The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M is a high-end DirectX 12-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.


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.


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.


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.

GeForce GTX 800M Series
GeForce GTX 880M SLI (compare) 3072 @ 954 MHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 860M SLI (compare) 1280 @ 1029 MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 880M 1536 @ 954 MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 870M (compare) 1344 @ 941 MHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 860M (compare) 640 @ 1029 MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 850M (compare) 640 @ 876 MHz128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000 MHz
Pipelines1536 - unified
Core Speed954 MHz
Memory Speed5000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory8192 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
Transistor Count3540 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 Page


3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 103806     avg: 109151     median: 109151 (15%)     max: 114496 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 18199     avg: 19061.9     median: 19151 (31%)     max: 19781 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 38938     avg: 39962.8     median: 39891 (22%)     max: 41259 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 5252     avg: 5457.2     median: 5482 (20%)     max: 5577 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 5825     avg: 6060.1     median: 6101 (15%)     max: 6251 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 105465     avg: 166979     median: 135032 (18%)     max: 262047 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 7816     avg: 8295.8     median: 8319 (24%)     max: 8514 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 8114     avg: 8553.1     median: 8578 (17%)     max: 9003 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 80     avg: 81.4     median: 81 (30%)     max: 82 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 100     avg: 104     median: 103 (44%)     max: 107 fps
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 +
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 +
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 +
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 +
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 +
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 +
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 +
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1280x720
134  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
104  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
50.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
46.9  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
15.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium / Disabled 4xAF 1920x1080
low 1280x720
185  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
159  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
118  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
81.8  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
44  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium Preset 1920x1080
low 1280x720
140  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
93.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
45.5  fps    + Compare