NVIDIA on Wednesday unveiled its latest range of mobile graphics cards. Sandwiched between the graphics chip maker’s mainstream and enthusiast offerings, the new GeForce 500M family of GPUs is focused on performance.
The GPUs introduced yesterday are all fabricated on the 40nm process technology and feature up to 1.5GB of GDDR5 or DDR3 memory, with the GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 550M, and GeForce GT 555M offering four times the performance of integrated graphics and the GeForce GT 520M and GeForce GT 525M offering around twice as much. Of course, they are all designed to work with Intel’s new generation of Core processors.
NVIDIA also reminded us in the press release that GeForce 500M GPUs support DirectX 11, NVIDIA 3D Vision, PhysX physics engine, CUDA and NVIDIA 3DTV Play. The new range will be hitting the market later this month as part of laptops from the likes of Acer, Alienware, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba.
The first feature-reduced version of the GTX 580 arrives, rendering the GTX 480 obsolete and body-slamming the Radeon HD 5870.
This is the silly season for PR presents. Technology writers and product reviewers receive boxes in the mail, sometimes elaborately giftwrapped, from public relations people in the industry. Usually, what we find inside are fruit, chocolate, calendars with generic photographs and assorted pastries. So when we got a gift box from Nvidia, we naturally thought it was one of the usual holiday PR gimmicks.
We were wrong. When we got around to opening the box, we found this:
This is the follow-up to the GeForce GTX 580. Unsurprisingly, it’s called the GTX 570. As with the earlier GTX 470, it’s a cut-down version of the mother chip, offering 480 compute cores instead of the GTX 580’s 512 cores. Other features have been scaled back as well.
We gave the GTX 570 a spin with out full battery of benchmarks. Hit the jump to find out more!
Let's start with the good news. According to Fudzilla, Nvidia is definitely planning to release a dual-GPU videocard, and relatively soon. Ready for the bad? It won't ship in time for the holiday shopping season.
Citing "sources close to the company," Fudzilla says Nvidia wants to wait for AMD's dual-GPU Antilles Radeon HD 6990 before releasing its own dual-chip videocard. Nvidia already owns the single-GPU performance crown (GeForce GTX 580) and wants to go after the dual-GPU crown as well, but is reluctant to do so before knowing what AMD's upcoming part will be capable of, Fudzilla suggests.
The GTX 590, as it's rumored to be card, will almost certainly be faster than AMD's current flagship part, the HD 5970. But if it's not faster than the Radeon HD 6990, Nvidia may opt to tweak the design until it's certain it has the best performing videocard on the planet.
No, this really long card isn't an actual prototype, just a quick and dirty mockup.
Nvidia isn't making a big deal about its GeForce GTX 460 SE videocard (hit the specifications tab), the latest addition to the GTX 460 line with the least amount of CUDA cores.
The SE version comes with 288 CUDA cores in all, compared to 336 on the standard GTX 460 in both 768MB and 1GB trim. It's also clocked a bit slower at 650MHz core and 1700MHz memory, compared to 1350MHz and 1800MHz on the two other models, respectively.
It does, however, sport the same 256-bit memory bus interface as the non-SE 1GB version, whereas the standard GTX 460 in 768MB form features a 192-bit bus. That provides the SE with more memory bandwidth than the 768GB version (108.8GB/s versus 86.4GB/s) though still less than the non-SE 1GB version (115.2GB/s). And finally, the SE comes with 1GB of GDDR5 memory.
Now that Nvidia has gone and launched its GeForce GTX 580 videocard and stolen back the single-GPU performance crown, the GPU maker thought it wise to release a new set of drivers, version 262.99.
Unless you own one of Nvidia's new flagship cards, it doesn't look like there's much point in downloading the 262.99 drivers, unless you simply want the latest software for the sake of having it. All that really appears to be new, according to the release notes (PDF), is support for the GTX 580 part. There aren't any performance improvements or features added specific to the 262.99 release, or if there is, Nvidia decided to keep mum about them.
In any event, if you went and grabbed a GTX 580 or just won't sleep soundly until you have the latest GeForce drivers, benefits be damned, you can download them here.
Nvidia made a splash at PDXLAN over the weekend showcasing "Unreleased NV Technology," which many presume refers to the company's upcoming GeForce GTX 580 part. Pictures and videos have since flooded the Web, like the ones that appear on GamersDailyNews.com.
One of the big things Nvidia is touting is its new vapor chamber technology. Using a custom vapor chamber design to handle cooling chores, Nvidia says its next-gen card runs both cooler and quieter than a GTX 480.
The lengthy videos showcase what's likely a GTX 580 videocard in action, everything from high polygon counts to Call of Duty: Black Ops. Check em out below.
Video 1 (courtesy of RumorPedia.net) Video 2 (courtesy of GamersDailyNews.com) Video 3 (courtesy of GamersDailyNews.com)
Attention gamers, start drawing up your holiday wish lists now. With so many new cards out now and in the pipeline, this is shaping up to be an awesome year for PC gamers. One card that we find particularly intriguing is Nvidia's dual-GPU 5x0 part, if such a thing exists.
News and rumor site Fudzilla says the two-GPU card will ship in December and since Nvidia isn't saying anything we'll just have to sit back and wait. According to Fudzilla, the card is based on two GF100-derived cores and you can expect this sucker to run hot.
Not to be outdone, AMD is planning a dual-GPU card of its own codenamed Antilles. Fudzilla says this will be marketed as a Radeon HD 6970 and will also run hot.
Nvidia has taken its fair share of heat over, well, the heat output of its high-end Fermi cards, namely the GeForce GTX 480. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, you can expect the upcoming GTX 580 to run a little bit cooler and quieter.
This won't be the result of any major architectural changes, as the GPU will still run hot with a TDP approaching 250W. Instead, Nvidia chose to tweak its cooler design so that it runs more efficiently, essentially sweeping the heat output under the carpet, if you will.
We'll find out soon enough how effective the new design is. Fudzilla says the GTX 580 will launch in the morning hours of November 9, exactly one week from today.
News and rumor site Fudzilla is reporting that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 videocard is going to launch in November, probably before AMD's Cayman architecture. If true, look for the GTX 580 to show up around the middle of November.
Of course none of this is confirmed, but according to reports, Nvidia will likely target a $500 price point for its upcoming GPU, depending on how AMD's Cayman cards perform and how AMD chooses to price them.
In related news, a forum member on Chinese-language site PCInLife.com posted a couple of pics of what he claims is the reference design for Nvidia's GTX 580 part. You can check them out here.