Graphics giant Nvidia has announced the official launch of GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics processors for laptops, which again do not include the -M suffix which would traditionally indicate a mobile variant.
Designed for gaming laptops and due to land in more than 30 devices within the first quarter courtesy of all the usual hardware partners, the new GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti mobile GPUs are based on the company's Pascal architecture. The result, Nvidia boldly claims: up to three-fold improvements in performance and power efficiency compared with the company's last-generation Maxwell-based mobile GPUs, but at a lower cost than its previously launched GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060 processors.
As is to be expected, the difference between the GeForce GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti lies in the amount of hardware that is unlocked on the chip: The GTX 1050 includes 640 CUDA cores running at a peak boost clock of 1,493MHz; the GTX 1050 Ti, by contrast, offers 768 CUDA cores running at 1,620MHz boost clock. In both cases, Nvidia claims, overclocking is supported with selected chips hitting a 300MHz increase over stock clocks thanks to a design which mandates a dual-FET power supply and multi-phased power controllers.
Power efficiency also comes into its own when running on battery: In internal testing, Nvidia claims to have hit a 30 percent battery life improvement over Maxwell hardware with greatly reduced micro-stutter, as caused by traditional software-based frame rate limiters. Both models also support DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b and dual-link DVI outputs, though precisely which ports will be available depends entirely on which ports the laptop maker chooses to break out. Likewise, the amount of video RAM available is up to the laptop manufacturer with a maximum of 4GB of GDDR5 being supported.
Nvidia's various hardware partners are to show off their own GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti laptops at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, with manufacturers already confirmed to include Acer, Dell and its Alienware subsidiary, Asus, HP, Lenovo, and MSI. More information on the lineup is available at the official microsite