September 23rd, 2015, 22:24 Posted By: wraggster
The days of watered-down laptop graphics cards could soon be at an end.
Nvidia is bringing its flagship GTX 980 GPU to a number of notebook devices.
Thatís right Ė the full-size, desktop GTX 980, rather than the laptop-friendly 980M offshoot that launched last year.
What this means in practice is while the 980M achieved around 70 to 80 per cent of its full-fat sibling, the laptops equipped with the GTX 980 will be able to harness the whole of the cardís hardware for gaming, video editing and so on.
Thatís helped by the full 2048 CUDA core architecture of the component, unchanged from its desktop PC counterpart, as well as the overclockable nature of the card Ė an overclocking tool will accompany the new laptops.
The GTX 980 will offer 7Gbps of memory bandwidth, versus the 980Mís 5Gbps. Similarly, the 980 will come with four to eight phase power supplies, against the 980Mís three.
To help with cooling in the smaller form factor of a laptop, the 980 will have one change Ė a new custom-tuned fan. Each laptop will tweak the cardís formula and specifics to suit its manufacturerís wants and needs.
To avoid draining battery life, the 980 will require that the laptop be plugged into the wall. On portable power, it will automatically drop its performance to match that of the 980M to conserve life.
The six laptops that comprise the first wave of 980-equipped machines are as follows:
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