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Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti laptop specs leak – and you might want to wait to buy a gaming laptop

Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti laptop specs leak: Not already shelled out for a 2016 gaming laptop? You might save some cash by waiting just a little bit longer, as the cheapest gaming notebooks of this generation look like they’re nearly here. 

Why? We now appear to have confirmation that Nvidia’s 1080p-friendly GTX 1050 Ti graphics card will soon be seen in laptop trim.

This is a pretty big deal, as the GTX 1050 Ti was the first of Nvidia’s 2016 graphics cards to offer compelling Full HD performance for under £150 – £139, to be exact – and would likely mean some of the best-performing sub-£1,000 gaming laptops will go on sale in early 2017.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

That’s significantly more affordable than the next model up in its range, the GTX 1060, which starts at around £200 for a 3GB model.

LaptopMedia has the scoop, showing off benchmarks for what it claims is an unreleased laptop with a GTX 1050 Ti inside. If the numbers are real, we’re looking at the sort of performance you’ll find in proper mid-range gaming laptops that will ship for under £1,000.

Up until now, we’ve not seen many Nvidia 10-series laptops available for under £1,500, which prices many buyers out of the market completely, forcing them to opt for machines with old-gen Nvidia chips like the 970M and 980M.

What’s more, the benchmarks are pegging the 1050 Ti at 10% faster than the previous-generation GTX 970M, which was found on laptops starting at around £1,000.

Laptop manufacturers have seemingly been unwilling to produce gaming notebooks with 10-series graphics AND lower-end processors, but hopefully the mid-tier performance and ultra-low power consumption of the GTX 1050 Ti will reduce costs and allow them to drop pricing down to more mid-range levels.

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According to the leaked benchmarks, the laptop version of the GTX 1050 Ti has a slightly higher clock speed than the desktop version, with the base speed starting at 1,490MHz and a maximum boost speed of 1,624MHz. Whether that specification makes it to market remains to be seen, but it’s promising nonetheless.

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Apparent confirmation of cheaper gaming laptops that still manage to perform at a decent clip?

That’s always good news.

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