The World’s Fastest Notebook Graphics: The Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M

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The world of high-performance PC gaming is constantly changing as new technology surfaces. The latest gaming monster to rise from the fires at NVIDIA is the new GeForce GTX 580M: the world’s fastest notebook graphics processing unit (GPU). NVIDIA announced that the GeForce GTX 580M is available now in the Alienware M18x and will also be available soon in the Alienware M17x notebook along with NVIDIA Optimus technology.

The first notebook PC to feature the GeForce GTX 580M, the Alienware M18x offers the option of two GeForce GTX 580M GPUs in one system for up to double the gaming performance, using NVIDIA SLI technology. If double the power is a little too much for you, the Alienware M17x will offer the GeForce GTX 580M along with NVIDIA Optimus technology and NVIDIA claims the Alienware M17x will deliver 5 hours of battery life browsing the web and in Facebook, and 100 frames per second performance in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

GeForce GTX 580M Specifications:

  • CUDA Cores: Up to 384
  • Processor Clock Speed: Up to 1240 MHz
  • Memory Clock Speed: Up to 1500 MHz
  • Memory Configuration: 2 GB GDDR5
  • Memory Bus Width: 256 bit
  • Memory Bandwidth: 96 GB/s

NVIDIA claims those stats mean the GTX 580M offers up to six times the tessellation performance of any other notebook GPU with up to 20 percent better performance per watt than the previous generation. Not only that, but game play tests conducted by NVIDA show that the GTX 580M offers significantly better performance than the AMD Radeon 6970M graphics.

NVIDIA also introduced the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M GPU, which offers 20 percent faster performance than the previous generation product it replaces (the GeForce GTX 470M). This is a similarly impressive notebook graphics solution that offers exceptional game play capability at a lower price than the high-end GTX 580M.

GeForce GTX 570M Specifications:

  • CUDA Cores: Up to 336
  • Processor Clock Speed: Up to 1150 MHz
  • Memory Clock Speed: Up to 1500 MHz
  • Memory Configuration: 1.5 GB or 3 GB GDDR5
  • Memory Bus Width: 192 bit
  • Memory Bandwidth: 72 GB/s

Both of the new GeForce GTX GPUs should allow gamers to play at full 1080p high-definition resolutions. As previously mentioned, the Alienware M18x is the first gaming notebook available with GeForce GTX 580M graphics, followed soon by the Alienware M17x. You’ll also find the new GeForce GTX 580M and 570M inside the Clevo P170HM3, the Clevo P270WM (pictured left), and the MSI GT780R gaming notebooks.

Some of the features that set these GeForce GPUs apart from the competition include:

  • Support for NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, which automatically converts over 525 titles into 3D.
  • Support for NVIDIA 3DTV Play software, for connecting 3D Vision-based notebooks to 3D HDTVs.
  • NVIDIA SLI technology, which links two GTX GPUs for up to twice the gaming performance.
  • NVIDIA Optimus technology, which enables extra-long battery life by automatically switching on and off the GPU so that it runs only when needed.
  • NVIDIA PhysX engine support (more realistic physics in games).
  • NVIDIA CUDA architecture support, for GPU computing applications.
  • NVIDIA Verde notebook drivers, for frequent performance improvements and better stability.

For more information on any GeForce 500M Series GPUs, visit the NVIDIA website.



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