NVIDIA offers its GeForce GTX 980 desktop GPU inside Windows 10 notebooks

NVIDIA has decided to offer hardcore PC gamers and hardware junkies a way to buy a Windows 10 notebook with a desktop graphics processor inside, rather than a powered-down mobile version. The company says that it is now offering PC makers the full version of the GeForce GTX 980 desktop GPU designed to fit inside a laptop.

NVIDIA says:

"Newer cooling systems with up to 2x the cooling efficiency of existing GTX gaming notebooks keep these components ticking in the tight confines of a mobile form factor, and new fan and overclocking controls enable users to tweak fan speeds, fan control curves, and clock speeds."


NVIDIA says that its internal benchmark results show that the notebook version of the GeForce GTX 980 is "nigh on identical" compared to its desktop counterpart. Six notebooks have been announced that will include the GPU, and we have already checked out one of them a few weeks ago at IFA in Berlin. The ASUS ROG GX700 will have the GeForce GTX 980 inside, along with its own liquid cooling dock, which will allow gamers to overclock the GPU for even faster performance.

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  • How awesome is that!
  • Good lord that is nuts.
  • Put that in a Surface Pro, roasted nuts.
  • Literally lol
  • It's not possible now, but with constantly improving technology, I'd say a Surface Pro 6 would have an equivilent GPU.
  • Now let's see how good 14 nm GPUs will be.
  • Wow. I wasn't expecting this to happen for a few more yrs! I'd say this is a game changer! Alienware bring it on!
  • Dayum!
  • Dayum!
  • Dayum!
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  • DAYUM!
  • Bye bye gaming PCs.
  • Hello gaming lappies.
  • lappy 486 gaming edition
  • I wouldn't say that just yet. I can fit 4 GPUs in my case comfortably, I'm also planning on building a custom case that I can cool much easier (and looks nice to boot) I'm sure these laptops will run beautifully, but they still can't beat the top end of a well done gaming desktop PC.
  • Never. Gaming PCs are fun to assemble and you can personalize them as you want.
  • Nope. Desktops will still be cheaper and more customizable.
  • Gaming laptops will never be as cheap as a similarly spec'd desktop.
  • Gaming laptops will always be more expensive. You're paying for portability. A high end gaming laptop can't compete with an upper mid-range gaming desktop yet costs the same or even more depending on where you're looking.
  • No.
  • A Laptop Will never Replace A Gaming PC ...
  • Lol. My PC is connected to a 50" plasma with 7.1 tower speakers. Not to mention desktop CPU's blow mobile CPU's away. So no... Plus that whole customisability, the fun of building, swapping parts, upgrading, real & entire PC water cooling, multiple GPU's... Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • Get a gaming laptop for twice the price. Have it connected to a TV 24/7. Play games that way only. Watch the world burn. :P
  • Benefit = zero. Con = waste of $ for no performance gain, probably a performance loss actually. Desktop PC Master Race. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • Which is exactly why I said "Watch the world burn".
  • Lol, my laptop has desktop cpu i7-6700k, GTX980 8GB, 32GB RAM DDR4, 2x1TB HDD, 1x 256GB SSD and 2 more free slots for M.2 SSD, 1x free slot for a PCIe SSD. I can replace all of the above parts. Do you still think that now days laptops are not well customisable?
  • What about battery life? If you can't use it on the, then there is no reason to have a laptop.
  • What are your thoughts on the ASUS ROG G2AJ, is a very powerfull gaming PC on a compact Size, the only issue is it requires external Monitor, like a game console, but IMO its much better than having an external cooling dock which uses even more space on your desk than the ROG G2AJ
  • Omg I could fit the 980ti in there :D
  • Amd for life. *grabs popcorn*
  • *Joins with a bigger bowl of popcorn*
  • *eats all popcorn and runs away shouting Nvidia is love - nvidia is life*
  • *overheats while running away*
  • This guy wins
  • AMD :)
  • Even with 2x cooling, I still want to see how hot it gets!
  • Nvidia's new GPU's aren't that hard to cool, thankfully. This year and last. Keplar was a little rough. I have a GTX960 that is overclocks to the max. I have a cheap CPU water cooler on it (Corsair H75) and it never gets over 60C. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • That's bullshit. NVidia's GPU are as hot as AMDA's GPUs. Even more so really.
  • Um, it's not. Cause that's my actual temp. AMD latest GPU's are infamously hot. Lol! They are the reason manufacturers are selling GPU prepackaged with watercooling. Meanwhile, NVidia has GPU's that don't kick their fans on until they reach 60C and can even game without the fans running sometimes.
  • You're probably completely ignoring VRM's temps too... That's AMD's real heat issue. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • I agree.
  • Battery time - 10 minutes
  • Lol. Even plugged into the wall the battery drains. Lol Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • 42 lbs. allegedly portable with a half of 10 minute battery...
  • Lol. I hope the 14 inch SP4 has better than onboard intel graphics.
  • Nope. At max that would be Iris Pro, but still Gt 530 (Skylake version of Broadwell HD 6000).
  • I can't imagine it would - not least for the drastic impact on batteries. I think it'll be the skylake igpu.
  • Wow
  • Dual 970m benches higher tho. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Technical advancement is still impressive though, no?
  • It's kind of a step back tho. Dual m gpu has the speed of a desktop gpu with the benefit of disabling one and switching to power save mode to actually get a few hours on battery. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So what? MSI GT80 will come with SLI config with two GTX 980 and outbench any 970m or 980m config.
  • I have the gt80 and I believe the sli gpus are on mxm sockets, though not sure if this upgrade would work with my device. Either way, that sli 980 setup should smoke the m configs. Provided it doesn't just start smoking ;) in all seriousness, the gt80 does rev it's fans up mighty hard, sometimes, so I'm really interested to see how this all works.
  • Can't Wait To See Laptop Melting Complaints :P
  • The external dock has dedicated special cooling system so no, your laptop won't melt.
  • That is amazing. NVIDIA is king in graphics.
  • Try fitting that into a smartphone and you will be ahead of your competitors by at least 10 years!
  • We'd be back to carrying backpack size phones just for the water cooling components. Lol. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • It just so happens that my MacBook pro is having hardware issues recently. I mean, I was going to have to replace it sooner or later, right?
  • Actually, search in youtube any video showing a setup with a GTX Titan + MacBook Pro 15" , you can actually do a hack to support external dock with this machine, but it requires you to manually build the cooling system and connect the Nvidia GTX Titan to the laptop using special setup. This is wrong, so that's why I'm impressed Nvidia will now officially support this stuff so non geeks like us can have a laptop with great graphics that support Occulus Rift VR and 4K gaming. 
  • Now we should compare the costs of assembled pc with GTX980 and these notebooks... moreover what I think is hardcore gamers wouldn't care about mobility much and would go for assembled PCs...
    But this technology is really ass-kickingly crazy...
  • Ehh, I'm going to say its amusing. It's azz-kickingly crazy when the actual cooling compartment is fit to the bottom of the actual laptop and only adds ~1" in height. Figure that out and I'll be amazed and take it seriously. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • I'm pretty sure the laptop price would be higher, since these laptops will have a multi touch 4K IPS 17" display, but if OEMs are smart and put plain non  touch HD displays (yes as bad as it sounds, its 1366x768), these laptops will be huge competitors with desktop gaming PC's.  And the big winners of these industry will be monitor OEMs since Skylake and Nvidia GTX 980 now support the HDMI 2.0 standard, which leaves a lot of OEMs out there interested in 4K gaming (Dell, Samsung, ASUS, HP LG, even Apple)
  • 1366x768 is a MASSIVE waste of a GTX980 though. Lol. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • I disagree, if you want a device like this, you want something more than a 15.6" display, like a 24" or 27" 4K display, otherwise, there is no reason to put expensive 4K monitor on such small display.  Just my 2 cents.
  • Sure, a bigger display would be ideal. But that doesn't make the current setup any less of a waste. A 980 can easily handle 4k. 1366x768 is a joke for this GPU. It's "cool", sure, but why all that power for such a low resolution? I suppose you could say because the GPU doesn't have to work as hard, it won't burn through as much battery... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This is amazing, finally laptops can get decent benchmarks (top 10%) on 3D Mark FireStrike extreme test, and 4K gaming will be possible withi this.  I'm pretty sure the bad news about this, is that the Xbox One and the PS4 will look like toys compared to these laptops.
  • They were too preoccupied with whether they could that they didn't stop to think of they should.
  • Intel iCore / Sky lake has to be the way forward.
  • I'm happy! I have the msi gt80 and a gt72 - both, I believe, are using gpus on the mxm socket so... Could they be upgraded with the full flavour 980 gpu? Though I'd wager the thermals would have the devices cooking! Alternate with a graphics accelerator is good but feels a little bittersweet knowing you're going to pay for an igpu that'll be redundant after you've shelled out for the adaptor and external gpu - I prefer this, but needs to see how it works out. The Asus looks very interesting but buying one of the net with shoddy customer services, in the UK; I'm not sure I want to go down that route. I do want to buy myself a present though ;)
  • Nice!!
  • Now I will be able to heat up a cup of coffee just by placing it next to an exhaust port!