NEW BREED OF GAMING NOTEBOOKS
NVIDIA arms gaming notebooks with desktop-class GeForce GTX 980 GPUs.
by Back in the days, when it comes to sheer graphical processing power, there wasn’t a shadow of a doubt that desktop-class hardware would floor and demolish its mobile counterparts. This is why when consumers go for a dedicated gaming machine, the answer is almost always a desktop PC, with gaming notebooks only being an option if there is a great willingness to compromise on value-for-money for portability.
Over the years, efforts have been made to close the performance gap between desktop PCs and notebooks. Some notebook manufacturers have begun experimenting with putting desktopclass CPUs into their notebooks, and with ‘Skylake’, Intel has also introduced mobile K-SKU processors – unlocked mobile processors allowing overclocking. The future looked bright for notebook gamers, until NVIDIA came around with an announcement that made it almost blinding: bringing desktop-class GeForce GTX 980 GPUs to a new breed of gaming notebooks.
This marks the first time that gaming notebooks are equipped with desktop-class GPUs. This first leads to a number of other firsts, such as gaming notebooks coming with unlocked GPUs for greater overclocking potential, and for GPUs in notebooks to be capable of over 7Gbps in base memory clock speeds. To get all these firsts to work together is another first: getting near-full control of the notebook’s fan. As a result, it wouldn’t be too outrageous to expect almost desktop-like performance from gaming notebooks in the future.
This development means that we may soon be bidding farewell to the days of playing the latest triple-A games with sub-par graphics settings, just because we chose a portable machine. This also means that we’ll be able to play said games at cranked up settings on multimonitor setups instead of the notebook display, if we so choose.
With all that, one question remains: “What’s to happen to the GeForce 900M series?” NVIDIA said that they will still be around and wasn’t willing to share any more than that. We’re taking the company’s word on it, but we’re also pretty sure that soon, more of the GeForce GTX 900 series’ family will be showing up on notebooks.