With CES 2017 upon us, Nvidia has unveiled its GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti for laptops. The new mobile graphics cards – powered by the next generation Pascal architecture – offer significant increase in clockspeed over previous products.
You might already be aware that starting from GeForce 10 series, Nvidia has reworked the way they position and promote their laptop products. The 10 series mobile SKUs all deliver the same level of gaming performance as their desktop counterparts.
Same is the case with the new GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti for laptops which is why the GPUs lack the “M” designation that GeForce chips used to carry. Nvidia does note that the performance of mobile GPUs falls under 10 per cent of their desktop GPU equivalents.
Specifications of Nvidia GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti for Laptops
Built using the 14nm GP107 GPU, both GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti for laptops pack the exact same number of CUDA cores as their desktop variants, and actually offer higher boost clock speeds.
The GTX 1050 Ti mobile version sports the full-fat GP107, and ships with all 6 SMs enabled, for a total of 768 CUDA cores. The GPU can boost up to 1620MHz which is around 16% higher than the desktop part it’s based on.
It’s worth mentioning that laptop clockspeeds tend to vary from product-to-product. The design of a machine’s cooling system is a lot more critical when it comes to sustained clockspeeds than NVIDIA’s formal specifications. The firm didn’t disclose the TDP of their GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, but it’s likely to be close to the desktop part’s 75W.
Moreover, the GTX 1050 Ti for laptops features up to 4Gb of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7GHz. The memory runs on a narrow 128-bit bus interface which gives a total of 112GB/s of memory bandwidth.
Let’s move to the lower-end sibling, the GTX 1050 for laptops. The mobile variant is powered by a GP107 SKU with 5 of 6 SMes enabled, 640 CUDA cores and 16 ROPs. The SKU is clocked at 1493MHz boost which is ~2.5% higher than the desktop counterpart.
On memory side of things, this also comes with up to 4GB of GDDR5 running at 7Gbps.
The GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti for laptops feature all the other Pascal goodies, including improved DX12 performance, Ansel super screenshots, multi-res shading tech, and more.
In addition to this, the mobile GPUs support Nvidia’s new BatteryBoost technology which offers up to 30 per cent more endurance than Maxwell-based laptops.
You should expect a decent 1080p gaming performance on GTX 1050 laptops. Nvidia says pricing for notebooks could start at $699. Lenovo and Dell have already announced their new gaming laptops powered by Nvidia’s latest offering; expect plenty more to follow at CES 2017.