Nvidia promises true desktop power in new laptop range

Desktop-level gaming in the convenience of a laptop – that’s the pitch of a new line of Nvidia components than can now be found in a range of manufacturer laptops.

Ars Technica reports that companies such as MSI, Lenovo, Asus, Razer and Alienware have begun to offer hardware that now includes versions of Nvidia’s GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 graphics cards.

The mobile chips are based on the same 16nm Pascal architecture found in the desktop versions and are, largely, not dramatically specced down, either. In some cases there have even been slight spec bumps to some components.

The only real concession is a drop in base clock speeds. And of course it remains to be seen how far such chips can be pushed when nestled tightly into the warm confines of a laptop, which can when outputting such performance be expected to be louder and hotter than more traditional units.

In all Nvidia estimates performance within 10 per cent of that found in the desktop equivalent. Overclocking will be enabled, too, for those brave enough to do so with stock coolers, although voltage tweaking remains a no-go.

Renewed focus has been put on laptop displays, too, with G-Sync, 120Hz and 4K all on the table.

The first laptops sporting the tech should go on sale this week.

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