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Nvidia talks about new Pascal-based notebooks

by on16 August 2016


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Nvidia has been talking up new pascal based gaming notebooks based around the GTX 10-series GPU.

As we have mentioned before the they will not be mobile chips as Nvidia has killed off the '-M' suffix so these gaming notebooks will have the same GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080.

The GTX 1080 is the top of the line and will be replacing the notebook variant of the GTX 980. It is the same as the desktop part with its GP104 die, and 2,560 cores. It is attached to 8GB of GDDR5X running at 10Gbps. The boost clock stays the same at 1,733MHz, but Nvidia has dropped the base clock to 1,556MHz.

The notebook GTX 1070, which replaces the GTX 980M is a bit different from its standard desktop part. The core count has increased from 1,920 to 2,048. However these will be slower at 1,442MHz/1,645MHz. The memory configuration is the same 8GB of GDDR5 at 8Gbps.

The GTX 1060 replaces the GTX 970M. The core count is the same as the desktop part, but again there is that slight clock speed reductions to both the base and boost. The memory is the standard 6GB of GDDR5 at 8Gbps.

Nvidia has not mentioned the TDP figures other than saying that they are close to those of the chips they replace.

All this means that the 120fps 1080p Ultra gameplay is now a possibility, as is 4K with high settings at least for the GTX 1080. All of the notebooks are VR ready and can be overclocked.

Nvidia is saying it's achieved up to 30 percent more battery life and all the laptops will support Battery Boost which allows for a balancing image quality, frame rate and battery life.

There is Widened G-Sync support. In the bad old days notebook G-Sync was limited to 1080p 75Hz, but this is now increasing to 1440p 120Hz, with Nvidia tripling the number of certified panels for the new range.

Nvidia told us it expected laptops to be available immediately. It is expected that there will be a starting price of $1,300 for GTX 1060 laptops, but pricing will of course vary wildly based on OEM, GPU and laptop model.

Last modified on 16 August 2016
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