Got money to burn? Need a gaming laptop in the worst way? If so, you may want to check out Origin PC’s roster of gaming notebooks, which now features Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 980M and 970M GPUs.
Origin PC is equipping its EON15-S, EON17-S (pictured), EON17-SLX, and EVO15-S gaming laptops with Nvidia’s latest hardware. All of these laptops can be had with either GPU, with one exception. You can only stuff the 970M in the EVO15-S, for now at least.
Also, in case having too much money lying around is a problem you want to rectify, the EON17-SLX will let you equip dual 970Ms and dual 980Ms in it.
Both the GeForce GTX 980M and 970M, like the desktop-based GeForce GTX 980 (which Nvidia launched several weeks ago), are based on the company’s Maxwell architecture.
The 980M is powered by 1,536 CUDA Cores, and a base clock of 1,038MHz. The desktop card, by comparison, has 2,048 CUDA Cores, and a base clock of 1,126MHz. Nvidia says that the GTX 980M is almost as powerful as its desktop counterpart, and the tests we conducted on it revealed that Nvidia’s latest indeed holds up to this claim.
The 980M also uses the same 256-bit memory interface and GDDR5 RAM. Meanwhile, the 970M offers 1,280 CUDA cores, and a base clock of 924MHz.
We haven’t had a chance to test the 970M yet. However, if you’re on the hunt for a gaming laptop, and you’re prioritizing graphics processing power, a notebook PC with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M will provide you with super-high framerates, and beautiful image quality.
To get a better sense of what an Origin PC gaming laptop equipped with a GTX 980M GPU is capable of, check out our GeForce GTX 980M testing and benchmark results here.
Also, to give you an idea of what you should expect to spend for an Origin laptop with a 980M GPU in it, take a look at this custom Origin PC EON15-S configuration that we put together on the company’s official site.
Our hypothetical rig wears a 15.6-inch 1080p display. When equipped with an Intel Core i7-4700MQ CPU running at 2.4GHz, 8GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 980M GPU, and a 750GB mechanical hard drive, it will run you $2,237.
That’s not even the highest-end configuration you can get, so keep that in mind.