NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q

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 1080 Max-Q

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with the Max-Q design is a mobile high-end GPU from the Pascal series. It is designed for thin and light laptops and about 10-15% slower than a regular GTX 1080 for laptops based on the cooling capabilities. The base frequency (1101-1290 MHz) is also much lower than on the regular GTX 1080 (1566 MHz, at least -18%) and the Boost (1278-1458 MHz) is also much lower compared to 1733 MHz (at least -16%) for the regular GTX 1080. The memory clock, however, is identical.

The clock is not the only difference compared to the regular GTX 1080 though. The drivers for the Max-Q version were optimized for efficiency (and not performance; only for Max-Q models), there are optimized voltage converters for 1V operation, high-end cooling methods, and a 40 dB limit for the fan noise (with clock adjustments to ensure this at all times).

The performance is nearer to the normal (Max-P) GeForce GTX 1070 than to then GTX 1080 (at least in the Asus Zephyrus). Therefore, most demanding games should be playable in full HD and maximum detail settings (see game benchmarks below).

Features

The GP104 chip is manufactured in 16nm FinFET process at TSMC and offers a range of new features. DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP), improved H.265 video en- and decoders (for PlayReady 3.0) are only some of the improvements. See our detailed Pascal architecture article for more details.

The power consumption of the Max-Q design is notably lower than the normal GTX 1080 for laptops and ranges between 90 and 110 Watt (TGP) according to Nvidia.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
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 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 compare 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 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 compare 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-G3 Max-Q
ArchitecturePascalPascal
Pipelines640 - unified2560 - unified
Core Speed1354 - 1455 (Boost) MHz1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed7008 MHz10000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5X
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB8192 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 30.05.2017
Transistors7200 Million
Notebook Sizelarge

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
46.5 pt (48%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
1984 Points (11%)
min: 5390     avg: 5592     median: 5591.5 (31%)     max: 5793 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
1797 Points (9%)
min: 5636     avg: 5869     median: 5868.5 (30%)     max: 6101 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
349683 Points (55%)
387951 Points (61%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
252862 Points (35%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
21461 Points (28%)
min: 27935     avg: 28242     median: 28375 (38%)     max: 28416 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
40922 Points (20%)
min: 104506     avg: 111542     median: 114542 (57%)     max: 115579 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
6122 Points (16%)
min: 13822     avg: 14269     median: 14273.5 (37%)     max: 14631 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
6797 Points (14%)
min: 17151     avg: 18110     median: 18191.5 (37%)     max: 18505 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 251370     avg: 271726     median: 281682 (38%)     max: 282127 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
8817 Points (23%)
min: 16333     avg: 16947     median: 16910.5 (44%)     max: 17829 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
8571 Points (15%)
min: 21816     avg: 23358     median: 23540 (40%)     max: 24425 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
96234 Points (100%)
69346 Points (72%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
37.6 fps (19%)
84.8 fps (43%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
88.3 fps (29%)
197 fps (65%)
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
268 fps (29%)
min: 427     avg: 433     median: 432.5 (47%)     max: 438 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 116     avg: 118     median: 118 (32%)     max: 120 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
138 fps (32%)
294 fps (67%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
116 fps (44%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
1037 Samples/s (11%)
2094 Samples/s (21%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
1864 Samples/s (7%)
4618 Samples/s (16%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
4749 (10%)
min: 13701     avg: 13756     median: 13756 (30%)     max: 13811
PassMark PerformanceTest 9 - PerformanceTest 9.0 3D Graphics Mark
10968 Points (100%)
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
152 Watt (28%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
155 Watt (26%)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 148     avg: 156     median: 159 (35%)     max: 160 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1430     avg: 1473     median: 1470 (77%)     max: 1520 MHz

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) → 100% n=31

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q → 230% n=31

- 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.

low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop):
32.1 fps  fps
247%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
79.3 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
56.2 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
46.1 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
38 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
23.6 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
58  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
48  fps
Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
119  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
78.7  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
62.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
37  fps
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
65.7 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
65.6 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
58.5 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
47.5 fps