Notebook-Class GeForce GTX 1080 Specifications Leaked?
Laptops powered by NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs are on the way, and some of the upcoming models were on display at Computex this year. Exhibiting unheard of single-GPU graphics performance for a gaming notebook, perhaps only rivalled by certain exotic dual-GPU configurations, they're sure to be of key interest to those who would rather eschew a full-size desktop system in favour of a more svelte design. It's believed that one of the vendors preparing for this release is ASUS, who last month were teasing a new high-performance ROG design, but in common with all the manufacturers detailed specifications have been MIA. That is, until now.
The fine folks over at VideoCardz.com were able to get a shapshot of the system configuration information for the Clevo* P775DM2-G, one of those designs confirmed to feature NVIDIA Pascal graphics, and the results were intriguing to say the least. According to the info its on-board GPU is equipped with 2,048 CUDA Cores (16 Shader Modules) rather than the full 2,560 present on a GP104 (20 SMs). This places it below the GTX 1080 with its full-fat GP104, but above the GTX 1070's 1,920 CUDA cores; at the very least you can expect it to rival desktop graphics in performance, even if the actual GPU retains the -M nomenclature of the 900-series mobile parts. However that's not all the information uncovered.
It appears that the GPU for these new gaming notebooks are clocked at a clock level of 1442MHz, less than both the GTX 1070 and 1080 but still likely offering plenty of performance. Boost clocks for the GPU will be key however, and those will be largely reliant on the cooling performance of the notebook chassis (as they have turned out to be with the Founder's Edition cards). Expect the base and boost clocks (and hence the cooling system) to be a critical differentiating factor for this new group of notebooks.
Finally, the memory subsystem appears to be identical to the GTX 1070: 8GB GDDR5 VRAM clocked at an 8GHz effective data rate. Although not quite as dominating as the GDDR5X memory seen on the GTX 1080, lower resolution display panels and cost are likely a contributing factor to this design.
More information should be forthcoming after the official launch of the GTX 1070, currently scheduled for June 10th.
* Clevo is an ODM/OEM of desktop-replacement notebooks whose designs are often rebadged by retailers and system integrators.