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NVIDIA Unleashes Desktop GeForce GTX 980 GPU into Enthusiast Notebooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 1:00 pm

Desktop GTX 980 Performance

 

Up until now, the fastest mobile GPU that you can find in a gaming notebook is the GeForce GTX 980M. The GTX 980M is a powerful offering, but it's still 30-40% slower than the desktop GTX 980. This is where the new GTX 980 comes into play, as it offers a huge leap in performance over the mobile GTX 980M.

 

NVIDIA had two systems side-by-side, one of them powered by a reference GeForce GTX 980 while the other was a Clevo branded gaming notebook with a GTX 980 inside. They ran a slew of benchmarks in front of us, including Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor and 3DMark. Every single benchmark had the new mobile GTX 980 neck and neck with the desktop GTX 980. The scores were only off by less than 1% or 1-2FPS tops.

 

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If you were to run a blind test, I could bet good money that no one could tell the difference between the desktop GTX 980 experience, and the mobile GTX 980 laptop.

 

Just quickly, the desktop GTX 980 in Shadow of Mordor at 1080p scored 91.4FPS while the mobile GTX 980 was barely behind it with 90.8FPS average. The difference would be absolutely nothing to your eye. Moving to Tomb Raider, the desktop GTX 980 scored 80FPS average while its mobile counterpart scored 78FPS.

 

 

Power Consumption

 

Power consumption is something that we'll be going into when we get our first GTX 980-powered gaming notebook, but we should be looking at under 200-250W for the entire notebook. A full desktop gaming PC powered by a GeForce GTX 980 will use 250-300W, but a mobile GTX 980-powered gaming laptop is magnitudes smaller, and even more portable.

 

 

Overclocking

 

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Overclocking is a big step for gaming notebooks. The new gaming notebooks that we'll be seeing float onto the market will have overclockable Intel Core i7-6700K processors, but the GTX 980 is also overclockable, something we witnessed in person.

 

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When it came to overclocking, NVIDIA showed off a beautiful MSI gaming notebook that was overclocked from its stock Boost clock of 1215MHz, all the way up to 1349MHz stable. It was simply unbelievable to see in person; a GPU inside of a gaming notebook be overclocked this far and be perfectly stable.

 

NVIDIA can scale the Base clock of the GTX 980 from just under 1200MHz to over 1400MHz (depending on the laptop) and even the 4GB of GDDR5 has some wiggle room. The GDDR5 is overclockable from its base frequency of 7GHz to over 7.5GHz.

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