A recent report seems to indicate that Nvidia is preparing to take its Maxwell-based GPUs for notebooks to a new level.
Gaming platform Steam conducted a survey last month, which showed that PC gamers prefer Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 970 in their gaming systems, outclassing Intel’s HD Graphics 4000 and other models from Nvidia.
The company acknowledges that the GM204 graphics core has big potential, and aims to bank on it with its improved graphics cards.
As a new report from Hardware Battle reveals, the Santa Clara-based company is upping the ante by readying two beastly mobile GPUs: the GeForce GTX 980MX and GeForce GTX 970MX.
This means that the GeForce GTX 980M is getting a worthy successor in the GeForce GTX 980MX, which is basically a GeForce GTX 970 tailored for the needs of the mobility market.
Looking at the specs, we see 1664 Compute Unified Device Architecture cores (in short, CUDA cores), 64 raster operation units (ROPs) and no less than 104 texture mapping units (TMU) in the GTX 980MX.
The GPU is clocked at a basic 941 MHz and it sports a memory clock of 5.00 GHz. The two combined translate into a bandwidth of 160 GB/s. Customers may choose whether the mobility chip is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, or 8 GB. The memory uses a 256-bit bus interface for optimum performance. When it comes to Thermal Design Power (TDP), the GeForce GTX 980MX gets almost the same numbers as the GeForce GTX 980M, which has 125W.
A tad lower on specs, the GeForce GTX 970MX is the second upcoming release from Nvidia, and it is also based on the GM204 core. It sports 56 ROPs, 88 TMUs and 1408 CUDA cores.
The clock core runs at 941 MHz and, with a working memory clock of 5.00 GHz, it ends up with a full bandwidth of 120 GB/s. Two options are present for Nvidia clients: get the GTX 970MX with 3 GB or 6 GB GDDR5, both of which provide graphics through a 192-bit memory interface. Similar to the TDP of the GeForce GTX 970M, the GeForce GTX 970MX sits in the 125W range.
In 2015, the company delivered the GeForce GTX 980M, a desktop-grade graphics card for notebooks and laptops, thus making sure PC players get the best of both gaming and mobility.
We will keep you posted on the pricing and availability of Nvidia’s upcoming hardware as soon as we find out something new, so stay tuned.