The frequencies of the new NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti were revealed: its performance will be similar to a Titan-X

Yesterday we presented you the first images of the NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti, but today there have been more leaks, since from Hardware Battle there appeared a GPU-Z capture to show us more about this new model.

In the GPU-Z capture we can see a GPU at 1,000 MHz, the GPU Boost to 1,076 MHz and a memory frequency of 1,753 MHz (7,012 MHz effective in GDDR5), the data bus of 384-bit is confirmed, the 2816 CUDA Cores and 6GB of memory.


All this will make the performance of the GTX 980 Ti to be very close to what is the current GTX Titan-X, but at a much lower price, as it’s estimated that its price will be at least 30% less than the value of a GTX Titan-X.

Besides this, NVIDIA already approved the development of custom models made by the assemblers, so surely we will see models from Asus, MSI, EVGA, Zotac, among others, including the design of their own models and factory overclocked versions.

NVIDIA Shield Android TV, release

Google I/O. NVIDIA used the celebration of conference with Google’s Developers to put out in the market the NVIDIA Shield Android TV, a device for videogames execution and multimedia playback, while in the middle of a battle for the living rooms.

This set-top-box for the Android TV platform is powered by a SoC Tegra X1, the most powerful of mobility with an 8 core 64 bit processor and an NVIDIA graphics with 256 CuDa cores and a new generation Maxwell architecture.

It has 3 Gbytes of RAM and is offered in 2 storage capacities. A 16 GB and a 500 GB version. Its connectivity is good despite its compact size (25 x 21 x 13 mm). It has Gigabit Ethernet, Wu-Fi ac 2×2 MIMO with double band, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 USB 3.0, micro USB 2.0, HDMI 2.0 output, microSD card slot and IR receptor compatible with remote controls such as the Logitech Harmony.

NVIDIA Shield Android TV

The device includes applications for Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, PLEX and Sling TV, and is awaiting other applications such as HBO Now. The users will also be able to buy and rent content from Google Video and Music. Shield can play 4k content as the one available in Netflix, although it will require a steady 25 Mbps for such resolution.

It is compatible with the NVIDIA Grid game platform (free till June) and GameStream, Google Cast and of course, all Android games.

NVIDIA Shield Android TV includes a console, a game controller, an HDMI cable and a power cable. It is already available in the U.S for $199 in the 16 Gbytes version, while the 500 Gbytes version is $299.

1080p at 60 fps now available for NVIDIA SHIELD

Now that NVIDIA has given up manufacturing their own communication systems they have more time and resources to improve the products they already have in the market. Perhaps this is why they have announced on their blog that the game streaming service (GRID) is now available in 1080p at 60 fps.


GRID is a cloud service through which NVIDIA offers a Catalog of Games which you can play remotely (via streaming), one of the advantages of this being that you no longer have to go through the hassle of having to install the game in your devices. The catalog is quite good, since you can find games like: Batman: Arkham Origins, Devil May Cry 4 or Borderlands: The pre-sequel, among many others.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M vs 860M benchmark, Specs Comparison

As far as I know, many people put off the time to buy a laptop in order to wait for the release of the GeForce GTX 960M, but to our disappointment, the 960M is essentially the same product as the 860M Maxwell (GTX 860M also have a Kepler version), which improves little in performance, only about 6% – about 8% or so, so it is recommended that you should not be misled by the new "9" thing when you buy a laptop, next we will introduce these two graphics cards in detail.

Specs comparison:

GTX 960M GTX 860M Maxwell
Chip GM107 GM107
Architecture Maxwell Maxwell
Shaders 640 640
Core clock base 1093 Mhz 1029 MHz
Core clock Turbo 1202 MHz 1097 MHz
Memory clock 2500 MHz 2500 MHz
Maximum VRAM 2GB 2GB / 4GB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory interface 128-bit 128-bit
Maximum Bandwidth 80GB/s 80GB/s

By the comparison of the specifications, we can learn that the GTX960m is essentially the same product as the GTX860 Maxwell, which has the same Shaders, Memory interface and Maximum Bandwidth except a certain improvement in frequency, because it is similar to the GTX860 Maxwell in specification, it results in very little improvement in its performance, according to the test of 3DMark 11 (P mode), the GTX 960M scored only 5300 points in graphics, while the GTX 860M scored 4800 points or so, so it has only improved by about 10.4%, but we all know that the GTX 860M has improved by about 40% in comparison with the previous generation the GTX 760M.

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NVIDIA Laptop Graphics Cards Buying Guide

The way in which manufacturers use and mix the nomenclature of its graphics cards for laptop and desktop PCs just generates a lot of confusion that can be very harmful to users, since the performance of both types is not the same, even if they share the same name or number.


This means that when you buy a laptop with a specific graphics card, you may believe that it will provide an identical or very similar performance as that of its desktop variant, but nothing further from reality.

Yes, it is a common error that occurs mainly when we carried away by the name of the graphics card without going revising its detailed specifications. This, along with the fact that within a single model there may be small variations that share the same name, makes the decision of choosing a laptop with a dedicated GPU to be a real headache.

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NVIDIA GTX 970m vs 980m, what’s the difference?

The NVIDIA GTX 980m and GTX 970m are the latest laptop graphics cards that launched this fall for high-end gaming laptops. They are based on 28nm Maxwell GM204 architecture. Their performance relative to the previous-generation GTX 880m graphics card is significantly improved — especially the GTX 980M, which has up to 75% of the performance of the desktop GTX 980, almost closing the laptop-desktop performance gap, according to NVDIDA. The GTX 980M and 970M have the ability to play most demanding games at Ultra settings with 2560×1440 resolution. And now they’re being used on the laptops. You can find them in the ASUS G751 and MSI GT72. Here we’ll show you the difference between 980M and 970M. We hope it will be helpful for you in choosing a gaming laptop.

Specs comparison:

Products GeForce GTX 970M GeForce GTX 980M GeForce GTX 970 GeForce GTX 980
GPU GM204 (Maxwell) GM204 (Maxwell) GM204 (Maxwell) GM204 (Maxwell)
Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
Shader Units 1280 1536 1664 2048
Texture Units 80 96 104 128
ROPs 48 64 64 64
Core Clock 924 MHz 1038 MHz 1050 MHz 1126 MHz
Memory Clock 1250 MHz GDDR5 1250 MHz GDDR5 1750 MHz GDDR5 1750 MHz GDDR5
Memory Bus 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 132 GB/s 176 GB/s 224 GB/s 224 GB/s
Memory Capacity 3GB/6GB 4GB/8GB 4 GB 4GB
Max. TDP 95 Watts 125 Watts 145 Watts 165 Watts

From the table, it can be seen that the GTX 980M is better than the GTX 970M in most ways. The 980M and 970M are based on the 28nm GM204 Maxwell chip. They are not the full GM204, which is only present in desktops with the GPU GTX 980 and has 2048 Shader Units. The 970M has 1280 and the 980M has 1536, so the essential setups for GTX 980m and GTX 970m, respectively, is as follows: A desktop GeForce GTX 980m with 4 and 6 SMM disabled, 1250 MHz GDDR5 memory and a 88 MHz and 202 MHz -lower GPU clock rate;

For a 970M, you’ll find it has less memory bus, just 192 bits as opposed to 256 bits in the 980M, 48 ROPs per clock (980M: 64 ROPs), and 3 GB of GDDR5 (980M: 4 GB). The reason for this is that the GTX 970M disables one 64-bit memory channel and renders back-end disabled, which reduces performance but adds the benefit of reducing power consumption to 95 Watts.

Performance comparison:

According to the test, the GTX 980m is a about 20-30% faster than the GTX 970m depending on the scenario. I’ll list the test result to you.

Nvidia GeForce 344.65 WHQL: New drivers for Assassin’s Creed: Unity

The newest offering of the Assassin’s Creed saga, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, hit stores today, and Nvidia has anticipated with this launch with a new version of its drivers. The GeForce 344.65 drivers have WHQL certification and are made to offer an optimal gaming experience with the latest installment of Ubisoft’s famous Assassin’s Creed saga.

Coinciding with the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare last week, Nvidia launched the 344.60 WHQL drivers. Now, just before the arrival of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Nvidia has published a new Game Ready version made especially for this new game.


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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M vs 880M comparison, what’s the difference?

GeForce GTX 980M and 880M are the most high-end mobile graphics cards. GeForce GTX 880M was released in March 2014, while the 980M has just been released days ago. GeForce GTX 880M was the laptop graphics card which was definitely highest performing until 980M, which is the undoubted current king, was released. Therefore, in this article, we will not discuss which has the better performance, but describe the differences between 980M and 880M in order to help people to choose a laptop suitable for them.

The Specs difference:

Both are based on different architectures. The GTX 880M uses Kepler GK204 architecture, and GTX 980M uses a newer Maxwell GM204 architecture. Relative to Kepler, some optimizations are done with Maxwell, which improves power efficiency. Both use 28nm process, but Maxwell architecture will be more efficient.

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NVIDIA G-Sync is not available for laptops at the moment

A year ago, NVIDIA stunned the whole gamer community by finally presenting a solution to tearing, stuttering problems and the like. This technology, called G-Sync, enables you to synchronize the graphics card to the monitor, through a dedicated GPU chip that could control update times and adjust the screen refresh rate of images per second that are generated.

This way you can eliminate the annoying visual defects without requiring solutions such as V-Sync, which often produces input lag and performance penalties. While this technology has struggled to take off, in recent months we have seen new models from several manufacturers that have adopted this technology, such as the new ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q. However, one of the main disadvantages of G-Sync is the need to purchase a compatible monitor, which often means having to pay between another 150 or 200 dollars, than what the monitor itself costs without this technology.

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Nvidia Launches GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M approaching the performance of the desktop to portables.

Nvidia has presented right now officially their new GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M. It was a launch that we expected for during few weeks, and this morning we knew some details thanks to the fact that MSI has introduced new laptops with these graphics cards.

The two new GPU with Maxwell architecture are at the top of the race of the performance graphics cards for laptops, being the GTX 980M the most powerful chip in the market today.

GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M

With this new generation, the company wanted to reduce the difference of performance compared with the desktop versions, in fact they insure that the difference between GTX 980 desktop and a GTX 980M is only 20%, something that we could guess when we saw the performance of the 860M, with this Maxwell architecture and the little difference concerning to the GTX 750 desktop.

GTX 980M has some reference specifications of 1536 CUDA cores with 28-nanometer Maxwell architecture running at 1038 MHz plus frequency boost that will depend on each laptop manufacturer. The memory of 4 GB base GDDR5 (there are models with more capacity), will operate at 2,500 MHz with a data bus of 256-bit.

Additionally, the GTX 970M remains in 1280 CUDA Cores and with 3GB of GDDR5 memory at 1250 MHz (5000 MHz) with a memory bus of 192-bit.

GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M

Both models support DirectX 12, besides CUDA, SLI, PhysX, GameStream, ShadowPlay, Battery Boost, GPU Boost and VXGI technologies. VXGI makes reference to the acronym "Voxel Global Illumination", a technology that allows to generate indirect lighting effects in reflections, transparencies, etc., in order to give a more realistic touch to the games.

GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M

It also had improved power management, making the performance in battery mode does not suffer a drastic reduction as before, but without renouncing a significant drop in consumption. We talk about going from 230W to 100W with a decrease of images per second acceptable that will allow keep playing in fluid way most of the games.

GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M

They will arrive in versions of 3, 4, 6 and 8 GB GDDR5 and it will integrated into various laptop gaming from several companies. A part of the MSI that we show you this morning, we have the ASUS G751 with the powerful GTX 980M, the Gigabyte Auros X7 with two GTX 970 M in SLI and Clevo P150 with a GTX 980M, this one we possibly see it in Spain renamed under the brand "Mountain".

GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M