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Nvidia Announces 480M Fermi GPU for Notebooks

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May 25, 2010 4:48:56 PM

If a laptop has to always be plugged in to run, is it really a laptop?
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May 25, 2010 4:52:34 PM

A pair of these in SLI in a notebook? Battery life = about 10 minutes.
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May 25, 2010 4:56:01 PM

I can see the title of the laptop now.
The new Nvidia Hotbook: Warming your lap and playing your games for an incredibly crappy price, and barely beating the $100 less 5870 while comsuming all your laptops power.

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a b Î Nvidia
May 25, 2010 4:56:20 PM

Well looks like they are bring back the lugeibles (25lb back breakers) just to be able to have 2 or 3 hour battery life.

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May 25, 2010 4:57:00 PM

Ah, so we found the cause of global warming.
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May 25, 2010 5:00:23 PM

Maybe they will include an integrated vga chip so users can switch when the GTX 480M monster is not in use. :) 
I hope it won't melt laptops made of plastic or thin aluminum. :( 

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May 25, 2010 5:02:50 PM

"Snide remark about how the 480M is a hot and power hungry chip" -smart ass
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May 25, 2010 5:05:02 PM

Cool. I always wanted to use my laptop as a frying pan.
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May 25, 2010 5:07:53 PM

Nvidia even dare not to post the TDP.
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May 25, 2010 5:09:07 PM

In terms of graphics power, 897 GFLOPs puts it in the same league of the desktop GTX 465 (855.36 GFLOPs). Seriously, name inflation like this just shouldn't be allowed (ATI does the same). It's not a GTX 480 in terms of performance by a long shot, the desktop GTX 280 is more powerful.

I'd be interested in seeing some benchmarking results because the 5870 mobile chip claims 1120 GFLOPs.
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May 25, 2010 5:10:17 PM

will it come with a garden hose attachment for water cooling? how about portable geothermal heating options?
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May 25, 2010 5:11:06 PM

Come on you need to let go the Crysis jokes, it was funny like 6 months ago
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May 25, 2010 5:20:57 PM

In other news, HP has completely given up on putting Nvidia chips in their laptops.
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May 25, 2010 5:25:53 PM

I don't like NVidia now because of CUDA. Support OpenCL and drop this CUDA gimmick. I'm not interested in learning an api that will tie me down to a particular brand of such a small market.
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May 25, 2010 5:27:30 PM

Great! Now we have a mobile oven for camping and stuff like that :D 
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May 25, 2010 5:32:56 PM

I heard apple is going to put it in an all metal notebook called the iGrill. Comes with a free basting brush.
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May 25, 2010 5:36:51 PM

I can already see/hear the flaming begin.
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May 25, 2010 5:37:18 PM

Fermi = Epic Fail
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May 25, 2010 5:42:52 PM

Based on the 8800/9800GTX core I assume?
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May 25, 2010 5:45:32 PM

chestnuts roasting over an open fermi.
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May 25, 2010 5:51:21 PM

Yawn to the heat and frying pan jokes. I remember when everybody was making fun of the cards before they were even released, and then when they arrived people were reporting that there were/are no heating issues at all (take a look at the reivews on newegg). Give it a rest. Fermi is a great leap and ya it's a bit wrinkled but it will get ironed out sooner than you can stop with the lame jokes.
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May 25, 2010 5:56:43 PM

... that means, that the radiator will be outside of laptop casing... and there will bet went holes near or in the keyboard...
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May 25, 2010 6:01:32 PM

dman3kI don't like NVidia now because of CUDA. Support OpenCL and drop this CUDA gimmick. I'm not interested in learning an api that will tie me down to a particular brand of such a small market.

Nvidia does support and promote OpenCL, along with every other open standard currently available. In addition they support CUDA, which currently has much broader support then OpenCL. Despite this however, potential OpenCL application performance is looking quite good on Nvidia's latest GPU:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2977/nvidia-s-geforce-gtx-480-and-gtx-470-6-months-late-was-it-worth-the-wait-/6
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May 25, 2010 6:02:36 PM

I hate to jump on the heat bandwagon, but my ASUS G72GX with the GTX260M idles @ 64c without powermiser enabled (down clock) I have hit 92c playing that game that starts with a "C". So scoff all you want, BUT IT IS AN ISSUE. I knew this when buying it, but it is something you have to keep an eye on.
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May 25, 2010 6:09:19 PM

So MANY ATI groupies on this site.

I KNOW I KNOW. BUMP DOWN ATI FANBOYS.
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May 25, 2010 6:19:49 PM

So it's about as powerful as an Nvidia 6800gt??
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May 25, 2010 6:21:08 PM

Heat and power is certainly an issue with this card. I'll admit on a desktop computer, case cooling, water cooling etc can negate the negatives side effects of Fermi, but you can't really do that with a laptop. I have a feeling any laptop attempting to use this card will either have a very short battery life or a VERY large battery. The 480 incarnations have too many side-effects to justify buying one, IMO, and on a laptop those side-effects will become measurably more pronounced. Patiently waiting for a GTX 485...
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May 25, 2010 6:31:29 PM

I have a GTX260M in my laptop. I have a 12 cell battery. I get 3 hrs max out of it unplugged, without gaming. If this has a higher TDP, battery life will be beyond terrible.
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May 25, 2010 6:52:50 PM

Just what I wanted a portably electric grill.
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May 25, 2010 7:11:05 PM

etromGreat! Now we have a mobile oven for camping and stuff like that


Be sure to bring a lot of 12 cell batteries! They wont last long. :D 
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May 25, 2010 7:30:00 PM

I wonder how they can get performance higher than the GTX 465 inside a 100 watt TDP? Also, I'd kinda hoped they would use a GF104 chip for this card...
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May 25, 2010 7:41:22 PM

warmon6Be sure to bring a lot of 12 cell batteries! They wont last long.


12 cell batteries isn't enough, we will need a car-like battery!
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May 25, 2010 7:42:04 PM

njkid3chestnuts roasting over an open fermi.


You guys are too funny, I was cracking up so hard when i read this! lol
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May 25, 2010 7:44:09 PM

Seems like they got the Fermi power use under some control. Good for them!
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May 25, 2010 8:15:47 PM

henrystrawnI have hit 92c playing that game that starts with a "C".


Command and Conquer?
Call of Duty?
Counter Strike?
City of Heroes?
Company of Heroes?
Civilization IV?

: )
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May 25, 2010 9:14:13 PM

A laptop running one of these would fry your testicles!!
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May 25, 2010 9:40:13 PM

Hmmm.....it says 256 bit but fails to specify whether that is GDDR3 or GDDR5

if it is indeed GDDR5 this will EASILY be the best GPU for a laptop...the 5870m is 128-bit GDDR5

And for the MANY confused readers here....you don't buy a laptop with a 100W GPU to brag about the long battery life....it is to have a portable desktop essentially - and anyone buying one will already know this
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May 25, 2010 9:46:12 PM

I can see this having the same longevity as the nVidia chip in the 3 motherboards that were in my HP dv6000z laptop, that HP, in their infinite wisdom decided to replace only two of. Last HP laptop I'll ever buy.
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May 25, 2010 10:59:02 PM

Hargak100 freaking watts lol. ever tried to run a 100 watt light bulb on batteries?

who needs batteries when you can just screw it into Fester's mouth :) 
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May 25, 2010 11:02:44 PM

I wonder where it will perform. It like all other recent nVidia GPUs don't match ATI in computational power, but the graphics game isn't just about teraflop processing. Early assessments are pegging it at GTS250 desktop levels. The HD5870m performs at HD5770 desktop levels.
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May 25, 2010 11:22:11 PM

Now I have a heater for when I go camping!
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May 25, 2010 11:51:15 PM

Will this GPU melt my notebook?

Trueno07If a laptop has to always be plugged in to run, is it really a laptop?


of course it is. It still serves its purpose to be portable
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May 26, 2010 12:30:11 AM

This will probably see use in 17"+ laptops that have a ton of air flow + battery. It could also make itself known in large AIO machines like the 27" iMac, where you have more space than a laptop for cooling and no battery to worry about.
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May 26, 2010 12:32:52 AM

In other news: Alienware Announces Area-51 BBQ/Laptop combo.
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May 26, 2010 12:34:42 AM

Mr KThis will probably see use in 17"+ laptops that have a ton of air flow + battery. It could also make itself known in large AIO machines like the 27" iMac, where you have more space than a laptop for cooling and no battery to worry about.



LAWL iMac
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May 26, 2010 12:50:03 AM

352 shaders @ 850mhz?!?!? I have two things to say:

1) How is Nvidia clocking this thing so high when EVERY GPU they have ever made was under 750mhz and the GTX480 only runs @ 700mhz on the desktop?
2) How is Nvidia going to power/cool this thing? It has more shading power than the GTX470!! (Unless the architecture is different) 352*850mhz is GREATER than 448*607mhz.... ya good luck Nvidia)
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May 26, 2010 1:23:53 AM

Uh......oh yea it works as a laptop and a heater! 2 in 1!
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