According to the latest Steam hardware survey, the most popular PC gaming resolution (by far) is 1,920 x 1,080, accounting for 37.47 per cent of Steam users, while 2,560 x 1,440 is on just 1.81 per cent.
Loads of PC gamers clearly have no intention of moving beyond 1080p at the moment, and Nvidia’s latest GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is aimed squarely at this 1080p gaming club.
With cards costing just £139 inc VAT, the GTX 1050 Ti is also significantly cheaper than its GTX 1060- based brethren. It uses Nvidia’s slimmed down 16nm GP107 Pascal GPU, which has just six streaming multiprocessors, giving you 768 stream processors, compared to the 1,152 stream processors found in 3GB GTX 1060 cards.
Unlike the GTX 1060, it also has a slimmer 128-bit memory interface, although this also means it can easily be equipped with 4GB of memory. At stock speed, the GTX 1050 Ti’s 4GB of GDDR5 memory runs at 3504MHz (7008MHz effective), compared to the 8GHz (effective) GTX 1060 3GB memory speed. Meanwhile, the GPU core is clocked at 1290MHz, again a fair bit lower than the GTX 1060 3GB’s 1506MHz base clock, with a boost frequency of 1392MHz. As with the GTX 1060, there’s no SLI support either, so you can only use the GTX 1050 Ti in single card configurations.
One key bonus of the GTX 1050 Ti, however, is its very low power consumption. Stock cards don’t need any additional PCI-E power connectors, drawing all their power from the slot. Not every card comes without extra power connectors though. For our review, Asus sent us its GTX 1050 Ti Strix OC card (pictured), which features a 6-pin PCI-E connector.
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