Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

1080p at 60fps for next to nix.

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This price point is about as low as you can go and still get a ‘real’ gam­ing GPU. For bud­get gamers, what you’re aim­ing for at this price is a card that can av­er­age around 60fps at 1080p in mod­ern games, and you can gen­er­ally get that with the 1050 Ti, pro­vided you turn the de­tail set­tings down to Medium/Nor­mal.

This end of the mar­ket is sur­pris­ingly com­pet­i­tive, with a few cards hov­er­ing around the $200 price point that are worth con­sid­er­ing, in­clud­ing AMD’s Radeon RX 560 — re­cently launched, and largely based on the RX 460 from mid-2016, but with 15% more cores and slightly faster clock speeds. Nvidia’s bud­get cards (the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti) are from late-2016, so they’re also get­ting long in the tooth.

Ul­ti­mately, though, if you have $200 to spend, you want to spend all of it. The RX 560 is sell­ing for around $160 to $170 on the street — it isn’t too bad a card, and it’s es­sen­tially neck and neck with the GTX 1050 on bang-for-buck. But spend an ex­tra $30–$40 and you’ll be able to pick up a card that’s about 20–25% faster — the 1050 Ti. Like the GTX 1050, it’s based on Nvidia’s most re­cent Pas­cal ar­chi­tec­ture, so they’re cut from good stock. How­ever, they’re also cut down quite deeply. At around $170, the slower GTX 1050 proves to be quite good bang-for-buck if you’re look­ing strictly at 1080p per­for­mance in cur­rent games, but its 2GB of VRAM is go­ing to find it hit­ting a wall sooner rather than later. The 1050 Ti dou­bles that to 4GB, and it’s about 15–20% faster over­all. That makes it a good deal more fu­ture­proof — and, in our book, worth the ex­tra cost.

Ver­dict

While there are cheaper op­tions out there, this one takes home the gold for all-round value.

$210 | WWW.NVIDIA.COM

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