Nvidia unveils Geforce GTX 700M GPUs, 780M claims fastest mobile graphics

By on May 31, 2013, 1:30 PM

Not to be outdone by its arch-nemesis AMD, Nvidia has launched a fresh volley of mobile Geforce GTX 700M GPUs, namely the GTX 760M, 765M, 770M and 780M. Nvidia claims its GTX 780M is the fastest mobile GPU in existence, even besting AMD's recently released Radeon HD 8970M -- a chip, if only briefly, stood atop the heap of mobile GPUs fit for gaming.

Overall, the new offerings appear to be between 30-55 percent faster than their previous generation counterparts (660M, 670M and 680M). Nvidia is claiming that notebooks equipped with 700M-series GPUs can be up to 40 percent lighter (and thinner) than those equipped with 600M-series hardware. Presumably, this is due to lower power consumption and smarter efficiency (e.g. Optimus) which lead to better thermals; however, exact figures were absent from the announcement.

The Geforce GTX 760M and 765M are similar with 768 CUDA cores, 2000MHz memory clock and a 128-bit GDDR5 memory interface. However, the 765 has a base clock of 850MHz versus the 760's 657MHz. Meanwhile, the 770M is a solid mid-range performer with 960 CUDA cores and a 192-bit wide memory bus. 

The GTX 780M (i.e. the GTX 700M flagship) boasts 1,536 CUDA cores, 4GB of 256-bit GDDR5 and a base clock of 823MHz. By comparison, a full Geforce GTX 780 (desktop version) features 2,304 CUDA cores, a 863MHz base clock and 384-bit GDDR5. Although certainly outgunned by its desktop-based brother, Nvidia's GTX 780M is a relatively close mobile adaptation and plenty fast for modern titles.

Nvidia claims the 780M can run Bioshock Infinite, Battlefield 3, Farcry 3, Tomb Radier (2013) and Assassin's Creed III at 1080p with settings cranked up to "Ultra". Can it run Crysis though? Looks like we'll have to wait for a definitive answer on that very important question.




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1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Yeah but all this comes at a price that far exceeds a 'normal' up to date gaming desktop which can also play those games at the same resolution.

JC713 JC713 said:

I think nVidia should have just made the GTX 760M have equal clock speeds to the 765M (and thus eliminate it) to reduce confusion.

veLa veLa said:

Pointless to have a GTX 760M and 765M but that's NVIDIA for you.

JC713 JC713 said:

Pointless to have a GTX 760M and 765M but that's NVIDIA for you.

Seriously though, why would someone make a variation of a card that has a higher clock and not call it the next generation, but instead name it as a higher end card...

EEatGDL said:

I don't know, but I'm more than satisfied with my GT 540M for casual gaming (no way I'll pay above $2000 to play something that you can run on desktop with ~$700); that's what my desktop PC is for. I mean, my notebook can run Crysis 3 at minimum presets nicely -which I only tried during the BETA- and is where I play XCOM or Kane's Wrath (both maxed out) when not at home in the chances I rarely get.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Seriously though, why would someone make a variation of a card that has a higher clock and not call it the next generation, but instead name it as a higher end card...

Mobile GPUs are OEM orientated. The OEM determine power envelope by whatever BIOS parameters are set to allow for a myriad of CPU and GPU combinations within the same design and power consumption, and/or other features. The 760M is set at a lower clock than the 765M probably to facilitate the lower operating voltage, lower thermal envelope, less expensive heatsinking. Having two distinct models likely means that OEMs have a finer grained control over the required end product.

It isn't actually any different than what happens in desktop GPUs to a degree. Except for clock frequency what's the difference between a HD 4870 and 4850 ?

JC713 JC713 said:

Mobile GPUs are OEM orientated. The OEM determine power envelope by whatever BIOS parameters are set to allow for a myriad of CPU and GPU combinations within the same design and power consumption, and/or other features. The 760M is set at a lower clock than the 765M probably to facilitate the lower operating voltage, lower thermal envelope, less expensive heatsinking. Having two distinct models likely means that OEMs have a finer grained control over the required end product.

It isn't actually any different than what happens in desktop GPUs to a degree. Except for clock frequency what's the difference between a HD 4870 and 4850 ?

Yeah, I was thinking that the 760M would only come in handy with notebooks that aim for GPU performance + good battery life. The 765M would probably be more oriented toward only gaming notebooks.

1 person liked this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

"Can it run Crysis though? Looks like we'll have to wait for a definitive answer on that very important question."

Hahaha, well done author.

Guest said:

Where can I get the notebook with the gtx 780m card ?????????????

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

I've never understood the reasoning behind mobile gaming. A laptop with the 780M will most likely be $3000+ without breaking a sweat (if you went Alienware). For that much money, you could build a desktop with a 4770k, 2x GTX770s, 16gb of ram, a badass case, and a nice monitor.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

According to Forbes, this is the first gaming laptop with the 780M:

http://www.msi.com/product/nb/GT70-2OD.html

With that much hardware in there, my guess is $3500. Anyone want to take a guess as to the currently unannounced price?

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I've never understood the reasoning behind mobile gaming. A laptop with the 780M will most likely be $3000+ without breaking a sweat (if you went Alienware). For that much money, you could build a desktop with a 4770k, 2x GTX770s, 16gb of ram, a badass case, and a nice monitor.

If someone plays a lot of games, can't be 10 mins without their games, and happens to travel a lot... and has a lot of money to blow... a gaming laptop makes sense.

1 person liked this | ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

If someone plays a lot of games, can't be 10 mins without their games, and happens to travel a lot... and has a lot of money to blow... a gaming laptop makes sense.

My buddy bought one of these with his military disability money because he had a crapload to blow. After he realized it wasn't nearly as fast as my sli 460s (at the time), he sold his gaming laptop and he build a desktop with sli 580s, an i7 2600k, 16gb of ungodly fast ram, and a ton of storage. He build that with the money he got for his laptop along with a few extra bucks. Oh, and his desktop was unbelievably fast compared to a damn gaming laptop. Maybe if I were rich I would understand why people buy stupid things like this.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

According to Forbes, this is the first gaming laptop with the 780M:

http://www.msi.com/product/nb/GT70-2OD.html

With that much hardware in there, my guess is $3500. Anyone want to take a guess as to the currently unannounced price?

Strange. Eurocom already has the Panther 5D with a 780M (and SLI) option. Shortly to be joined by a Haswell powered stable mate.

1 person liked this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

It's not entirely stupid. It does have a place and purpose. However for us tech-knowledgeable folk, the cost majorly outweighs any benefits.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

Strange. Eurocom already has the Panther 5D with a 780M (and SLI) option. Shortly to be joined by a Haswell powered stable mate.

$3700 USD...I was close with my guess :P

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