NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile

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The Nvidia GTX 1050 is a mainstream GPU based on the Pascal architecture and was announced in January 2017. Contrary to the faster models, the GTX 1050 uses the GP107 chip, which is manufactured in a 14 nm process at Samsung.

The notebook version differs a bit in terms of clocks, but is equipped with 640 shader units, just like the desktop model. It is shipped with up to 4 GB GDDR5-VRAM attached via 128-bit interface and a 7 Gbps memory data rate (112 GB/s).

Features

The GP107 chip is manufactured in a 14 nm FinFET process at Samsung and offers a number of new features, including support for DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) as well as improved H.265 video de- and encoding (PlayReady 3.0). A full list of improvements and the new Pascal desktop GPUs is available in our dedicated Pascal architecture article.

Performance

The performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 can vary quite a lot depending on the cooling performance of the laptop. It can be just as fast as the desktop model under ideal conditions, but the notebook model is usually a bit slower. The GeForce GTX 960M is beaten by around 30%, so the GTX 1050 is comparable to a GTX 965M in general. It is therefore an upper mainstream GPU. Games from 2016 can be played in high settings an the Full HD resolution.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 1050 is roughly on par with the old GTX 960M, which would mean around 40-50 Watts and (probably due to better selection and optimized parts) therefore much lower compared to the desktop counterpart. This means the graphics card will usually be used for powerful multimedia notebooks and entry-level gaming systems with at least 15.4 inches.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 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 1060 for laptops based on the cooling capabilities. The base frequency (1063-1265 MHz) is also much lower than on the regular GTX 1060 (1506 MHz, at least -16%) and the Boost (1341-1480 MHz) is also much lower compared to 1708 MHz (at least -13%) for the regular GTX 1060. The memory clock, however, is identical.

The clock is not the only difference compared to the regular GTX 1060 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).

Features

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 of the Max-Q design is notably lower than the normal GTX 1060 for laptops and ranges between 60 and 70 Watt (TGP) according to Nvidia.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 MobileNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 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 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 compare 1280 @ 1.4 - 1.67 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 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) compare 640 @ 1.35 - 1.46 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile 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 compare 1280 @ 1.4 - 1.67 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 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) compare 640 @ 1.35 - 1.46 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile 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-G0N17P-G1 Max-Q
ArchitecturePascalPascal
Pipelines640 - unified1280 - unified
Core Speed1354 - 1493 (Boost) MHz1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed7000 MHz8000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB6.144 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
technology14 nm16 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi MonitorMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement03.01.2017 30.05.2017
Transistors4400 Million

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
14.8 pt (15%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
23.4 pt (24%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 1564     avg: 1789     median: 1751.5 (10%)     max: 2258 Points
min: 3271     avg: 3415     median: 3415 (19%)     max: 3559 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 1416     avg: 1653     median: 1603.5 (8%)     max: 2130 Points
min: 3138     avg: 3324     median: 3324 (17%)     max: 3510 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 200623     avg: 285488     median: 287287 (45%)     max: 328292 Points
min: 287286     avg: 346663     median: 367999 (58%)     max: 384095 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 7482     avg: 103171     median: 83970 (12%)     max: 200390 Points
min: 71289     avg: 105162     median: 96536 (13%)     max: 156285 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 11173     avg: 17957     median: 18946 (25%)     max: 21868 Points
min: 16358     avg: 24167     median: 24154.5 (32%)     max: 32658 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 14979     avg: 36212     median: 38041.5 (19%)     max: 40201 Points
min: 42781     avg: 71376     median: 74101 (37%)     max: 81720 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 4658     avg: 5408     median: 5453.5 (14%)     max: 5862 Points
min: 8292     avg: 9159     median: 9148.5 (24%)     max: 9936 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 4935     avg: 6024     median: 6067.5 (12%)     max: 6651 Points
min: 9992     avg: 10659     median: 10430 (21%)     max: 11366 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 11212     avg: 107998     median: 86128 (11%)     max: 241210 Points
min: 80051     avg: 144686     median: 118989 (16%)     max: 265343 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 6282     avg: 7505     median: 7550 (19%)     max: 8458 Points
min: 10176     avg: 11974     median: 11973 (31%)     max: 13296 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 6744     avg: 7668     median: 7693 (13%)     max: 8903 Points
min: 12970     avg: 13581     median: 13333.5 (23%)     max: 14487 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
78.3 fps (26%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
70.8 fps (31%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 75.7     avg: 97     median: 105.3 (20%)     max: 110 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3dsmax
15.2 (32%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Catia
15.2 (32%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight
25.2 (53%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya
45.3 (24%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer
18.9 (37%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks
16.6 (25%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter
5.1 (13%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS NX
6.5 (13%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
specvp12 3dsmax-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
247 fps (27%)
398 fps (43%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
227 fps (62%)
120 fps (33%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
min: 105     avg: 114     median: 114.1 (26%)     max: 123.2 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
min: 60     avg: 88.6     median: 88.6 (33%)     max: 117.1 fps
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
min: 954     avg: 1118     median: 1129.5 (12%)     max: 1260 Samples/s
1614 Samples/s (17%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
min: 1635     avg: 1986     median: 2008 (7%)     max: 2291 Samples/s
2924 Samples/s (10%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
min: 4314     avg: 4550     median: 4583 (10%)     max: 4793
min: 7555     avg: 7747     median: 7653 (16%)     max: 8202
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
101 Watt (18%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 72.8     avg: 85.9     median: 85.9 (14%)     max: 99 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 75     avg: 92.7     median: 92.9 (20%)     max: 109 Watt
min: 89     avg: 105     median: 101.9 (22%)     max: 123.1 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1502     avg: 1625     median: 1644 (86%)     max: 1708 MHz
1440 MHz (75%)
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Speed Furmark
1481 MHz (75%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile → 100% n=38

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q → 143% n=38

- 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 Mobile:
27.8 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
19.1 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
89  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
44  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
27  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
24  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
72.9 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
28.1 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
27.4 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
24.4 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
62.5 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
22.8 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
18.1  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
28  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
17  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
14  fps
Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
57.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
22.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
16.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
5.4  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
46.7 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
25.4 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
22.1 fps  fps
FIFA 21

FIFA 21

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
175 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
136 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
128 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
114 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
84.5 fps