The Nvidia GTX 10 series GPUs have been around for 2 years now and it seems that the company has plenty of them lying around as people are not interested in buying them due to the anticipation of the upcoming next-generation graphics cards being around the corner.
Nvidia does need to get rid of the Nvidia GTX 10 series GPUs that are just lying around and in order to do so, the company is now giving free SSDs with the purchase of these Pascal graphics cards. This is for the entry-level GTX 1050 as well as the mid-ranged GTX 1060.
When you buy the GTX 1050, you get a Kingston 120 GB SSD and when you buy the GTX 1060 you will get a 240 GB SSD for free. This is on select graphics cards, so you will need to make sure before purchasing one.
While the release of the next generation graphics cards has not been confirmed by Nvidia, We did get to see a leaked partner Email that suggested that the upcoming graphics cards will start rolling out August 30th. If that is indeed the case then there is no doubt that this is an attempt at preparing for the release of the new cards.
This offer is pretty cool for budget gamers. People that are looking to buy a GTX 1050 or a GTX 1060 are most likely on a budget and would most likely go with a HDD rather than an SSD. If that is indeed the case then this will allow you to get some fast storage for free. Even if you buy the GTX 1050 and get the 120 GB SSD, you can use that as your boot drive. Once you experience the speed of SSDs, you won’t be going back to traditional HDDs.
It will be interesting to see the kind of performance the next generation graphics cards will have to offer as compared to the Nvidia GTX 10 series cards that we already have on the market as well as the competition. If a major bump in performance is no there, I doubt that people are going to upgrade. Especially if they already have a Pascal GPU.