Despite a significant number on new laptops featuring Intel integrated graphics or AMD/ATI discrete graphics, Nvidia is making a big splash at the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan. Nvidia and its partners unveiled 16 new notebooks featuring Nvidia Optimus technology.
For those who aren’t familiar with the latest Nvidia mobile graphics solutions, Nvidia Optimus is the first switchable graphics solution that requires no intervention from the laptop user. In short, you don’t do anything to get the best performance and the best battery life. Optimus automatically detects when a piece of software needs to run on the dedicated GPU and turns on the Nvidia discrete graphics for maximum performance. When you aren’t running software that needs dedicated graphics the Nvidia GPU automatically shuts off and the Intel integrated graphics do all the work to extend your laptop’s battery life.
We previously reviewed two of the first notebooks featuring Nvidia Optimus technology, the ASUS UL50Vf and ASUS U30JC-A1, and we were pretty impressed by the technology. In fact, we even went as far as to say “we hope all notebooks with switchable graphics work like this before the end of the year.”
While not all of the latest Optimus-enabled notebooks will be available worldwide, it’s safe to say that you’ll now be able to find at least one laptop featuring Optimus switchable graphics in every regional market around the globe.
The newest notebooks featuring Nvidia Optimus are:
- Lenovo Y460 (14”, GeForce 330M GPU, 1GB)
- Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 (15.6 inch, GeForce 330M GPU, 1GB)
- Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly s (13.3”, GeForce 310M, 512MB)
- Gateway EC39C (13.3, GeForce 310M, 512MB)
- Gateway ID49C (14”, GeForce 330M, 1GB)
- MSI CX720 (17.3”, GeForce 310M, 1GB)
- MSI FX700 (17.3, an unidentified next-generation GeForce GPU)
- Asus P52 (15.6”, GeForce 310M, 1GB)
- Asus U35 (13.3”, GeForce 310M, 1GB)
- Asus U45 (14”, GeForce 310M, 1GB)
- Asus N43 (14”, an unidentified next-generation GeForce GPU)
- Asus N73 (17.3”, GeForce 335M, 1GB)
- Asus N53Jn (15.6”,GeForce 335M, 1GB VRAM)
- Compal NCL61 (14”, GeForce 325M, 2GB)
- Haier 7G (13.3, GeForce 305M, 512MB)
- Hasee TW9A CT (15.6”, GeForce 335M, 1GB)
More details can be found on the NVIDIA blog.