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A quick look at performance expectations
Of course, running longer is all fine and well as long as you're having a good time. Fortunately, the new GeForces should be able to do a decent job with whatever games you want to throw at them. Unfortunately, because we don't have a laptop handy with one of the new graphics chips on board, we'll have to make do with some numbers provided by the green team. All of the benchmarks were performed at a 1920x1080 screen resolution. Our apologies for the watermarked stats tables.

According to Nvidia's numbers, the laptop versions of the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti run strikingly close to the desktop cards' performance. The company claims Grand Theft Auto V's built-in benchmark reports 70 FPS on the GTX 1050 and 87 FPS on the GTX 1050 Ti. That's in on "very high" settings, albeit with MSAA disabled. The Division's built-in benchmark is more demanding, but the new cards still pulled out 36 FPS on the GTX 1050 and 46 FPS on the GTX 1050 Ti with the "high" preset.

Things shake out the same way in basically all of the company's tests—including Fallout 4, Crysis 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Far Cry 4, Hitman, and The Witcher 3 Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is the major exception. Nvidia tested the open-world title on its "high" preset, and it strongly favored the GTX 1050 Ti. The faster card put out 74 average FPS, versus 43 on the GTX 1050. All in all, a strong showing for both of the petite Pascals.

Of course, these are Nvidia's numbers, and we haven't verified them ourselves. Also, all of the company's numbers are just average FPS measurements, so they don't tell us much about the smoothness of the gameplay experience. Moreover, beyond the model names (MSI GP62 and GE62), Nvidia didn't actually specify exactly what hardware was in the laptops it used for testing. MSI has used those names for many, many laptops with a dizzying array of hardware configurations, so it's difficult to really put these numbers in context.

I think it's also worth noting that you won't see this kind of performance if you want to make good on those extended battery life claims. To stop sucking power and start sipping juice, users will need to enable BatteryBoost, and that means lower framerates. Whether that trade-off is worth it is up to the individual user, of course, but we're eager to give the next generation of BatteryBoost a try to see whether the guaranteed smoothness outweighs those lower frame rates.

Nvidia says "every major laptop manufacturer" will have laptops available with the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti inside soon. As mainstream graphics parts, the 1050 and 1050 Ti are sure to be found in gaming laptops of every size and shape. While the performance of the GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 is very impressive, most folks gaming on laptops probably aren't so hardcore. Paired with a G-Sync laptop display, the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti could let you get in a couple satisfying rounds of Overwatch or time with other demanding titles on your lunch break. Stay tuned to our news page if you're looking for a laptop with one of these inside—we're sure to see plenty of products during CES.

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