Nvidia brings its GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060 to laptops

— 12:32 AM on August 16, 2016

After setting a blistering pace of Pascal releases for the desktop, Nvidia is turning its attention to the mobile marketplace. The company is bringing its GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 graphics chips to notebooks today. This time around, there's no M attached to any of these parts. Much like we saw with the mobile GTX 980 and its fully-enabled GM204 GPU, each Pascal mobile chip has provisions similar to its desktop counterpart.

The chips aren't identical to their desktop siblings, though. Taking Pascal mobile requires minor clock drops on the GTX 1070 and GTX 1060. In the case of the GTX 1070, Nvidia has made up for the slower speeds by enabling more cores and texture units. According to Anandtech, the GTX 1070 mobile chip has 2048 SPs and 128 TMUs, as opposed to 1920 and 120 on the desktop. 

Here's a partial spec sheet for each mobile Pascal chip:

The arrival of Pascal in mobile gaming machines means that practically every laptop with one of these cards is ready to power Oculus' Rift and HTC's Vive headsets to varying degrees. Those chips will also be able to drive new mobile G-Sync displays with refresh rates as fast as 120 Hz, up from the 75-Hz maximum available in the first generation of G-Sync gaming notebooks. Nvidia says its notebook partners will offer mobile G-Sync displays in 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160 flavors.

Nvidia has enlisted a wide range of partners to make Pascal-powered gaming notebooks ranging from mild to wild, and those machines are available now. Newegg already has Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte notebooks with Pascal chips inside. Going by Newegg's stock, gamers can expect to pay $1500 and up for a handsomely-equipped GTX 1060 machine, or about $2000 and up for a GTX 1070-powered mobile monster. Even if those prices are stiff, Pascal-powered gaming notebooks look like they'll deliver a quantum leap in mobile graphics performance. We'll have to try and get our hands on one of these laptops soon to see how they perform.

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