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Nvidia launches GTX 480M: Fermi for laptops

Nvidia launches GTX 480M: Fermi for laptops

Nvidia has launched its GTX 480M mobile GPU based on the GF100 Fermi architecture.

As previously rumoured, Nvidia has announced a laptop GPU built using its new Fermi architecture, in the shape of the GeForce GTX 480M.

Packing 352 shaders and 1GB of GDDR5 it's technically as powerful than the recently announced desktop GeForce GTX 465, but the clock speeds are much lower. The GPU will be clocked at 425MHz, with the stream processors at 850MHz, with 800MHz (3,200MHz effective) GDDR5 on a 256bit interface.

Previously leaked information about the GTX 480M claimed it had a lap-melting "100W" power draw, but Nvidia has not officially commented about the GTX 480M TDP at this time.

Drivers for this new mobile GPU will also be provided via the recently announced Nvidia Verde program, which unifies Notebook and Desktop drivers.

We'll be very interested to see how the GTX 480M stacks up against the mobile ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 1GB, with its "800" (160x5) shaders at 700MHz and 1GB of 4GHz GDDR5.

Are you interested in a mobile GTX 480M for gaming? Or is your room simply colder than you'd like? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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GiantStickMan 27th May 2010, 16:22 Quote
Keen to see how it stacks up against the 5870. I also see Dell/Alienware are now offering 2 x 5870's in Crossfire in the M17x. Seems Nvidia have a bit of catch-up to do!
TWeaK 27th May 2010, 16:45 Quote
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Wow Bindi, did you invent a time machine? :P

Seriously though, if these are anything like the desktop counterparts, they really aren't going to be a good idea. I can see the A&E depts swamped with 3rd degree burns on peoples' funny bits.
Sifter3000 27th May 2010, 16:54 Quote
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Wow Bindi, did you invent a time machine? :P

No, my fault, pushed the wrong button in the CMS :S
javaman 27th May 2010, 17:56 Quote
I imagine it will be similar to the desktop parts: too hot and drains to much battery but performs really well. TBH laptop GPU's are still sort of an enigma. I haven't came across to many reviews. same with lap top CPU's too. The article on the CULV processors highlighted that
D-Cyph3r 27th May 2010, 19:07 Quote
Now where's a picture of a laptop on fire when you need one?




Oh hai


http://shesajerkbutshesright.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/laptop-fire-02.jpg
pimonserry 27th May 2010, 19:20 Quote
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Nvidia has not officially commented about the GTX 480M TDP at this time.

AKA the power draw will be ridiculously high, I'd bet.
Tangster 27th May 2010, 19:49 Quote
Nvidia 1: Battery Life 0.
TFSakon 27th May 2010, 19:49 Quote
Have they totally forgotten that their 400 series flopping i feel of hurt by nVidia
l3v1ck 27th May 2010, 20:25 Quote
This sort of false marketing annoys me annoys me. If it's similar to the desktop GTX 465, than call it a 465M. Don't try and make it sound better than it is by calling it a 480M. It's almost false advertising!

Also with that kind of power draw, I'd be heading for ATi if I was in the market for a new laptop.
Nature 27th May 2010, 21:45 Quote
your skybox HD add is making my netbook lag. And the alienware add before it is clearly contradicted by this article claiming to be the most powerful/fastest laptop available whilst lacking this GPU.

Whine, whine, whine, I know...
chumbucket843 27th May 2010, 23:21 Quote
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AKA the power draw will be ridiculously high, I'd bet.

it will be fine. note that the clocks are half of the 480. power efficiency will increase by a minimum of 2x.
pimonserry 27th May 2010, 23:37 Quote
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it will be fine. note that the clocks are half of the 480. power efficiency will increase by a minimum of 2x.

Not if it's really inefficient, but you're more than likely correct.

Also, 0.5 * (say) 150W is still 75W, which sounds like an awful lot for a laptop's graphics card, especially when you consider a new Intel ULV CPU is only 17W.

Still, if it beats every other laptop's graphics performance, it's still worth considering.
bob 27th May 2010, 23:41 Quote
So you'll be able to play games and get sterilized at the same time? cool.
ripmax 27th May 2010, 23:42 Quote
r4tch3t 28th May 2010, 02:32 Quote
I would get it, I had to choose between a either a crappy desktop + crappy laptop or decent laptop when I went to Uni so I went with a decent Laptop with a 8600GT battery life has never been good but I use the battery mainly so that I don't have to turn it off when I move between classes/rooms. My laptop running at full draws 90W (empty battery playing games for a couple hours after battery is at ~10% with a 90W adaptor.) So this isn't that bad. Plus I would think they would refine it a bit to further reduce the power draw.
Also why compare a high end GFX card with a low power slower CPU of course it's going to draw a lot more power.

In conclusion, battery life is unimportant for these kind of laptops.
Kúsař 28th May 2010, 07:30 Quote
I hope they don't underrate thermal output this time or there'll be another geforce holocaust...
phantombudgie 28th May 2010, 12:21 Quote
"Or is your room simply colder than you'd like?" - accurately pre-empting the comments!

It'll be OK for a 17" desktop replacement that would normally sit on a desk and never be moved. A large enough chassis might be able to shift enough air across the heatsink, but I'd hate to think what the sound of the cooling fans will be like.
Ahadihunter1 3rd December 2010, 18:16 Quote
to cool the fermi; you need this.. the ULtimimate cooling system known to man

http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/resources/2007/04/E112-Emden_wind_turbine.jpg
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