GTX 1050 Laptop vs Desktop Versions Comparison Review

Today’s article is intended to find out the differences between GTX 1050 laptop vs desktop variants. In the previous Nvidia GPU generations, before the Pascal architecture. The mobile versions of the desktop GPUs used to be slightly dumped down than their desktop variants.

That caused massive performance differences in performance. However, in their GTX 10 series, Nvidia have been using the same graphics cards for laptops as they use in desktops with some very slight tweaks. This has helped bring down the performance difference, but they still may not perform exactly the same. Read on and find out why.

GTX 1050 mobile and desktop similarities

Both graphics cards are based on the Pascal architecture, use the GP107 chip and are manufactured in the 14 nm FinFET process technology at Samsung. They feature 640 shader-processing units which are less than the GTX 1050 Ti’s 768 shaders.

Their memory feature a 7 GB/s data rate, are connected through a 128-bit interface and a maximum 112 GB/s bandwidth.  They both feature DirectX 12_1 and OpenGL 4.5 APIs. As you can see, they share most properties that matter in performance, including base clock rates of 1354 MHz.

GTX 1050 differences in mobile and desktop variants.

The desktop GTX 1050 has less memory than the laptop version. The GDDR5 memory is maxed at 2 GB for the standard model although there exists a GTX 1050 3GB model variant. The laptop GPU has a maximum of 4 GB RAM.

Although they both have the same base clock rate of 1354 MHz, the maximum boost in the desktop version is 1455 MHz compared to the 1493 MHz boost in the laptop version. The laptop 1050 comes with only 16 ROPs compared to the desktop GPUs 32 ROPs.

Benchmark comparison

The GTX 1050 laptop vs desktop specs suggest that there should only be a very slight performance difference between them, but the only way to tell is by real-world benchmark results.

In the non-gaming benchmarks by UserBenchmark, the desktop 1050 provided 11% better texture details in the Parallax benchmark. 14% faster multi-rendering in the MRender benchmark and 8% faster NBody calculation in the Gravity test. On average, the desktop GTX 1050 is 11% faster in the non-gaming benchmarks.

In the gaming benchmarks, the desktop 1050 performed better than the laptop version in some titles and in some, provided the same results. With the game CS GO, the desktop GPU provided 115 fps compared to the 99 fps by the mobile version. In GTA V they both provided 38 fps and in League of Legends. The mobile 1050 provided 123 fps vs 122 fps by the desktop version.


From the results of our GTX 1050 laptop vs desktop benchmarks. We can conclude that there is only a slight performance difference between the laptop and desktop versions. These differences are brought by other factors such as cooling and power.

Desktops generally have more space and better cooling mechanisms, therefore the GPU can stay at boost for longer periods of time before thermal throttling than in laptops. Overall, the performance difference is negligible, that’s all for this guide, if you have any questions, ask them in the comment section.