NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile

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 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 1080 Max-QNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 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 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) 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 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) 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
CodenameN17E-G3 Max-QN17P-G0
ArchitecturePascalPascal
Cores2560 - unified640 - unified
Core1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz1354 - 1493 (Boost) MHz
Memory10000 MHz7000 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5XGDDR5
Max. Memory8192 MB4096 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
Transistors7200 Million
Technology16 nm14 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi MonitorMulti-Projection, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Size2/32/3
Introduced30.05.2017 03.01.2017

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
45.3 pt (48%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 5390     avg: 5592     median: 5591.5 (32%)     max: 5793 Points
min: 1564     avg: 1789     median: 1751.5 (10%)     max: 2258 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 5636     avg: 5869     median: 5868.5 (31%)     max: 6101 Points
min: 1416     avg: 1653     median: 1603.5 (9%)     max: 2130 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
387951 Points (61%)
min: 200623     avg: 285488     median: 287287 (45%)     max: 328292 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
252862 Points (35%)
min: 7482     avg: 103171     median: 83970 (12%)     max: 200390 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 27935     avg: 28242     median: 28375 (38%)     max: 28416 Points
min: 11173     avg: 17957     median: 18946 (25%)     max: 21868 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 104506     avg: 111542     median: 114542 (57%)     max: 115579 Points
min: 14979     avg: 36212     median: 38041.5 (19%)     max: 40201 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 13822     avg: 14269     median: 14273.5 (37%)     max: 14631 Points
min: 4658     avg: 5408     median: 5453.5 (14%)     max: 5862 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 17151     avg: 18110     median: 18191.5 (37%)     max: 18505 Points
min: 4935     avg: 6024     median: 6067.5 (12%)     max: 6651 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 251370     avg: 271726     median: 281682 (38%)     max: 282127 Points
min: 11212     avg: 107998     median: 86128 (11%)     max: 241210 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 16333     avg: 16947     median: 16910.5 (44%)     max: 17829 Points
min: 6282     avg: 7505     median: 7550 (19%)     max: 8458 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 21816     avg: 23358     median: 23540 (40%)     max: 24425 Points
min: 6744     avg: 7668     median: 7693 (13%)     max: 8903 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
69346 Points (72%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
84.8 fps (44%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
197 fps (65%)
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 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
specvp12 3dsmax-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
min: 427     avg: 433     median: 432.5 (47%)     max: 438 fps
247 fps (27%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 116     avg: 118     median: 118 (32%)     max: 120 fps
227 fps (62%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
294 fps (67%)
min: 105     avg: 114     median: 114.1 (26%)     max: 123.2 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
116 fps (44%)
min: 60     avg: 88.6     median: 88.6 (33%)     max: 117.1 fps
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
2094 Samples/s (21%)
min: 954     avg: 1118     median: 1129.5 (12%)     max: 1260 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
4618 Samples/s (16%)
min: 1635     avg: 1986     median: 2008 (7%)     max: 2291 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
min: 13701     avg: 13756     median: 13756 (31%)     max: 13811
min: 4314     avg: 4550     median: 4583 (10%)     max: 4793
PassMark PerformanceTest 9 - PerformanceTest 9.0 3D Graphics Mark
10968 Points (100%)
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
101 Watt (20%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 72.8     avg: 85.9     median: 85.9 (17%)     max: 99 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 148     avg: 156     median: 159 (35%)     max: 160 Watt
min: 75     avg: 92.7     median: 92.9 (20%)     max: 109 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1430     avg: 1473     median: 1470 (77%)     max: 1520 MHz
min: 1502     avg: 1625     median: 1644 (86%)     max: 1708 MHz
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Speed Furmark
1481 MHz (75%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q → 100% n=37

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile → 66% n=37

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

Yakuza Like a Dragon

Yakuza Like a Dragon

2020
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
72.9 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
28.1 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
27.4 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
24.4 fps  fps
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

2020
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
62.5 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
22.8 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
18.1  fps
Assassin´s Creed Valhalla

Assassin´s Creed Valhalla

2020
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
28  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
17  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
14  fps
Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
119  fps
48%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
57.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
78.7  fps
29%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
22.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
62.4  fps
26%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
16.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
37  fps
15%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
5.4  fps
Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
65.7 fps  fps
71%
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile:
46.7 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
65.6 fps