It seems as though NVIDIA will be continuing its recent of launching GPUs with odd-numbered GDDR5 memory. After releasing the 5GB version of the GTX 1060 in China, NVIDIA may also be releasing a 3GB variant of the GTX 1050 for the Chinese.
This could be NVIDIA’s response to the common issue surrounding the GTX 1050, which is its 2GB GDDR5 memory. Your GTX 1050 could do alright at 720p with medium presets, but that’s about it. It’s not future proof enough and struggles to play games at 1080p. That’s also why the best budget GPU choice is usually the 4GB NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti.
Could a 3GB variant of the GTX 1050 prove to be the better option then? Personally, I don’t know if it’s a great move, as the prices between the GTX 1050 2GB and its 4GB Ti brother are already close enough that I can’t see the 3GB GTX 1050 being that much of a better budget buy. Then again, if NVIDIA only releases it for the Chinese market, we’ll never actually know.