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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 For Enthusiasts Notebooks Arriving in Q3 2016 – Performance On Par With Desktop Variants

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Jun 2, 2016
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NVIDIA recently announced their Pascal GPU based GeForce 10 series graphics cards which are now available in the retail market. Aimed at PC gamers, the Pascal GPU offers the best gaming performance at high resolutions and with significantly higher clock speeds compared to the previous generation Maxwell based GPUs. PCGamer confirmed it over at Computex that NVIDIA is prepping Pascal GeForce 10 series discrete GPUs for mobility line too and they will feature the same specifications as their desktop aimed siblings.

The NVIDIA Pascal GP104 GPU will soon be powering enthusiast grade, VR Ready notebooks.

NVIDIA To Unleash GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 For Notebook Gamers – Performance Parity With Desktop Chips

According to PCGamer, we can see the new notebook aimed GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards around August / September which indicates a third quarter launch. This isn’t the first time NVIDIA is going to release mobile parts that achieve performance parity with desktop parts. Last year, NVIDIA announced a high end GeForce GTX 980 graphics card solution for mobile platforms which had the same GPU specifications along with higher VRAM and toned down clock speeds achieving better performance than the desktop variant.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series For notebooks will be using premium components.

For the first time, we saw a uncut chip for mobile platforms and this time, NVIDIA would be bringing two with their latest Pascal GPU architecture. The GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 for mobility will retain the specifications of the desktop variants but their voltage and frequencies will be toned a bit for laptops. NVIDIA will be designing their own custom, high-end PCB designs which we saw last year. The PCB NVIDIA developed last time offered premium components, better power supply and a overclocking ready design.

The GeForce 10 series mobile GPUs will power smooth and playable VR with the best performance.

NVIDIA already brought VR Gaming to the laptop community with their GTX 980 solution but this time, they are bringing two high-performance chip that offer performance better than the Titan X.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobility Graphics Card Specifications:

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 would feature the GP104-400-A1 GPU with 7.2 Billion transistors. The GPU comes with 2560 CUDA cores, 160 Texture Mapping Units and 64 Raster Operation Units. The desktop GPU achieves up to 9 TFLOPs of compute performance so the mobility variant will be able to reach this number while running lower clock speeds.

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NVIDIA features 8 GB of GDDR5X memory on their GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. The next generation GDDR memory runs at 10 GB/s effective speeds along a 256-bit bus. This delivers a total cumulative bandwidth of 320 GB/s. It is highly likely that NVIDIA would use the same memory scheme on their mobility variant. The card has a pixel fill rate of 102.8 GPixels/s and texture fill rate of 257.1 GTexels/s.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 has a TDP of 180W so clocks will have to be tuned lower to make it an efficient offering for the mobile front that doesn’t consume a lot of power. The pricing of the GTX 1080 for laptops will remain on the high side since we are talking about a extreme enthusiast oriented product. The GeForce GTX 1080 will become the regaining champ of high-performance gaming on both desktop and mobile fronts after the new card is launched.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobility Graphics Card Specifications:

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 would feature the GP104 GPU (GP104-200-A1) core which comprises of 1920 CUDA cores. The configuration on the GeForce GTX 1070 comprises of 120 texture mapping units and 64 ROPs. With an entire GPC disabled, the ROP block still remains active hence providing the same count as the GTX 1080 that is great.

The chip would feature 8 GB of GDDR5 memory featured across a 256-bit bus and clocked at 8 GB/s. This leads to a total bandwidth of 256 GB/s. The reason for using GDDR5 memory is to offer a more competitive variant that doesn’t skims down on VRAM while keeping the price relatively low. NVIDIA will be optimizing the card to deliver a better TDP. The desktop variant has a TDP of 150W so we can expect to see around 100W TDP for the voltage tuned version on the mobility platform.

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ModelGeForce GTX 980MXGeForce GTX 980 LaptopGeForce GTX 1070 LaptopGeForce GTX 1080 Laptop
ArchitectureMaxwellMaxwellPascalPascal
GPUGM204GM204GP104GP104
CUDA cores1664204819202560
Texture Units104128120160
Raster Devices64646464
Clock Speed1048 MHz1218 MHzTBDTBD
Memory Bus256-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit
Amount of memory8 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5
Memory Frequency5000 MHz7008 MHz8000 MHz10000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth160 GB / s224 GB/s256 GB/s320 GB/s
TDP125W~150W125W~150W

More NVIDIA GeForce 10M Series Graphics Cards Coming Soon

While NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 will be featured in high-end notebooks, there will be other variants that will be aimed at the mainstream products with VR capable performance. NVIDIA won’t be offering a GTX 1080M or GTX 1070M but the lineup will consist of several chips under these discrete graphics cards. We can expect the GeForce GTX 1060M to be based on a cut down GP104 core while featuring extreme performance levels at a decent price to enable VR gaming for the masses.

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