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Nvidia launches GeForce 400M series for laptops

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

While Nvidia’s flagship card for laptops, GeForce GTX 480M, was announced in May and is available in several gaming laptops, info about the rest of the 400M series was scarce. But finally, Nvidia has announced the rest of the GeForce 400M series:

  • High end: GTX 480M (already launched), GTX 470M, GTX 460M.
  • Performance and mainstream: GT 445M, GT 435M, GT 425M, GT 420M, GT 415M.
  • Entry levelJarred at AnandTech talks about the GT 415M as the entry level, and he rejoices about its high performance compared to the current GeForce 310M, but I think the gap is too large and probably Nvidia has a 410M or similar, closer in performance to the 310M.

You can see the specs of the cards and a good analysis of them at AnandTech. All 400M series cards are based on Fermi and they support DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, DirectCompute, OpenCL, HD video decoding (H.264/VC1/MPEG2/Blu-ray) and HDMI 1.4a.

Some things I find noteworthy:

  • GeForce GT 445M comes in two versions, with very different bandwidths. We need some benchmarks to see what difference that makes in games, but the impact on performance could be quite big and the “slow” version of the GT 445M could be only a bit faster than the GT 435M. So, if you are looking at a laptop sporting the GT 445M, try to find out what version of the card does it have.
  • GTS cards are absent at this moment.

Performance-wise, Nvidia talks about the 400M series being a 40% faster than 300M parts, but we will have to wait a bit to see some benchmarks. Optimus support for high-end cards is good news, hopefully next-generation gaming laptops would have a much better battery life than current models.

We don’t know anything about ATI’s Mobility 6000 series, but desktop parts should be launched in the next few months, and ATI usually launches laptop parts not much later than desktop ones. Anyway, Nvidia has a few months of advantage, because Asus has already announced several laptops  that are available at Xotic PC: N51JQ, N73Jq, G53Jw and G73Jw.


More informationAnandTech

Update: you have more info about 3D Vision in these cards at Legit Reviews.

GeForce GTX 480M benchmark compilation

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The main benchmarking sites have already published results of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M (mobile Fermi). In case you missed some of them, here you have a compilation:

Please note that only the last 2 ones are apples-to-apples comparisons, because the older ones are comparing the GTX 480M paired with a desktop processor against the 5870 paired with a notebook processor.

In some games the GTX 480M gets an advantage of 25 or even 30%, but in many games both cards score similar results (maybe within a 10%; the average is a 19% in favor of the GTX 480M at Tom’s Hardware).

You can configure laptops with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M at well known assemblers such as Xotic PC, Cizmo and others.

Sager NP8850 (Built on Clevo W880CU) Gaming Laptop

Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M benchmarks (mobile Fermi): 10% faster than ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

As usual, the guys at Notebookcheck.net are among the first ones providing benchmarks of the lastest mobile graphics cards. They have published a review of the GTX 480M in the Clevo D901F that you can read in depth, but from their results, I have to say I’m not very impressed.

  • In Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Metro 2033 (DX11) the GTX 480M is 7-10% faster than the best score of the 5870
  • In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 both cards get nearly identical scores, and in Crysis the GTX 480M is a 6% slower than the 5870
  • DIRT 2 (DX11) is the only game where the GTX 480M really owns the 5870: it is a 38% faster.

So, is the GeForce GTX 480M faster than the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870? Yes, it is. And probably the GTX 480M is going to perform better with newer drivers and newer games. But at the moment the price premium of the GTX 480M (490 USD over the GTX 285M, that is 75 USD over the 5870 configuring a gaming laptop at Xotic PC) is hard to justify.

Update: the guys at Hot  Hardware have benchmarked different games and get different results, more like a 30% in favor of the GTX 480M.

Update 2: more benchmarks at Notebookjournal.de

Update 3: even more benchmarks at Tom’s Hardware and AnandTech.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M (mobile Fermi) available for preorder at Xotic PC

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

We don’t have any benchmarks yet, but it seems the last mobile graphics card from Nvidia, the Fermi-based Geforce GTX 480M, is going to be the fastest graphics card for laptops in the market (at least for a while). Do you want it in your next gaming laptop? You can pre-order a Sager NP9280 (based on Clevo D900F) at Xotic PC. It’s going to cost you 550 USD MORE than the GTX 285M and ETA is mid-June. Did you expect something cheaper? Really?

Sager NP9280 (Built on Clevo D900F) Ultimate Custom Laptop

Update: do you want it in SLI? So you have to wait for the new monster from Clevo, the X7200!

Fermi-based Nvidia GeForce graphics cards for laptops, leaked?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Maybe… According to Portables4Gamers Clevo states they

will be the first to launch Nvidia’s new Fermi architecture performance VGA. With luck, we should be the only one who will hit this new level of performance.

But David at P4G has reasonable doubts about the possibility these cards (33% hotter than a GTX 285M and potentially named GeForce GTX 380M) being in fact new iterations of the old G92 core. Fake? Marketing hype? I don’t know. Have a look at the original article and judge by yourself.

By the way, April Fools’ is tomorrow, isn’t it?

Laptop benchmarks: GeForce GTX 285M SLI vs Mobility Radeon HD 4870 CrossFireX (Clevo vs Alienware)

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The always excellent French site Portables4Gamers has benchmarked two mobile gaming beasts: a Cizmo Qi1840 (based on the barebone Clevo X8100) with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M SLI and an Alienware M17x with the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 CrossFireX. As expected, the result depends a lot on the game and the settings, so look at the charts carefully.

Read: SLI GeForce GTX 285M vs Crossfire Mobility Radeon HD 4870

Update: Notebook Critic also publishes a comparison, but with the 280M instead of the 285M.

Nvidia GeForce GT 230M, GT 240M and GTS 250M benchmarks

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The Nvidia GeForce GT 230M and 240M are becoming quite popular in mainstream and multimedia laptops, while the GTS 250M is being introduced in high-end and gaming laptops. So I think it’s interesting to have a look at the available benchmarks (mainly from Notebookjournal.de and Notebookcheck).

The GT 230M and 240M perform quite similarly, giving enough performance in most games at low resolutions and medium or high settings. The GT 240M gives 10-20% more performance than the 230M. The problem is that the good ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 is faster than the GT 240M, sometimes by a good margin. Of course both are faster than the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570. The GT 230M is used in many HP Pavilion laptops, such as the dv6t Quad , dv7t Quad and dv8t (UK link).

The GTS 250M could look like a gaming card because of the GTS prefix, but in many cases its performance is way lower than that of the GTX 260M, specially at high resolutions, and in many cases it’s closer to the one of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670. The GTS 250M is often found in Core i7 laptops.

At the end of the day, the decision is going to depend a lot on pricing and the actual games you play, but generally speaking:

GTX 260M >> GTS 250M > HD 4670 > HD 4650 > GT 240M > GT 230M > GT 220M >> HD 4570

Main sources: GT 240M benchmarks at Notebookjournal.de, GTS 250M benchmarks at Notebookjournal.de

See also the benchmarks at Notebookcheck (go to the bottom of the page):

Laptop vs Desktop: GeForce GTX 280M vs GTX 280 (Tom’s Hardware)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

It was already known that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M was less powerful than the desktop version, because it used the older graphics core (very similar to that of the 9800M GTX+) and not the newer one found in the GTX 280. The guys at Tom’s Hardware have actually measured the difference. Long story short: it is a 40% slower, but click the link if you want to see the difference in several games and settings.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M SLI benchmarks (Notebookjournal.de)

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Notebookjournal.de published Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M SLI benchmarks, and they are the first ones as far as I know. The games tested are Call of Duty 4, World in Conflict, Lost Planet, Race Driver GRID, Far Cry 2, GTA IV and Call of Duty: World at War. The processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo T9900 at 3,06 GHz.
Very interesting if you are planning to spend a lot of money on an Alienware M17x with such cards.

Far Cry 2 on laptops benchmarks: what graphics card do you need to run it?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Far Cry 2

So Far Cry 2 is already here and you want to know if your laptop is going to play it fine… Or maybe you are going to purchase a new laptop and want to be sure that it is powerful enough to play Far Cry 2 at high quality. People are posting benchmarks here and there and now we have some information.

Can be played with any current low-end dedicated graphics card. Users are reporting playable frame rates (25-30 FPS) with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 at 1024×600 and low settings. Other users are happily playing it with an Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS (at 720×480 and 2x AA).

It is very enjoyable with any good graphics card. Users are reporting good frame rates (over 35 FPS) with an overclocked Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT DDR2 at 1280×800 and a mixture of High and Very High settings.

High-end dual cards get a lot of performance. Users are reporting 50+ FPS with a Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTX SLI at 1680×1050 and Ultra High settings.

Source: Notebook Review message boards. You can look at my laptop graphics card comparison to compare these cards with yours.

As said in Guru3D: if you can play Crysis, you can play Far Cry 2 better.