This year has been a busy one for NVIDIA, what with the introduction of its highly anticipated GeForce GTX 1080 and, most recently, the high-end Titan X graphics cards. But the company isn't forgetting about the entry-level crowd. Today, it announced the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, a pair of GPUs built for people who want to get into PC gaming. They're both based on NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, and the company says you'll be able to play many titles at a "smooth" 60 frames per second in 1080p. That includes games like Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Star Wars Battlefront, The Division and more.
As for the difference between the two, the GTX 1050 Ti is slightly more powerful, featuring 768 CUDA cores and 4GB of GDDR5 RAM. The GTX 1050, in comparison, offers 640 CUDA cores and only 2GB of GDDR5 RAM. Neither card supports virtual reality platforms, but that's not surprising given their low starting price. What's more, although there's no external power connector needed, the company promises that the cards' performance won't disappoint.
You can buy the GTX 1050 on October 25th at $109, while the GTX 1050 Ti is expected to arrive around November 8th for $139 and above. And if these aren't good enough for you, don't forget NVIDIA also has the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070, which cost $249 and $379, respectively. Unless, of course, you prefer AMD's budget-friendly gaming cards, the RX 460 and RX 470.