[Review] Nvidia GTX 880m

Posted on Jan 31 2014 - 12:19pm by Marco R.

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There hasn’t been a lot of activity in the mobile GPU market for quite a while now. Unless you’re excited about renaming hardware. Both AMD and Nvidia seem to actively follow this strategy, occasionally with absurd results – for example Nvidia presenting us an apparently brand new mobile graphics chip as in case of the GeForce 820m, which is in fact still a chip based on the Fermi generation that originates from the 400m series and has been rebadged since the 500m series.

The GeForce GTX 880m isn’t new hardware either. It uses the same GK104 chip as the GTX 780m which is on the market only since last summer, the board is basically the same.
However there has been at least one noteworthy change when it comes to the hardware, let’s take a closer look at the specifications.

 

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  1. Marc Waters January 31, 2014 at 2:56 PM - Reply

    I enjoyed the review greatly and it illuminated the current issues on the Nvidia mobile gpu flagship. Nice job you and JohnKSS.

  2. svl7 January 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM - Reply

    Hey Marc, thanks! It surely is odd to see a one mobile flagship card after another having throttling issues at stock… even though it could work perfectly fine with some slight tweaks. Not sure what Nvidia and the OEMs are thinking.
    Haven’t read from you in ages… hope you’re fine!

  3. Jim Bob February 28, 2014 at 7:54 AM - Reply

    “there is no obvious reason for the card to behave like that” – is this an accurate test of the 880M – running it before it has been released in an Alienware m15x which was only ever designed to run sub 75W GPUs?

    Clearly the throttling issue you have reported is related to the chassis it is installed in – let’s wait until officialy released GPUs in fully supporting chassis are reviewed before we write 880M off;-)

    • The Digital HQ March 22, 2014 at 11:43 PM - Reply

      The M15x is not limited by it’s official specs of sub 75W GPUs, this has been shown time and again with GPUs such as the 680M OC’d with a custom vbios. That said, the 880M now has a custom vbios made by svl7 that addresses the throttling. However, it still is not a good value proposition over 780M or even 680M.

  4. Zahir Khan April 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM - Reply

    However ~ running the card at max clocks can be had by removing the underside of the laptop, keeping the lappy upside down so heat moves out faster and connecting an external monitor, you can also strap on a large laptop cooler fan over that to drop a few degrees lower = I’ve tried it and works well …

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