After the huge rocking successful launch of the most awaited high end Maxwell GPU line up for Dekstops, NVIDIA officially released their mobile counterparts namely, GTX 980M and GTX 970M, as one would expect, these cards are based on the successor of Kepler architecture which is Maxwell. Aiming at more efficient yet a superior performance figures, the 900 series GeForce GTX series is pretty good option if one is upgrading from a 600 series or earlier. Now let’s get started.
Introduction- Meet the GTX 980M and GTX 970M
On Tuesday, 7th 2014, NVIDIA released the next big thing in mobile GPU market, 2 of the GPUs that belong to the GTX 900M series. GTX 980M is a targeted replacement for GTX 880M while GTX 970M is the replacement for GTX 870M. Both the 800M series GPUs were based on Kepler GK104 die while these two 900Ms are based on GM204 GPU die powering the GTX 980 and GTX 970. GTX 980M features 1536 CUDA cores,96 TMUs and 64 ROPs with a GPU clock with boosts exceeding 1038 MHz and a 2500MHz memory clock paired with 8GB of GDDR5 memory through a 256 bit wide memory bus pushing 176 GB per second. The GTX 970M in the other hand is as expected a more cut down variant, featuring 1280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs make the GPU aspect and GPU clocks over 924 MHz, same 2500 MHz memory clock on 6 gigs of GDDR5 VRAM through a narrower 192 bit wide bus managing a 132 GB/s. Both the chips based on 28 nm nodes from TMSC feature power saving features so that you can game for long. Now without wasting any more time let’s get started with the gaming beasts housing these monstrous mobile GPUs. First up, CyberPowerPC Fangbook Edge.
The slim and sexy Fangbook Edge featuring a GTX 970M comes up with the Intel’s i7-4810HQ (with Iris Pro 520o iGPU), 3x USB 3.0, additional features like SD card reader, HDMI out, mDisplayPort or Thunderbolt port version 2.0, MiraCast wireless display support and many more handy features. It comes in 2 variants, the Fangbook Edge 1080p, with a 1080p screen and Fangbook Edge 4K with an Ultra HD 2160p screen. Next up is the gaming monsters from Digital Storm.
Company announced that they will offer both GTX 970M and GTX 980M in their line up in 15.6” to 17.3” screen sizes with variety of tailored configs. Bundled with NVIDIA’s battery boost technology, one can expect pretty decent battery life. Let’s see what Eurocom has up their sleeves.
The boutique laptop builder claimed that they’ll offer GTX 980M and GTX 970M in SLI and stand-alone configs. Paired with Intel Core i7 Extreme series CPUs and up to 32 GB of DDR3 PC312800 memory (1600 MHz). High capacity and SSD storage. Being fully upgradable gives Eurocom owners an edge over other gaming laptops. So, what does Maingear has to say? Let’s see
Maingear decided to incorporate the new GTX 970M and GTX 980M GPUs in their Nomad 17 custom gaming laptop paired with Intel Core i7 family CPUs and up to 32 gigs of DDR3 memory and various combination of HDD and SSD configurations. The company also promises Wireless AC and Bluetooth connectivity. The display is a 17.3” 1080p wedge with anti-reflective display. USB 3.0 and HDMI out and many other I/O options. Well, it seems like MSI has a more vivid picture of their future plans, let’s see what they are.
The GTX 970M and GTX 980M are going to feature on the the GS60 Ghost Pro, GT72, GT60 and GT70 Dominator and GS70 Stealth Pro. All the devices powered by the Core i7 mobile CPUs and Killer E2200 Gaming NIC, 4K HDMI output and more. There’s also a special edition GS70 Stealth Pro cladded in Crimson Red colour. Starting prices are disclosed as $1,599/-.
Ace boutique builder from Florida is offering GTX 980M in EON15-S, EON17-S, EVO15-S and EON17-SLX. A thinner and lighter version of the EVO15-S will feature GTX 970M and a 4K ready display. Pricing stated to start at $1,523.
Conclusion- GTX 900M and GTX 970M, a worthy upgrade to Kepler based mobile GPUs
All in all, after going through the benchmarks, the Maxwell chips’ indeed perform well and at a lower power draw. Owners of the GTX 600M series or earlier may find it interesting to upgrade to the GTX 900M GPUs. The performance leap is quite noticeable and the wide availability of devices powering them even after such a short time of the official launch makes it a considerable option. That’s it for now, we’ll keep you posted with the new devices powering these GPUs, since many more OEMs like Asus and their heavenly ROG lineup and alike have not been reported for future GTX 980M and GTX 970M powered laptops, we can expect more to come. We value your opinions, put them in form of comments and stay tuned for more. 😉