NVIDIA Unveils New Line of GPUs

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NVIDIA has just announced their newest line of mobile graphics processing units (GPUs) for notebooks during a much-anticipated unveiling event today at CES in Las Vegas: the performance GeForce 500M series. The series includes the GeForce GT 520M, GeForce GT 525M, GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 550M, and the GeForce GT 555M. Notebooks with a GeForce 500M GPU will be available internationally this month.

Following the unveiling, several companies announced that their systems will house a GeForce 500M GPU inside, and these companies include Alienware and Dell, Lenovo, ASUS, Sony, Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, Fujitsu, MSI, and Clevo.

NVIDIA claims these GPUs offer improved graphics speed, heightened co-processing of the CPU and GPU, and longer-lasting battery life for notebooks with the new technology. All of the GPUs will have a 40nm process size and are DirectX 11 compatible. The 555M will have 144 processor cores and the 520M will come with 48.

Full GeForce GT 500M-series specifications

The 500M line of GPUs will use and fully support NVIDIA’s new CUDA structure (code-named “Fermi”) a structure that allows for CPU and GPU co-processing. With Fermi and this line together, the GPU will handle much of the graphic processing workload rather than slanting most of the workload toward the CPU in the past. We’ve already seen a wide range of applications that take advantage of the GPU in order to make things faster, and we’ll start seeing GPU-acceleration for web browsers in 2011.

The new GPU line includes NVIDIA Optimus technology which runs in the background to optimize battery life and to automatically switch your notebook settings to the NVIDIA GPU while graphics are being rendered or switch to Intel integrated graphics when you don’t need performance and just need battery life. NVIDIA says that over 80% of notebooks with GeForce GPUs will include Optimus technology in 2011.

GeForce GT 555M chipset

The new mobile GPUs also support NVIDIA PhysX for improved realism in gaming, and all but the 520M and 525M will support NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play. Each GPU will come with NVIDIA Verde drivers. Retail pricing will depend on individual notebook manufacturers.




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