NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Notebook GPU Is Faster Than the GTX 970M – Under 100W TDP, Runs Doom Smoothly on 1080P/Ultra

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Nov 3, 2016

After launch of GeForce GTX 1050 cards on desktop side, NVIDIA is planning to launch GP107 products on notebooks. The first product based on the latest GPU has been tested out by LaptopMedia (via Videocardz).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti For Notebook Performance and Specifications Leak Out

LaptopMedia has reportedly acquired the first notebook sample that packs a GTX 1050 Ti class graphics chip. This chip is based on the NVIDIA GP107 core that was recently launched on desktop cards. The chip will now be making its way down to the mobility platforms and fall in budget / gaming oriented devices. The GeForce GTX 1050 series are very efficient in terms of power consumption and that would lead to longer battery times on notebooks.

Exact specifications of the chip are posted by the source however they haven’t been confirmed at the moment. 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 a 112 GB/s bandwidth.

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, 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 less than 100W. I think NVIDIA would aim for the same 75W range as the desktop parts however 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 Pascal Mobility Family Comparison:

Specification GeForce GTX 980 Notebook GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Notebook GeForce GTX 1060
GeForce GTX 1070
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
TDP ~150W ~60W ~80W ~120W ~150W
Max-Q Design TDP N/A N/A 60 - 70W 80 - 90W 90 - 110W

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Benchmarks – 10% Faster Than The GTX 970M

Alright so the performance results are pretty good for the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. It scores almost 50,000 points in 3DMark Cloud Gate, 7757 points in 3DMark Firestrike and 1836 points in Unigine Heaven 4 benchmarks. All of these are up to 10% faster than the GeForce GTX 970M. The GTX 970M is based on the Maxwell architecture and has 1280 CUDA cores along with 6 GB of VRAM.

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’s quite impressive that the entry level Pascal GPU is outperforming a cut down GM204 chip that also packs a wider bus. The GTX 1050 Ti is also more efficient than the Maxwell GPU so there’s that, an added bonus. User running a Pascal GTX 1050 Ti notebook will not only get faster performance but save a bit of battery time too.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Running Doom on 1080P / Ultra

The source is also performing some real gaming tests with the GTX 1050 Ti notebook. They have posted a video showing the chip running DOOM on 1080P with Ultra settings and using OpenGL API. We can see the frames average between 50-60 which is decent enough for the entry level chip.