Introducing Our New GeForce GTX 700M, Kepler-Powered Notebook GPUs
In April we introduced you to the GeForce GT 700M range of NVIDIA notebook GPUs. With increased performance and efficiency, the GT 700M GPUs were perfect for multimedia applications and entry-level gaming. Today, we're unveiling our new GeForce GTX 700M notebook GPUs, each of which utilises our award-winning Kepler GPU architecture. With performance improvements of up to 55% compared to last year's gaming notebooks, GTX 700M GPUs are designed to give you max-quality graphics in the latest and greatest games, like Metro: Last Light.
Comprised of four new chips, each GTX 700M GPU includes the same advancements and innovations found in our latest GeForce GTX desktop GPUs, the GTX 780 and GTX 770. That means unprecedented performance per Watt, the inclusion of GPU Boost 2.0 for maximum performance in every game, and full support for game-changing features like GeForce Experience.
GTX 700M notebook performance also benefits greatly from the launch of Haswell, Intel's new architecture. Compared to Ivy Bridge, Intel's previous architecture, Haswell promises to improve CPU performance, and more importantly battery life, which is slated to increase by up to 50%. Combined with our own performance and efficiency improvements, and Optimus, GTX 700M Series notebooks will not only be the fastest gaming notebooks you've ever seen, but also the most portable and energy efficient. And when we say portable, we really do mean portable.
In the past, gaming notebooks were synonymous with big heavy desktop replacements. By dramatically increasing notebook GPU efficiency, notebook manufacturers can now fit high-performance GTX grade GPUs in sleek and slim form factors. Imagine owning a laptop that's light enough to carry around with you everywhere you go, but powerful enough to play all your favorite games at the highest settings. With the GTX 700M Series, we're making PC quality gaming more accessible than ever before.
GeForce GTX 700M Specifications
|Specifications||GeForce GTX 780M||GeForce GTX 770M||GeForce GTX 765M||GeForce GTX 760M|
|Base Clock||823 MHz + Boost||811 MHz + Boost||850 MHz + Boost||657 MHz + Boost|
|Memory Configuration||Up to 4GB GDDR5||Up to 3GB GDDR5||Up to 2GB GDDR5||Up to 2GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clock||2500 MHz||2000 MHz||2000 MHz||2000 MHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||160 GB/s||96 GB/s||64 GB/s||64 GB/s|
|Memory Bus Width||256-Bit||192-Bit||128-Bit||128-Bit|
GeForce GTX 780M Performance
The GeForce GTX 780M is our flagship mobile GPU, sporting 1536 CUDA Cores, up to 4GB of VRAM, a 256-bit memory bus, a 2500MHz Memory Clock, and a Base Clock of 823MHz that can Boost even higher. Combined, GTX 780M's changes and enhancements increase performance by 31% in comparison to the previous-generation GTX 680M.
With the GeForce GTX 780M, you'll be able to crank every setting to ultra in pretty much everything, giving you a no-holds barred gaming experience.
GeForce GTX 770M Performance
The GeForce GTX 770M is a speedy chip, packing-in 960 CUDA Cores, up to 3GB of VRAM, a 192-bit memory bus, memory clocked to 2000MHz, and a Base Clock of 823MHz. Compared to its predecessor, performance increases by a massive 55%, allowing the latest games to be played at 1920x1080 at High-to-Ultra detail levels.
GeForce GTX 760M & GTX 765M Performance
The GeForce GTX 760M and GeForce GTX 765M are our entry level GTX GPUs, capable of running the latest titles at high quality levels at 1920x1080, or ultra at 1600x900. These GPUs will give you the best balance of portability and power, whilst also delivering a level of visual fidelity far greater than you'll find on current-gen consoles.
Compared to its previous-generation GTX 600M Series counterpart, the GTX 760M nets gamers a performance improvement of 30%, and with the GTX 765M that gain increases yet further. As the chart above shows, this generational improvement enables every game in our test suite to run at over 30 frames per second at 1920x1080.
With generational improvements of 30-55%, performance on the new GTX 700M chips is high enough to run the very latest games at Ultra and High levels of detail, making a GTX 700M notebook a viable alternative to a desktop PC.
Should you require even more performance, every GTX 700M GPU supports NVIDIA SLI configurations, increasing performance by up to 2x. Almost all big-name games have full SLI support come release thanks to our Game Ready drivers, and if not a profile will be delivered automatically through GeForce Experience's update feature as soon as it's ready for primetime.
GPU Boost 2.0: Maximising Performance
Contributing to GTX 700M's sizeable performance gains is GPU Boost, a Kepler-exclusive feature that maximises frame rates in each and every game. Before GPU Boost, performance and power usage had to be capped to prevent overly-demanding synthetic benchmarks from damaging GPUs. With GPU Boost, this problem is solved by continuously monitoring and adjusting clock speeds and voltages, allowing GPUs to use every last ounce of performance in all applications and games, without exceeding safety or comfort limits.
With GPU Boost, every application and game runs at a guaranteed, minimum Base Clock speed on Kepler GPUs. If theres extra power available a Boost Clock is enabled, increasing clock speeds until the graphics card hits its predetermined Power Target. This dynamic clock speed adjustment is controlled by GPU Boost 1.0, which monitors a whole slew of data and makes real-time changes to speeds and voltages several times per second, maximising performance in each and every application.
GPU Boost 1.0 enabled GPU owners to direct all available power to game performance for the very first time.
Having acquired data from hundreds of thousands of end-users in the year following GPU Boost 1.0's introduction, NVIDIA's engineers determined that GPU temperature was in fact a more common inhibitor to performance than power consumption. Subsequently, they developed GPU Boost 2.0 for desktop Kepler GPUs, and the latest Kepler notebook GPUs, like the GTX 700M chips we're announcing today. With GPU Boost 2.0, Boost Clocks are increased until the GPU hits a Temperature Target set by the notebook manufacturer (notebook Temperature Targets vary depending on the cooling capabilities of each model, and the level of available power).
GPU Boost 2.0 increases performance to an even greater extent, compared to GPU Boost 1.0.
GPU Boost 2.0 can be found in all GTX 700M-equipped notebooks, and is enabled automatically.
NVIDIA Optimus Technology: Maximising Battery Performance
While IGPs have historically delivered good battery life, they have consistently failed to deliver the graphics and GPU performance gamers demand. As a result, NVIDIA developed switchable graphics technology that allowed notebook users to choose which display adaptor would be used when a NVIDIA GPU was also present. In essence, this technology brought the best of both worlds, offering the battery life of an integrated graphics solution and the performance of a dedicated GPU. Unfortunately, there were limitations to the technology resulting in the end user having to execute a fairly involved procedure to harness the most from the platform, resulting in only 1% of users ever switching between the two graphics systems.
With the foundations of a great solution, NVIDIA engineers went back to the drawing board to develop a solution that combined the efficiency improvements of the switchable tech, with the ease of use that the original solution lacked. The product of their labor was Optimus, a fully-automated solution that automatically, instantaneously, and seamlessly optimises battery life by dynamically switching between the IGP and dedicated NVIDIA GPU.
Optimus continually monitors the applications and games being used, and when it detects a program that in some way benefits from a dedicated GPU, the NVIDIA notebook GPU is powered up. Immediately after the application or game is closed, Optimus powers down the dedicated GPU and seamlessly switches the display back to the GPU, without flickering or resetting the system.
This automated solution gives notebook users maximum battery life when browsing the web, and maximum performance when saving the day in Metro: Last Light. It's a solution that just works, without the need for new profiles, and for that reason Optimus is now found in over 90% of available GeForce GTX-powered notebooks.
Game Ready Drivers: Maximising Frame Rates
On average, NVIDIA releases at least one new driver per month. Each is released simultaneously for all notebook and desktop GPUs, and in most cases includes performance optimisations, day-zero enhancements for brand new games, and the latest SLI profiles for multi-GPU users.
A recent independent review of our driver program from renowned tech site HardOCP, determined that "2012 was a good year for NVIDIA in terms of new video card releases, and driver support." Continuing, the site's senior editor said, "more often than not NVIDIA got its driver optimizations for games right the first time. This is something that buyers should take into consideration for any graphics card series."
For HardOCP, and most gamers, day one support for the latest titles is key: "It is important to look back at the history, and support for new games as they are released. Most of you reading this are like us, we pre-order games, and start playing our brand new shiny game immediately when it unlocks in Steam. It is at that moment, at that time, that we must have proper driver support and optimizations for these games on our video cards. We play these games as soon as they are launched, and day 1 game support is of most importance. We want drivers that optimize performance, and provide SLI support immediately. NVIDIA has a good track record for 2012 of providing this."
2013 has seen us continue this trend, with day zero and day one support for BioShock Infinite, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Crysis 3 Open Beta, Crysis 3 Retail, Dead Island: Riptide, DmC: Devil May Cry, Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, GRID 2, Hawken, Metro: Last Light, Remember Me, Resident Evil 6, SimCity, Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Star Trek: The Videogame, and Warframe.
In addition to the above, we've increased performance in dozens of titles, and introduced new SLI and 3D Vision profiles for even more. And should something go wrong, we've got support forums, feedback forms, and the Disqus threads here on GeForce.com, which are constantly monitored following a driver's release, ensuring any issues are tackled immediately.
GeForce Experience: The Easiest Way To Optimise Your Games
GeForce Experience is NVIDIA's new application that can automatically keep GPU drivers up to date, and can optimise game settings with a single click, simplifying the process of getting the most from your PC, and from your games. Great for those who want to spend time gaming, not tweaking, GeForce Experience recommends the best possible settings for your specific system configuration, allowing you to jump straight into a game without having to change options, drag sliders, or pick between one of eight similarly-named settings in an acronym-laced dropdown.
Last week, we launched GeForce Experience 1.5 as part of the GeForce 320.18 WHQL driver. v1.5 supports over 80 of the most popular English and Chinese titles, improves support for multiple system configurations and resolutions, and can tell you whether your system supports NVIDIA Shield PC game streaming.
GeForce Experience 1.5 simplifies your life, too, notifying you of new driver releases and downloading them automatically should you so desire. This feature can also automatically download GeForce Experience support for entirely new titles, as well as new SLI and 3D Vision profiles, ensuring you receive the optimum experience whenever you load up a game.
The New Razer Blade: Ultra Performance, Ultra Portable
Razer's Blade notebook turned heads earlier in the year, and soon there'll be a new version available, loaded with the brand new GeForce GTX 765M mobile GPU. Thinner than a MacBook Pro Retina, the new Razer Blade packs in the latest tech to give the most demanding gamers a fantastically smooth experience on its 1600x900 screen. Truly portable, the 14" Blade weighs just over 4 lbs, making it one of the thinnest and lightest high-performance computing devices ever made.
For more info, head on over to the Razer Blade homepage.
Combining a raft of innovative hardware and software features, as well as refined GPU and system architectures, GeForce GTX 700M notebooks are the fastest and most efficient to date. Thinner and lighter than their predecessors, and with longer-lasting batteries to boot, GTX 700M systems maximise your performance and uptime when away from the wall, and give you blazingly-fast frame rates at ultra levels of detail in the latest games.
With Optimus, GeForce Experience, and GPU Boost 2.0, the notebook experience is flawless, completely automated, and tailored specifically to your system with dynamic clock speeds and personalized game settings. As new drivers are released and downloaded automatically through GeForce Experience, performance will increase, and will continue to do so for the lifetime of your system.
GTX 700M notebooks offer the absolute best in mobile performance, have unmatched feature sets, and support more game-enhancing gizmos than any other brand, exemplified by GeForce Experience.
Soon, over 95% of new models will be feature NVIDIA GT and GTX 700M GPUs; when the time comes, make sure to return to GeForce.co.uk for a look at the next-generation of gaming notebooks.