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NVIDIA Updating GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB With GP104 GPU – GTX 1050 Series For Notebooks Launching at CES 2017

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Dec 5, 2016

NVIDIA is rumored to be updating their GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards with GP104 class GPUs. There are also indications that NVIDIA is planning to launch their GTX 1050 notebook products at CES 2017.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB To Be Updated With GP104 GPU

First of all, there are rumors that NVIDIA will be shipping some units of the GeForce GTX 1060 with GP104 class GPUs. The reason stated is that NVIDIA wants to use as many defective GP104 chips that could not meet the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 specifications. This would allow NVIDIA to use the chips elsewhere rather than disposing of them. The new GP104 chip will be known as GP104-140.

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The GP104-140 GPU will be the full chip with many SM units disabled. A full GP104 chip has 20 SM units, the GTX 1060 3 GB models only use 9 SM units on the GP106 GPU. This means that 11 SM units are disabled on the newer core. Both GP104 and GP106 do have similarities in terms of architectural hierarchy compared to GP107 but we could see some benefits in clock speeds. Suggested clock speeds are expected to remain the same but operating clock speeds may be different. The NVIDIA_DEV.1B84 “NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB device ID also appears in the latest driver which pretty much confirms this. (Source: Videocardz)

The newer cards can also yield higher power requirements but that remains to be seen. Another interesting thing is that the cards could possibly be exclusive to the APAC region. This means that consumers outside the Chinese region won’t have to worry about the different SKUs.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA Titan XNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 TiNVIDIA Titan Xp
Graphics CoreGP107GP107GP106GP104GP106GP104GP104GP102GP102GP102
Process Node14nm FinFET14nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Die Size132mm2132mm2200mm2314mm2200mm2314mm2314mm2471mm2471mm2471mm2
Transistors3.3 Billion3.3 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion12 Billion12 Billion12 Billion
CUDA Cores640 CUDA Cores768 CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1152 CUDA Cores1280 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores3840 CUDA Cores
Base Clock1354 MHz1290 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1607 MHz1417 MHz1480 MHz1480 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHz1392 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz1733 MHz1530 MHz1583 MHz1582
FP32 Compute1.8 TFLOPs2.1 TFLOPs4.0 TFLOPs4.0 TFLOPs4.4 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs11 TFLOPs11.5 TFLOPs12.5 TFLOPs
Memory Speed7 Gbps7 Gbps8 Gbps8 Gbps9 Gbps8 Gbps11 Gbps10 Gbps11 Gbps11.4 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s112 GB/s192 GB/s192 GB/s224 GB/s256 GB/s352 GB/s480 GB/s484 GB/s547 GB/s
Bus Interface 128-bit bus128-bit bus192-bit bus192-bit bus192-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus384-bit bus352-bit bus384-bit bus
Power ConnectorNoneNoneSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 6-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin Power8+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin Power
Display Outputs1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
Launch DateOctober 2016October 2016September 2016TBD13th July 201610th June 201627th May 20162nd August 201610th March 20176th April 2017
Launch Price$109 US$139 US$199 US$199 US$249 US$349 US$499 US$1200 US$699 US$1200 US

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti For Notebooks at CES 2017

The second rumor is pretty interesting as NVIDIA is prepping more budget oriented chips for the notebook market. NVIDIA already launched their sub-$150 GTX 1050 series for desktop PCs and are now moving to the notebook side of things.GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050

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We are not sure if NVIDIA will have both GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti options in the notebook segment but they will be based on the GP107 GPU. These graphics chips will replace GTX 960M and GTX 950M class GPUs from the previous generation. NVIDIA plans to showcase the new chips at CES 2017 in several notebooks that would utilize Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake processors. Prices for the new notebooks are expected in the $900-$1300 US range.

Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU-equipped notebooks are currently enjoying strong demand from China and Southeast Asia and the release of the GTX 1050 is expected to further increase sales.

Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Lenovo are all planning to showcase their latest gaming notebooks using Intel’s new processors and Nvidia’s new GPUs at CES 2017. Motherboard players are also expected to unveil their 200 series motherboards and mini PC products during the show.

However, the vendors’ aggressive moves are expected to trigger a new wave of price war in the gaming notebook market in 2017. via Digitimes

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Notebook Specifications and Performance

The specifications for the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (notebook) include a GP107 core that is built on the Samsung 14nm process node. The chip houses 768 CUDA cores, 48 texture mapping units and 32 raster operation units. The package would feature 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7 GHz that would operate around a 128-bit bus interface, leading to 112 GB/s bandwidth.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 Official_Pascal 14nm

Clock speeds are rated at 1490 MHz base and 1624 MHz boost which are higher than the desktop variants. We aren’t sure if these are the actual clock speeds, but we will wait for confirmation as these are the clocks that were used while testing the GTX 1050 Ti GPU on the notebook. Last but not least, the GPU would feature a TDP of less than 100W. I think NVIDIA would aim for the same 75W range as the desktop parts, however an MXM module can go beyond that and that’s one reason why the chip is clocked higher compared to desktop models that require no external power connectors.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Notebook Performance Comparison:

GPU Name3DMark Cloud Gate (Graphics)3DMark Fire Strike (Graphics)Unigine Heaven 4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)49976 (+10%)7757 (+7%)1836 (+9%)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (ASUS GL502)4554172711691
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M (HP Omen 2016)3812560631260
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (Lenovo Y700)310974451989

It will be great to see cheaper notebooks with Intel’s and NVIDIA’s latest chips. The GTX 1050 series handles 1080P gaming pretty well and leaked benchmarks of the GTX 1050 Ti (notebook) show impressive performance that edges the GTX 970M by 10%. Expect to learn more about these cards as CES closes in.

NVIDIA GeForce Pascal Mobility Family Comparison:

SpecificationGeForce GTX 980 NotebookGeForce GTX 1050 Ti NotebookGeForce GTX 1060
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1080 Notebook
Graphics CoreGM204GP107GP106GP104GP104
Manufacturing process28nm14nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
CUDA Cores2048768128020482560
Transistors 5.2 Billion3.3 Billion4.4 Billion7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion
ROP units64 324864 64
Core clock speed1064 MHz1490 MHz1404 Mhz 1442 MHz1566 MHz
Max-Q Base ClockN/AN/A1063 - 1265MHz1101 - 1215MHz1101 - 1290MHz
Boost clock speed1228 MHz1624 MHz1670 Mhz1645 MHz1733 MHz
Max-Q Boost ClockN/AN/A1341 - 1480MHz1265 - 1379MHz1278 - 1468MHz
Memory clock7004 MHz7,008 MHz8,008 MHz8,008 MHz10,000 MHz
Memory interface256-bit128-bit192-bit256-bit256-bit
Total memory bandwidth224 GB/s112 GB/s192GB/s256GB/s320 GB/s
Total dedicated GPU memory 8 GB4 GB6 GB8 GB8 GB
Max-Q Design TDPN/AN/A60 - 70W80 - 90W90 - 110W