During Acer's Global Press Conference at CES 2012 earlier this year, the company announced a range of new ultrabook models that it would be introducing throughout the course of 2012. Of those models were the flagship Aspire S5, dubbed the "world's thinnest ultrabook" design in a 13.3-inch form factor, and two unannounced 14-inch and 15-inch Timeline Ultra models that the company exclaimed would "follow soon."
Nevertheless, Acer has revealed some performance specifics of its 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG ultrabook, a device that not only sports an ultrathin form factor but also manages to be an incredible Nvidia design win featuring a powerful Geforce GT 640M 28nm Kepler-based GPU. The graphics core is based on GK107 silicon and packs 384 CUDA cores running at clockspeeds of up to 625MHz, with a 405MHz base clock, 910MHz DDR3 memory and 28.8 GB/s total memory bandwidth.
Of course, the big news about this particular ultrabook is that its raw Kepler GPU compute performance yields it just enough power to run Battlefield 3 on "Ultra" settings at its native 1366 x 768 resolution. According to independent benchmarks found on the Web, the 28nm Nvidia Geforce GT 640M was rated in Windows Experience Index (WEI) as scoring a 5.9, which means it should be able to match or just outperform the current 40nm Nvidia Geforce GT 555M and AMD Radeon HD 6770M.
Nevertheless, the Acer Timeline Ultra M3 is characterized by a minimalist, modern look featuring a black aluminum alloy cover that addds to its overall surdiness and durability. It comes packed with a 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) LCD display, a 22nm Intel Core i7 2637M Ivy Bridge processor, a full-sized keyboard, an optical drive (yes, in an ultrabook), up to 6GB of DDR3 RAM a choice between a 500GB hybrid HDD or a 256GB SSD.
The Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 will be available in stores worldwide by the end of March 2012.