Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti vs. GTX 1060 Max-Q vs. GTX 1060: What’s the Best Value?

Just when we thought we had this whole Nvidia Pascal thing figured out, the company throws us a curveball and introduces a Max-Q model of its GTX 1060 GPU.

The new addition marks yet another option for entry-level and budget-conscious gamers looking for a system that can deliver solid frame rates while they’re gaming, and support virtual reality without draining their bank account. But which card is right for your gaming/VR needs and your wallet?

What is Max-Q?

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of specs and pricing and whatnot, let’s talk about Max-Q. The term itself is borrowed from aerospace engineering. Essentially, Max-Q GPUs are designed to fit into thin-and-light gaming laptops like the Asus ROG Zephyrus or the Acer Predator Triton. The drivers on Max-Q cards are optimized for efficiency and power usage, whereas traditional GPUs are tuned for performance. That efficiency quotient also lends itself to an overall quieter laptop, since less power consumption and more efficient performance leads to smaller, quieter fans.

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