NVIDIA is bringing its Pascal GPUs to notebooks, thus ensuring that ‘gamers on the go’ are not left out of the equation from experiencing visual fidelity in the newly announced and upcoming video game titles. So far, GTX 1080, GTX 1070, GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 Ti have been reported to be incorporated in future notebooks, thus ensuring that gamers purchasing affordable notebooks and those fetching top-dollar will feature NVIDIA’s latest chips.
No GDDR5X Included In NVIDIA Pascal GPUs For Notebooks – Top-Notch Performance Still Expected From The Mobile Version Of Chips
Unfortunately, the memory bandwidth is going to suffer when NVIDIA will allow manufacturers to place its Pascal GPUs inside notebooks. Regardless, this removal is not going to limit gamers from cranking up every potential visual setting in upcoming games. From what we have seen from the leaked benchmarks of the mobile version of GTX 1060, there is going to be very little performance that is sacrificed, which will work out quite well in our favor.
In fact, as far as both versions of GTX 1060 go, the only visible differences have been listed below:
NVIDIA GTX 1060 mobile
- GPU clock: 1405MHz
- GPU boost clock: 1671MHz
NVIDIA GTX 1060
- GPU clock: 1506MHz
- GPU boost clock: 1709MHz
According to Golem, the lowered clock speeds and different board will allow the mobile variant of the GPU to consume just 65 watts, while the desktop version has a TDP of 120 watts. For GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, it is going to be another story unfortunately. These cards have a higher TDP value, so NVIDIA will be forced to make more than a few noticeable changes. GTX 1080 will be a GP104 chip with 2560 CUDA Cores plus a memory bus width of 256 bits. Since GTX 1080 is also expected to feature lowered clock speeds, the source says that the TDP of the mobile version will be 125 watts instead of 1080 watts for the desktop version.
As for GTX 1070, it too will be a GP104 GPU and will feature 1920 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit bus width and 8GB of GDDR5 video memory. Just like the GTX 1080, GTX 1070 too will feature a lowered TDP than its desktop counterpart, with a value of 85 watts, 65 watts lower than what the other GTX 1070 will end up consuming.
We should be looking at an announcement during the month of August, and then OEMs start presenting their offerings, presumably at high retail prices. It is said that AMD is also prepping its mobile version of GPUs and looking at the affordable price tag of its RX 480, we should expect cheaper notebooks that sport the latter’s chips.