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Nvidia launches five GPUs for notebooks

Integrated with GPU Boost 2.0 for improved performance
Tue Apr 02 2013, 16:00
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CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia announced five graphics processing units (GPUs) for notebook computers today.

These mobile GPU models aim to conserve battery life with three technologies that run in the background and increase performance.

Nvidia's Geforce GT 720M and 735M make up the mainstream segment of the announcement with their focus on budget and mid-range notebooks, while Nvidia's GT 740M, 745M, and 750M are the performance part of the lineup and are intended for users that demand more power.

The chip designer said that all five of these notebook GPUs will come with its GPU Boost 2.0 technology that adjusts the chips' clock speed to maximise graphics performance.

"GPU Boost is dynamic and requires no end-user input or settings," Nvidia's product manager, Brian Choi said in a blog post. "You just use your notebook as you normally would and it silently works to give you performance bumps of up to 15%. It does it safely, on the fly and behind the scenes."

Two other power enhancing features built into the GPU lineup include Nvidia's Optimus technology that enables longer battery life by switching the GPU on and off so it runs only when needed, and its Geforce Experience software, which adjusts in-game settings for the best possible performance and visual quality specific to a user's notebook specifications. This feature also automatically keeps chip drivers up to date.

Nvidia said the new GPUs are available from today. According to the chip designer, all leading notebook manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, will be introducing these GPUs. We predict that notebook release dates will be in the latter half of this year.

Nvidia held its GPU technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, California two weeks ago, where the firm admitted that physically large GPUs have difficulty passing verification.

With Nvidia's Volta GPU architecture stacking DRAM on the same silicon substrate as the GPU, the firm said that this will require it to increase the size of its chips. µ


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