NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 999 - 1189
  • Max video memory 4 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 7000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2018
Performance 9.83


NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q sales 3 January 2018. This is Pascal architecture notebook card based on 14 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7 GHz are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 112.1 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Power consumption is at 34 - 40 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at


of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating346
Value for money3.42
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)
GPU code nameN17P-G0 Max-Q
Market segmentLaptop
Release date3 January 2018 (4 years ago)
Current price$1085 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores640of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed999 - 1189 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1139 - 1328 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors3,300 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology14 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)34 - 40 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate53.12of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance1,700 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelarge
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectorsNone


Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed7000 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth112.1 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1050 Max-Q 9.83
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0


This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

GTX 1050 Max-Q 3837

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1050 Max-Q 26081

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1050 Max-Q 7154

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1050 Max-Q 5223

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1050 Max-Q 5650

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1050 Max-Q 35392

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 1050 Max-Q 318811

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1050 Max-Q 70

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD46

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 37
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 46
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 36
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 37
Far Cry New Dawn 39
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 21−24
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 25
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 31
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 34
Far Cry New Dawn 37
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 21−24
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 19
Red Dead Redemption 2 13
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 35
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 37
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 31
Far Cry New Dawn 34
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 21
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 17
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
Metro Exodus 11
Red Dead Redemption 2 8−9
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 8
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
Far Cry 5 22
Far Cry New Dawn 24
Forza Horizon 4 18−20
Watch Dogs: Legion 6−7
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9
Hitman 3 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 8−9
Metro Exodus 7
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 8
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 13
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 3−4
Battlefield 5 8−9
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Far Cry 5 11
Far Cry New Dawn 12
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 4−5

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q from AMD is Radeon 660M, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

AMD Radeon 660M Radeon 660M

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 Iris Xe Graphics G7
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AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 Radeon RX Vega 7
NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GeForce MX450
AMD Radeon RX 560 Mobile Radeon RX 560 Mobile

Recommended processors

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