The Best Laptop GPU – GTX 1050 vs 1050 TI vs 1060 vs 960M vs 970M
Hey, how’s it going guys? This is Dave2D. And this is a video on which laptop GPU to buy. Now, if you have an unlimited budget you can drop, like, 3 or 4 or even 5 thousand dollars on a gaming laptop with 4K gaming capabilities. It’s awesome, but if you’re like most people, you have a limited budget and you’re trying to choose between some cheaper gaming options. This video is for you. So, these are the laptop graphics chips we’re gonna look at. And if you care about specs, you can pause the screen and check them out. Now there is a bit of confusion to the naming system that Nvidia gave this generation of laptop graphics chip. So, last generation there was a GTX 960M and the 970M. Those were 50 Watt and 80 Watt TDP video cards. So, the wattage number refers to the amount of thermal energy that you need to dissipate from those chips. These line up with the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1060 chips. These are also 50 Watt and 80 Watt chips. It’s a little confusing so sometimes in the comments I’ll see people asking “why are you comparing a 960M with a 1050? It should be comparing a 960M with a 1060.” But that’s just not the case. It’s 960M with a 1050, that’s just the way that Nvidia made it this year. And the reason why you have to compare chips by wattage, is because the higher wattage, the more cooling you need to build into the laptop to remove it. You can’t put an 80 Watt graphics chip into a laptop designed to cool a 50 Watt chip and then you can’t put a 50 Watt chip into a laptop design to cool a 35 Watt chip, it just doesn’t work. Okay, let’s talk about graphical performance. If we look into a benchmark program like Fire Strike, so Fire Strike 1.1, and we assume that the 960M is like the base score. The GTX 1050 is around 25% better, the 970M is around 70% better, the 1050ti is around 75% better, and the GTX 1060 is way better, it’s like 2 and a half times. So these scores don’t always translate to the same percentage increase in gaming frame rates, but they’re usually close. Starting with some light weight games, like Dota 2, at 1080p on ultra settings. I haven’t played this game in forever. And it already ran nicely on the 960M, but if you are after better visual quality or higher frame rates, these new cards are nice. Next up is Overwatch. Still a relatively light weight game. It’s playable on any of these cards In fact, most of my overwatch career has been spent on a GTX 960M, but on the newer cards you can get some significantly better frame rates or image quality. Doom, like the new Doom, is a step-up in hardware requirements and on the 960M, it’s really not playable on high settings, you’ll need to drop resolution or graphics quality but on the 1050ti you can get some really smooth frame rates on high graphics quality Battlefield 1 is a bit more demanding, especially with the multiplayer maps. Here, we’re actually starting to see a drop off in frame rates. Even on the 1050ti we can’t quite hit 60 frames per second on high settings. You need to play on the GTX 1060 to break 60 frames per second on high graphics Rise of the Tomb Raider pushes all these chips pretty hard. The GTX 1060 will break 60 frames per second on high settings, but even then, it is getting close. It’ll dip below 60 pretty often, and I would say that this game is kinda where the GTX 1050ti reaches its limits for really good image quality at 1080p And then lastly, Witcher 3, which I’m sure you guys are sick of seeing, but it is a very well optimized game and uses your hardware . effectively. It’s a beast of a game and it’s not an enjoyable experience unless you have some pretty good hardware. And in this case the lower end cards just dont cut it. If VR is your thing, the only card that can comfortably handle VR and is officially VR ready is the laptop GTX 1060. The 1050ti is kinda capable. I’ve tested it on some lighter games without it dropping too many frames, but it’s not ideal In regards to video editing, there’s a slight improvement in render times as you get better GPU’s, but it’s not huge. The performance gains are more pronounced with higher rez footage, like with the 5K Scarlet footage. I’m not sure why, it might be VRAM related, but in general, video editing performance in Adobe is much more CPU dependent. The last thing I wanna talk about is pricing, and for a lot of people this is the most important factor. A laptop with a GTX 960M starts at around $700. A laptop with a 1050 will start at around $800. A 970M device tends to be $1000 or more. A laptop with a 1050ti will be around 900. And a laptop with a GTX 1060 starts at around $1300 dollars. So, I did the math… Okay, it’s pretty obvious. The one with the best value is the GTX 1050ti. and it’s not that the other ones are a bad value it’s just that for current titles playing at 1080p resolution with a 60Hz screen, which is like your standard gaming laptop screen, you’re getting the best value there and my guess is that you’re gonna get 2 maybe even 3 years of gaming at really good frame rates, like 60 frames per second or higher. With really good image quality and at that price it just..it’s a really good deal. It’s kinda crazy you’re getting this kind of image quality with this kind of frame rates and this kind of price. It’s pretty cool. Now there’s one last thing! I’m giving away 2 laptop, the first is the Dell Inspiron 7567. This has the GTX 1050ti with the i5. And the second laptop I’m giving away, this one’s a little better, the MSI GS63. This has a GTX 1060. I’ve done reviews for both of them I’ll like the videos down below To win them, I mean you should be subscribed and all that to this channel, but it’s actually not gonna be a YouTube contest, gonna run it on my other social media. Probably on Twitter maybe instagram, maybe one on each. I haven’t decided yet, but when this video goes live, maybe wait like 2 or 3 days and you’ll see a detailed post on my social media accounts as to how to win them. So if you’re interested in winning one or yeah you can only win one you can’t win both. If you’re interested in winning one of these follow me there. That’s the end of this video. Hope you guys enjoyed it. Thumbs if you did, Subs if you loved it. I’ll see you guys next time!