GTX 1050 may be perfect for your budget gaming rig

This week the folks at NVIDIA have revealed the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, cards with high power and low cost. Both of these graphics cards are set to take the lowest of the low spots on NVIDIA's GPU ladder. This card is low end on price, but e-sports ready on a performance tip. This card aims for hardcore gamers with the ability to deliver 1080p at 60fps with no external power.

NVIDIA's GTX 1050 is part of the GTX 10 family, a line of GPUs with Pascal inside. This set of cards comes after releases earlier this year: GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060. Whats interesting about these cards is their inexpensiveness, their power, and their low TDP. Running a card like this with only the PCIe bus leaves room for a whole lot more in a quick-build machine.

Tap the above image to see a larger version – or just zoom in where necessary. Above you'll see specifications for the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti. NVIDIA's versions of the cards are tiny at a height of 4.38-inches and a length of 5.7-inches. Both cards take up a 2-slot space in a gaming PC, and both are able to support two or more monitors at once.

The GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti are available for $109 and $139 respectively, and both are set to launch on October 25th. A variety of manufacturers will have their own versions of these cards ready to roll then as well. The gallery below shows some of the various configurations coming soon.

While NVIDIA's spec shows a small piece of hardware, 3rd-party manufacturers seem torn. Some are sticking to the basics, one fan and a tiny footprint. Others are going big, making this card look like every other high-powered 2-fan unit. We'll know more about pricing from each OEM soon.

Meanwhile have a peek at our recent timeline of GTX 10 graphics cards and reviews to get an idea of what Pascal means to today's gamer elite.