Nvidia's desktop GeForce GTX 980 is coming to notebooks

By Shawn Knight
Sep 22, 2015
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  1. Nvidia has been systematically bridging the performance gap between its desktop and mobile GPUs over the past half decade or so. With Maxwell, Nvidia managed to shrink the gap to 80 percent of its desktop equivalent and now, it’s doing away with it completely.

    The chipmaker on Tuesday unveiled a version of its GeForce GTX 980 for notebooks that offers true 1:1 performance compared to its desktop counterpart. Notice how I shied away from using the term “new” to describe the notebook variant; that’s because it’s the same chip used to power the desktop model.

    It’s a significant achievement that required an immense amount of planning to pull off.

    For starters, Nvidia is selecting only the highest grade chips through a process known as binning to ensure the notebook-bound chips can hit stock clock speeds and have enough overhead for mild overclocking. Shrinking down the board to fit inside a notebook also took a lot of effort, especially reworking trace routes between the GPU and RAM.

    Delivering enough power to push the chip was another major concern. The GTX 980M uses a three-phase power system; the GTX 980 was designed to take advantage of up to eight phases. Kaustubh Sanghani, a general manager with Nvidia, told PCWorld that the new notebook chip has 50 percent more peak current available than the GTX 980M.

    The GTX 980 for notebooks will also be able to power virtual reality-based games, a first for a mobile GPU. As mentioned, buyers will have the ability to overclock the GPU although how far a chip can be pushed will depend largely on the notebook manufacturers’ cooling capabilities.

    A batch of six notebooks will be the first to receive the desktop GPU transplant and predictably, they’re all high-end units like the watercooled Asus GX700 we saw earlier this month. No word yet on pricing or specific launch dates but Nvidia says we can expect to see availability later this fall.

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  2. PixelMediaArts

    PixelMediaArts TS Rookie

    Not sure I understand the point of this when the battery will last about 45 minutes...
    Evernessince likes this.
  3. noel24

    noel24 TS Maniac Posts: 299   +152

    Not sure I understand the point of this when the price of the card alone will be of a full microATX tower with i7 & GTX980... and the battery life... forget it!
    Evernessince likes this.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,372   +2,164

    You plug it in. Like when you're waiting for a flight at the airport...
    robb213 likes this.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,110   +1,377

    Getting on a plane with such monstrosity is tempting fate :)
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    Shoehorning the full fat GTX 980 into a laptop is nice but I'll be very, very impressed if they can manage to SLI 2 of them, complete with custom liquid cooling loop into the same form factor.
    mosu likes this.
  7. pIRatZE

    pIRatZE TS Rookie

    I just want to know wether it support all sorts of laptops
  8. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 416   +43

    I'd really want a photo of some guy in an airport plugin his liquid cooling laptop with GTX980.Girls can't lift such a thing.
  9. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Booster Posts: 68   +14

    There is always room for useless overpriced **** on nvidia boat
  10. Hammayon

    Hammayon TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +13

    It's not meant to be a portable solution. It's a desktop replacement. State of the art desktop replacement. Take it with you when you are away for a while but dont' take it to class and work daily, it's not meant for that obviously. Amazing the progress they are making. Only a matter of time for them to shrink the laptops down and lower power consumption. Though you expect it to be plugged in for gaming. When it's not plugged in you switch to integrated with a push of a button or two to double battery life. Pretty cool if you ask me. They just need good screens that can produce amazing quality pictures like plasmas with their color accuracy similar to CRT's and their high contrast ratios. Minus the power draw obviously.
  11. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,102   +530

    I guess Nvidia has the headroom to give the highest binned parts to laptop users.
  12. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 140   +21

    People need to understand one major thing about this laptop. It was not designed for the average user, but for the serious hardcore game player. It cots too much money, for just having it sitting on your desk.
  13. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    The main thing everyone has to understand about all technologies is that it might not necessarily fit your use case. This definitely fits a user who has to travel for weeks at a time for work and is a gamer. You know how bad it sucks to have to travel for work to a place where you don't know anyone or don't want to see the local sights and only be able to drag a MBP along with you? If you are going to be away from home for days at a time this is a perfect toy to bring along.
  14. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 816   +246

    There are plenty of people who will pay for this... Remember the Alienware 18? Over 6k for a laptop... and people bought it! Imagine having 2 of these SLI'd in a laptop...
  15. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 119   +17

    Make this useful and plug it into an iMac or equivalent PC, but not a laptop...
  16. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 816   +246

    Um... they DID... this is the DESKTOP 980.... it's in tons of PCs already... now they're moving it to laptops!!
  17. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Posts: 329   +92

    LOL, I can't lift such a thing
  18. kamz999

    kamz999 TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Some people just want to watch the world liquid cooled :)
  19. MSIGamer

    MSIGamer TS Rookie

    Bro, do you even lift?!
  20. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Posts: 329   +92

    Do I even? I surely don't. :-(
    MSIGamer likes this.
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Most people are just lazy (myself included), has nothing to do with whether or not we can lift.

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