Nvidia has just introduced what it claims is the world's fastest notebook GPU, the GeForce GTX 480M. Described as a "true tessellation monster for the notebook platform," the GTX 480M is Nvidia's mobile verson of Fermi, and judging by the spec sheet, this thing is a beast.
CUDA Cores: 352
Graphics Clockspeed: 425MHz
Processor Clockspeed: 850MHz:
Texture Fill Rate (billions/sec): 18.7
Memory Clockspeed: 1200MHz
At a glance, those clockspeeds look a little concerning, but the end result is 897 gigaflops of computing power, compared to 413 for ATI's flagship mobile GPU. The mobile Fermi part will also come with up to 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus. Other marketing bullets include PhysX, OpenCL, PureVideo HD, Blu-ray decoding, 3D Vision, and support for DirectX 11.
Nvidia says it has partnered with Clevo to introduce the first system based on the GeForce GTX 480M architecture.
Nvidia's new Fermi architecture is hot, loud, and naturally something you would want to put on your lap right? Well the guys over at Eurocom are hoping so, and are planning on offering Nvidia's GTX 480M on upcoming desktop replacement laptops instead of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870.
So far little is known about the new Nvidia part which has yet to be confirmed officially, but we are willing to guess it shares many of the common benefits and drawbacks of its larger desktop siblings. We expect to see excellent performance, along with a voltage and thermal profile that will probably have people mistaking your power brick for a Playstation 3.
The Eurocom laptops featuring the new GPU start at 17-inches and larger, suggesting that this mobile part probably won't be coming to ultra portables anytime soon. If on the other hand you are on the market for a desktop replacement or gaming notebook you might want to hold off just a bit longer.
We'll have to reserve final judgment until we see one in action, but I'm willing to bet this isn't something you'll want to use on your lap if you ever plan on having kids. Anyone care to speculate on the GTX 480M?