Take these with a pinch of salt but the first specs have reportedly leaked for Nvidia’s upcoming mobile variant of the GeForce GTX 980M. Laptop gamers will have been keeping a keen eye out for this latest Maxwell GPU-powered card, particularly after the hefty VRAM system requirements cropping up in recent weeks.
When it comes to the specs the GeForce GTX 980M doesn't look too bad at all, and while it’s not going to be nearly as powerful as its desktop equivalent it certainly looks like it’s going to pack quite a punch. In the same manner as the GeForce GTX 980 the GeForce GTX 980M will, according to the leak, come with 2048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, and a massive amount of onboard VRAM.
Where it differentiates from the GTX 980 though is that it will feature a mammoth 8GB GDDR5 memory, which could come in very handy indeed for some of the upcoming titles such as The Evil Within and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Obviously crammed into a mobile component the clock speed is a little slower, but it still comes in at a respectable 1038Mhz base clock and 1127Mhz boost clock. The memory meanwhile is going to be clocked at 5Ghz, down from the 7Ghz of its desktop variant in order to keep it running a bit cooler.
Now then onto the benchmarks, and the 3DMark Fire Strike results for the GeForce GTX 980M put it at a very decent 8292, around 20% less than the performance achieve with the desktop GeForce GTX 970 GPU, so not bad all around. It remains to be seen how much validity there is to these benchmarks and specs but as it stands this could be a very decent card indeed. Would you be tempted to fork out on a new laptop with the GeForce GTX 980M integrated? Or does the sheer cost of laptop gaming turn you off? Let us know!