Recently a rumor claimed NVIDIA was working on the GTX 970MX and 980MX GPUs for notebooks. However, a new report from Notebookcheck claims that is not the case.
The website claims to have heard from various industry insiders that NVIDIA has no plans of updating the GTX 970M and GTX 980M cards, but will instead focus on new mobile GPUs based on the next-gen Pascal architecture. The first Pascal based mobile GPUs are expected to be released either by the end of this year or by early next year.
That means the GTX 980M and GTX 970M GPUs will continue to be offered in notebooks, at least for the majority of 2016. NVIDIA did announce new lower-end mobile GPUs at CES this year, the GeForce 920MX, 930MX, and the 940MX. All of these are based on the Maxwell architecture and bring minor improvements in performance compared to their predecessors.
Key rival AMD is also developing new mobile GPUs based on its Polaris architecture, but those too aren’t likely to be launched this year, so NVIDIA doesn’t really have to worry about any competition in the near future.