Nvidia Launches Mobile GeForce GTX 10 Series Graphics Cards With Desktop Performance

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 2:00 PM

Right on cue, Nvidia has officially announced and launched its GeForce GTX 10-series mobile graphics cards, and they’re available in laptops from today. The launch comprises the GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070, and GeForce GTX 1060, although confusingly none of them are named as mobile chips.

The odd naming is because Nvidia claim these mobile chips offer like-for-like performance as their desktop counterparts. This is achieved through tweaking core counts and clock speeds to achieve more with a laptop’s power envelope. So naturally the next thing to do was give them identical names to their desktop versions. You know, just so we can get them all mixed up. But I digress.

GeForce GTX 10 Series Mobile Graphics Cards Specifications

  GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
GPU GP106 GP104 GP104
Process 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
Transistors 4.4 billion 7.2 billion 7.2 billion
CUDA Cores 1280 2048 2560
ROPs 48 64 64
TMUs 80 128 160
Core Clock 1404 MHz 1442 MHz 1556 MHz
Boost Clock 1670 Mhz 1645 MHz 1733 MHz
Memory 6GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5X
Memory Clock 8,008MHz 8,008MHz 10,000MHz
Memory Interface 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 192GB/s 256GB/s 320GB/s
TDP 80W 120W 150W

So here's a quick run-down of how their basic specs compare to the desktop GTX 10 graphics cards.

  Cores Boost Clock
GTX 1060 Mobile 1280 1670 MHz
GTX 1060 Desktop 1280 1708 MHz
GTX 1070 Mobile 2048 1645 MHz
GTX 1070 Desktop 1920 1683 MHz
GTX 1080 Mobile 2560 1733 MHz
GTX 1080 Desktop 2560 1733 MHz

They're some mighty impressive specs, and demonstrate the gains that have been made with the shrink down to the 14nm process. Like-for-like compared to last gen, these 10 series graphics cards absolutely obliterate them in terms of performance.

Keep your eyes out for these mobile graphics cards now. Nvidia reckons they're launching in a wide number of stores today, although at the moment I can only find US retailers stocking them.

With this unprecedented leap in mobile performance, are you tempted to go with a gaming laptop for your next upgrade? Let us know your plans!

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05:02 Aug-17-2016

The specs on the 1080 are curious. The other models show some consideration on how a mobile platform's power and cooling constraints can limit a mGPU; the 1060 is throttled and the 1070 uses a higher core count just to get near the desktop variant, but the 1080 is identical to its desktop version. How does that balance out? It would have to burn a hole in the laptop just before sucking the battery dry in 10 minutes under heavy load. Something doesn't seem proper here...

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05:24 Aug-17-2016

You do realize that the Pascal cards are way more power efficient than Maxwell and other cards before. Even a full desktop GTX 1080 uses less power than my Mobile Kepler GTX 780M SLI.

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21:41 Aug-17-2016

That is very true! Even my mobile GTX 980M SLI have to work extra hard to keep up with a single full-fat 1080 (but they do) :)

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13:51 Aug-18-2016

I didn't think that gaming laptops could handle the heat that a GPU like the 1080 (let alone a 980m SLI setup) could put out. So why lower the performance of the 1060 & 1070? They should just use full versions of those as well.

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14:38 Aug-18-2016

because most people don't like 17.3 laptops, i know i didn't. A underpowered 1060 or 1070 will do well in a smaller form factor laptop whereas a 980m sli has to be in a laptop that is FREAKING HUGE(as in so big that i don't think you could even call it a laptop anymore)! and i bet the 1080 will be the same.

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16:20 Aug-18-2016

Fine with me. I like my 18 inch screen, & I hope that the prototype ASUS laptop with a 24 inch screen, desktop i7-6700K, & a full desktop GTX 1080 is real. If it is that will be my next laptop.

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23:16 Aug-16-2016

My next computer is going to be a desktop. Optimus is a pain and laptops with these chips won't be at reasonable prices for at least two years.

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01:57 Aug-17-2016

You sir, are a smart man. Though your 970m is a BEAST. I have an alienware with a 965m and i can play everything out there at 1080p at least high.

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21:42 Aug-17-2016

Pick a laptop without Optimus garbage. My AW18 didn't have that and I happily ran 780M SLI before swapping those myself for a pair of 980M cards :)

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16:22 Aug-18-2016

We have optimus, but it is disabled when SLI is detected. Disabling the second card makes it work, but why would we do that. XD

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07:59 Aug-18-2016

actually Optimus works significantly more reliably than AMD's counterpart,
on the other hand my brother found out for certain moderately demanding tasks (such as watching videos, some basic image editing etc.) was more efficient on GT650M and actually laptop battery was depleted much sooner if running Intel HD4000

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14:31 Aug-18-2016

I use Optimus and I really like it. I set my HD4600 as default, and then I white list games and apps to use my GTX 860M. This allows me to save battery power and nearly doubled the battery life per charge.

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20:58 Aug-16-2016

I'm just waiting for Nvidia to post the card for sale on Amazon or something. I don't need a new laptop, just a new GPU.

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22:41 Aug-16-2016

Will it be compatible? Will it fit? Will your Bios recognize the new card? For some reason I kind of doubt it

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00:35 Aug-17-2016

Alienware has had two or three bios updates since I got mine, so I'm not too worried about that. Also, my laptop uses MXM 3.1b so as long as a get a card with that form factor that doesn't overdraw the PSU, then I'm good.

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01:40 Aug-17-2016

Well mine is an Alienware as well, and it has gotten several Bios updates since I bought it in 2013. However the last one was last year (added support for 900M series), and I kind of doubt that they will release another to support these new GPUs. Maybe they will, but I am not holding my breath. Also do the new GPUs even use the same MXM form factor? Many questions to be answered... If they do work then I will upgrade both of my cards as well. I will swap my two 780Ms for two 1080s.

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01:58 Aug-17-2016

What year did you gte your alienware. My 15 r2 doesn't have mxm boards anymore... they soldered the freaking cpu and gpu into the motherboard... i wanted to scream when i figured this out. Oh well.. i have a desktop now so i rarely use my lappy anymore.

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02:58 Aug-17-2016

Yeah, that's why I won't be getting an Alienware at the end of my laptop's life span. I got mine at the beginning of 2014. It's changed names a few times though. It is known as the Alienware 17, it was known internally as M17X R5, and is now being called the Alienware 17 R1 by Kingston. I don't even know what to call it anymore. Long story short, mine is the last generation to feature slotted parts instead of soldered.

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03:44 Aug-17-2016

that is insane because sager, asus(though they use some weird proprietary version of mxm), MSI, gigabyte, and on and on, all have MX boards in their gaming tier laptops. I honestly got the alienware so i could get the amplifier(which i got and was awesome until i got my desktop).

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03:46 Aug-17-2016

I don't like the idea of amplifiers. It defeats the purpose of getting a laptop in the first place.

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03:53 Aug-17-2016

@sogenSamurai Yeah it kind of does, but if i ahve an 1100 dollar laptop i don't want to spend another 1000 to build a decent desktop. I send 150 for the amp then 200 for a GPU and i am done. I have desktop graphics :D

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05:00 Aug-17-2016

Fair enough.

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20:24 Aug-16-2016

That's neat, but I'm not going back to Laptop gaming after I discovered Desktop gaming some years back.

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01:59 Aug-17-2016

yeah dude, i was afraid that getting a desktop would ruin laptop gaming for me. My fears where well founded. I have been a laptop gamer for 6 years and i got my first desktop last weekend. I will be a desktop guy from this point forward.

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18:16 Aug-16-2016

I always have my doubts when it comes to nvidia announcing or even showing such results. Most of the time the product we get isn't as fast/cool/good as what they pretend it will be.

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17:33 Aug-16-2016

Some product with new nvidia flagship like the 1070 start over 2k €
Seems I need a couple of months before I jump

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17:58 Aug-16-2016

Well it's a great upgrade. I think that if you OC this card, you'll be able to beat desktop 1070 quite easily.... And lucky you. I'll have to wait a year to get my Skylake-E and GTX 1180 Ti SLI :P Though it'll be a bit more expensive than 1070 laptop

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17:31 Aug-16-2016

I have a 780M and it still runs really well for all the games I play (maybe not maxed out) I'm more interested in power usage tbh, thats where the real progress with laptop GPU's are in my opinion :).


They do look v nice though...

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17:14 Aug-16-2016

i kinda feel bad for my GTX 960M.......

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18:23 Aug-16-2016

how can u OC 20% , mine would explode or melt if i force it

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01:09 Aug-18-2016

an' I just got mine last month. :(

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16:26 Aug-16-2016

Be ready for price increases of laptops with those kind of gpus! The gtx 1070 mobile on paper looks more powerful than the desktop version but there will be quite some thermal throttling that will clocks and thus reduce performance below the desktop version.

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16:25 Aug-16-2016

Give me sum benchmarkzzzz!!! :D

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15:27 Aug-16-2016

Hmm i might get one of these :)

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15:14 Aug-16-2016

Better Perf/Watt then Desktop chips.
Actually quite better.


They are surely gonna cost a lot more else Nvidia would have used them for Desktop :P

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14:55 Aug-16-2016

hopefully it would lower at least the price of the 900m series laptops, need a laptop by the end of the month :/

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16:41 Aug-16-2016

nope.

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17:12 Aug-16-2016

Yeah I bet nvidia makes these all over 2k € so they don't have to lower the older gen at all because 980m laptops start at like 1,9k€

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14:26 Aug-16-2016

I respect them for bringing that much performance in mobile category but probably price/performance it's 99999

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14:16 Aug-16-2016

Now if only they could make them cheaper...

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14:07 Aug-16-2016

This sounds amazing, but after gaming on a laptop for 4 years or so, then being on PC for a year now, I can never go back to laptop gaming.
I find it so much more comfortable sitting at a desk then on a sofa or bed for example.
Plus, PCs work out cheaper than laptops while being more customisable.

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14:05 Aug-16-2016

GTX1070M seems very insteresting :O

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14:27 Aug-16-2016

U don't say? It has more CUDA cores than the desktop version.... wtf?

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