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Which GeForce GTX 880M Gaming Laptop is Right for You?

By , Marcus Yam - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

A comparison of all gaming notebooks running an Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M.

Nvidia last week announced its GeForce 880M series of mobile GPUs. Unlike desktop parts, consumers can't just simply pick their favorite GPU to integrate into their systems; they have to rely on system integrators to make the best choices for a complete gaming notebook. If you're serious about gaming on the go, then you probably want the GeForce GTX 880M with 8 GB of DDR5. With that decision made, there are still dozens of other factors, such as storage capacity and weight. We've compiled a list below with all the options available to you with the GeForce 880M that are in the sub-$2,500 mark.

Model

MSRP

CPU

LCD

RAM

HDD

Battery
Weight
(lbs)
MSI GT70 DominatorPro
889
$2,299
Core i7-4800MQ
2.7 - 3.7 GHz
17.3" Non-reflection
1920 x 1080
16GB (8GB*2)
DDR3L 1600MH
128GB mSATA + 1TB 7200RPM
9 cell
8.6
MSI GT70 DominatorPro
890
$1,999
Core i7-4800MQ
2.7 - 3.7 GHz
17.3" Non-reflection
1920 x 1080

12 GB (8 GB +4 GB) DDR3L 1600MH1TB 7200 RPM

9 cell
8.6
Asus ROG
G750JZ
$2,499
Core i7-4700HQ
3.2 - 3.4GHz
17.3" Non-reflection 1920 x 1080
24 GB DDR3
1 TB
8 cell
10
Cyberpower PC
Fangbook Evo HX7-300
$2049
Core i7-4700MQ
2.40 GHz - 3.40 GHz
17.3" LED-Backlit 1920 x 1080
16 GB DDR3-1600
128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD
9 cell
7.9
Origin PC EON17-S
$1,984
Core i5-4330M 2.80 GHz - 3.50 GHz
17.3" LED-Backlit 1920 x 1080
4 GB DDR3-1333
320 GB SATA 3 7200 RPM
8 cell
10
Origin PC EON17-SLX
$2,499
Core i7-4700MQ 2.40 GHz - 3.40 GHz
17.3" LED-Lit 1920 x 1080
4 GB DDR3-1333
320 GB SATA 3 7200 RPM
8 cell
9.2
Origin PC EON15-S
$1,889
Core i5-4330M 2.80 GHz - 3.50 GHz
15.6" LED-Backlit 1920 x 1080
4 GB DDR3-1333
320 GB SATA 3 7200 RPM
8 cell
7.3
AVA Direct Clevo P150SM-A
$1,940
Core i7-4700MQ 2.40 GHz - 3.40 GHz
15.6" LED-lit 1920 x 1080
8 GB DDR3L-1600
1 TB SATA 3 5400 RPM
8 cell
6.8
AVA Direct Clevo P377SM-A$2073Core i7-4810MQ 2.80 GHz - 3.80 GHz17.3" LED-Lit 1920 x 1080Kingston
8 GB DDR3L-1600
1 TB Seagate SSHD 5400 RPM (8 GB SSD)8 cell
8.82
AVA Direct Clevo P157SM-A
$1,977
Core i7-4800MQ 2.70 GHz - 3.70 MHz
15.6" LED-Lit 1920 x 1080
8 GB DDR3L-1600
1 TB Seagate SSHD 5400 RPM (8 GB SSD)
8 cell
7.28
AVA Direct Clevo P170SM-A
$1,977
Core i7-4800MQ 2.70 GHZ - 3.70 GHz
17.3" LED-Lit 1920 x 1080
8 GB DDR3L-1600
1 TB Seagate SSHD 5400 RPM (8 GB SSD)
8 cell
8.6
AVA Direct Clevo P177SM-A
$2,026
Core i7-4800MQ 2.70 GHz - 3.70 GHz
17.3" LED-Lit 1920x1080
8 GB DDR3L-1600
1 TB Seagate SSHD 5400 RPM (8 GB SSD)
8 cell
9.04
iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-27
$1,959
Core i7-4700MQ 2.40 GHz - 3.40 GHz
17.3"  1920x1080
16 GB DDR3-1600
1 TB SATA 3 7200 RPM
9 cell
8.5

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    The_One_and_Only , March 20, 2014 8:54 AM
    All of them. All of the laptops are good for me...so do I give you my address you and send them my way now?
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    The_One_and_Only , March 20, 2014 8:55 AM
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    All of them. All of the laptops are good for me...so do I give you my address and you send them my way now?
    *fixed
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    leoscott , March 20, 2014 9:12 AM
    None of them. They are all only 1080p. When are PC laptop makers going to get with it and put some real resolution into the displays? The Mac has been doing it for years. Heck, even tablet makers are doing it.
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    xenol , March 20, 2014 9:13 AM
    I chuckled a bit at the MSI GT70 " 7.3" " screen.
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    irish_adam , March 20, 2014 9:20 AM
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    None of them. They are all only 1080p. When are PC laptop makers going to get with it and put some real resolution into the displays? The Mac has been doing it for years. Heck, even tablet makers are doing it.
    TBH most laptop screens are still 720p and thats what is so shit about laptops these days. You have to pay through the nose to get a 1080p screen even though 1080p is now STANDARD for phones. The reason all these are stuck on 1080p is because the graphics card cant handle games at a higher resolution so for a gaming laptop a higher resolution is mostly pointless
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    CraigN , March 20, 2014 9:21 AM
    Because you can't play most games on a Mac and you definitely can't drive games on native resolution on a "retina" display with a mobile GPU?
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    frelled , March 20, 2014 9:32 AM
    Quote:
    None of them. They are all only 1080p. When are PC laptop makers going to get with it and put some real resolution into the displays? The Mac has been doing it for years. Heck, even tablet makers are doing it.
    Considering that laptop graphics cards can't really sustain playable frame rates at resolutions higher than 1080p without sacrificing graphic fidelity, I think you are complaining about something that really isn't an issue. On a side note, Mac has been adding higher resolution for years, but they rarely give you an affordable video card option to support actual gaming on their high res screens.
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    Soda-88 , March 20, 2014 10:01 AM
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    If you're serious about gaming on the go, then you probably want the GeForce GTX 880M with 8 GB of DDR5.
    Say what?
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    clonazepam , March 20, 2014 10:22 AM
    Origin PC EON17-SLX $2,499 Core i7-4700MQ 2.40 GHz - 3.40 GHz 17.3" LED-Lit 1920 x 1080 4 GB DDR3-1333 320 GB SATA 3 7200 RPM 8 cell 9.2

    I don't think the extra little gimmicks, bells and whistles, make up for the highest price, slower cpu, least and slowest RAM, and the least storage space. Call me crazy :) 
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    prince_david , March 20, 2014 10:49 AM
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    None of them. They are all only 1080p. When are PC laptop makers going to get with it and put some real resolution into the displays? The Mac has been doing it for years. Heck, even tablet makers are doing it.
    Well for good FPS in games on a laptop a higher resolution will cause problems
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    Bondfc11 , March 20, 2014 10:59 AM
    @clonazepamAMEN BRUTHA! I was just looking at that as well thinking, hmmm something worth ~maybe~ 1700 and they are the most expensive? Crazy, crazy folks over at Origin.
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    hythos , March 20, 2014 11:03 AM
    MSI GT60-2OD-261US = 15.6" 2880x1620res w/GTX780M + SSD's, 16gb/1600While it does have just a "simple" 780M (I wish I woulda known about the 880M) - how much better could the 880 possibly be? Even if it's as much as 20% better than a 780M, the -261US should be available at a reduced price sometime soon after the 880M-equipped "hit the market"; so, you're looking at $1700-1900 vs $2100-2200.
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    DryCreamer , March 20, 2014 11:11 AM
    There is ZERO reason for any of these laptops to weigh 10 lbs... the 6.8 lb Sager wins by default for me... after owning 2 15 lb Alienware laptops, there's no way I'd ever buy anything over 5.5 lbs again. Just my 2 cents.Dry
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    mikeangs2004 , March 20, 2014 11:11 AM
    I would avoid CyberPower, iBuyPower, MSI
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    jtmunn , March 20, 2014 11:36 AM
    After owning several of the Asus ROG laptops in the past (G73, now G75) I would definitely pick the G750 and actually am planning to purchase it in the future. 24GB DDR3, 880M, 1TB SSHD (the JZ also comes with 2x 128GB SSD in RAID0) - The price looks steep, but the value is definitely there. Plus, above all, the cooling system on the Asus ROG laptops is way above the competition. I would choose the Asus for that reasons alone, but there are many reasons to pick it :-)
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    darthrevan13 , March 20, 2014 11:52 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    None of them. They are all only 1080p. When are PC laptop makers going to get with it and put some real resolution into the displays? The Mac has been doing it for years. Heck, even tablet makers are doing it.
    Well for good FPS in games on a laptop a higher resolution will cause problems
    Quote:
    Quote:
    None of them. They are all only 1080p. When are PC laptop makers going to get with it and put some real resolution into the displays? The Mac has been doing it for years. Heck, even tablet makers are doing it.
    Considering that laptop graphics cards can't really sustain playable frame rates at resolutions higher than 1080p without sacrificing graphic fidelity, I think you are complaining about something that really isn't an issue. On a side note, Mac has been adding higher resolution for years, but they rarely give you an affordable video card option to support actual gaming on their high res screens.
    If the display is 4K then you can scale them down to 1080p or 720p beautifully because for every pixel there will be exactly 2 and 3 pixels, and the image will not look fuzzy at all. It's an exact integer number.I don't know why they're pushing 4K displays so late, they should have fixed transmission standards issues and brought them to the market much sooner!
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    Au_equus , March 20, 2014 12:02 PM
    The 880M is much closer to a desktop 680 in terms of performance than a 680MX or a 770M, so it should be able push 1440p @high/ultra with playable fps.
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    NeatOman , March 20, 2014 12:07 PM
    Rather have 10-15% less performance (870M) and the Razor Blade with 1800p screen, I mean 1080p is getting dated especially with graphics like 880M.I have a HD 7850 @1.15Ghz and run 1440p on BioShock infinity with settings on high and get 55 fps MIN! Also GRID 2 on high never going below 75fps. Which isn't that much faster then a 870M.
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    kittle , March 20, 2014 1:48 PM
    I have an existing desktop for gaming, but when I go visit my friends -- who also game, I want a laptop that can keep up. But a laptop is supposed to be PORTABLE. carrying these 17" behemoths around the airport or car is asking or trouble. The 2 15" models seem ok. but neither of them have a SSD, so i would get the one with the cheapest drive and drop in a proper ssd drive.
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    CraigN , March 20, 2014 2:07 PM
    Quote:
    The 880M is much closer to a desktop 680 in terms of performance than a 680MX or a 770M, so it should be able push 1440p @high/ultra with playable fps.


    What are you smoking?

    http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7287/58026.png

    The 780M is slower than a GeForce 760, the 880M is at best 6-10% faster than the 780M, with more RAM to help with either higher res or mulitple monitors. It's nowhere near close to a desktop 680. It's if anything almost the same as a desktop 760 with a ton of extra VRAM, now.

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    After owning several of the Asus ROG laptops in the past (G73, now G75) I would definitely pick the G750 and actually am planning to purchase it in the future. 24GB DDR3, 880M, 1TB SSHD (the JZ also comes with 2x 128GB SSD in RAID0) - The price looks steep, but the value is definitely there. Plus, above all, the cooling system on the Asus ROG laptops is way above the competition. I would choose the Asus for that reasons alone, but there are many reasons to pick it :-)


    I own a G750JX, with the 770M, and I can say I'm definitely impressed as to how cool it stays even when running demanding games.
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