Nvidia's latest GPU move shows the increasing power of laptops - a sign of things to come

The GeForce GTX 980 Notebooks are designed to support VR
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Nvidia has designed a new set of laptops, which all use the firm’s 2,048-core GM204 GPU found in the full-size desktop GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards.

Designed to support virtual reality, these GeForce GTX 980 Notebooks boast GDDR5 memory, fast CPUs, multiple USB 3.0 ports and direct HDMI out ports.

The GPU was formally designed for desktops, but by using Maxwell architecture combined with various system improvements, Nvidia has incorporated its powerful GTX 980 2,048-core GPU into notebooks.

"The GeForce GTX 980 Notebook is a very impressive piece of hardware. EVE: Valkyrie runs super smooth on it with rock-solid performance,” said Owen O’Brien, executive producer, EVE: Valkyrie, CCP Games.

In addition, thanks to the graphics horsepower these notebooks can surpass VR’s demands of 90 FPS, low-latency gameplay, plus the devices can also meet the recommended spec for Oculus Rift.

These devices are also designed for heavy-duty gaming, while both the CPU and GPU are overclockable. Plus, many of the laptops come equipped with G-Sync technology, meaning games will be played stutter-free.

Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, added: “The GTX 980 notebook includes a fully loaded GTX 980 GPU in a laptop form factor. It’s a great platform for utilising Unreal Engine 4’s high-end features, such as physically based shading, DirectX 12 and virtual reality device support.”

These improvements prove just how powerful notebooks can be, and that users don’t need to use PCs alone to access powerful graphics.

It begs the question, just how powerful can laptops get? Will we begin to see even more impressive GPUs incorporated into these small devices? Only time will tell.

The first GeForce GTX 980-equipped notebooks will be available in October.

The full list of OEMs include: MSI, Aorus, ASUS, Clevo, Origin PC, Maingear, Falcon NW, Digital Storm, Sager, XMG, PC Specialist, LDLC, Hyperbook, G-Tune, AfterShock, BossMonster, Metabox and Terransforce.

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