AMD may be preparing to bring the fight to the as-of-yet unannounced GTX 1050 Ti with a $10 price-drop on their 1080p price-performance king RX 470 from the current $179, bringing the price down to $169. NVIDIA is purportedly planning to bring the GTX 1050 Ti to market at the $149 price point, with a rated TDP of only 75 W and apparently no need for additional power connectors (at least on reference designs). However, faced with a measly $20 difference from the supposedly higher-performing RX 470 – which could sometimes be up to 30% faster – the battle for the $150 bracket might prove to be an uphill battle for the green camp.
Add to that the latest updates unveiled by Oculus on Oculus Connect 3, with the RX 470 being stamped with the VR-ready approval, as well as the greater availability and lower price of FreeSync monitors (sometimes with as much as four times the number of FreeSync offers versus G-Sync ones), and it really does seem that AMD is poised to offer the best value in its price bracket. Of course, things get muddier if you take into account the current pricing landscape for graphics cards from either manufacturer (where most models are selling upwards of their MSRP).
As a reminder, the RX 470 has 2048 cores clocked at 1206 MHz and 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, with a 120 W TDP. The GTX 1050 Ti is expected to come in with 768 cores clocked at 1392 Mhz, paired with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM and the already mentioned 75 W TDP. While in purely performance-per-watt terms this Radeon generation still can’t compete with NVIDIA’s offerings, the expected performance difference between both of these cards can somewhat tilt the scales in AMD’s favor.