NVIDIA brings the GTX 10 series to notebooks

GTX 10 series
GTX 10 series

After unveiling the desktop GeForce GTX 10 series earlier this year, NVIDIA is now bringing the GPUs to notebooks. The GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 will be available in products from Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, EVGA, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Origin, Razer, Sager and XMG in the coming weeks.

Similar to Maxwell-based mobile offerings, the 16nm Pascal GTX 10 cards are desktop GPUs optimized for mobile use. The GTX 1080 on a notebook will offer nearly 90% of the same performance as its desktop counterpart, which means that the mobile GPU will be twice as fast as a fully-enabled desktop GTX 980.

NVIDIA is also sticking with the same core count as the desktop GTX 10 cards, and as such the GTX 1080 on mobile features a fully-enabled GP104 GPU with 2560 CUDA cores and 160 texture units. The GTX 1070 on mobile offers 2048 CUDA cores and 128 texture units. The 1080 comes with 8GB of GDDR5X video memory clocked at 10Gbps over a 256-bit wide memory bus, whereas the 1070 offers 8GB of GDDR5 memory at 8Gbps. The GTX 1060, meanwhile, has 1280 CUDA cores, 80 texture units, and 6GB of GDDR5 memory at 8Gbps.

The cards don't have the same clock speed as their desktop equivalent, with the GTX 1080 coming with a core clock of 1556MHz (versus 1607MHz for desktop). The move makes sense as the TDP of the mobile parts will have to be inevitably lower than the desktop cards owing to the thermal constraints. That said, NVIDIA is allowing its partners to factory overclock its mobile cards, which is a very interseting development.

Other additions include tweaks to G-SYNC, allowing notebook vendors to ship panels with 120Hz refresh rate and QHD screens. Battery Boost has also received a boost, with NVIDIA claiming that the technology will double playing time on a notebook by lowering quality settings automatically.

The move to a 16nm FinFET manufacturing node means that the GTX 10 series cards on mobile will offer significant gains in performance when compared to Maxwell, making the cards ready for VR gaming. We should be getting a look at the first notebooks with GTX 10 GPUs later this month, so stay tuned. Check out more best graphics card options to see what else is out there now.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.

  • Wow, that's seriously impressive the amount of power they've squeezed in these laptops but immediate concerns about heat disaptaion creep into my mind.
  • *orgasm*
    Ah...you weren't supposed to see that. Sorry.
  • In all seriousness, this is pretty exciting. Especially with the affordability of the 1060.
  • The power of a laptop GPU version of desktop GPU is never equivalent to actual desktop GPU.. For example you don't get same results from 1080m than from a desktop GTX 1080.
  • Non m versions fitted in laptops are identical.
  • Article says it's 90%
  • Yeah versus Maxwell which was like 60% Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • if there is a affordable acer with at least the 1060 in notebook form I would get it
  • Next Up: Project Scorpio!!!!
  • Ah, if Project Scorpio will bring these kind of GPUs...
  • Sorry to disappoint, but the Xbox One and likely Project Scorpio contain AMD hardware.
  • F*** AMD
  • But the technology is getting there (whether nVidia or AMD). This shows the path to components that will fit in a small box next to the TV.
  • Can't keep up with the technology. If the current laptops come down significantly in price it will be a difficult decision as to which laptop to get. I wish OLED gaming laptops were more prevalent.
  • AMD GPU is rocking and cheaper than NVIDIA.
    That's why intel's 6th gen Laptops, PS & XB using it. Good luck NVidia....
  • That and NVIDIA snubbing their nose at the console world. They aren't sweating much in the PC space though.
  • Still having 6th gen Intel using NVIDIA GPUs on laptops... I'm still not seeing higher-end notebooks using AMD chips, yet.
  • i look forward to it ^_^ more gaming power.
  • Never buy a gaming laptop!There are issues and they aren't even trying fix it.Like;diagonal screen tearing,throttle issues,fan noise and lazy NVidia.They make just new gpus and forget about old ones.
  • Which gaming laptop are you having these issues with?
  • It's a clevo gaming laptop
  • GTX 1080M based dGPU in Surface Book successor please!
  • Hell yes! I'd settle for the 1070 or even the 1060 as they are much better than what we have currently.
  • Exactly my thoughts.
  • Exactly what I wish for...
  • Price point also 10/10
  • Not so. Look at GTX960M on current laptops as an example.
  • The single GPU 1070/1080 is in the price range but the SLI is out of range for most of us. For example: MSI GT83VR TITAN SLI-055 nVidia SLI GTX 1070 Desktop GPU 16GB GDDR5 is $3499.00 MSI GT83VR TITAN SLI-024 nVidia SLI GTX 1080 Desktop GPU 16GB GDDR5X is $4999.00 Sager NP9873 (Clevo P870DM3-G) nVidia SLI Dual GTX 1080 is $3729.00 Sager NP9873-S (Clevo P870DM3-G) nVidia SLI Dual GTX 1080 is $3929.00
  • They're not meant to be for everyone.
  • Only for serious gamers or enthusiast designers will be buying this. Also, for most, GTX1080 fits most.
  • This is some serious drool worthy **** :D. I can FINALLY replace my 04yr Alienware with some seriously impressive graphics cards.
  • What's the Quadro equivalent of these cards for mobile?
  • Fastest quadro - nVIDIA Quadro M5500 3D Graphic 8GB GDDR5
  • No, that's not it. The equivalent to the Quadro M5500 is GeForce GTX 980
  • I did not say equivalent but fastest.
  • Sign me up. My Asus rog laptop with 760m has served me well for two and a half years, but it's time for an upgrade. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android