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New laptop graphics, now with less "m"

If you’ve looked at or shopped for a gaming laptop in the past that was equipped with an Nvidia GPU you’ve almost undoubtedly noticed the “m” moniker next to its GPU model number. This identified it as a trimmed down mobile version of the desktop equivalent designed to work within the tighter power and thermal constraints of the laptop form factor. While generating substantially less heat and drawing less power, the side effect of these trims were a significant drop in performance compared to their full-sized desktop brethren.


Unlike the past CPU generations, the last few GPU’s iterations have come with significant performance, efficiency, and feature updates. This year though Nvidia blew everyone away with its 10xx series GPU’s based on their new Pascal architecture. This new architecture features technologies that not only greatly improve VR rendering, but also boast double the gaming performance over the last generation equivalent in some cases, all while substantially improving power and thermal efficiency.


Because of these efficiency improvements Nvidia has decided to drop the “m” from the mobile versions of their Pascal based GPU’s, signaling the industry and consumers that the performance divide between mobile and desktop GPU’s is closing. As a result laptop buyers can now expect mobile graphics and gaming performance that more closely mirrors that of full-sized desktop GPU’s, a huge win for gamers everywhere.


If you’ve been waiting for Pascal or just so happen to be in the market for a new gaming laptop Best Buy is already carrying a variety of options from MSI and Asus equipped with new Pascal GPU’s. Have you had any experience with the new Pascal graphics cards? Tell us about your experience with Nvidia’s newest GPU’s below.

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Re: New laptop graphics, now with less "m"

That is awesome.  I game on an MSI Gaming Laptop with a 17" Monitor with the "m" one the GPU.  Personlly I have not had any trouble and play games at very high specs.  I was going to jump into a new MSI with the 18" displays. I just extended the service on my current laptop.


Now I see you have a number of the new MSI with the 10xx series GPU's.  


Wow the prices are great and the specs on the one I would buy (If I had not just renewed my service plan) are incredible.


  • Model: GS73VR Stealth Pro-025
  • SKU: 5579197

This is a game changing Gaming Laptop.


Thanks for the heads up

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Re: New laptop graphics, now with less "m"

The graphic memory is already in insane amounts. While looking up information on one of the newer Alienware laptops I also noticed they dropped the m. I will have to upgrade soon I guess my 650 isn't going to compare much to a 8GB 1070 or 1080 ha.
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