Gaming is an expensive hobby; most of the top gaming laptops cost well over $1,000 and feature Nvidia’s most powerful graphics cards: the 1060, 1070 and 1080. However, some affordable gaming rigs now have the new GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti chips — a pair of inexpensive entry-level GPUs that can play top games at medium to high settings.
Getting a laptop with the 1050 Ti will cost you $100 to $200 more than the regular 1050, but the higher-end chip also promises better performance. We tested two nearly identical gaming laptops — one with the 1050, and one with the 1050 Ti — to find out if the premium is worth it.
Both the 1050 and the 1050 Ti are based on Nvidia’s latest GPU architecture, named Pascal. That means the cards also support the company’s Ansel screenshot technology and can support G-Sync displays. The 1050 comes with 2GB of video memory, while the 1050 Ti employs 4GB of VRAM.
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