Monday, May 3rd 2010

NVIDIA Readying GeForce 400 Series Mobile GPUs for June?

Call it a slip of the keyboard, the latest online build to order catalogue of Eurocom's performance laptops includes a new choice of graphics board, the "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M". It's not as much the entry, but details next to it that are interesting. This card, according to Eurocom, is said to be based on the Fermi architecture, is compliant with DirectX 11 (so it's not yet another re-branding), is built on the 40 nm manufacturing process, and has a power rating of [just] 100W. The card is compliant with the MXM 3.0b board standard. Eurocom sets the option's ETA to June 2010, and adds 271€ over the base configuration. In comparison, the GeForce GTX 285M SLI option (based on two G92 GPUs) asks for 339€ over the base configuration.

While by notebooks' standards 100W is on the higher side, it is astoundingly low by standards of NVIDIA's GeForce Fermi architecture, serving as a reasonable indication of NVIDIA's more energy-efficient Fermi-derived GPUs arriving to the scene in June. At the moment, unreliable sources point at NVIDIA expanding its GeForce 400 series lineup further down performance and mainstream segments, coinciding with Computex 2010 held in Taiwan.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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20 Comments on NVIDIA Readying GeForce 400 Series Mobile GPUs for June?

#1
Mussels
Moderprator
i wonder if they're G92 based?


j/k :P


what i really wonder, is how cut down they are - you know, is the 480 mobility going to be a 460 desktop part.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
I'm expecting it not to be a cut-down at all, but based on another GPU - GF104. For GF100 to get 100W, they'll have to disable at least 70% of all its hardware. GF104 is expected to have much higher performance/watt.
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#3
wahdangun
Mussels said:
i wonder if they're G92 based?


j/k :P


what i really wonder, is how cut down they are - you know, is the 480 mobility going to be a 460 desktop part.
maybe they are g92b but with DX 11 capability,

but i think 100 watt is still pretty high for laptop. i hope the don't melt the laptop
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#4
HalfAHertz
Well my entire laptop (all hardware, lcd, speakers etc.) pulls ~90W. But Eurocom have never made laptops, they're more famous as desktop replacements. That means that you can expect close to desktop performance out of it...
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#5
Mussels
Moderprator
HalfAHertz said:
Well my entire laptop (all hardware, lcd, speakers etc.) pulls ~90W. But Eurocom have never made laptops, they're more famous as desktop replacements. That means that you can expect close to desktop performance out of it...
i hear the term 'portable desktop' and 'desktop replacement' a lot with these kind of systems.
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#7
Wile E
Power User
Mussels said:
i hear the term 'portable desktop' and 'desktop replacement' a lot with these kind of systems.
I tend to think of them as the ultimate LAN rig. They are useless on battery.
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#8
DigitalUK
Fourstaff said:
Barbecue on the move?
handy with the summer months coming :toast:
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#9
Yellow&Nerdy?
Oh my god, seriously. A 100W? Most notebook power adapters are max. 95W. Battery life about 15 minutes and the adapter will be as big as an netbook with this GPU :laugh: I guess Nvidia has forgotten about power consumption and heat for this generation of graphics cards :rolleyes:
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#10
hat
Enthusiast
Get ready to hear about laptops spontaneously combusting, like the fiasco with the sony batteries...
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#11
xaira
dont make te mistake and block the air intake vents, cant use this on a bed atall
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
xaira said:
dont make te mistake and block the air intake vents, cant use this on a bed atall
good point that... unless they idle really really low (possible), they could be a fire hazard in the wrong circumstances
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#13
pr0n Inspector
Mussels said:
good point that... unless they idle really really low (possible), they could be a fire hazard in the wrong circumstances
Still not as dangerous as SLI + i7. Eurocom:banghead:....
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#14
aj28
pr0n Inspector said:
Still not as dangerous as SLI + i7. Eurocom:banghead:....
I'd go out on a limb and say that anyone who buys this option better buy an i7 if they expect to get their money's worth of performance!

Also, unless these things are running somewhere around 50% the capacity of their desktop brethren, this is no better than Intel cramming the old P4 into notebooks. Two fans, two heatsinks, one processor and no GPU. Oh, and the introduction of 120W power bricks! Wonder what we'll have this time around... :laugh:
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#15
ToTTenTranz
btarunr said:
For GF100 to get 100W, they'll have to disable at least 70% of all its hardware. GF104 is expected to have much higher performance/watt.
That or they had to clock Fermi down to 250MHz core and 400MHz shader in 3D mode.
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#16
KainXS
I still expect it even if its cut down to be better than the HD5870 mobility(pretty much a 4870 with DX11 support)

if its worst that would be sad:(

10 minute battery life lol ^^
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#17
Zubasa
KainXS said:
I still expect it even if its cut down to be better than the HD5870 mobility(pretty much a 4870 with DX11 support)

if its worst that would be sad:(

10 minute battery life lol ^^
Nah it is pretty much just a 5770.
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#18
AlienIsGOD
ToTTenTranz said:
That or they had to clock Fermi down to 250MHz core and 400MHz shader in 3D mode.
Dude thats the clocks in my old ATI 9200
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#19
ToTTenTranz
AlienIsGOD said:
Dude thats the clocks in my old ATI 9200
And my old Radeon 8500LE (could never overclock to the 8500 standard values :( ).
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#20
sethk
Interesting, wonder if this is related to the recent desktop 465 announcement. I assumed that was a Fermi die, but there's no way the laptops are getting cut down desktop Fermis, this has to be a new derivative, which means mid range desktop parts are probably on the way - a Fermi based G92 replacement.
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