Maxwell-based GTX 965M powers Gigabyte gaming notebook

— 9:05 AM on May 7, 2015

Nvidia quietly introduced the GeForce GTX 965M mobile graphics chip earlier this year, and the chip has now made its way into a new Gigabyte gaming notebook. The P55K combines the Maxwell-based GPU with a quad-core Haswell processor and 15.6" 1080p display. According to Gigabyte's press release, "the muscular yet gorgeous outlook is absolutely stunning, infusing more punches into the thrilling beast." Or something.

Source: Gigabyte

The 965M uses a cut-down version of the GPU behind the desktop GeForce GTX 980 and 970. Its memory interface is 128 bits wide instead of 256, and there are only 1024 stream processors instead of the full 2048. Still, the chip should be potent enough to power the 1080p display. Gigabyte says the matte screen is a "wide view" unit, but there's no explicit mention of IPS panel tech.

For storage, the machine serves up an mSATA slot alongside a 2.5" drive bay. There's also an optional Blu-ray burner tucked into the chassis for folks who still use optical media. Other notable features include a backlit keyboard with 2.2 mm of key travel—a reasonable amount by my eyeball estimation. Ports abound, including one Gigabit Ethernet and four USB 3.0, but the Wi-Fi tops out at 802.11n speeds.

Although the 1.3" chassis is quite thick, the entire machine weighs a reasonable 5.3 lbs. Not bad for a system that starts at $1249 with 16GB of RAM, 1TB of mechanical storage, and a DVD drive.

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