NVIDIA's GeForce 400M Mobile GPUs: 7 New Fermis Introduced

Author: Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig
Date: September 2, 2010
Product Name: NVIDIA GeForce 400M
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After being thoroughly beaten in the race towards DX11 GPU sales, NVIDIA is working feverishly to make up for lost time. Nonetheless, it has been five months since the GTX 480 and GTX 470 launched amid much fanfare and only in the last six weeks have we seen derivatives take some shape. The GF104 took the guise of the highly popular and perfectly priced GTX 460 1GB and 768MB cards but even as it launched many were wondering: where in the world are the mobile chips? Well, today we have the answer for you.

Even though the GTX 480M was launched some time ago, the mobile computing market still had to endure the endlessly-renamed 300M / 200M GPUs when it came to anything under ultra high-end graphics needs. Granted, these are still highly competitive products in their own right but with AMD’s top to bottom HD 5000-series breathing down their necks, even the 300M chips started looking a bit long in the tooth. A true refresh for NVIDIA’s entire stable of mobile graphics solutions was necessary and this time, there are no baby steps; their whole lineup is literally being replaced in one fell swoop. Not one but SEVEN mobile GPUs are being launched today and should be featured immediately in laptops from everyone from Dell to ASUS to Lenovo.

The low end cards like the 310M and 305M will stay in place but the GT and GTX 400 series will be taking over the lion’s share of the workload from now on. If the numerous discounts on NVIDIA-totting notebooks in the last month have raised questions, you now have your answer as to why prices were slashed.

This short article will be focused upon one central goal: to introduce you to the new NVIDIA graphics cards in preparation for a full comparison against the competition. So without any further preamble, let’s take a look at NVIDIA’s new introductions and what these new mobile GPUs bring to the table.


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