Just a few weeks ago, Nvidia officially launched their new Maxwell architecture, the company’s 10th generation GPU architecture. Today, Nvidia has followed up the launch of Maxwell with the unveiling of their new line of Maxwell-based mobile graphics cards – the GeForce GTX970M and GTX980M notebook GPUs.
“Maxwell, the company’s 10th-generation GPU architecture, is undeniably the world’s most advanced. It solves some of the most complex lighting and graphics challenges in visual computing. And it does so with twice the energy efficiency of the previous generation. It’s a combination that will pay huge dividends in notebooks,” said Mark Aevermann a product manager for NVIDIA’s GeForce products in a post on the Nvidia Blog.
According to Nvidia, Maxwell-based mobile graphics cards are 80% as powerful as their desktop equivalents and have almost double the performance of first-generation Kepler-based mobile GPUs. They’re also capable of reaching playable resolutions of 2500×1400+ and can even render games at 4K even with 1080p displays using the Maxwell’s DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) feature for better image quality compared to video that’s directly rendered in 1080p.
Nvidia has also improved the company’s BatteryBoost feature to improve the battery life of Maxwell-based notebooks while still being able to play games smoothly. According to Nvidia, BatteryBoost does this by setting a maximum frame rate for the game while taking control of all the system’s components including CPU, GPU, and memory to maximize their efficiency.
Lastly, the GeForce GTX 980M and 970M also features the same 30% more MFAA (Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing) performance as well as support for VXGI (Vocel Global Illumination) technology for real-time dynamic global illumination.
Many of Nvidia’s partners have already begun selling notebooks featuring the GeForce GTX 980M and 970M including the GT72, GS70, and GS60 from MS; the G751 from ASUS; and the Auros X7 and P35 from Gigabyte. Other boutique and custom notebook vendors have also introduced the new GPUs into their inventory.