Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti goes from end of life to best seller in months

Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti goes from end of life to best seller in months

Nvidia is reportedly resupplying some stock of the long-forgotten GTX 1050 Ti graphics card to retailers. The Pascal generation graphics card first launched in 2016, and was subsequently replaced by the 16-series in 2019, but now it appears to be making a triumphant return in the face of ongoing graphics card shortages for high-end cards.

News comes from Youtube channel Tech Yes City (via Videocardz), who claims to have spoken to various retailers, namely in Australia, regarding the GTX 1050 Ti’s return. He says that the model he’s seeing appear at retail most of all is the Asus Phoenix, but that different vendors are offering the card in 2021.

Asus told Tech Yes City that the card was never officially discontinued, but it was de facto end of life for most major markets and often listed as such with retailers. And even so that only partially explains its sudden reappearance.

It’s not just Australia that’s seeing a sudden influx of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards, either. In the UK, Overclockers is now listing the Palit GTX 1050 Ti StormX 4GB for £188.99.

A glance back in a cached version of that page and you can see that not only was that card listed as no longer available November last year, it returned sometime in January 2021 for £149.99. From that point onwards it’s been listed as “UK and Ireland only due to high demand.” From Zero to hero, apparently.

Scan UK also tells a similar story. From officially ‘end of life’ status to ‘hot seller’ in under four months.

It’s not quite clear what’s happened here, but on the face of it the move to resurrect the cheap to make and less in-demand GTX 1050 Ti might be for the best. Desperate times call for desperate measures—an old graphics card is better than no graphics card in my books.

The GTX 1050 Ti is hardly a bad card either for 1080p gaming, it’s just a bit long in the tooth.

That’s the unfortunate situation we’re all facing in 2021. There’s simply not enough GPU silicon to go around today, with gamers, miners, and bots scrambling for what little stock there is. The shortages are so bad that cryptocurrency farms are reportedly switching to gaming laptops to fuel their cryptocurrency profits instead. Not that I feel particularly sorry for them.

While the RTX 30-series is famously unavailable worldwide, even the cheaper 16-series cards of past gen are hard to come by. Thus leading to an unfortunate situation for budget builders especially today.

Nvidia has refused to comment on the story, but it’s clear there’s something going on behind the scenes in regards to GTX 1050 Ti stock. And while it may hurt to admit it, it’s probably for the best.

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