CES 2017: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti Laptops Now Available

by MAC     |     January 5, 2017

Due to reasons such as cost, thermal constraints, and an obsession with thinness, many modern laptops cannot accommodate a discrete GPU. This new entry-level offering from NVIDIA addresses all three areas of concern.

NVIDIA have announced that GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti mobile GPUs are now officially available in a few dozen gaming laptops. While these aren't the highest performing mobile GPUs out there, they should be capable of providing some strong performance since they will be paired with the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.

The physical silicon is exactly the same as the Pascal-based part available for desktop computers, so the feature set is basically identical: DirectX 12, G-SYNC, Ansel in-game screenshots, access to the GeForce Experience, and even overclocking. The only difference is the addition of NVIDIA BatteryBoost to help improve battery life.

Surprisingly, while both the mobile and desktop variants are based on the same Pascal GP107 GPU, the mobile parts have been given a little extra oomph. For example, the GTX 1050 Mobile - which has 640 cores, 40 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 2GB of 7GHz GDDR5 attached to a 128-bit memory bus - has the same base GPU clock as the desktop version at 1354Mhz, but its Boost clock has been increased from 1455Mhz to 1493Mhz. The difference is much larger on the Ti model. The GTX 1050 Ti Mobile - which has 768 cores, 48 TMUs, 32 ROPS, and 4GB of 7GHz GDDR5 attached to a 128-bit memory bus - has a base GPU clock of 1493MHz (up from 1290Mhz) and its Boost clock has shot up from 1392Mhz to 1620Mhz. That is a huge difference, and there will be tangible performance gains.

Apparently, there over 30 laptops shipping with this GPU in Q1 2017, from the likes of Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, and more. Pricing is expected to vary, but should start at approximately $700 USD. Overall, the GeForce GTX 1050 series is a great new addition to the mobile GPU realm, and it should be a nice solution for those who want to do some mobile gaming without breaking the bank.


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