According to recent rumors, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M, a graphics card for notebooks, will be the first to feature Maxwell architecture outside the GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti. This new architecture features incredible consumption optimization (remember the 60 W TDP of the GTX 750Ti).
This low power consumption allow this GTX 860M to use the same chip with the same CUDA Cores as the desktop model (GTX 750Ti), so for practical purposes we have the same performance on a notebook, something unthinkable until the presentation of Maxwell. Do not forget that this is a mid-range model, which means that the GTX 880M can likely offer a far more superior performance.
The rumor comes from the NotebookReview forum, one of the biggest websites when it comes to laptops and notebooks. The GTX 860M features 640 CUDA Cores, exactly the same as the GTX 750Ti for desktop computers with 2GB of GDDR5 memory running at 5012 MHz.
Performance tests show results of 5339 points in 3DMark 11, twice as much of a GTX 660M and above a GTX 770M, and this with a lower TDP (50W of the GTX 860M against the GTX 770M’s 75W), all this in a mid-range graphics card.
Still, this is just a rumor for now, so we’ll have to wait to see the first laptops with these graphics cards. However, this makes us dream of notebooks with a graphic performance closer than ever to those of a desktop computer.