Gaming on a laptop normally requires a sacrifice of graphics power for form factor. AVADirect’s Avant P870DM-G gaming laptop houses a Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 desktop GPU, and it makes a hell of a difference.

While the Avant is on the thicker and heavier side of the gaming laptop spectrum, weighing more than 10 pounds with battery installed, it’s not packing a full-sized GTX 980 like the ones proudly on display behind the tranparent side panels of gaming desktops.

Last year Nvidia introduced a special laptop form-factor version of the card, featuring the same components and overclocking ability in something a bit slimmer. Properly cooled and clocked, this mini GTX 980 is capable of performing at or close to the same as its desktop counterpart.

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