NVIDIA Unveils Its Kepler BFG for Notebooks -- The GeForce GTX 680M
June 5, 2012 11:35 AM
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New core will drive new Alienware, Clevo, and MSI gaming laptops
NVIDIA Corp. (
a bit slow out the gates
in this round of the graphics, war, but it had
to easily lay rival Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (
) to rest with its new
cards, headlined by the
super-powerful GeForce GTX 680
. The lineup slowly filled in with the
May launch of the GeForce GTX 670
. But many have bemoaned NVIDIA's slow pace at bringing this powerful new architecture to the mobile space.
Those frustrations look to finally be relieved as NVIDIA has
in Taiwan. With Ultrabooks and ultrathins the vogue item, NVIDIA has big plans for its cool-running
28 nm GPU chips
. But NVIDIA's mobile
push may start on bulkier gaming laptops -- ts just announced flagship model is so powerful, it's unclear whether it will be suitable for ultrabooks
The GPU line will be headlined by the GeForce GTX 680M, which features 1,344 CUDA Cores clocked at 720 MHz. That's quite impressive, given that the
GTX 680 "only" packs 1,536 cores clocked at 1,006 MHz. In other words, expect this mobile GPU to be much closer to its desktop counterpart in performance than past designs.
Dell, Inc. (
) subsidiary Alienware is already salivating at the new chip. It's loading the new chip aboard the M17x and M18x. Micro-Star International Comp. Ltd. (
) and Clevo also have designs in the works, including MSI's GT70.
The Alienware M18x [Image Source: NVIDIA]
Initial models will pack 2 GB of GDDR5, but some models may eventually get 4 GB of GDDR5, for a slight performance bump.
's desktop variants are slowly percolating down into the midrange-to-budget desktop space, expect less powerful version of this mobile core to wind up in ultrathins, such as the GTX 640M that will be onboard the Acer Inc. (
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6/5/2012 3:27:51 PM
I wish Intel would deliver their chips the same way AMD/Nvidia ship their GPUs. The cushion around Nvidia's die looks like it could be cheaper for Intel also...
Intel used the IHS on IvB as an artificial limiter, and that makes me angry.
Distributed computing is relying on you Intel! Get that notion of no competition out of your head!
6/5/2012 3:25:41 PM
there would be a lot more chipped die RMAs from the DIY crowd...
6/5/2012 3:27:43 PM
IB CPUs destined for ultrabooks won't have - and won't need - any IHS on top of the processor core.
6/6/2012 1:21:50 PM
Not sure what you are driving at here, but intel's manufacturing and overall chip design is light years ahead of AMD. Intel cetification process it much more advanced and it's chips have a much lower failure rates then AMD. AMD was a good company when it focused on making good chips, instead of being number one in the market. I use to buy AMD until they started changing; I still remember putting on a heat sink and accidently crushing the CPU on my AMD processor something that would never happen with an Intel chip. Also ATI was a much better company until the where bought out by AMD...
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