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Nvidia readies GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU design

by Mark Tyson on 15 January 2018, 10:14

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Nvidia introduced its Max-Q design laptops back in May last year, just ahead of the Computex show. The idea was to enable the creation of powerful gaming laptops as thin as 18mm. At launch the Max-Q designs were limited to GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 or 1060 GPUs - perhaps because only the higher-end of the market would be OK with the premiums required to buy the Max-Q machines. Now things are set to change, as Nvidia seems to have decided to release GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q components.

Like previous Max-Q GPUs we expect the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q to be released with lower clock speeds than standard GTX 1050Ti GPUs. This decreases the thermal output of the graphics chip while offering increased performance per watt. Last but not least, ultra slim cooling solutions round off the Max-Q design, making them even better for laptop designs.

Only a week ago we saw Intel share a good amount of detail regarding its Kaby Lake-G chips with integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics. Most welcome of all, it shared some benchmarks which showed that its G-Series processors with RX Vega M GL graphics easily beat the competition with GTX 1050 graphics equipped. (Another comparison chart showed RX Vega GH graphics elbowing past GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics).

In the coming months the competition of the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU against the Intel i7-8706G, Intel i7-8705G, and Intel i5-8305G; and the GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU against the Intel i7-8809G, and i7-8709G should be good for consumers. As the HEXUS editor concluded, in his in-depth look at the Core G-Series processors, Nvidia has a lot to lose if its grip of the £800-£1,200 gaming laptop market is weakened.

If you are interested in Max-Q laptop performance, don't forget that HEXUS has published three thorough reviews of the Gigabyte Aero 15X, the Aorus X7 v7, and most recently the PC Specialist Defiance XS.



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Nvidia squeezing every last drop of cash they can out of Pascal
Biscuit
Nvidia squeezing every last drop of cash they can out of Pascal

With virtually no competition on the high end gaming especially, they'll still milking the pascal architecture. In fact prices have gone up for the exact same model from original release.

Volta was supposed to have been released in 2017 but with a poor RX Vega competitor from AMD, the pascal architecture was kept running to milk the situation.

Standard practice, why release newer stuff when current is more than adequate.
ksdp37
Volta was supposed to have been released in 2017 but with a poor RX Vega competitor from AMD, the pascal architecture was kept running to milk the situation.

Standard practice, why release newer stuff when current is more than adequate.

From what we have seen of Volta so far (Titan V and Xavier), I am starting to think it is utterly aimed at tensor workloads and uneconomic for graphics. That would tie in with AMD saying that Vega 7nm is primarily for AI use.

Edit: Though I admit that sucks for us. I still can't decide on a ~£400 gpu so just stay with what I have.
Last I heard, both Volta and Ampere are being skipped for GeForce line. Not sure how true that is for Ampere but I am pretty sure it's true for Volta. AMD have resigned Radeon major releases until 2019 anyway so what's the point.
I would love to buy a new GPU but I just can't bring myself to spend £450 on tech that is so close to being replaced. My 980 is bumping along at 85-99% capacity so still holding its own for now.