The Best Laptop GPU – GTX 1050 vs 1050 TI vs 1060 vs 960M vs 970M

July 30, 2019 posted by

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’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!


100 Replies to “The Best Laptop GPU – GTX 1050 vs 1050 TI vs 1060 vs 960M vs 970M”

  1. Dave Lee says:

    Laptop giveaway is international. Be subscribed!
    Follow me on Twitter + IG for contest details:

  2. peter wang says:

    Brought an acer Nitro 5 this black Friday with i5 8300h and 1050ti. It only cost $600

  3. MrMasterSurge says:

    meh…. rocking my 960M with ROG GL522VW


    i dont know which to choose. i need it for a CAD, Lumion and Sketchup
    Programm.. Can anybody help me? i can but a nitro 5 with 1050ti for 999€
    or 1060 for 1300€(less Ram and memory , but i can take it from my old

  5. The Empowerer says:

    How much GB of vram did the 1060 have?

  6. Innocentgirl namra says:

    Man I am in university and I love games. But in my country due to tax .. I can't afford even the cheapest.

  7. Tiaan Jordaan says:

    Luckily I'm a console gamer, so anything better than 30FPS is a win for me.

  8. Rakra says:

    Please update this !

  9. Pooya Hashemi says:

    How is that possible that 970m works better than 1050 ??????? 😶 😑 😑 😑

  10. AppleDieBie says:

    what about 1060 – 6gb – max-q-design?

  11. David Estrada says:

    1060 ti?

  12. SummerTime246810 says:

    The acer nitro 5(gyx 1050ti) costs $715. Shows how budget friendly laptops have gone

  13. DzZuppy says:

    Bought a gaming Laptop with this specs 2 months ago:

    – GTX 1060 6GB
    – i5 8300H
    – 16GB DDR4 RAM
    – 1TB HDD/ 128GB SSD

    Still good for now?

  14. Nitin Kumar says:

    grab an overpowered 15 inch for 800 or 17 inch with 32gb of ram for 999 both with 144hz screen. Grabbed myself the 17inch, Less than 6 pounds, 32gb, 144hz IPS. Cooling is top notch. Can't believe I am saying this but its plastic chassis but feels nothing like it. Soft touch around the keyboard feels amazing and the lid is sturdy as heck.

  15. Niek says:

    But, what about minecraft

  16. Jason Dawg says:

    Is gtx 1050 4gb is good for latest gaming?

  17. DiA ZhR says:

    Like always high quality vedios

  18. Anurag Rajkumar says:

    Man you're annoying as f.

  19. Patil Rushikesh says:

    This guy is the only genuine reviewer! Present on YouTube!

  20. Shabbii says:

    Das a nice intro

  21. nizam ismail says:


  22. Danny says:

    I currently have a gtx 860m and VR works just fine most of the time, but with extreme lag about 30 percent of the time

  23. Yash Sonone says:

    1050 ti is best

  24. Vonny says:

    Where's an updated video? Can we get one for the new rtx 1070 and 1080?

  25. Speedhaak says:

    Hey Dave, any chance of an update for the year ahead? Thanks dude 🙂

  26. Zack 691 says:

    Why didnt u review AMD Ryzen 5 and 7 gaming laptop?

  27. mahir rahman says:

    dave you should do more giveaway…lol i wish i could get one :D,anyways always loving your content and simplicity.

  28. NovaUnknown says:

    I'm buying MSI GL63 with a GTX 1060, so I must be set up for a long time, right?

  29. Philippecr says:

    Missing 980M 🤔

  30. johannes says:

    i5 7th generation + gtx 1060 or i5 8th generation + gtx 1050ti?

  31. xomegaxz says:

    I dont get gaming on 4k on a laptop with a 17 inch or 15 inch screen. I dont think it makes that much of a difference. Rather go with 144hz on 1080p

  32. Janeea Munnings says:

    Greetings, this is my first time on your channel. Very nice, I have a quick question for the sims 4 which chip do you recommend? For a budget of like $600-$700
    Thank you Very much in advance.

  33. RedSKULL Gamer says:

    all of these are nothing compared to my boi Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

  34. RedSKULL Gamer says:

    i paid a fortune fo dat mo trucker XDDDD

  35. Wapn Perfo says:

    to be fair…. the best laptop gpu is an intel… with a thunderbolt port and a 2080ti… or on a budget rx580

  36. destroyer ng says:

    please do a comparison for 2018 also

  37. Bumarang Nebula says:

    The Joke is the 970M has 6GB VRAM and the 980M only 4GB VRAM and the 970 Desktop has only 3.5GB useable VRAM . This don't makes sins Nvidia !

  38. MrKuriIIko says:

    3:21 I got 40+ FPS on High in 1080p with 1050m, that's weird

  39. kenZiE says:

    and the Helios 300 happened…

  40. varun soni says:

    Pc are better than laptops for gaming

  41. Alex Gallo says:

    Update with mx150?

  42. John-Paul Cunningham says:

    Is it the gtx 1050 4gb version or the 2gb version?

  43. David M says:

    Why no 980m?

  44. karun says:

    I'm using a 940mx ddr3 gpu and playing games ….count afford for better gpu …..its way more costlier …..I'm waiting for gpu price drop..

  45. Darshan Singh says:

    I have a gtx 1050(4gb) and i5 it good?

  46. Pitchwisse says:

    Am I late for the giveaway? :'(

  47. Mufti Maulana says:

    How about 970m laptop ?? Is it still better than 1050 laptop ??

  48. The Killer Vehicles & Gaming says:

    Screw the 1050ti, the Max-Q 1060 is much better!

  49. Sibti ali says:

    The GTX 1660ti card is definitely gonna be an upgrade for the gtx 1060 laptops while hovering around the same price point.

    my question is:

    Should i expect an ETA for the gtx 1660ti laptops around mid-march?

  50. ØBËY _MË says:

    Can i put ryzen 3 1200
    On my not gaming laptop?

  51. Gandalfwiz2007 says:

    How about the Radeon RX 560X?

  52. Yuri Gaming says:

    i have 1050 4gb its a great GPU

  53. loquaciously me says:

    Hey Dave, if you are giving away laptop anytime soon then that would be nice. Kinda need one for my studies. I have a 7 year old mac but can’t run inventor or ray tracing softwares like zeemax on it.

  54. Ares says:

    Do I upgrade to a TI or get a 1TB hard drive and 128ssd instead of the 256gbssd

  55. Torben Gaitzsch says:

    Pricing was wrong. I have a GTX 1060 laptop which was 999$

  56. Hind Hussein says:

    4:20 “2+2 is 4-1=quick math

  57. Quang Minh Dang says:

    I have a gtx1050ti and i5-8300H laptop , and I cant play pubg on low setting even though I have already optimise by nvidia driver ( ̣ ^_^ )

  58. Yao-An Cheng says:

    Will be buying a gaming laptop in Taiwan with a budget of around 1100usd. Intend to use it for the next 6 to 8 years. Not very hard gamer, fifa, pes, cs, footbalk manager and office using. Any suggestions pls? Thx
    Your follower from Mauritius😉

  59. Md. Siam says:

    I bought 1050Ti after this video.

  60. A 7 says:

    i have radeon rx 560x, why am i even watching this?

  61. Mr Chickenn says:

    I got the 1060

  62. Raghunandan Reddy C says:

    What about AMD?

  63. z H says:

    Dell G7 best laptop for the money

  64. Die Simpsons Deusch says:

    bought 1050 non TI, believing that 1050 TI and 1050 non ti are the same((

  65. Aurora Gios says:

    Its not found in the entire universe Background: Fili – WGF !! Link Please

  66. Nitis Mishra says:

    what about rx560x?

  67. Richard Smith says:

    I just bought a Alienware R5 with the 1060 and I have 2 yellow spots. is my card shit. I don't think its the display as I hook it up to external monitor and didn't see the spots

  68. theglaok says:

    PC long term are better investments but I can see why some people buy will buy an XBOX ONE X those prices are fucking crazy.

  69. Blu Brin says:

    Gtx 1050 or mx150?in laptop btw.

  70. Darknight says:

    i have the acer nitro 5 with gtx 1050 4gb and its doing its job well 🙂

  71. Brad M. says:

    Choosing between 1050 and 1060 for $200 less I might go with 1050 for consistency and thermal control on my 4K 60fps laptop display, HELP, am I missing out? 1050ti is not available for this model

  72. Coviellè says:

    I mean ofc the best one is GTX 1060, but it is expensive especially on other countries. In my country, the 1060 model is about 10.000 TL(Turkish Liras). I mean thats a lot of money for us. We get 2800 minimum so it is cool if you have money but as
    a sad ass poory guy (:D) the 1050 is the king… lol

  73. Debanga Medhi says:

    was happy because i purchased a 1050ti laptop today. Then realized this video is 2 years old

  74. Fahim Mohimen says:

    I may be late but I joined

  75. Poet Productions says:

    This was the comparison I needed – I was disappointed in my 13" Surface Book 2 and now I know I need to replace it with the 15" version as soon as possible. Thank you!

  76. Shanedoestech says:

    I know this is abit of an old video but for those wondering the 980m sits right in between the 1050 ti and 1060.

  77. Legitti says:

    Upgraded from 960m 2gb to 1060 6gb, huge improvement! 😍

  78. Equintox says:

    I just bought the best GPU for ROBLOX

    Edit: Poor guy at 2:45

  79. JV Monato says:

    Is GTX 1050 ti 4gb the same as GTX 1050 4gb

  80. Nara Nugroho says:

    what model was in 1:20 ?

  81. ch sf says:

    what's about the mx150/250 :(((

  82. AlphaGamma128 says:

    I hope he updates this with the 16 series and 20 series

  83. Sage Sasuke says:

    Which is better gtx1050 or radeon rx560 ?

  84. FBI says:

    Jesus Love you

  85. Ethan Parker says:

    Redo this 😛

  86. teja vanjangi says:

    What about 1650

  87. Pasha Boss says:

    2:36 the 1050 beat 970m here does anyone know why?

  88. DA HUNTER21111 says:


  89. Zeon says:

    I have a Gtx 965M

  90. Stone Muzza says:

    how do you buy these cards?? and put them in a dell inspirion 15 7000

  91. Stanislaus Anandito Pratomo says:

    1060… no doubt

  92. Aland says:

    i was clueless when i got my laptop and got the 1050 2gb lol

  93. Bruno Nascimento says:

    serious ?

  94. Ri so pia says:

    4:42 u guess it wrong .shadow of tomb. Raider and a metro Exodus u cant even get 30 fps on 1080p

  95. Varun Aryan says:

    Man I really needed that.

  96. ShubhKarman Singh Chaggar says:

    Asians are good in math .. what took you so long?

  97. Nikhil Reddy Guda says:

    Very simple and informative. It's been 2 years, could you refresh this video with latest graphic cards.

  98. the best on youtube says:

    i have a 1050 ti yay

  99. Paul S says:

    Any chance you're making an updated version of this video with the new RTX cards?

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