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Tuesday, 28 December 2010 11:47

Geforce 500 mobile marginally faster than 400M

Written by Fuad Abazovic

DirectX 11 support
When it comes to updating mobile series, Nvidia usually doesn't blow us away with a huge increase in performance. The Geforce GT 400M series are doing ok, they are sufficient for many games today but they are limited to DirectX 10.1.

Soon to launch Geforce GT 500M series will get a much needed and delayed DirectX 11 support, but they won’t get much faster than Geforce GT / GTS 400 series.

The reason is quite simple, both Nvidia and ATI are stuck with the 40nm process that doesn’t let you much space for improvement under given TDP envelopes. Nvidia did came up with Optimus, something that apparently got them more than 200 design wins in the Sandy Bridge market but the performance won’t be that exciting.

The green company has already launched a mobile version of Geforce GT 540 in China and it has revealed that it has 672MHz core, 1344MHz shaders and up to 900MHz memory clock. The card uses both GDDR3 and GDDR5 memory both in 128-bit and comes with up to 1.5GB memory.

It only has 96 CUDA processors which is the same number we’ve seen with GT 435M and we expect GT 540 to score very similar to GT 435 but the new series has DirectX 11 support.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 12:20
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+5 #1 hellfire 2010-12-29 00:25
The Geforce GT 400M series are doing ok, they are sufficient for many games today but they are limited to DirectX 10.1.

mobile fermis (400 series) are limited to DX10.1? whats wrong with ya? are you drunk? a train crushed right into your head? too many dope?
+7 #2 freaq 2010-12-29 07:58

the 4 series has got dx11


it is based on the fermi architecture..
what are you talking about>????
+1 #3 Benton 2010-12-29 10:55
NVIDIA fan boy is just wishfully thinking that they actually did improve something in the supposedly new generation 500M series. In reality improvements are minuscule. So small that it is probably just a another NVIDIA re-brand and a slight overclock.
+1 #4 Benton 2010-12-29 10:59
Ha guess what, I am 100% correct. Look at this:
Fuad is talking rubbish again. Its a re-brand. Err I wonder why the performance increase is so small lol. Fudzilla are either dumb as, or they are trying to help cover up this criminal behavior.
+3 #5 Alereon 2010-12-29 13:06
The GT 540M was available as an OEM part in China only, but all indications are that for general availability the Geforce 500M series will be based on GF11x GPUs rather than the old GF10x. Obviously the differences are going to be miniscule for the GTX 560M and lower since they used unharvested GF106+ GPUs, but we should see larger changes on the higher-end GPUs. The Geforce GTX 580M will be a VAST improvement over the GTX 480M, since we're exchanging a shitty, underclocked GTX 465 for an uncut GF114 GPU. Whoever it was at nVidia that thought putting an original GF100 Fermi GPU in a laptop was a good idea should be fired (hire me to replace him and my pro GPU strategy will blow your mind).

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