NVIDIA GeForce 400M 'Fermi' Mobile GPUs Revealed
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
Hardware Canucks have revealed some detailed information about the new NVIDIA GeForce 400M series GPUs. There are seven new models based on the Fermi architecture.
Here's an excerpt:
"After sifting through more information from OEMs and small system integrators than I care to remember, a few things have become abundantly clear. Both ATI and NVIDIA cut down the specifications of their desktop cards in order to make them more palatable for use in notebooks so dont expect desktop-like performance from any notebook GPU. The main difference between the 400-series and the HD 5000-series is just how MUCH was cut; particularly from the high-end cards. The GTX 480M holds some semblance of the desktop card but the HD 5870 is a shadow of its former self in mobile form. This circumcision of the high-end ATI cards performance means NVIDIA has been able to line up their GTX 460M as its equal in performance and integration price. At this point we are a bit less clear as to where the rest of the 400M lineup stand in relation to their competition but an arbitrary 40% faster than the 300M-series was mentioned in the press material."
These are some pretty impressive GPUs, but we have to wonder what kind of effect they are going to have on battery life.
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