Laptop Graphics review 1050Ti vs 1060 – Benchmarks. We’re going to be performing some benchmarks to compare the Nvidia 1050Ti against the model above it, the 1060, to see what the difference in performance is, and help you decide which of these cards you should get in your next laptop.
First off I’m performing these tests with two different laptops, however they both have pretty similar hardware. Both laptops have an Intel 7700HQ CPU with 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 2400MHz, with Windows 10 running on an SSD with all available updates installed, including the latest Nvidia drivers to date. The key difference here of course, is that one is running with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti, while the other has the model above, the 1060.
We can see straight away that the specs of the 1060 are of course higher, so how do they compare? Let’s find out and jump into our benchmarks. We’ll cover both real world gaming benchmarks in terms of frames per second, as well as the results of some different benchmarking tools. First we’ll start with the gaming benchmarks as these are the most practical. I’ve tested GTA 5, The Witcher 3, and Shadow of Mordor on both laptops.
In GTA 5 I tested with FXAA on with MSAA set to x8 with a 1080p resolution and with VSync off. With these settings the 1050Ti reached 54 FPS, and interestingly with the 1060 I only got 55 FPS, so it was only just barely ahead there. In the Witcher 3 I used the Ultra preset, and disabled VSync and NVIDIA Hairworks, and again ran at the full 1080p resolution. The 1050Ti only managed 34 FPS while the 1060 came out further ahead this time at 51 FPS.
In Shadow of Mordor with ultra settings at 1080p, the 1050Ti averaged 85 FPS while the 1060 was 10 higher at 95 FPS. Now onto the benchmarking tools, while a useful indicator note that these results are less practical compared to the real world gaming tests previously shown as they are synthetic tests. In Heaven benchmark with the quality set to ultra, tessellation on extreme, and anti-aliasing on x8 at 1080p, the 1050Ti managed to get 36 FPS while the 1060 achieved quite a bit higher at 58 FPS. It’s a similar story in Valley benchmark, with the quality set to ultra and anti-aliasing on x8 at 1080p, the 1050Ti got a similar score with 39 FPS, while the 1060 produced 59 FPS.
The 3DMark Firestrike and Time Spy benchmarks also show similar differences, with the 1060 getting a nice increase when compared against the 1050Ti. In Firestrike the 1050Ti got a graphics score of 7,765 while the 1060 received 11,682. In the Time Spy benchmark the 1050Ti got a graphics score of 2,373 and the 1060 got 3,768. Finally let’s check the temperatures of each card during testing, keep in mind that the unique cooling implementation within each laptop will differ slightly here which will affect the results, so basically this isn’t a perfect comparison.
We can see that with an ambient room temperature of 18c the idle temperatures are pretty similar, with the 1060 actually slightly cooler here which I didn’t expect, although I suspect with some repasting things may change. Under a full load the 1060 is only slightly warmer, both cards were very close in terms of temperatures. So as we expected, the 1060 is of course faster, but by how much? And is this improvement worth paying for? On average based on all of these tests, the 1060 performed approximately 27% better than the 1050Ti overall.
However it’s important to separate the gaming results from the benchmarking tools, as the benchmarking tools alone showed a 36% improvement while the gaming results showed just a 15% improvement. As noted earlier, the gaming benchmarks are probably more practical for our purposes. So does that make the 1060 a better pick over the 1050Ti? Well that depends on a few different factors.
If the 1050Ti is able to give acceptable performance to you, how ever many FPS you define that to be, then save yourself some money and go for that. You can always drop the graphics settings down a bit to increase the frame rate further. I’d be looking at the 1060 if you wanted a better experience at 1080p as it gets closer to the 60 FPS sweet spot at max settings compared to the 1050Ti, though of course will cost more, run a little warmer, and drain more power.
In the end it will come down to how much you’re willing to pay, however I think the 1050Ti is definitely capable of providing an acceptable gaming experience in most cases at a fair price point, and should work pretty well unless you want the higher frame rates with higher settings that the 1060 and above can provide at their higher prices.
I hope this post has helped you see the real world differences in performance between the Nvidia 1050Ti and 1060 graphics cards in both benchmarking tools and games. Be sure to leave a comment on the post and let me know which of these cards you’ll be picking in your next laptop and why, and leave a share on the post if you found it useful.