NVIDIA makes some killer graphics processing unit, the latest being based on the Pascal coding language. The Program Manager at NVIDIA, Mark Aevermann, has said that only because of Pascal they could make the newest GPUs on the market this remarkably great on laptops as well. They even tested the mobile GPU out for The Verge, showing off how the GPU can maintain 60 frames/second when playing the game Gears of War 4 at a 4K resolution.
As for the latest, NVIDIA made available versions of the GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 cards for both gaming laptops as well as desktops, and as we said before, they’re pretty much killing it. Let’s look at the specifications of the graphics processing units and see what NVIDIA chose to add to each one.
Firstly, the GTX 1080 is pretty similar in both its mobile and desktop version: both being clocked at 1733 MHz, 2560 CUDA cores and 8GB of internal storage.
However, NVIDIA made some changes with the mobile version of the GTX 1070, trying to make the GPU more powerful but to not cause it to overheat. Their solution was to leave the frequencies as they are, and rather add more CUDA cores on the laptop version so that the card would be more powerful. The mobile version comes packed with 2048 cores, and while there are more cores on the mobile version than on the desktop one, the GTX 1080 still has the upper hand in this department.
Even if they tried their best to make the GPUs as powerful as they could, the tech giant confirmed that the mobile versions will be somewhat slower than the desktop ones, maybe by 10 percent. However, if mobility is an issue you care about – then you might cut them some slack for the not-so-powerful graphics processing units. Overall, we’re excited for the GTX 1000 series to be found on laptops from various companies like Asus, Razer, Acer and Alienware. We hear rumors that the GPUs will be available to Virtual Reality headsets as well, like the very popular Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.