Nvidia Developing GDDR5 Versions Of Notebook GPUs
Nvidia’s 900 series graphic cards are shaping up to be extremely popular, not only among desktop users but also laptop ones. While many companies have already launched gaming laptops with powerful yet mobile versions of famous GPU models such as GTX 960, 970 and 980, most of these notebooks are somewhat expensive. However, Nvidia is aiming to change that by introducing some cheaper mobile GPUs for budget laptops.
A report from NotebookCheck points out that the GPU manufacturer has new versions of 920M, 930M and 940M in development. This new generation will be denoted by the ‘X’ suffix to make them easier to name thus making the GPUs 920MX, 930MX and 940MX.
So far the only major known difference between these two generations is that of the optional GDDR5 support in the MX series GPUs, although that should result in a decent amount of performance increase especially if the price of notebooks featuring these GPUs remains the same. The GDDR5 version of 940M used in Microsoft’s Surface Book provides above 20% performance boost over the DDR3 variant.
There are also rumors that these new generation GPUs will feature Maxwell 2.0 chips compared to the Kepler and Maxwell 1.0 of previous generation which would mean a higher number of instructions per cycle even when the core count remains the same. Thanks to the new chips, the MX series might also be able to support encoding resolutions of 1440p/60fps and 4K/60fps instead of the 1080p/60fps of Maxwell 1.0 chips.
Hopefully, more concrete details as well as pricing of these new generation GPUs will be released soon.