Leaked GTX 1050 benchmarks reveal budget card’s 1080p power

We’ve seen a couple of leaks focused on Nvidia’s incoming GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics cards in recent times, and now full details on these Pascal-on-a-budget offerings have been spilled courtesy of what appear to be official launch slides – including game benchmarks for the vanilla 1050.

According to the press slides, published by Videocardz (a reputable source of GPU-related leaks), both the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti will launch a week today (October 25) priced at $109 (around £90, AU$140) and $139 (around £115, AU$180) respectively. That’s even cheaper than the previously rumored $149 for the latter, which will doubtless give AMD plenty of food for thought.

The core specs are also given, with the GTX 1050 having 640 CUDA cores, with 2GB of GDDR5 video RAM on board and a TDP of 75W. The GTX 1050 Ti will sport 768 CUDA cores, along with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, and the same TDP.

How fast does it go? 

Another slide (as highlighted by Neowin, which spotted the initial report) details GTX 1050 benchmarks for popular games running at 1080p, with the graphics card being partnered with a Core i5-4670K processor (presumably with no overclocking).

In Overwatch at high settings, the card managed to clock an average of 63 frames per second (fps), which is above the magic 60 fps mark for nicely smooth gameplay at full HD.

In World of Warcraft and Dota 2 running at the highest settings possible, the GTX 1050 racked up scores of 68 fps for both games. And in Grand Theft Auto V plus Gears of War 4, settings had to be dialed down to medium, but that ensured performance of 62 fps and 65 fps respectively.

Those are some heartening benchmarks when you remember we’re talking about a $109 (around £90, AU$140) video card, assuming these press slides are on the money, so to speak. And it bodes well for the sort of performance and benchmarks we can expect to get from the GTX 1050 Ti – we already saw some promising leaked 3DMark scores for that card.

Naturally, you can expect these video cards to be released in a number of different variants from the usual graphics vendors, some of which are pictured by Videocardz, and a few of them look to be pretty compact offerings that should fit easily inside small form factor cases.

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