Rumor: Nvidia prepping full-fat mobile GP104s


— 4:39 PM on June 3, 2016

Just last week, we discussed GP102 GPUs in the form of rumored Titan and GTX 1080 Ti cards. Today, we're adding another Pascal-related rumor: PCGamer is reporting that full-fat, gluten-packing GP104 GPUs will make their way into laptops. The site suggests the full-featured GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards (that is, with full TMU, ROP, and CUDA core counts) will arrive in laptops at the end of summer.

Asus ROG recently teased a laptop with an unspecified graphics card and a high benchmark score. Now, that laptop could've been the GX800 we covered earlier this week with its SLI graphics card setup. On the other hand, Asus may be lifting the veil on a new laptop with a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 card, whose performance was depicted as trumping a currently-available GTX Titan.

PCGamer's sources indicate that Nvidia intends to stop making M-variants of its desktop GPUs. The desktop GPUs will likely see life as laptop variants with lower clocks and voltages, instead of being cut-down versions of the GP104. If this is the case, it's possible that the GP104-based laptop cards may function similarly to Intel's integrated HD Graphics, in the sense that they could operate at a lower base clock and still have lots of headroom for high turbo-boost clock speeds.

This rumor doesn't suggest that Nvidia will stop producing mobile-oriented (M-branded) cards. This rumor sets the expectation that Nvidia's high-end desktop cards will morph into fully-enabled laptop parts, instead of Doom Marine wielding the world's tiniest chainsaw to make cut-down offerings like the GTX 980M. If you're one for waiting and in the market for a new gaming laptop, it might be worthwhile to wait for early fall's gaming laptop lineup.

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