GeForce GTX 900M: The World’s Most Advanced Gaming Notebooks

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GeForce GTX 900M Notebooks: The World’s Most Advanced Gaming Notebooks, Powered By New Maxwell Architecture. Available Now.

The GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970’s unprecedented performance, power efficiency and feature set has led to worldwide sell-outs and near-universal praise from critics and consumers. With advanced gaming technologies that improve image quality and performance, and enhance Virtual Reality, our new GPUs give gamers a superior experience in every respect. The GeForce GTX 980 is “poised to take NVIDIA into the next era with technologies that enhance game play for the end user,” said Overclockers Club, and now the same Maxwell Architecture that powers the award-winning GTX 980 is available for notebooks, delivering desktop-class performance in a portable form factor.

GeForce GTX 900M notebooks: within touching distance of their desktop equivalents.

These improvements come courtesy of Maxwell’s efficient new design, which sees performance increased and power consumption reduced, putting GeForce GTX 900M notebooks within touching distance of their desktop equivalents, enabling faster, more detailed experiences in all games.

With Maxwell Architecture, notebooks powered by GeForce GTX 900M GPUs can play your favorite games at full detail at 2560x1600, and beyond, for the very first time. And whilst doing so they consume less power, are cooler to the touch, and keep on gaming for far longer when running on battery.

GeForce GTX 980M 2560x1600 max setting performance.

Compared to previous generations, Maxwell Architecture GeForce GTX 900M GPUs deliver up to 2x the performance and 2x the power efficiency. In gaming terms, Dark Souls II runs faster whilst consuming less power, and sees significant image improvements as demonstrated by our interactive comparison below.

Dark Souls 2 interactive comparison demonstrating the performance benefits of GeForce GTX 980M notebooks.

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Our example from Dark Souls II was created with the use of Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), a new NVIDIA technology that delivers up to 4K-quality graphics on your notebook’s 1920x1080 screen. How it works is simple: using the extra performance of GeForce GTX 900M notebooks we render a higher-resolution picture on the GPU and scale the result back down to 1920x1080, applying a custom-made filter along the way to bolster fidelity. On your screen you see a more detailed picture with fewer jagged edges and artifacts, and a greater level of overall fidelity.

In Dark Souls II, our GeForce GTX 680M notebook played the game smoothly at 1920x1080, but on our new GeForce GTX 980M notebook we had ample performance to spare and so engaged DSR, upping the resolution to 3840x2160, giving us significantly more detailed graphics with considerably less aliasing. Here’s NVIDIA’s Tom Petersen to explain more and show how DSR works:

The Maxwell Architecture includes support for other new and innovative technologies, too. For the rendering of highly realistic game worlds with accurate lighting and shading we’ve developed Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI), in the process disproving moon landing conspiracies; and for faster frame rates we’ve created Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA), a new anti-aliasing technique that’s quicker than, yet equally as good as MSAA.

Away from the wall socket, most gamers are disappointed with notebooks’ inability to play plug-free for any length of time. The solution: GeForce BatteryBoost. Originally introduced alongside GeForce GTX 800M notebooks, BatteryBoost has been much improved for the GTX 900M series, increasing on-battery performance and playability on most models, enabling you to enjoy your games at a smooth frame rate for longer when unplugged.

BatteryBoost automatically kicks in when you unplug your notebook, engaging a high efficiency mode with a frame rate cap (user tunable between 30-60 FPS). This prevents unnecessary power usage by forcing all components to only run as fast as is required, increasing your battery life without sacrificing a smooth frame rate or a high level of graphical fidelity.

GeForce Experience BatteryBoost improves framerates and battery life when gaming away from the power socket.

New to BatteryBoost is the ability to choose individual graphics settings for when you are plugged in, and when you’re not. This is an optional feature that enables you to save even more battery life by lowering graphics settings that are applied only when unplugged. There is even an automatic Optimize For Battery button that will do this for you in one click. Of course, when you launch a game when plugged, it will continue to use your original, high-fidelity graphics settings, and like many GeForce features it’s all automatic.

GeForce BatteryBoost can be enabled with a single click in GeForce Experience.

GeForce Experience comes pre-installed on all GeForce GTX 900M notebooks, and also enables you to update drivers, capture gameplay footage with our critically acclaimed ShadowPlay recorder, and stream your PC games to SHIELD devices with GameStream technology. Note, version or newer is required to use the new and improved GeForce BatteryBoost functionality.

GeForce GTX 900M: Maxwell Architecture In A Mobile Form Factor

Our new Maxwell Architecture has performed marvels in the desktop space, and now is its time to shine in GeForce GTX 900M notebooks, delivering improved performance, greater power efficiency, and innovative technologies that enhance your gaming in ways no other architecture, platform, or console can.

If you like what you see and want to advance your gaming, GeForce GTX 900M notebooks are available now from ASUS and MSI, with more arriving in the coming weeks and months. Whether you’re looking for a fast and portable notebook, or a desktop-rivalling replacement perfect for LAN parties, models suited to your needs are already available. Click on the thumbnails below to learn more.

ASUS G751JT-CH71 & G751JT-DH72 with GeForce GTX 970M
17.3" - GTX 970M

ASUS G751JY-DH71 with GeForce GTX 980M
17.3" - GTX 980M

ASUS G751JY-DH72X with GeForce GTX 980M, 32GB DDR3 RAM, and 1TB 7200RPM + 512G SSD of disk space.
17.3" - GTX 980M

MSI GS60 Ghost Pro
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro with GeForce GTX 970M
15.6" - GTX 970M

MSI GS70 Stealth Pro
MSI GS70 Ghost Pro with GeForce GTX 970M
17.3" - GTX 970M

MSI GT60 Dominator
MSI GT60 Dominator with GeForce GTX 970M
15.6" - GTX 970M

MSI GT70 Dominator
MSI GT70 Dominator with GeForce GTX 970M
17.3" - GTX 970M

MSI GT72 Dominator
MSI GT72 Dominator with GeForce GTX 970M
17.3" - GTX 970M

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro
MSI GT72 Dominator Pro with GeForce GTX 980M
17.3" - GTX 980M