When NVIDIA launched the GTX 1050 Ti in October 2016, Obama was still president and the fire of Samsung Galaxy note 7 was the biggest technological news. Now, it looks like this relatively old GPU is coming back due to a severe GPU shortage, PC World reported.
NVIDIA has confirmed that it is “meeting market demand which remains extremely high” by relaunching older GPUs, notably the RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti, to its partners. NVIDIA noted that neither product is technically end of life, “so ‘reliving’ seems like the wrong terminology to use here,” he said. It might be, but of course the GTX 1050 Ti is almost obsolete compared to modern GPUs.
Still, the GTX 1050 Ti will offer buyers a cheap option for non-demanding gaming. NVIDIA could also sell it without tapping its GDDR6 memory, as the GPU uses older GDDR5 chips. Since the card will not work for certain types of cryptocurrency mining, releasing a new stock could lower prices for players as well.
The GTX 1050 Ti launched at just $ 139, but currently sells well above it, with prices ranging from $ 190 to $ 800. Meanwhile, the RTX 2060 hit the market in early 2019 for $ 350, but can be found on NewEgg for $ 800 to $ 1,644, which isn’t exactly an affordable price for most gamers.
New NVIDIA 3000 series GPUs are almost impossible to find, simply because NVIDIA (and its rival AMD) cannot get enough GPUs to meet demand. NVIDIA and AMD both use TSMC to manufacture their chips, and this company currently cannot manufacture enough to keep pace – although that is an expense. up to $ 28 billion this year only to change that. Meanwhile, President Biden has promised to tackle the problem with the decrees, but it will probably be years before that changes anything.