It didn't take long for boutique system builder AVADirect to start offering Nvidia's new flagship mobile GPU -- GeForce GTX 580M -- to select notebooks earmarked for gamers, including the 15.6-inch Clevo P150HM, 17.3-inch P170HM, and 17.3-inch X7200. AVADirect points out that since the GTX 580M is based off of the same MXM module as the previous 400M series, virtually any notebook that supported the last generation of mobile GPUs can be easily upgraded to Nvidia's new top-flight chip.
Here's the thing about gaming on a laptop. In almost every case, the GPU isn't upgradeable, so if you plan on using your notebook to frag your friends, you better invest in a laptop with the fastest GPU you can afford. And if you're looking for the fastest mobile GPU on the planet, Nvidia claims its new GeForce GTX 580M with up to 384 CUDA cores and up to 2GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory is it.
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.