NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M is a high-end DirectX 11-compatible graphics card for laptops unveiled in March 2014. Similar to the GTX 780M, it is based on the 28 nm GK104 chip (Kepler architecture), but features a higher core clock rate. As of spring 2014, it is the fastest laptop graphics card on the market.

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 and 128 TMUs. The chip can access up to 8 GB of GDDR5 memory connected via a 256-bit interface.

Performance

Due to the higher core clock, the computing power has been increased by about 15 percent compared to the GeForce GTX 780M. However, the memory bandwidth stagnates, so the average performance gain is lessened. Our benchmarks show an increase of about 10 percent, making the GTX 880M the fastest mobile graphics card as of spring 2014. The GPU has enough power to run demanding games of 2013/2014 fluently with Full HD resolution and maxed out graphical 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.

New features of the GTX 800M series include Battery Boost (longer battery life while playing games), Shadowplay (recording of in-game videos) and Game Stream (stream PC games on the Nvidia Shield console).

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 880M should be similar or slightly above the GTX 780M, leading to a TDP of more than 100 W. Therefore, only large desktop replacements can support the power demands of the GTX 880M.

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
Pipelines1536 - unified
Core Speed *954 MHz
Memory Speed *5000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory8192 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistors3540 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience
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: 96.74      avg: 105.9 (92%)     median: 105.9 (92%)     max: 115.07 Points
Cinebench R15 - Ref. Match 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 99.6      avg: 99.6 (100%)     median: 99.6 (100%)     max: 99.6 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 65      avg: 65 (10%)     median: 65 (10%)     max: 65 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
0% 100%
min: 42      avg: 42 (70%)     median: 42 (70%)     max: 42 fps
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 105465      avg: 158071.7 (46%)     median: 132007 (38%)     max: 236743 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 39629      avg: 40270 (52%)     median: 39922 (52%)     max: 41259 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 5913      avg: 6068.3 (51%)     median: 6095 (51%)     max: 6197 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 103806      avg: 103806 (46%)     median: 103806 (46%)     max: 103806 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 268706      avg: 268706 (94%)     median: 268706 (94%)     max: 268706 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 8148      avg: 8297.3 (64%)     median: 8230 (64%)     max: 8514 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 8212      avg: 8505.3 (54%)     median: 8614 (54%)     max: 8690 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 28528      avg: 28528 (78%)     median: 28528 (78%)     max: 28528 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 29698      avg: 29698 (68%)     median: 29698 (68%)     max: 29698 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 28118      avg: 28118 (95%)     median: 28118 (95%)     max: 28118 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 100.4      avg: 104 (63%)     median: 104 (63%)     max: 107.5 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 56.75      avg: 62.7 (57%)     median: 62.7 (57%)     max: 68.55 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.

The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online (2014)
low:
92.5  fps      Compare
med.:
87.1  fps      Compare
high:
76  fps      Compare
ultra:
57.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Titanfall
Titanfall (2014)
low:
60  fps      Compare
med.:
60  fps      Compare
high:
60  fps      Compare
ultra:
59.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Thief
Thief (2014)
low:
62.6  fps      Compare
med.:
62.3  fps      Compare
high:
59.6  fps      Compare
ultra:
40  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
AssassinĀ“s Creed IV: Black Flag
low:
62  fps      Compare
med.:
59  fps      Compare
high:
57  fps      Compare
ultra:
35  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
X-Plane 10.25
low:
108.9  fps      Compare
med.:
52  fps      Compare
high:
28.5  fps      Compare
ultra:
22.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low:
91.6  fps      Compare
med.:
79.8  fps      Compare
high:
66  fps      Compare
ultra:
45.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield 4
low:
152.8 181 ~ 167 fps      Compare
med.:
125.7 149 ~ 137 fps      Compare
high:
105.8 125 ~ 115 fps      Compare
ultra:
45.4 51 ~ 48 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2013
F1 2013 (2013)
low:
118  fps      Compare
med.:
115  fps      Compare
high:
107  fps      Compare
ultra:
94  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 14
Fifa 14 (2013)
low:
471  fps      Compare
med.:
347  fps      Compare
high:
334  fps      Compare
ultra:
294  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Total War: Rome II
low:
245  fps      Compare
med.:
175.5  fps      Compare
high:
152  fps      Compare
ultra:
37  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Saints Row IV
low:
73.6  fps      Compare
med.:
65.2  fps      Compare
high:
57  fps      Compare
ultra:
52.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dota 2
Dota 2 (2013)
low:
119.7  fps      Compare
med.:
118.2  fps      Compare
ultra:
105.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Company of Heroes 2
low:
55.4  fps      Compare
med.:
52.8  fps      Compare
high:
46  fps      Compare
ultra:
24.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
GRID 2
GRID 2 (2013)
low:
126.8 145.1 ~ 136 fps      Compare
med.:
101 107.1 ~ 104 fps      Compare
high:
96.7 98.2 ~ 97 fps      Compare
ultra:
72.6 76.2 ~ 74 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Metro: Last Light
low:
98.1 106.5 ~ 102 fps      Compare
med.:
90 97.7 ~ 94 fps      Compare
high:
75.2 75.9 ~ 76 fps      Compare
ultra:
42.4 42.6 ~ 43 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
BioShock Infinite
low:
217.1  fps      Compare
med.:
178.8  fps      Compare
high:
156.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
65.6  fps      Compare