NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI is a high-end DirectX 11-compatible graphics card for laptops, consisting of two GeForce GTX 880M. Each card has a 28nm GK104 core based on the Kepler architecture. The clocks for the SLI-setup are usually identical to a single GTX 880M. With SLI, each card renders a single frame (AFR mode). Therefore, it may suffer from micro stuttering in low fps ranges of 30fps. This happens because of different timespans between two frames (e.g., irregular delays between sequential frames).

Architecture

The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the GTX 880M, all eight blocks are active for a total of 1536 CUDA cores. Although the Kepler architecture can utilize more shader cores than a Fermi chip, its shaders can be up to twice as power efficient.  However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip are of similar speed to one shader of a Fermi chip (as the latter is clocked twice as fast).

The mobile Kepler series supports PCIe 3.0 as well as an optional Turbo mode, which can automatically overclock the card if the laptop cooling system allows it. This boost is supported by every GeForce 800M GPU.

Performance

Similar to our single GPU benchmarks, the GTX 880M SLI outperforms the GeForce GTX 780M SLI by about 10 percent. This makes the SLI configuration of two GTX 880M the currently fastest mobile graphics solution on the market (as of early 2014). With good driver support, SLI almost doubles the performance of a single card, allowing fluent frame rates even with FullHD resolution and highest detail settings.

Features

The feature set includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a (if available). HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK104 core and offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 880M SLI should double to at least 200 Watt (including board and memory) compared to a single GTX 880M. Therefore, only large desktop replacements can handle the heat.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 800M Series
GeForce GTX 880M SLI 3072 @ 954MHz256 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 880M

1536 @ 954MHz256 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 870M

1344 @ 941MHz192 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 860M

640 @ 1029MHz128 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 850M

640 @ 876MHz128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000MHz
CodenameN15E-GX-A2
ArchitectureKepler
Pipelines3072 - unified
Core Speed *954 MHz
Memory Speed *5000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2x 8192 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistors2x 3540 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, SLI, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement12.03.2014
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.de/object/geforce-gtx-...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 113.45      avg: 113.5 (99%)     median: 113.5 (99%)     max: 113.45 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 316040      avg: 316040 (91%)     median: 316040 (91%)     max: 316040 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 77057      avg: 77057 (100%)     median: 77057 (100%)     max: 77057 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11708      avg: 11817 (99%)     median: 11817 (99%)     max: 11926 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 12756      avg: 12756 (99%)     median: 12756 (99%)     max: 12756 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 15823      avg: 15823 (100%)     median: 15823 (100%)     max: 15823 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 36366      avg: 36366 (99%)     median: 36366 (99%)     max: 36366 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 42967      avg: 42967 (99%)     median: 42967 (99%)     max: 42967 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 164.2      avg: 164.2 (100%)     median: 164.2 (100%)     max: 164.2 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 64.69      avg: 64.7 (59%)     median: 64.7 (59%)     max: 64.69 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Titanfall
Titanfall (2014)
low:
60  fps      Compare
med.:
60  fps      Compare
high:
60  fps      Compare
ultra:
59.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Thief
Thief (2014)
low:
76.2  fps      Compare
med.:
73.3  fps      Compare
high:
70  fps      Compare
ultra:
63.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
X-Plane 10.25
low:
115.6  fps      Compare
med.:
54.2  fps      Compare
high:
27.9  fps      Compare
ultra:
22.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low:
97.2  fps      Compare
med.:
91.4  fps      Compare
high:
75.1  fps      Compare
ultra:
71.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield 4
low:
194.4  fps      Compare
med.:
179.3  fps      Compare
high:
155.8  fps      Compare
ultra:
84.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2013
F1 2013 (2013)
low:
117  fps      Compare
med.:
117  fps      Compare
high:
114  fps      Compare
ultra:
95  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Saints Row IV
low:
85.4  fps      Compare
med.:
72.4  fps      Compare
high:
69.3  fps      Compare
ultra:
67.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dota 2
Dota 2 (2013)
low:
117.7  fps      Compare
med.:
116.1  fps      Compare
ultra:
115.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
GRID 2
GRID 2 (2013)
low:
211.6  fps      Compare
med.:
152.2  fps      Compare
high:
141.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
119.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Metro: Last Light
low:
112.8  fps      Compare
med.:
107.6  fps      Compare
high:
90.2  fps      Compare
ultra:
61.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
BioShock Infinite
low:
222.6  fps      Compare
med.:
198.1  fps      Compare
high:
181.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
104  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider (2013)
low:
426.6  fps      Compare
med.:
367.4  fps      Compare
high:
296  fps      Compare
ultra:
141.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis 3
Crysis 3 (2013)
low:
128.3  fps      Compare
med.:
113.6  fps      Compare
high:
93.2  fps      Compare
ultra:
52.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 (2012)
low:
113.6  fps      Compare
med.:
103.2  fps      Compare
high:
85.6  fps      Compare
ultra:
63.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Hitman: Absolution
low:
67.2  fps      Compare
med.:
62.2  fps      Compare
high:
54.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
53.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 (2012)
low:
115.4  fps      Compare
high:
61  fps      Compare
ultra:
56  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
PowerVR SGX554MP4 *
Mali-T604 *
Class 6
PowerVR SGX543MP4 *
Mali-T624 *
Mali-450 MP4 *
PowerVR SGX543MP3 *
PowerVR SGX543MP2 *
PowerVR SGX544 *
Adreno 225 *
GC4000 *
VideoCore-IV *
Adreno 220 *
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core
Mali-400 MP2 *
PowerVR SGX540 *
Adreno 205 *
GC800 *
PowerVR SGX535
PowerVR SGX531
PowerVR SGX530
Mali-200 *
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-01-16)