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.
Acer on Wednesday announced its new line of Aspier notebooks built around Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. There are three new models in all, including the Aspire 5750, 5750G, and 7750G.
"The new line-up of Aspire notebooks will give consumers advanced productivity and outstanding entertainment capabilities," said Preeta Anil, senior manager of product marketing for Acer America. "The new Aspire line upholds Acer's strong tradition of offering first-to-market, leading-edge technologies at budget-friendly prices."
Power users will be most drawn the 17.3-inch Aspire 7750, which comes with two SODIMM slots for up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to 750GB of hard drive storage. The 5750G and 5750, meanwhile, sport 15.6-inch screens and come pre-loaded with 4GB or 6GB of memory and can be configured with up to 640GB of storage space. In addition, Acer says the 5750G is the first to market with the new Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics solution.
All three models feature Acer's clear.fi digital home entertainment solution that automatically connects all Acer devices onto a home network. This works not only with notebooks, but also with smartphones, desktops, HD media players, and home storage devices.
The Aspire 5750 ($900), 5750G ($900), and 7750G ($1030) will be available January 9, 2011.
Have things seemed... off lately? Well, friends, that's because you're in the Twilight Zone. Don't believe us? Well, how else do you explain the fact that Valve's embodiment of the phrase “large-and-in-charge” is whistling this tune:
"It's a real game changer for us," Valve CEO Gabe Newell said of Sandy Bridge and its integrated graphics core. "This allows for a console like experience on the PC."
He's referring, of course, to the fact that Sandy Bridge could lead to a consistent set of specs for all PCs. In other words, no more futzing around with different graphics configurations. Granted, Sandy Bridge nearly took home gold when we ran it through our obstacle course, but it came up sadly short in the graphics department.
Meanwhile, Newell noted that Portal 2 was actually built from the ground up with a Sandy Bridge processor in mind. Sure, it's not the most graphically intense game ever, but – if you're a fan of fishing around in the nitty gritty guts of your PC – it might be a disturbing sign of things to come.
MSI executives took the wraps off a whole new line of high-end gaming notebooks at the company’s Tuesday evening press conference, each of which is powered by Intel’s second-generation Core i7 or Core i5 processors, code-named Sandy Bridge.
The model GT680 will be the first model out of the gate, offering a 15.6-inch screen driven by discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 400- and 500-series GPUs. It will offer four SO-DIMM DDR3 memory slots, enabling the machine to address up to 16GB of RAM. It’s expected to ship in late January for an MSRP of $1,499.
When your only competition is yourself, what do you do when you have to introduce your latest and greatest CPU? Commit fratricide against your own chips? If you have the muscle and war chest of Intel, then yes.
It’s the first time Intel will integrate a graphics core into all of its CPUs. And perhaps in its most controversial move, Intel will also finally put a nail in the coffin of overclocking for average folks. To find out whether overclocking is really dead, how fast Sandy Bridge is, and whether graphics are now suddenly important, read on. Oh, and there's a video after the jump as well.
Today marks the pre-launch of Intel's much anticipated Sandy Bridge architecture, which has vendors lining up to be first out the door with related products. One of those vendors is G.Skill, who tells us they've just launched a new memory line -- RipjawsX series -- designed specifically for Intel's newest silicon.
There are a whopping 25 new DDR3 memory kits in all, ranging in frequency from 1333MHz (4GB/8GB/16GB) to 2300MHz (4GB), some with fans and some without. But what really separates these kits from your standard fare is that G.Skill purportedly hand tests each one on an Intel Sandy Bridge platform "in accordance with G.Skill's strict internal testing procedure, to ensure best in class performance, compatibility, and reliability."
While Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors remain the immediate focus of the world, the Santa Clara-based chip maker is already laying the groundwork for the coming of Ivy Bridge, the 22nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge expected to hit the market in late 2011 or early 2012. Ivy Bridge processors will be fabricated at four of Intel's plants in Oregon and Arizona. However, a Digitimes report suggests that Intel might outsource the production of Ivy Bridge's chipset consort.
Everyone expects Intel’s 32nm Sandy Bridge chips with on-die graphics to shed their “upcoming” tag at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, when the chip maker is officially supposed to launch the new CPU range. But that didn’t stop Malaysian computer retailer Compuzone from flaunting pictures of some members of the Sandy Bridge family on its Facebook page, claiming that it already has them in stock. While the photographs have since been taken down, the Sandy Bridge chips along with Socket 1155 motherboards might already be on sale there.
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just around the corner, and that means so is the official launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. If you've been waiting for one of these chips in mobile form, you'll be rewarded with four cores of computing muscle right off the bat, CNet reports.
"Quad-core goes live in January, dual-core goes live in February," CNet quotes an industry source involved with Sandy Bridge as saying. "OEMs are going to be going public with their quad-core laptops [at CES], but they can't go public with their dual-core laptops until mid-February."
The source went on to say that the dual-core delay is intended to give OEMS time to shift inventories of older products still in stock.
"CES frankly is a very bad time [to introduce products] for OEMs," CNet's source said. "Because they've now built up all of their systems for holiday and now you have new product coming out in January that has to replace the old stuff and it's not an easy transition for OEMs to manage."
Look for quad-core Sandy Bridge silicon to show up in both 15-inch and 17-inch laptops next month.
You already know Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors will come with integrated graphics, but there's more to this architecture than just a fused GPU. According to CNet, Intel VP and Director of PC Client Operations Stephen L. Smith confirmed the existence of special media accelerators.
"The other cool thing is dedicated circuitry for media acceleration," Smith said in response to a question at a Wells Fargo Securities conference earlier this month. "All of us in our daily use, whether it's home videos or photos tend to pull things from the Internet, pull things from our own capture devices at home, bring them on to our PC, transform them into different formats...all of that will be dramatically faster if one utilizes this hardware acceleration, media acceleration that we have on Sandy Bridge."
In addition, Smith said Sandy Bridge should allow for slimmer form factors "and potentially longer battery life" on the notebook front.
Looking beyond Sandy Bridge, Smith reiterated that Intel is on track to deliver its 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture by the end of 2011. According to Smith, Ivy Bridge will be a shrink of Sandy Bridge "with some enhancements."