NVIDIA GeForce GTX 990M Comes With Full GM204 GPU – 2048 Cores Clocked at 1190 MHz Inside ROG GX700

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Sep 2, 2015

There have been rumors of a Maxwell based GeForce GTX 990M mobility chip being launched soon by NVIDIA. It was revealed that the chip will make its arrival in Q4 2015 but there have been no word about the GeForce GTX 990M aside from some rumored specifications. At IFA 15, Computerbase managed to play around with a ROG G700 series laptop which ASUS launched a couple of hours ago and they found out that the Maxwell GPU housed inside the laptop had 2048 CUDA cores, confirming that that NVIDIA’s fastest mobility graphics card is going to launch pretty soon.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 990M To Feature Full GM204 GPU With 2048 CUDA Cores

There has been some speculation that the upcoming GeForce GTX 990M graphics card may either be a faster clocked GeForce GTX 980M or a GM200 GPU repurposed for the mobility market. It turns out that neither of the report was correct and the card is actually a full GM204 GPU with specifications similar to a GeForce GTX 980 graphics card that is a high-performance desktop class graphics card. The GeForce GTX 990M comes with 2048 CUDA cores, 128 texture mapping units and 64 raster operation units. The GeForce GTX 980M featured 1536 CUDA cores, 96 texture mapping units and 64 raster operation units. The 980M was clocked at 1038 MHz while the 990M will have a higher clock speed of 1190 MHz. The desktop class, GeForce GTX 980 is clocked at 1126 MHz base and 1218 MHz boost.

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Additionally, we are looking at 8 GB of GDDR5 memory that operates along a 256-bit bus and clocked at 2500 MHz (5.00 GHz effective) clock speed to pump out 160 GB/s bandwidth. The GeForce GTX 980M also has same memory specifications but also comes in 4 GB GDDR5 variant. The GeForce GTX 980 is clocked at a higher 7 GHz memory clock and pumps out 224.4 GB/s bandwidth. The GeForce GTX 980 has a TDP of 165W, the GTX 980M has a TDP of 125W while the GeForce GTX 990M will have a TDP around 135W. The GeForce GTX 980M is really going to make a difference when it enters in the mobility market fused inside high-end laptops such as the ROG GX700 series. Coupled with Skylake-H series processors and even liquid cooled options, we will see a range of new and enthusiast grade products soon in the market. The GeForce GTX 990M is not the first full GM204 GPU in the mobility market to feature a fully unlocked design. Last month, the Quadro M5000M with full 2048 core design was spotted in a Skylake mobility Xeon based workstation laptop. So far, no specifications aside from the core count have been confirmed but these chips are going to make their debut really soon.

This also calls for an action from AMD as they have been out of action from the mobility space for a while now. AMD’s last graphics card, the Radeon R9 M295X and R9 M395X are the only new Tonga (2048 Cores) powered options while the remaining lineup remains to use older GPU cores. AMD has shown how far their Fiji chip can scale but its not possible at the moment to fused HBM grade GPUs on MXM boards since they require different circuitry and board designs. NVIDIA’s entire GeForce 900M series mobility lineup is based on new chips and for AMD, it will take at least a year more to release more chips based on their latest GCN architecture that will be made using FinFET process node, delivering better efficiency and greater transistor density.

NVIDIA GeForce Maxwell 900M Lineup:

Model GeForce GTX 980 Laptop Version GeForce GTX 980MX GeForce GTX 980M GeForce GTX 970MX GeForce GTX 970M GeForce GTX 965M GeForce GTX 960M
Architecture Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell
GPU GM204 GM204 GM204 GM204 GM204 GM204 GM107
CUDA cores 2048 1664 1536 1408 1280 1024 640
Texture Units 128 104 96 88 80 64 40
Raster Devices 64 64 64 56 48 32 16
Clock Speed 1218 MHz 1048 MHz 1038 MHz 941 MHz 924 MHz 950 MHz 1097 MHz
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Amount of memory 8 GB GDDR5 8/4 GB GDDR5 8/4 GB GDDR5 3/6 GB GDDR5 3/6 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Frequency 7008 MHz 5000 MHz 5000 MHz 5000 MHz 5000 MHz 5000 MHz 5000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth 224 GB/s 160 GB / s 160 GB / s 120 GB / s 120 GB / s 80 GB/s 80 GB/s
TDP ~150W 125W 125W 100W 100W 90W 75W