NVIDIA may not be ready to unveil the GTX 800 desktop series, but the company has just unveiled its latest iteration of notebook GPUs, the GeForce GTX 800M series. The GTX 800Ms are thinner, lighter, and faster than their GTX 700M predecessors, while also including a slew of new features never before available in the mobile space.
Starting with performance, the GTX 800Ms are 15-60% faster than their equivalent GTX 700M counterpart, based on tests of Skyrim, Far Cry 3, and Tomb Raider, as seen in the chart below. Yet despite the increased performance, the GTX 800Ms are significantly thinner and lighter, allowing for the creation of 1080p-capable notebooks at just 21mm in thickness and weighing less than five pounds.
In addition to the hardware improvements, the software is also seeing a boost - literally. NVIDIA has announced NVIDIA Battery Boost for GTX 800M-equipped notebooks, which can provide up to twice the gaming time while unplugged. Users specify a targeted frame rate (30 FPS by default) and "each notebook component is adjusted in real-time, maximizing efficiency, and ensuring buttery smooth gameplay, even when the action heats up during high-intensity moments." Users can adjust the settings via GeForce Experience and can even do so on a game-by-game basis. Along with the introduction of Battery Boost, NVIDIA is also bringing over some popular GeForce Experience features that have previously only been available to desktop users: ShadowPlay, GameStream, and GPU Boost 2.0.
Alienware, ASUS, MSI, Lenovo, and Razer have all announced new GTX 800M notebooks at varying price points, so be sure to check the source below if you're interested in purchasing one.