GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti Laptops Announced - Desktop GP107 in Notebooks | CES 2017

By Published January 03, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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NVidia has added to our pile of pre-CES hardware news with the announcement of GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti-equipped laptops. 30+ models from various OEMs will be arriving in Q1 2017, including several using Intel’s new Kaby Lake CPUs this week at CES. Confirmed manufacturers include Acer, Alienware/Dell, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and MSI.

As mentioned in our laptop 1060/1070/1080 benchmark, improvements to power management mean that nVidia’s 10-series notebook GPUs are the real deal, rather than the neutered “-M” versions that laptops have gotten in the past. The specs listed for the notebook GPUs confirm this, with the only major difference being higher core clock speeds in the notebook 1050 and 1050 Ti. This doesn’t indicate a change in the physical hardware, it mostly seems that nVidia has increased the clock-rate given the high thermal headroom (room to increase heat) as a result of the efficient 1050/Ti GPUs. Like other 10-series laptops, OEMs will probably be allowed an additional +/-10% for overclocking their GPUs.

 

  GTX 1050 GTX 1050 Notebook GTX 1050 Ti GTX 1050 Ti Notebook
GPU GP107-300 GP107-300 (?) GP107-400 GP107-400 (?)
Transistor Count 3.3B 3.3B 3.3B 3.3B
Fab Process 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm
CUDA Cores 640 640 768 768
GPCs 2 2 2 2
SMs 5 5 6 6
TPCs 5 5 6 6
TMUs 40 40 48 48
ROPs 32 16 32 32
Core Clock 1354MHz 1354MHz 1290MHz 1493MHz
Boost Clock 1455MHz 1493MHz 1392MHz 1620MHz
Memory Type GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory Capacity 2GB Up to 4GB 4GB Up to 4GB
Memory Clock 7Gbps 3500MHz 7Gbps 3500MHz
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 112GB/s 112GB/s 112GB/s 112GB/s
TDP 75W ?
(Laptop Dependent)
75W ?
(Laptop Dependent)
Release Date November, 2016 1Q17 10/25/2016 1Q17
Release Price $110 ? $140 ?

Manual overclocking is understandably more restricted on laptops with power and temperature target controls disabled (core clock and memory clock are the numbers to play with), alongside disabled voltage tuning, but the power-saving aspect of nVidia’s GPU Boost 3.0 should shine in a battery powered machine. NVidia BatteryBoost also makes a return, allowing custom graphics settings when unplugged. This limits framerate to either 30FPS or 60FPS, depending on the user’s input on what tradeoff is acceptable for battery life. We have tested some of these features in previous laptop reviews for the 10-series, like this one. The 1050 and 1050 Ti can theoretically fit in laptops only 17mm thick, and from the looks of it, manufacturers are already trying to reach that goal.

NVidia estimates prices starting around $699 (or as we experts refer to it, $700). For more detailed information, check out our GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti benchmark and review.

- Patrick “Germ King” Lathan

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