Gaming PC’s are amazing. They are powerful and upgradeable. You can upgrade your PC for the next generation of games whenever you want. But for gaming laptops the scene is a bit different. They tend to overheat, are bulky and heavy. But for the last few years, there has been some noticeable changes. Gaming laptops are becoming better with design and power and also their market demand is increasing. But laptops use their version of GPU’s which lacks the raw power of PC GPU’s and currently there are to laptops which are “VR Ready. “
Looking at this situation NVIDIA decided to bring its GTX 1000 series GPUs to notebooks. This isn’t an M series, or “for notebooks,” it’s the GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 inside laptops.
“This is something that we’ve wanted to do for years,” explains Nvidia program manager Mark Aevermann, in a media briefing on the new GPUs. Nvidia hasn’t been able to in the past, but it’s now using the company’s more efficient Pascal architecture to bring these powerful desktop graphics chips to notebooks. They’re nearly identical to their desktop counterparts, with only a slightly slower base clock speed on the GTX 1060 when it’s inside a notebook. To prove it, Nvidia demonstrated Gears of War 4 running on a notebook with a GTX 1080 outputting the game at 4K running at 60fps. “These are very powerful… these are very advanced,” says Aevermann.
The GTX 1080 will run 2,560 CUDA cores at 1733Mhz, with 8GB of GDDR5X memory. The GTX 1070 (designed to replace the 980M) will run 2,048 CUDA cores at 1645Mhz with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, and the GTX 1060 (designed to replace the 970M) will run 1,280 CUDA cores at 1670Mhz with 6GB of GDDR5 memory.
These specifications are “VR Ready” and NVIDIA promised a “VR Ready” Gaming Laptop so we have to wait for the actual product to launch to see how it fares in the real world.