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Asus notebook with GT 540M inside  (Source: NVIDIA)

GeForce 500M GPU  (Source: NVIDIA)
Line includes mainstream and performance parts

NVIDIA is a staple at CES each year and it often uses the show to unveil hew GPUs and other gear that will be used in computers and in other platforms in the coming year.  NVIDIA has unveiled a new line of GPUs at the show that will be the graphics muscle behind some of the best performing notebooks on the market in 2011.

The new GPUs are the GeForce 500M GPU family. The new GPUs in the line include the GT 540M, the GT 550M, and the GT 555M. All of them offer at least four times the performance of integrated GPUs and two times the DirectX 11 performance of competing GPUs. The 520M and 525M are the two mainstream parts in the new line. The new GPUs also support Optimus technology for longer battery life by switching between the integrated GPU and the discrete GPU.

"GeForce GT 500M GPUs combined with Optimus technology enable the most versatile laptops ever created," said Rene Haas, general manager of notebook business at NVIDIA. "Pairing a great GPU with a strong CPU delivers Optimized notebook performance for consumers."

The new GPU line supports NVIDIA 3D Vision, PhysX, CUDA, and uses the NVIDIA Verde notebook drivers and they support NVIDIA 3DTV Play to deliver content from the PC to 3D TVs in the living room.

The GPUs will be used in machines from just about every major computer maker on the planet including Acer, MSI, Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, Dell, and many others. NVIDIA has already announced that it will be working with Tesla to power infotainment systems in the Model S.


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The missing gpu specifications
By DanNeely on 1/6/2011 3:31:04 PM , Rating: 3
GTX 485M 384 575MHz GDDR5
GT 555M 144 590MHz GDDR5/DDR3
GT 550M 96 740MHz GDDR5/DDR3
GT 540M 96 672MHz GDDR5/DDR3
GT 525M 96 600MHz GDDR5/DDR3
GT 520M 48 740MHz GDDR5/DDR3




RE: The missing gpu specifications
By heffeque on 1/6/2011 9:19:32 PM , Rating: 2
What are the 520M and 525M for?

AMD is going to go ATi obviously and Intel... Intel laptops will soon be Sandy Bridge and these 520M and 525M discrete GPUs don't bring any performance gains against the integrated GPU in Sandy Bridge... so... what for?


By DanNeely on 1/7/2011 11:25:14 AM , Rating: 2
Simple enough. Bottom tier GPUs are always about getting money from people too stupid to know the IGP is just as good, so that explains the 520. The 525 is an underclocked 540/550, and while selling the same chip under multiple different brand names is goofy, it's less so than offering multiple widely varying parts with the same number, although I'd rather see them break it on DDR3/GDDR5 since that will have a larger impact than a 25% clock change.


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