Nvidia will deliver desktop-grade GTX 980 in gaming notebooks in October

Nvidia has announced it will be delivering a desktop-grade GTX 980 into various gaming notebooks as early as next month.


Nvidia has announced it will be pushing the limits of future gaming laptops as it will begin to put a desktop-quality 980 GPU into a notebook.

The GTX 980, and all of its 2048 cores, will be available in early October as laptops from MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, Clevo, and Aorus should be available for purchase. And yes -- the GTX 980 can be overclocked, although how much juice you can get out of it will depend on the laptop itself. Just be sure to have the laptop plugged into an outlet as running on its battery will severely cut the power of the GPU.

What’s even more impressive is laptops equipped with the GTX 980 will have enough horsepower to surpass the 90fps demands of VR headsets. These notebooks will meet the recommended spec for the Oculus Rift.

Nvidia didn’t disclose an exact date as to when GTX 980-powered laptops will be available for purchase, but here are the models you should be looking out for:

  • Asus GX700
  • Clevo P775DM-G
  • Clevo P870DM-G
  • Gigabyte Auros RX7Y4
  • MSI GT72
  • MSI GT80
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    September 22, 2015 7:00 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Nvidia will deliver desktop-grade GTX 980 in gaming notebooks in October

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      September 22, 2015 7:08 AM

      Now you can play der_Witcha 3 on your laptop!!!

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      September 22, 2015 9:10 AM

      I'm really excited about this. I've been holding off on upgrading anything and I much prefer a gaming laptop. Great news.

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      September 22, 2015 9:13 AM

      what exactly is the difference between the current gtx970/980m and the desktop versions? More power? Why call them 970 if they aren't true 970s

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        September 22, 2015 9:14 AM

        nm, the article sort of laid it out. Is there currently a desktop version of the 970 available on laptops then?

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          September 22, 2015 9:25 AM

          No, I believe this is the first time they've got a desktop card in a laptop. It's always been lesser spec'd mobile cards.

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        September 22, 2015 9:43 AM

        Just a way to draw a parallel to GPU power. A 980 in desktop or laptop represents best in class for that form factor, but the -m indicator for the mobile parts tells you that it's not the same.

        Until now. This is some really cool stuff.

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      September 22, 2015 9:31 AM

      Still leaves me a bit skeptical that it will actually run at full clock speed compared to the desktop version. Having all 2048 shader cores doesn't tell the whole story. Desktop 980 is 160W, and if it's truly full desktop power (clock speed, ROPs, TMUs, etc) they won't be able to cut power much unless they've snuck in a 16nm redesign in there, but we'd know about that by now if that were the case.

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        September 22, 2015 9:45 AM

        Pretty much this, the only way this thing is truly full power is if it's a shrunk part.

        Which is... possible if they're paper launching in October, but I'm deeply sceptical. :/

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        September 22, 2015 9:46 AM

        My guess is that it will only be able to run at full speed when plugged in to a dock like the one I linked above

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          September 22, 2015 9:51 AM

          That's already revealed as true.

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      September 22, 2015 11:08 AM

      Side note, this is the only laptop card both oculus and nvidia support for vr