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Budget GPU Battle: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti vs AMD Radeon RX 470

By Victor Thomson , Oct 15, 2016 12:04 AM EDT
Next year GPUs battle will come to the new AMD Vega facing Nvidia's Pascal architecture. (Photo : 2kliksphilip/YouTube)

AMD is aiming to close the gap between its GPU offers and the current number one GPU provider and closest rival NVIDIA. Following Nvidia's plan to release before the year ends GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, a cheap Pascal-based GPU, AMD plans to make a price cut to its Radeon RX 470 graphics card offer.

Budget NVIDIA Pascal-Based GPU

As reported by Tweaktown.com, Nvidia is preparing to launch a budget graphics card with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti that could work very well with overclocking. This feature makes the upcoming Nvidia graphics card very attractive to gamers and overclocking enthusiasts. According to iSports Times, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is coded as GP107 GPU.

Aside from 4 GB GDDR5 128-bit memory bus, the upcoming Nvidia graphics card will reportedly feature 768 CUDA cores. It will come with 32 ROPs at 1318/1392 MHz and 48 TMUs. Tech experts expect that GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will be able to reach up to 112 GB/s memory bandwidth.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will come with a 6-pin PCIe power connector that will run on a 75 W TDP. Rumors are also claiming that the upcoming GPU will allow customization for maximum overclocking, while running only for a total of 150 W TDP. The maximum clock speed of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is expected to go as high as 1468 MHz boost clock speed and 1354 MHz base clock speed. According to rumors, this upcoming Nvidia graphics card will come with a price tag of only $149 for the basic version, but it could get as high as $170 for the reseller's customized versions.

Price Cut On Radeon RX 470 GPU

According to Hot Hardware, one of the rumors that hardware companies are taking into consideration right now is that Nvidia is planning to launch a cheap GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU. This upcoming Nvidia graphics card is expected to provide the impressive power of Pascal GPU architecture to gamers that are shopping on a tighter budget. This is the reason why AMD is cutting down the price of its Radeon RX 470 GPU with the aim to make it more attractive in its upcoming price battle with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

The Radeon RX 470 was launched with a price tag of $179. This price offers a good report between value and performance, being reasonable for a reasonably fast graphics card. But now, when Nvidia is preparing to launch its GTC 1050 Ti, the price of Rx 470 is about to get even cheaper. AMD is will cut $10 off its price, bringing the Radeon RX 470 down to $169.

For many, maybe this doesn't sound like much of a price cut, however, it might be enough to step up the competition between AMD and Nvidia's budget graphics cards. Once Nvidia will launch GeForce GTX 1050 Ti later this month, the company is expected to become again top gamers' choice. With the price reduction of its Radeon RX 470 graphics cards, AMD's is going to match head-to-head AMD's kind of deal.

We have also to remember that, during the time it was released, AMD's Radeon RX 470 is one of the top-selling graphics cards. The reason for this is the fact that the budget GPU comes with features comparable to that of top-end graphics cards such as GeForce GTX 1060 or even GTX 1070.

WCCFTech.com also reports on the rumor that AMD plans to cut its Polaris-based graphics card's price by $10. With a price difference of ariybd $20, the online publication speculates that the competition between AMD's Radeon RX 470 and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 will go down to the amount gamers can save vs. how powerful they would want their graphics card. A $20 saving on GeForce GTX 1050 Ti may be seen as big, of course, but for those gamers who need more power, the advantages that a Radeon RX 470 deal gives is not easy to resist.

With the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti expected to retail for $149, Radeon RX 470 would still be more expensive by $20. But for gamers who need extra speed and performance and can afford the price difference, buying a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti would reward them with a presumably faster card. The actual difference in performance between the two budget graphics cards remains to be seen, but even a small increase in speed could compel some gamers to spend a little extra on Polaris.

In terms of specs, the Radeon RX 470 is based on the Polaris 10 Pro architecture and feature 2,048 stream processors and 32 compute units. The card works with a 256-bit memory bus and comes with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The RX 470 can reach a boost clock speeds of 1,206 MHz, while its base speed is set at 926 MHz. 

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