EVGA releases two GTX 1050 3GB graphics cards

EVGA releases two GTX 1050 3GB graphics cards

EVGA releases two GTX 1050 3GB graphics cards

EVGA has officially unveiled their new Geforce GTX 1050 3GB Gaming series of graphics cards, offering increased VRAM capacity, more CUDA cores and higher clock speeds than the GPU’s existing 2GB variant. 

Sadly, these hardware upgrades come with a major downside, as Nvidia’s GTX 1050 3GB graphics cards offer a 25% reduction in memory bandwidth to accommodate a 3GB frame buffer. This specifications change means that the GTX 1050 3GB has been simultaneously upgraded and downgraded, making its performance benefits, or disadvantages over a standard GTX 1050 unclear.   

 

EVGA’s two GTX 1050 3GB SKUs are their GTX 1050 Gaming 3GB and their GTX 1050 Gaming Superclocked (SC) 3GB, with the GPU’s Superclocked variant offering higher base and boost clock speeds. In the table below you can see how this graphics card compared to both Nvidia’s GTX 1050 GB and Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti 4GB. Strangely, Nvidia’s GTX 1050 3GB models offer the same CUDA core count and higher clock speeds than Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti 4GB model. 

  

  EVGA Geforce GTX 1050 Gaming 2GB (SC) EVGA Geforce GTX 1050 Gaming 3GB (SC) EVGA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB (SC)
CUDA Cores 640 768 768
Base Clock Speed 1354MHz (1417MHz) 1392MHz (1455MHz) 1290MHz (1354MHz)
Boost Clock Speed 1455MHz (1531MHz) 1518MHz (1569MHz) 1392MHz (1468MHz)
Memory Capacity 2GB 3GB 4GB
Memory Bus Size 128-bit 96-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 112GB/s 84GB/s 112GB/s

(Superclocked edition clock speeds in brackets) 

EVGA releases two GTX 1050 3GB graphics cards  
Nvidia’s GTX 1050 3GB sits in a strange place within the GPU market, offering consumers a lot of advantages while delivering a few noteworthy downsides. We are currently entering into an era where 2GB of VRAM is becoming too small for even low-end graphics cards in modern games, making us see why Nvidia would want to release a higher VRAM version of their GTX 1050 GPU.  

The GTX 1050 3GB is a mixed bag, from a compute perspective it is a huge upgrade over the standard GTX 1050 2GB but when it comes to memory bandwidth, there is a 25% performance drop, which could limit the GTX 1050 3GB under certain workloads. Without dedicated testing, it is hard to know what the real world consequence of this downgrade is, making it difficult to recommend this graphics card. 

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