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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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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.

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 1050 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 NVIDIA Titan X NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti NVIDIA Titan Xp
Graphics Core GP107 GP107 GP107 GP106 / GP104 GP106 GP106 / GP104 GP104 GP104 GP104 GP102 GP102 GP102
Process Node 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
Die Size 132mm2 132mm2 132mm2 200mm2 200mm2 200mm2 314mm2 314mm2 314mm2 471mm2 471mm2 471mm2
Transistors 3.3 Billion 3.3 Billion 3.3 Billion 4.4 Billion 4.4 Billion 4.4 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion
CUDA Cores 640 CUDA Cores 768 CUDA Cores 768 CUDA Cores 1152 CUDA Cores 1280 CUDA Cores 1280 CUDA Cores 1920 CUDA Cores 2432 CUDA Cores 2560 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3840 CUDA Cores
Base Clock 1354 MHz 1392 MHz 1290 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz 1607 MHz 1417 MHz 1480 MHz 1480 MHz
Boost Clock 1455 MHz 1518 MHz 1392 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1683 MHz 1683 MHz 1733 MHz 1530 MHz 1583 MHz 1582
FP32 Compute 1.8 TFLOPs 2,3 TFLOPs 2.1 TFLOPs 4.0 TFLOPs 4.4 TFLOPs 4.4 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 8.1 TFLOPs 9.0 TFLOPs 11 TFLOPs 11.5 TFLOPs 12.5 TFLOPs
VRAM 2 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X 11 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed 7 Gbps 7 Gbps 7 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 9 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 11 Gbps 10 Gbps 11 Gbps 11.4 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s 84 GB/s 112 GB/s 192 GB/s 160 GB/s 224 GB/s 256 GB/s 256 GB/s 352 GB/s 480 GB/s 484 GB/s 547 GB/s
Bus Interface 128-bit bus 96-bit bus 128-bit bus 192-bit bus 160-bit bus 192-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 384-bit bus 352-bit bus 384-bit bus
Power Connector None None None Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power
TDP 75W 75W 75W 120W 120W 120W 150W 180W 180W 250W 250W 250W
Display Outputs 1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
1x 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
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
Launch Date October 2016 May 2018 October 2016 September 2016 TBD 13th July 2016 10th June 2016 26th October 2017 27th May 2016 2nd August 2016 10th March 2017 6th April 2017
Launch Price $109 US $119 US-$129 US $139 US $199 US TBD $249 US $349 US $449 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

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 Name 3DMark 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) 45541 7271 1691
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M (HP Omen 2016) 38125 6063 1260
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (Lenovo Y700) 31097 4451 989

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:

Specification GeForce GTX 980 Notebook GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Notebook GeForce GTX 1060
Notebook
GeForce GTX 1070
Notebook
GeForce GTX 1080 Notebook
Graphics Core GM204 GP107 GP106 GP104 GP104
Manufacturing process 28nm 14nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
CUDA Cores 2048 768 1280 2048 2560
Transistors 5.2 Billion 3.3 Billion 4.4 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion
ROP units 64 32 48 64 64
TMUs 128 48 80 128 160
Core clock speed 1064 MHz 1490 MHz 1404 Mhz 1442 MHz 1566 MHz
Max-Q Base Clock N/A N/A 1063 - 1265MHz 1101 - 1215MHz 1101 - 1290MHz
Boost clock speed 1228 MHz 1624 MHz 1670 Mhz 1645 MHz 1733 MHz
Max-Q Boost Clock N/A N/A 1341 - 1480MHz 1265 - 1379MHz 1278 - 1468MHz
Memory clock 7004 MHz 7,008 MHz 8,008 MHz 8,008 MHz 10,000 MHz
Memory interface 256-bit 128-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Total memory bandwidth 224 GB/s 112 GB/s 192GB/s 256GB/s 320 GB/s
Total dedicated GPU memory 8 GB 4 GB 6 GB 8 GB 8 GB
VRAM Type GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5X
TDP ~150W ~60W ~80W ~120W ~150W
Max-Q Design TDP N/A N/A 60 - 70W 80 - 90W 90 - 110W
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