Monday, December 6th 2010

NVIDIA Announces GeForce GT 540M Notebook GPU

NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GT 540M notebook GPU, the first GPU in our GeForce 500M family of notebook GPUs. OEMs are launching these Optimized notebooks with GeForce GT 540M GPUs and dual-core "Arrandale" CPUs in order to hit mainstream price points sooner, ahead of Huron River dual-core platforms that will not be released until later in 2011. It is available immediately in China from Acer, and will be available worldwide next month.

With GeForce GT 540M, we are taking an already proven architecture and using the maturity of the manufacturing process to create GPUs with higher clock settings while staying in the same power envelope. As a result, the GeForce GT 540M delivers a significant increase in fill-rate and memory bandwidth, which ultimately translates to better overall performance.

GeForce GT 540M GPUs are DirectX 11 done right, and like all GeForce GPUs, they support the differentiating features that set our GPUs apart from the competition, including: NVIDIA Optimus technology, PhysX, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play, CUDA, and Verde drivers to keep your notebook optimized for tomorrow.
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12 Comments on NVIDIA Announces GeForce GT 540M Notebook GPU

#1
mdsx1950
That seems quite good for a laptop. I think this should be about the performance of a GTX260M.
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#2
mtosev
new notebook graphics king
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ToTTenTranz
by: mdsx1950
That seems quite good for a laptop. I think this should be about the performance of a GTX260M.
Most probably, that's not even close to reality.

This is a GF108, it has 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs, while the G92 (in the GTX260M) has 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The GTX260M may not have much better shader performance, but it has a huge fillrate and texture processing advantage.

This GPU's performance should be a lot closer to a G94 (9600GT, 9800M GS) than a GTX260M.
In the end, it's probably not faster than the speedier versions of the Redwood-based AMD solutions (Mobility HD5730/70), so it's hardly a "new notebook graphics king".
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#4
MrAlex
by: mtosev
new notebook graphics king
Err..no, the GTX 480M holds that crown. But then you could get 2xMobility 5870s for cheaper, but that consumer less power and produce less heat :p
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#5
mdsx1950
by: ToTTenTranz
Most probably, that's not even close to reality.

This is a GF108, it has 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs, while the G92 (in the GTX260M) has 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The GTX260M may not have much better shader performance, but it has a huge fillrate and texture processing advantage.

This GPU's performance should be a lot closer to a G94 (9600GT, 9800M GS) than a GTX260M.
In the end, it's probably not faster than the speedier versions of the Redwood-based AMD solutions (Mobility HD5730/70), so it's hardly a "new notebook graphics king".
I didn't do any calculations but yeah i think it should close to like a 9800M or so.
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#6
u2konline
Wait, so does this mean they are planning to release a 540 nvidia card?
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#7
Atom_Anti
Might it is enough to reach the performance of HD5730 with twice as much heat:laugh:.
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#8
Bloo
more rebranded GPUs, yay
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#9
Fourstaff
by: MrAlex
Err..no, the GTX 480M holds that crown. But then you could get 2xMobility 5870s for cheaper, but that consumer less power and produce less heat :p
GTX 480M SLi holds the crown now.

by: Atom_Anti
Might it is enough to reach the performance of HD5730 with twice as much heat:laugh:.
Its actually closer to 5750, and I think GF108 is rather cool.

Source: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Comparison-of-Laptop-Graphics-Cards.130.0.html
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#10
ShogoXT
I dont consider whatever is the fastest to be the best in terms of notebook GPUs. It has to be a good enough form factor and power envelope along with speed to get the crown I think.
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#11
Bundy
by: Bloo
more rebranded GPUs, yay
A rebranded what?
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#12
Xaser04
by: Bundy
A rebranded what?
A rebranded (and slightly clocked) GT435m.

This should be called the GT440m and nothing more. Heck the 4xx series havn't been out long themselves.

As for performance well the GT435m is generally slightly slower than the GT335m (72 GT200 based shaders, 8 ROPS, 128bit GDDR3) assuming the rest of the laptop is specced the same.

It will still be noticably slower than a 9800mGT (8800mGTX) and roughly on par with the HD5650 mobility or HD5730 mobility running GDDR3 (the HD5730 is just a HD5650 clocked higher and with the ability to run GDDR5).

In desktop terms we are comparing a downclocked GT430 and a GDDR3 HD5570.

Anandtech have done plenty of reviews covering these GPU's (Dell XPX15 is probably the most recent review covering the GT435m) and the are all much of muchness.
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