Nvidia Launching GTX 1050 for Laptops at CES 2017

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Nvidia is ready to launch the GeForce GTX 1050 for laptops at CES 2017, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The exact performance of the GTX 1050 mobile version is still unknown, but it is rumored to be roughly 10% slower than the desktop version.

The Consumer Electronics Show will be held January 5 to 8, 2017 in Las Vegas. A new report from DigiTimes suggests that Nvidia will introduce its entry-level GTX 1050 for laptops at the tradeshow. Currently, Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU-powered laptops are in great demand in China and Southeast Asia. The release of the GTX 1050 mobile is expected to further increase sales figures.

Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and Lenovo are all planning to unveil their latest gaming notebooks at CES 2017. The notebooks will use Nvidia’s new GPUs coupled with Intel’s Kaby Lake H-series processors. Since the powerful Iris graphics are only part of the high-performance Intel processors, the GTX 1050 GPU-equipped notebooks from partners are likely to use low-priced Intel chips, to allow even cheaper notebooks.

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In terms of specs, Nvidia is said to use a slightly modified version of the Pascal GP107 graphics processor inside the 1050 mobile, in order to achieve a slightly higher efficiency with similar performance.

The chipmaker has already said that the performance difference between Pascal desktop and mobile variants won’t be more than 10 per cent. The mobile version of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is reportedly as fast as a GTX 970M, while pricing is comparable to a GTX 960M.

Reports suggest that product vendors are planning to increase their offerings for the budget segment which is expected to trigger a new wave of price war in the gaming notebook market next year.