It might took several laptops to be announced first – some even went on sale – before NVIDIA actually stepped forward and make things official but here they are: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 have arrived for laptops. Just like their desktop counterparts and other GTX 10 series graphic cards for laptops, both cards are built on the strength of Pascal architecture.
Given their names, the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 are meant for entry-level gaming laptops as well as mainstream laptops. Here are how their specs looked like when compared to other GTX 10 series cards for laptops:
Similar to other cards in the series, the newly refined BatteryBoost feature in GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 allows up to 30% more battery life as compared to their Maxwell predecessors. Despite that, NVIDIA claimed that both cards can be overclocked to certain extent although we assume that the actual outcome might depends on the thermal and voltage capabilities of each laptops out there.
Naturally, both cards support a variety of NVIDIA’s technologies as well including Ansel, GPU Boost 3.0, Optimus, GameWorks, and G-SYNC alongside industry APIs such as DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, and Vulkan. However, NVIDIA has explicitly point out that the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 are not VR ready which is not exactly surprising given the amount of firepower that they have.
According to NVIDIA, more than 30 notebooks will be shipped with either of these new graphics cards within the first quarter of 2017. Obviously, the pricing will vary from model to model but the company expects that these notebooks could be made available for as low as USD 699 (about RM 3,143).