NVIDIA Expects New $139 GTX 1050 Ti


Today NVIDIA has revealed the latest in their low-end GeForce GPUs, the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti. While not the first in line for a premium VR experience, the more powerful 1050 Ti is expected to meet Oculus’ newly revealed minimum specification.


Earlier this month at the company’s developer conference, Oculus announced a new VR rendering technology called Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW). The tech, which enables reprojection for positional movement of the headset, reduces frame rendering from 90 FPS to 45 FPS while creating new synthetic frames between each of those frames. The end result is a VR game that renders at 45 FPS, but displays through the headset at 90 FPS.


This greatly reduces the computing power needed to ensure a comfortable, stutter free VR experience, Oculus says, so much so that they announced a new, lower set of “Minimum Specifications” to accompany their “Recommended Specifications.” While the Recommended Specification calls for an ‘NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater’ GPU, the Minimum Specification drops things down to an ‘NVIDIA GTX 960 or greater’.

While Nvidia’s new $109 GTX 1050 is definitely out of the running, the $139 GTX 1050 Ti might just make the grade. The company confirmed to Road to VR that the 1050 Ti is undergoing evaluation internally and with Oculus to ensure that it has the power needed to meet the Minimum Specification.

“We expect that the [GTX 1050] Ti will meet [Oculus’ minimum] requirement,” said an Nvidia spokesperson who further added that the company recommends the more powerful GTX 1060 (which meets the Recommended Spec) for “native 90 FPS gameplay” which wouldn’t rely on Oculus’ Asynchronous Spacewarp. Oculus too, when introducing ASW, said that there’s “no replacement for native 90 FPS VR.”


While Nvidia expects the GTX 1050 Ti to meet the Oculus Minimum Specification, it’s important to note that Steam doesn’t yet have an equivalent to ASW rendering and still recommends a GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290 or better for the HTC Vive.


The GTX 1050 Ti is priced at $139 with a release date of October 25th and will be available from Nvidia’s hardware partners. The company doesn’t plan to launch a Founder’s Edition of the GPU as it has done with other 10-series cards.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Specs


Graphics Processing Clusters 2
Streaming Multiprocessors 6
CUDA Cores (single precision) 768
Texture Units 48
ROP Units 32
Base Clock 1290 MHz
Boost Clock 1392 MHz
Memory Clock 3504 Mhz
Memory Data Rate 7 Gbps
L2 Cahce Size 1024K
Total Video Memory 4096 MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s
Texture Rate (Bilinear) 61.9 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication Process 14 nm
Transistor Count 3.3 billion
Connectors 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x Dual-link DVI
Form Factor Dual Slot
Power Connectors None
Recommended Power Supply 300 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 75 Watts
Thermal Threshold 97 degrees C


Source: http://www.roadtovr.com/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1050-ti-oculus-minimum-specification-virtual-reality/