version. Now when you add the huge gap from the M version. I could be completely wrong. Not sire how the 1050 performs in real world but the 10** series is stupidly fast so I wouldn't be surprised if we are talking about a way bigger gain than that. As for UDP check online the 940m. Then estimate a lower than what you find is the UDP of the 1060 and voila. You should get the picture :P I'm on the phone or I would do the research for you.
  • So the 1050 (assuming, like the rest of the 10** series, there is no huge difference between the mobile and desktop varients) should be faster than a 940M both because of the Pascal architecture (you're saying ~25%+) as well as the boost from switching up from an M to a desktop card as well? If that's the case, sweet :) ​No problem, I really appreciated that, kind friend on the internet!
  • Need 1/2 height card not short length
  • So... about double the power of a ps4? lol
  • it's basically a 960, but Pascal
  • Need to figure out what the equivalent of this is in the current 9x0-series
  • Wonder if my gtx760 can still keep up.