Nvidia – Getting Laptops Ready for VR With Desktop GPUs

It was just last year when Nvidia tried putting desktop-grade graphics chips inside laptops with the dawn of its Maxwell-based GTX 980. This was already a hint that the US-based tech firm is already planning on bringing this type of technology even further. This is because the company is already bringing its GTX 1000 series GPUs towards notebooks. However, it should be noted that this is not an M series, or which is normally known as graphics chips made for laptops, as the firm will be installing the GTX 1060, 1070, and even the high-end 1080 inside portable computing devices.

Nvidia - Getting Laptops Ready for VR With Desktop GPUs

Nvidia Getting Ready to Install GTX 1000 Series GPUs Inside Laptops

Mark Aevermann, Nvidia program manager, told the following in a media briefing about the new laptop GPUs: “This is something that we’ve wanted to do for years.” It should be noted that the company has not been able to do this in the past, but it is not using its more efficient Pascal architecture in order to bring a more powerful graphics engine to laptops. These new GPUs will be nearly identical to their desktop counterparts, but they will be built with a slightly slower base clock speed when they are installed inside a notebook. In order to prove this, the firm had demonstrated the graphics capabilities of Gears of War 4 that is running on a laptop with a GTX 1080 that is running at 4K UHD graphics at 60-frames-per-second. Aevermann says that “these are very powerful… these are very advanced.”

Found at the top of the product series is the GTX 1080, which is the same notion as with its desktop counterpart. It will run 2,560 CUDA cores at 1,733MHz, and it will have 8GB of GDDR5X memory. As for the Nvidia GTX 1070 for laptops, which is said to be primarily made to replace the 980M, it will run on 2,048 CUDA cores at 1645MHz, and has 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Lastly, at the bottom of the series, but still very capable of delivering great graphics to notebooks, is the GTX 1060. For this, it will run on 1,280 CUDA cores at 1670MHz, and it will have 6GB of GDDR5 memory.

Aside from the hardware specifics of the graphics chips, Nvidia also revealed the benchmark tests of each, and the report shows impressive reference performance when comparing the laptop and desktop versions of the GPUs. There are even some tests that the laptop version of the GTX 1080 was performing better than the desktop model.


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