NVIDIA rolls out its GTX 500M series mobile chips

Published: Jan 10th 2011, 02:21 GMT

NVIDIA rolls out its GTX 500M series mobile chips
In the wake of its ARM related announcements, NVIDIA has also introduced its new mobile lineup, including the Geforce GTX 500M series and the Geforce GTX 485M, the fastest mobile solution from NVIDIA.

The Geforce GTX 485M features 384 CUDA cores and works at 575MHz for the GPU, 1150MHz for Shaders while the GDDR5 memory ended up clocked at 3000MHz and paired up with a 256-bit memory interface. The GTX 500M lineup includes a total of five chips ranging from the Geforce GT 555M to the Geforce GT 520M.

The top of the GT 500M line is the Geforce GT 555M that has 144 CUDA cores and works at 590MHz for the GPU, 1180MHz for Shaders and 1800MHz for DDR3 memory paired up with a 192-bit memory interface. The GT 550M, 540M and 525M all have 96 CUDA cores and work at 740MHz, 672MHz and 600MHz for the GPU and come with 1800MHz DDR3 memory paired up with a 128-bit memory interface.

The entry level GT 520M chip has 48 CUDA cores clocked at 1480MHz while the GPU ended up clocked at 720MHz. This one comes with a 1600MHz clocked DDR3 memory that is paired up wiht a 64-bit memory interface.

All chips have support for DirectX 11, NVIDIA’s PhysX, CUDA, 3DVision and Optimus.

NVIDIA announced the GeForce 500M series of notebook graphics processing units (GPUs), designed to power laptops featuring next-generation Intel Core CPUs (Sandy Bridge). GeForce 500M GPUs are expected to power some of the industry’s best notebooks in 2011. The GPUs feature category-leading performance in media-rich HD, 3D, Web, and Gaming applications, as well as enhanced battery life, courtesy of NVIDIA Optimus technology. NVIDIA Optimus technology enables extra long battery life by switching on and off the GPU so that it runs only when needed.

Only NVIDIA GPUs support NVIDIA Optimus technology, which enables extra-long battery life by automatically switching on and off the GPU so that it runs only when needed. Introduced less than a year ago, NVIDIA Optimus is now designed into over 80% of 500M Series notebooks across leading OEMs.

The new GPUs being introduced today include:

  • For performance users: GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 550M, and GeForce GT 555M with over four times the performance of integrated graphics and twice the DirectX 11 performance of the competition.
  • For mainstream users: GeForce GT 520M and GeForce GT 525M offering over twice the performance of integrated graphics.

“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.”
Only NVIDIA GeForce 500M GPUs offer:

  • NVIDIA 3D Vision technology support for eye-popping immersive 3D environments
  • DirectX 11 support for the most visually stunning gaming experiences
  • PhysX physics engine support for experiencing games with realistic physics effects
  • CUDA architecture support for general purpose GPU computing applications
  • NVIDIA Verde notebook drivers for system stability and optimal performance
  • Support for NVIDIA 3DTV Play software for delivering 3D content from your PC to a 3D TV

Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Medion, MSI, Samsung, Toshiba and others announced GeForce 500M-based systems at CES this year, and represent a fraction of the over 200 design wins from leading notebook manufacturers for GeForce 500M GPUs.

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