A GeForce GTX 1660 Ti equivalent or GTX 1050 Ti successor should be coming soon for laptops
Nvidia surprised us last weekend with the launch of its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for desktop PCs. The GPU is exactly what many mainstream gamers have been asking for: an affordable Turing graphics card without the fancy ray-tracing and tensor cores found on the pricier RTX models.
So, when will we see the GPU come to laptops?
We reached out to Nvidia who simply responded with the usual "no comment" on unreleased products. What we do know, however, is that there is a mobile Nvidia GPU codenamed "N18E-G0" out in the wild which we suspect is a GTX 1660 Ti-class GPU. For reference, the RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and RTX 2080 for laptops are codenamed "N18E-G1", "N18E-G2", and "N18E-G3", respectively.
The typical launch strategy of most manufacturers is to release the higher-end SKUs first before trickling down the availability of lower-end SKUs. Since the mobile GTX 1050 came a couple of months after the mobile GTX 1060, we can safely expect something similar for future mainstream gaming laptops sporting Turing GPUs. A mobile GTX 1660 Ti or GTX 2050/1150 equivalent would be an ideal upgrade for entry-level GTX 1050-equipped laptops like the Dell G3 15, Gigabyte Sabre, HP Pavilion Gaming, MSI GF series, or the Asus TUF series.