While NVIDIA’s Pascal-powered GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 have things covered in the high-end of the spectrum, budget PC gamers have been waiting quite a while for a budget-oriented, Pascal card since the debut of the GTX 1080 back in May.
Well, penny-pinching gamers rejoice – there’s finally a budget GPU built on the new Pascal architecture – the GTX 1050, and the 1050 Ti. Today we’ll be taking out a card made by Zotac to see just what this budget GPU can do.
The GTX 1050 is a relatively smaller card compared to its bigger brothers, owing to its less complex architecture. Zotac’s example for review is the mini version of the GTX 1050, meant for compact gaming and media PCs. As such it only has a single 90mm fan for cooling, and a smaller, aluminum sunflower heatsink. One nice thing about GTX 1050s is the fact that it takes power directly from the PCIe bus – no external power is needed for the card to work. There’s a single DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-I connector at the rear.
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