Nvidia just recently announced the launch of its GeForce GTX 560M graphic chip for notebooks, a GPU the company claims is capable of pulling 50 frames per second in Duke Nukem Forever. But the 560M isn't the end of the road for Nvidia's 500M series, nor is it the fastest mobile graphics chip in Nvidia's stable. That distinction still belongs to the GTX 485M, at least until later this summer when Nvidia drops its 580M into the mobile mix.
Being first isn't always something to brag about. First in line to drink the funny smelling punch at an ominous cult meeting comes to mind, and there's no prize (or second date) for yelling "First!" during a one-night stand. In MSI's case, it's totally acceptable to prance around with a press release announcing a first of its own: the first to ship a "supercharged gaming laptop" in North America utilizing Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560M graphics chip.
Duke Nukem Forever is actually going to ship despite the absence of an apocalypse, and Nvidia wants to make sure you'll be able to play the long awaited follow-up on gaming notebooks. That's where Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 560M graphics chip comes in, one of two mobile GPUs Nvidia unwrapped at the Computex convention in Taiwan. As the more powerful of the two, Nvidia says "the GeForce GTX 560M and Nvidia Optimus mean gamers get 50 frames per second in Duke Nukem Forever and five hours of battery life in Microsoft Office," which translates into "real power and real portability."
Nvidia did everything but invest in balloons and streamers to announce the launch of its GeForce GTX 560 graphics card, a mid-range GPU that nudges in between the GTX 460 and GTX 560 Ti in price and performance. Receiving far less fanfare -- as in none whatsoever -- is the concurrent launch of two new videocards for OEMs, the GeForce GT 545 and GT 530. Hit the break for specs.
Well folks, it's official. Putting an end to speculation and expanding upon the sneak performance peek recently offered up, Nvidia today cut the ribbon on its GeForce GTX 560 (non-Ti) videocard, a mid-range part that nudges in between the GeForce GTX 460 and GTX 560 Ti in both performance and price. Confirmed specs after the break.
Nvidia isn't quite ready to confirm or dispel rumors about its upcoming GeForce GTX 560 videocard, choosing instead to wait until the card launches on May 17th before revealing complete product details. In the meantime, Nvidia coughed up a sliver of performance information, what it considers optimal playable settings for a handful of games, and a teaser video of the GTX 560 in action.
Nvidia today made available the first set of WHQL-certified drivers from the 'Release 270' family of drivers (versions 270.xx to 274.xx) for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs, as well as Ion desktop GPUs. The release kicks off with version 270.61 and adds support for the newly launched GeForce GTX 590, 560 Ti, and 550 Ti graphics cards.
Experimenting with beta drivers isn't for the faint of heart, especially when it comes to videocards. After all, this is your pricey GPU we're talking about, and a poorly coded driver can wreak all kinds of havoc, from instability to artifacting, to even overheating if the fan doesn't kick on when it's supposed to. That said, if you're down for playing with pre-release drivers, Nvidia has made available its GeForce 270.51 driver set in beta form.
News and rumor site Fudzilla is reporting that Nvidia decided to push the release of its upcoming dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 videocard back by a couple of days. If Fudzilla's info is accurate, that means the GTX 590 will now launch on March 24th (next Thursday) instead of March 22nd.
Gigabyte claims its new GeForce GTX 550 Ti Overclock Edition graphics card strikes just the right balance between faster clockspeeds and quiet computing. Armed with a custom cooler, the GV-N550OC-1GI, as it's named, boasts "extraordinary overclocking ability" and outpaces reference GTX 550 Ti cards by 6 percent, Gigabyte says.