With the arrival of the Pascal-powered Nvidia mobile graphics cards, the gap between desktop and laptop performance has never been smaller. These are, in essence, the very same graphics cards, or at least Nvidia would have you believe that. In truth there are some minor differences, but the end result is a mobile GeForce GTX 1080 which performs within a few percentage points of a desktop GTX 1080.
For a long time laptop gamers have had to sacrifice much for portability. While the threat of an empty battery still looms heavy, and a laptop with a GTX 1070 will still probably break your back just carrying it, raw performance won’t be an issue.
Some of Nvidia’s partners are even managing to overclock these chips as well, with MSI pushing the GTX 1080 in its notebook all the way up to 2.06GHz. Similar achievements are also being made with the mobile GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 graphics cards.
For those looking at laptop gaming, the GPUs have never been better. If you bought a laptop with a mid/high-end graphics card in the last month, you’d best dig out that receipt because Nvidia has blown the GTX 900M series away.
My point being that I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to buy a gaming laptop. The latest 10-series toting monsters are already on store shelves, and with desktop-aping performance they potentially have lifespans for top-end gaming of 3-4 years. They may come at an eye-watering cost, but we’re looking at a long-term investment here.
So what do you think, does the arrival of Pascal mark the best ever time to buy a gaming laptop? Are you considering moving away from the traditional desktop tower? Let us know!