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Nvidia On Optimus: No Comment

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 42 comments

Nvidia said "no comment" about the news that Optimus is a new name for a new and improved Hybrid SLI.

Just before CES 2010 back in January, Nvidia updated its official blog with a teaser about an upcoming mobile technology called Optimus. Set for a Q1 release, the new "revolutionary" technology will only work on laptops powered by Nvidia GPUs.

Without offering in-depth details, the company said that Optimus is completely seamless, transparent, and will enable a Nvidia-branded integrated GPU to reach the same performance level as a conventional GPU, but without a heavy draw on the laptop's battery. This may indicate that Optimus controls a single GPU in a hardware or software sense, and scales the overall performance when needed.

However, since Optimus is an unannounced product, Nvidia refused to divulge additional details, and basically handed out "no comment" notices. Instead, queries are linked back to the pre-CES 2010 blog.

X-bit Labs seems to have acquired additional information however. According to the site, Nvidia will reveal the Optimus technology on February 9. It's also believed that the company is re-launching its older-yet-improved Hybrid SLI (or Hybrid Graphics) technology under the Optimus name. X-bit said that this could help Nvidia compete with microprocessors with a built-in graphics core.

With Nvidia keeping such a tight lid on the project, most of the information is speculative. Hopefully we'll know more next week. What's your take on Nvidia's Optimus?

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    raw2dogmeat , February 6, 2010 12:47 AM
    where's Fermi?
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    AMW1011 , February 6, 2010 1:11 AM
    More renamed chips?!
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    apache_lives , February 6, 2010 1:18 AM
    Optimus = Transformed GTS250! LOOK AT ME IM SOMETHING ELSE YET IM NOT

    Also get the feeling Fermi is going to be a hot power hungry monster and will require another basic card/igp to counter the idle power/heat levels etc meaning as originally thought, optimus will be a renamed hybrid sli like design for it.
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    raw2dogmeat , February 6, 2010 12:47 AM
    where's Fermi?
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    AMW1011 , February 6, 2010 1:11 AM
    More renamed chips?!
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    apache_lives , February 6, 2010 1:18 AM
    Optimus = Transformed GTS250! LOOK AT ME IM SOMETHING ELSE YET IM NOT

    Also get the feeling Fermi is going to be a hot power hungry monster and will require another basic card/igp to counter the idle power/heat levels etc meaning as originally thought, optimus will be a renamed hybrid sli like design for it.
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    coolronz , February 6, 2010 1:32 AM
    i think nvidia is out of breathe here.... sounds like a rebranding scheme to me.. alot more of nothing! way to go Nvidia... ;) 
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    dheadley , February 6, 2010 1:49 AM
    I'm on my 6th SLi gaming rig now, but I am not sure I am going to stick with them on my next build. They seem to have decided the tegra and ion lines were more important than the desktop market now and their attention is there for the moment. Seems like Fermi is going to come whenever they are done with those other platforms and have spare time to get it out the door.
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    shadow187 , February 6, 2010 1:52 AM
    Going to be Hybrid SLI With +1 feature that's going to be +$50.
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    surrept420 , February 6, 2010 2:10 AM
    ATI Fanboys ftl.
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    eklipz330 , February 6, 2010 3:40 AM
    surrept420ATI Fanboys ftl.

    im gonna give u a plus only because i agree with you.

    too bad there aren't any ati fanboy's here... i only see logical criticism.
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    tacoslave , February 6, 2010 4:32 AM
    joeman42I think Megatron would be more apt.

    intel launching that next month along with ati and their new "bumblebee".
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    zerapio , February 6, 2010 4:37 AM
    Fermi seems to be the new GeForce FX :S
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    Blessedman , February 6, 2010 4:52 AM
    I am not 100% sure the leaked benchmarks I saw of fermi, but if they are to be true... Fermi is going to trounce the 5970, which is what it should do considering its size and transistor count. Optimus sounds weird... LOL
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    climber , February 6, 2010 5:46 AM
    So now Nvidia is "more than meets the eye"?
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    climber , February 6, 2010 5:47 AM
    climberSo now Nvidia is "more than meets the eye"?

    ...and not just "The Way it's Meant to be Played"?
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    evolve60 , February 6, 2010 6:13 AM
    Nvidia more then meets the eye, Transforming older generation in to newer ones!
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    evolve60 , February 6, 2010 6:13 AM
    Nvidia more then meets the eye, Transforming older generation in to newer ones!
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    JohnnyLucky , February 6, 2010 10:15 AM
    The Optimus is for mobile technology and laptops. No point in dragging fermi into this.
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    xtc28 , February 6, 2010 10:29 AM
    That is the only way that Optimus pertains to Nvidia ........ ^^ "Transforming older generations to new ones!" i.e.- 8000 to 9000 to GTS etc. I do like some of their lines for specific reasons...... BUT those reasons DO NOT and WILL NOT make me feel better about their rebranding habits. I have a ton of video cards that have been aquired one way or another they include but are not limited to NVIDIA - 8000 series (8200-8800gt- no longer used)9000 series (9400gs, n9500gt, 9800GSO, 9800gt, 9800GTX, 9800GX2-all for cuda/Physx) 200 series (GTX 295, GTS 250, GTX 280. ATI - Radeon X series(x700,1500pro - not used)2000 Series (2900xt - not used) 3000 Series (3450,3650, 3850,3870x2-2 - x2's are still used in CF)4000 Series (4650, 4770-2, 4870, 4870x2)and a few 5000 (5650,5770-2,5870) I have been collecting these for some time. Right now the only thing I use my Nvidia cards for is physx, Cuda and a back up gamer with the GTX280)GTX 280. That does not mean that in the future I might be going back to Nvidia graphics.

    Now my point with this is - I see more of an overall picture than the average gamer or enthusiast when it comes to the performance of these cards. Performance actually flip flops back and forth between generations and makers. Just because you get a new new series of card doesnt mean you will get a better performing piece of hardware. Nvidia is infamous for this rebranding B.S. I have watched that crap for a long time and it really pulls at my nerves. BUT hey they have to optimize their profits right?! This is where Optimus actually comes in to play.
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    cybrcatter , February 6, 2010 1:00 PM
    ChrisRedNO ONE IS FORCING ANYONE TO WAIT FOR FERMI. GO FUCKING BUY ATI'S 5XXX FOR GOD'S SAKE.IN EVERY NVIDIA TOPIC, ITS ALWAYS; "WHERE'S FERMI?". ITS NOT LIKE NVIDIA TOLD EVERYONE TO HOLD YOUR GPU PURCHASE TILL FERMI COMES. LOL.


    I didn't read what you wrote, but I did give you a thumbs down for using all caps.
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