NVIDIA’s new graphics chips for laptops offer faster performance, support for higher-resolution displays, and new technology to help gamers squeeze longer battery life out of their notebooks.
Many of the new laptops to feature NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M chips sport big screens, big batteries, and chunky cases. But a few companies are packing NVIDIA’s new chips into notebooks that are relatively svelte.
NVIDIA and Origin have each introduced new gaming laptops that measure just around 0.8 inches thick.
Origin EVO 15-S
Origin offers a line of gaming laptops with NVIDIA 900M series graphics. This is the most compact system, measuring 0.78 inches thick and weighing 4.3 pounds.
The Origin EVO 15-S features a 15.6 inch display, an Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core Haswell processor, and 16GB of RAM. It’s available with a choice of an NVIDIA GTX870M or GTX 970M processor and a choice of a 1920 x 1080 pixel matte or 2880 x 1620 pixel glossy display.
It has a 256GB of solid state storage and a 1TB hard drive and the laptop is available with a choice of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 software.
Other features include a backlit keyboard, 2.1 channel speakers, 3 USB 3.0 ports, mic and headphone jacks, Ethernet, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and an SD card slot. There’s a 7820p webcam, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
If this model looks familiar, that’s because Origin originally launched this laptop in the summer. At the time it was only available with NVIDIA GTX 800M series graphics though.
Gigabyte has two new gaming laptops that measure about 0.82 inches thick. The more powerful model is the Gigabyte P35X.
This laptop has a 15.6 inch, 2880 x 1620 pixel IPS display, NVIDA GTX 980M graphics, a Mini DisplayPort, and quad-drive storage for 5TB of total storage thanks to two 512GB mSATA solid state drives and two 2TB hard drives.
There’s also a swappable hard drive/optical disc drive.
Gigabyte says this laptop should be available in late October.
The company will also offer a model with NVIDA GTX 970M graphics and a 14 inch display.
This model weighs 3.77 pounds and should be available in early November.
Gigabyte hasn’t provided as many details about the P34W laptop, but says it’s 28 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than a typical gaming laptop in its class.