NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 is an entry level graphics card for desktops based on the Pascal architecture. It uses the same GP107 chip as the GTX 1050 Ti, but with only 640 instead of 768 shaders. The chip is manufactured at Samsung in 14 nm (opposed to the 16 nm TSCM based Pascal chips of the 1060 and up). The performance and specs should be similar to the GTX 1050 laptop version, that will be released later (early 2017). Compared to the faster GTX 1050 Ti, the 1050 offers less shaders (640 instead of 768) and only 2 GB of GDDR5 (instead of the 4 GB of the 1050 Ti).

Gaming benchmarks by Nvidia state that the GTX 1050 is about 30% faster on average than the Radeon RX 460 with 2 GB VRAM. The 4 GB version of the RX 460 should be about 10% slower and the older GTX 950 should reach a similar performance level as the new GTX 1050. Therefore, the GTX 1050 should be ideal for 1080p gaming with high detail settings (but not max settings).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile

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The mobile Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is a graphics card for high end laptops. It is based on the Pascal architecture and manufactured in 16 nm FinFET at TSMC. The GPU is using the smaller GP106 chip. Compared to the desktop version of the GTX 1060, the laptop version offers the same amount of shaders but slightly lower clock rates. The TDP is slightly less than the old GTX 970M (predecessor).

For thin and light laptops Nvidia offer a Max-Q called version of the GTX 1060 with lower TDP and also significantly lower performance. Sadly this variant im sold with the same GTX 1060 name, making it hard to judge the performance.

The performance of the mobile GTX 1060 is a few percent below a reference GTX 1060 desktop card. In our benchmark so far (no max-Q version) the mobile GTX 1060 was somewhere between -1 and -16% slower than a desktop variant. A comprehensive review of the dekstop GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition with 6 GB GDDR5 can be found here. Therefore, the card is most suited for Full HD or WQHD gaming in high to maximum details (see benchmarks below).

The GP106 chip is produced in 16nm FinFET at TSMC and offers a range of new features, like DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and improved H.265 video de- and encoding (PlayReady 3.0). A list of improvements and features can be found in our article on the Pascal architecture.

The power consumption is specified with a TGP of 80 Watt and therefore slightly below the old GTX 970M. Since summer 2017 a low power variant (Max-Q) is available for thin and light laptops with reduced performance and a lower TGP of 60 - 70 Watt.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 1000 Series
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti compare 3584 @ 1.48 - 1.6 GHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) compare 5120 @ 1.56 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) compare 3840 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) compare 4096 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1.61 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile compare 2560 @ 1.57 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) compare 2432 @ 1.61 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q compare 2560 @ 1.1 - 1.28 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q compare 2048 @ 1.1 - 1.27 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) compare 1280 @ 1.51 - 1.71 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 1280 @ 1.4 - 1.67 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q compare 1280 @ 1.06 - 1.34 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile compare 768 @ 1.49 - 1.62 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) compare 768 @ 1.29 - 1.39 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q compare 768 @ 1.15 - 1.29 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) 640 @ 1.35 - 1.46 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile compare 640 @ 1.35 - 1.49 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q compare 640 @ 1 - 1.14 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) compare 384 @ 1.23 - 1.67 GHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti compare 3584 @ 1.48 - 1.6 GHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) compare 5120 @ 1.56 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) compare 3840 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) compare 4096 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1.61 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile compare 2560 @ 1.57 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) compare 2432 @ 1.61 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q compare 2560 @ 1.1 - 1.28 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q compare 2048 @ 1.1 - 1.27 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) compare 1280 @ 1.51 - 1.71 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 1280 @ 1.4 - 1.67 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q compare 1280 @ 1.06 - 1.34 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile compare 768 @ 1.49 - 1.62 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) compare 768 @ 1.29 - 1.39 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q compare 768 @ 1.15 - 1.29 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) 640 @ 1.35 - 1.46 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile compare 640 @ 1.35 - 1.49 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q compare 640 @ 1 - 1.14 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) compare 384 @ 1.23 - 1.67 GHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenameN17P-G1N17E-G1
ArchitecturePascalPascal
Pipelines640 - unified1280 - unified
Core Speed1354 - 1455 (Boost) MHz1404 - 1670 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed7008 MHz8000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB6144 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
technology14 nm16 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi MonitorMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Date of Announcement25.10.2016 18.08.2016
Transistors4400 Million
Notebook Sizelarge
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.de/graphics-cards/gefo...

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
30 pt (31%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
1984 Points (11%)
min: 3339     avg: 3631     median: 3618 (20%)     max: 4027 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
1797 Points (9%)
min: 3396     avg: 3601     median: 3580.5 (18%)     max: 3790 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
349683 Points (55%)
min: 235897     avg: 303665     median: 298378 (47%)     max: 389909 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 33205     avg: 152262     median: 158427 (22%)     max: 257260 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
21461 Points (28%)
min: 15234     avg: 25037     median: 24326.5 (32%)     max: 36010 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
40922 Points (20%)
min: 26770     avg: 71237     median: 74604.5 (37%)     max: 86193 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
6122 Points (16%)
min: 8563     avg: 9799     median: 9739 (25%)     max: 10794 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
6797 Points (13%)
min: 10708     avg: 11547     median: 11558 (23%)     max: 12298 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 26301     avg: 177989     median: 191586 (26%)     max: 295848 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
8817 Points (21%)
min: 10386     avg: 12450     median: 12449 (29%)     max: 14618 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
8571 Points (14%)
min: 12620     avg: 14692     median: 14693 (25%)     max: 15607 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
96234 Points (100%)
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
87152 Points (46%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
23823 Points (35%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
37.6 fps (19%)
81.7 fps (41%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
88.3 fps (29%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
268 fps (29%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
138 fps (32%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
1037 Samples/s (11%)
min: 1889     avg: 1934     median: 1934 (20%)     max: 1979 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
1864 Samples/s (6%)
min: 3039     avg: 3427     median: 3426.5 (11%)     max: 3814 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
4749 (10%)
min: 7970     avg: 8461     median: 8538.5 (18%)     max: 9165
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
152 Watt (28%)
min: 103     avg: 107     median: 106.5 (19%)     max: 110 Watt
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
155 Watt (26%)
min: 101     avg: 106     median: 105 (18%)     max: 113 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 102     avg: 124     median: 124 (27%)     max: 156.1 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1550     avg: 1632     median: 1619 (84%)     max: 1720 MHz
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Speed Furmark
min: 1215     avg: 1263     median: 1271 (64%)     max: 1295 MHz

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) → 100% n=26

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile → 160% n=26

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Hitman 3

Hitman 3

2021
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
117  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
76  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
69  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
63  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop):
32.1 fps  fps
216%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
69.4 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
33.5 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
27.6 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
23.1 fps  fps
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
89  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
56  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
44  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
41  fps
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
83.2 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
53.5 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
50.8 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
45.1 fps  fps
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
83.1 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
53.1 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
43.9 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
38.8 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
24.6 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
53  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
45  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
38  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
27  fps
4K 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
10  fps
Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
47.7  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
38.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
22.2  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
18  fps
4K 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
12.5  fps
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
66.2 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
54.7 fps