Benchlife.info is reporting that Nvidia will be answering AMD's Radeon RX 460 with a Pascal-powered GeForce GTX 1050. If that site's sources are correct, the new GP107 chip on this card includes 768 stream processors across six Pascal SMs. A 128-bit path to 4GB of GDDR5 memory runs at 7GT/sec, giving the card as much as 112GB/sec of memory bandwidth. If Benchlife's GPU-Z screenshot is correct, the card will have 32 ROPs and 64 texturing units. The card may run at 1316MHz base and 1380MHz boost clocks.
If Benchlife's information is correct, the GTX 1050 will have the same number of stream processors as the cut-down GM206 chip in the GTX 950. It'll just run much faster. It's also getting 25% more ROPs and texturing units than the Maxwell part before it. While this rumored GTX 1050 might take over the GTX 750 Ti's place in the product stack, it's quite a bit more capable than that mini-Maxwell. We'd expect this part to deliver performance somewhere between that of a GTX 950 and a GTX 960.
The rumored GTX 1050's 75W board power puts it in direct competition with the Radeon RX 460 that we reviewed not long ago. If these rumors are correct, the GTX 1050 will have twice as many ROPs as the Radeon and slightly more texturing resources. Beyond that, the two cards are pretty closely matched on paper. Expect a contentious battle in the budget graphics space if (or when) the GTX 1050 actually breaks cover.
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