NVIDIA has already treated notebook users to mobile SKUs of the GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060, so it should come as no surprise that there might soon be a version of the GTX 1050 Ti destined for mobile use. Given the lower power demands of the GTX 1050 Ti, we should expect to see Pascal-power in even thinner gaming notebooks going forward.
Even though NVIDIA hasn’t officially announced the part, specifications and benchmarks have already leaked onto the internet. However, we’re taking this new leak with a big grain of salt at this point given the specs we’re seeing for this mobile GTX 1050 Ti. We say this because the desktop part has a base clock of 1290MHz and a boost clock of 1392MHz. However, according to the leak, the mobile part is clocked even higher with base/boost clocks of 1490MHz and 1692MHz respectively.
Desktop variant of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
This runs contrary to what we’ve seen with the mobile SKUs for the GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060, which either have extremely similar specs to their desktop counterparts or are clocked slightly lower (as is the case with the mobile GTX 1070).
With that being said, the alleged benchmarks for the mobile GTX 1050 Ti show that the card is roughly 10 percent faster than the GTX 970M in 3DMark Cloud Gate, while it comes in 7 percent faster in 3DMark Fire Strike. Unigine Heaven 4 sees the new Pascal card taking a 9 percent advantage. Compared to the GTX 960M, the performance advantage ranges from 60 percent to a whopping 86 percent.
We’re incredibly optimistic about the performance numbers that the GTX 1050 Ti could bring for gaming notebooks, but we’ll still remain skeptical about those alleged clock speeds. Perhaps additional leaks between now and the official NVIDIA announcement will add more clarity to the situation.