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

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 Max-Q

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with Max-Q design is a mainstream GPU based on the Pascal architecture and was announced in January 2018. Contrary to the faster models, the GTX 1050 uses the GP107 chip, which is manufactured in a 14 nm process at Samsung.

The clock is not the only difference compared to the regular GTX 1050 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 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 Max-Q should be around 10-15 % below a regular GTX 1050 for laptops. This means the GPU is most suited for full HD gaming at high settings (not maximum).

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q is rated at 34 to 40 Watt and therefore significantly lower than the normal laptop GTX 1050 (53 Watt). Therefore, the Max-Q variant is also suited for thin and light laptops.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 MobileNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 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 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) compare 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 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) compare 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 640 @ 1 - 1.14 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) compare 384 @ 1.23 - 1.67 GHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenameN17E-G1N17P-G0 Max-Q
ArchitecturePascalPascal
Cores1280 - unified640 - unified
Core1404 - 1670 (Boost) MHz999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 (Boost) MHz
Memory8000 MHz7000 MHz
Bus192 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory6144 MB4096 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
Transistors4400 Million
Technology16 nm14 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Size2/32/3
Introduced18.08.2016 03.01.2018
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.de/graphics-cards/gefo...https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/pro...

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
30.7 pt (34%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 3339     avg: 3631     median: 3618 (21%)     max: 4027 Points
min: 1709     avg: 1754     median: 1753.5 (10%)     max: 1798 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 3396     avg: 3601     median: 3580.5 (19%)     max: 3790 Points
min: 1596     avg: 1615     median: 1615 (9%)     max: 1634 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 235897     avg: 303665     median: 298378 (47%)     max: 389909 Points
318811 Points (50%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 33205     avg: 152262     median: 158427 (22%)     max: 257260 Points
22530 Points (3%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 15234     avg: 25037     median: 24326.5 (32%)     max: 36010 Points
min: 14739     avg: 17501     median: 18259.5 (24%)     max: 18746 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 26770     avg: 71237     median: 74604.5 (37%)     max: 86193 Points
min: 27059     avg: 33618     median: 35392 (17%)     max: 36630 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 8563     avg: 9799     median: 9739 (29%)     max: 10794 Points
min: 5114     avg: 5213     median: 5223 (16%)     max: 5292 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 10708     avg: 11547     median: 11558 (27%)     max: 12298 Points
min: 5616     avg: 5677     median: 5649.5 (13%)     max: 5792 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 26301     avg: 177989     median: 191586 (26%)     max: 295848 Points
min: 36552     avg: 43792     median: 43792 (6%)     max: 51032 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 10386     avg: 12450     median: 12449 (32%)     max: 14618 Points
min: 7116     avg: 7354     median: 7347.5 (19%)     max: 7603 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 12620     avg: 14692     median: 14693 (25%)     max: 15607 Points
min: 6874     avg: 7142     median: 7153.5 (12%)     max: 7385 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
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 1060 Mobile
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
81.7 fps (44%)
30.8 fps (17%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
70.2 fps (23%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
65 fps (29%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 100.9     avg: 101     median: 101.2 (19%)     max: 101.4 fps
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 1060 Mobile
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
223 fps (24%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
40.1 fps (11%)
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
21.3 fps (14%)
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
48.1 fps (20%)
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
32.8 fps (16%)
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
128 fps (22%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
108 fps (25%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
25 fps (9%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
min: 1889     avg: 1934     median: 1934 (20%)     max: 1979 Samples/s
min: 967     avg: 968     median: 967.5 (10%)     max: 968 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
min: 3039     avg: 3427     median: 3426.5 (23%)     max: 3814 Samples/s
min: 1692     avg: 1702     median: 1702 (12%)     max: 1712 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
min: 7970     avg: 8461     median: 8538.5 (19%)     max: 9165
min: 4236     avg: 4343     median: 4342.5 (10%)     max: 4449
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 103     avg: 107     median: 106.5 (21%)     max: 110 Watt
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 101     avg: 106     median: 105 (21%)     max: 113 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 102     avg: 124     median: 124 (27%)     max: 156.1 Watt
68 Watt (15%)
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 (73%)     max: 1295 MHz

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile → 100% n=22

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q → 62% n=22

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
83.1 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
53.1 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
43.9 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
38.8 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
24.6 fps  fps
Assassin´s Creed Valhalla

Assassin´s Creed Valhalla

2020
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
53  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
45  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
38  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
27  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
10  fps
Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
47.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
38.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
22.2  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
18  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
12.5  fps
Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
66.2 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
54.7 fps