By Mark Walton for GAMESPOT
Nvidia claims the GTX 980M and GTX 970M offer around 75 percent of the performance of its desktop chips while also significantly boosting battery life.
Following from the launch of its desktop-based GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs, Nvidia has taken the wraps off the mobile versions of the same chips. The company claims the GTX 980M and GTX 970M offer around 75 percent of the performance of its desktop chips, or twice the performance of the GTX 680M, enabling games to be played at high and ultra settings at resolutions up to 1440p.
The GTX 980M and GTX 970M are based on the Maxwell architecture, and includes full support for features such as MFAA, Dynamic Super Resolution, and VXGI, which Nvidia recently used to debunk conspiracies surrounding the moon landing. Both chips will also support DirectX 12 when it launches.
In addition, Nvidia is promising a marked increase in laptop battery life thanks to the power-efficiency of the new chips, and its Battery Boost software. A new feature added to GFE will allow users to one-click optimise a game's settings for running on battery, which includes capping the frame rate and diverting power to the components most used during a particular game.
The company claims battery life increases of up to 40 percent, without the performance hit that usually comes from playing games on battery power. There's certainly reason to be optimistic for the battery-boosting power of Nvidia's new laptop chips, with GameSpot's review of the Maxwell-based GTX 980 noting its impressive power efficiency.
The GTX 980M and GTX 970M launch today in laptops such as the Asus G751 and MSI GT72. Pricing for these laptops has not yet been announced.