When NVIDIA launched the GTX 1050 Ti in October 2016, Obama was still president and Samsung’s fire-exposed Galaxy Note 7 was the biggest technical news. Now it seems that this relatively ancient GPU is coming back due to an acute shortage of GPUs, PC World has reported.
NVIDIA confirmed that they “meet market demand which is still extremely high” by releasing older GPUs including RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti to the board’s partners. NVIDIA pointed out that none of the products were technical at the end of their life, “so” revive “seems like the wrong terminology to use here,” it said. That may be the case, but of course the GTX 1050 Ti is almost obsolete compared to modern GPUs.
Still, the GTX 1050 Ti will give buyers a cheap alternative for non-demanding games. NVIDIA can also sell it without draining the GDDR6 memory supply, as the GPU uses older GDDR5 chips. Since the card does not work for certain types of cryptocurrency operations, the release of new shares can also keep prices down for players.
The GTX 1050 Ti was launched for just $ 139, but is currently selling well above that, with prices ranging from $ 190 to $ 800. Meanwhile, the RTX 2060 launched in early 2019 for $ 350, but can be found on the NewEgg from $ 800 to $ 1644, not exactly a reasonable price point for most players.
New GPUs in the NVIDIA 3000 series are anything but impossible to find, simply because NVIDIA (and competing AMD) are not getting enough GPUs to keep up with demand. NVIDIA and AMD are both using TSMC to produce their chips, and that company is currently unable to keep up with them – even if it only spends up to $ 28 billion this year alone to change it. Meanwhile, President Biden has promised to tackle the matter with orders, but it will probably take years before it changes anything.