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Fermi Heading to Laptops With GTX 480M?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 56 comments

Early listing shows a powerful and power-hungry discrete GPU option.

It's just the natural evolution of a GPU to eventually be converted for notebook use, and now we see early evidence that Nvidia will be making a mobile version of Fermi ready for sometime next month.

A listing on Eurocom's site for configuration of one of its laptops lists a 2GB DDR5 GTX 480M Nvidia DX11 100W part as a $380 upgrade option. Since then, the option has been removed from the site, likely due to the fact that it's an unannounced product.

Of course, an Nvidia partner listing a product prematurely is no means a confirmation for the product – but this does offer some hope for those waiting for a new-generation Nvidia part for any upcoming notebook purchases.

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    AsianJetlag , May 4, 2010 8:54 PM
    LOL.

    Battery life with Fermi in a laptop: less than windows boot time.

    Why buy a desktop PC in a laptop form factor?
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    jerreece , May 4, 2010 8:57 PM
    How far back will they down clock this thing to keep it cool enough inside a laptop?
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    sot010174 , May 4, 2010 8:58 PM
    Imagine how big the power brick is going to be.
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  • 25 Hide
    AsianJetlag , May 4, 2010 8:54 PM
    LOL.

    Battery life with Fermi in a laptop: less than windows boot time.

    Why buy a desktop PC in a laptop form factor?
  • 22 Hide
    jerreece , May 4, 2010 8:57 PM
    How far back will they down clock this thing to keep it cool enough inside a laptop?
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    sot010174 , May 4, 2010 8:58 PM
    Imagine how big the power brick is going to be.
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    LATTEH , May 4, 2010 8:58 PM
    Well tbh when are you gonna need a laptop with that much power? last years models would be able to play any game but then they wouldn't have DX11
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    jacobdrj , May 4, 2010 9:07 PM
    otacon72I predict a whopping 15mins of battery life and burning sensation in my pants as the GPU burns a hole through them.

    This is true, but at least we know for certain it can play Crysis at 16x AA and 16x AF at 2x1080p...

    Or can it?
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    the_krasno , May 4, 2010 9:11 PM
    Battery life doesn't matter to desktop replacement computers, what really matters is how hot the cards get.

    High end laptops with the mobility 5870 run luckwarm, reaching temps slightly above human heat (notebookreview displays it pretty clearly in many product reviews).

    But Fermi runs at almost the boiling point of water. Assuming that the cards are half as hot, it would still be around 50 degrees at your fingertips. Not to mention the fact that it can harm the other parts of the machine because of the lack of real estate for airflow!

    Bad. Idea.
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    ehanger , May 4, 2010 9:12 PM
    This is what happens when you try and put fermi in a laptop:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WSPqLKgnQs
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    zoemayne , May 4, 2010 9:14 PM
    Even with optimus it seems an under-clocked version of this will consume too much battery power. It doesnt make sense to have a GPU w a higher TDP than a CPU.
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    bdcrlsn , May 4, 2010 9:22 PM
    Scary when a lot of today's laptops consume considerably less power than that.
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    brett1042002 , May 4, 2010 9:25 PM
    For the griller on the go...
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    jacobdrj , May 4, 2010 9:27 PM
    brett1042002For the griller on the go...

    George Foreman ain't got nothin' on Fermi...
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    jacobdrj , May 4, 2010 9:28 PM
    the_krasnoBattery life doesn't matter to desktop replacement computers, what really matters is how hot the cards get.High end laptops with the mobility 5870 run luckwarm, reaching temps slightly above human heat (notebookreview displays it pretty clearly in many product reviews).But Fermi runs at almost the boiling point of water. Assuming that the cards are half as hot, it would still be around 50 degrees at your fingertips. Not to mention the fact that it can harm the other parts of the machine because of the lack of real estate for airflow!Bad. Idea.

    The faster your laptop breaks, the sooner you will buy a new one...
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    jacobdrj , May 4, 2010 9:30 PM
    NegativeXAnd a fan loud enough to scare small children...

    No covert WoW playing in class with this laptop...
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    zoemayne , May 4, 2010 9:31 PM
    Quote:


    Why buy a desktop PC in a laptop form factor?



    I've been using a notebook computer as a desktop replacement for over three years... If you are not a gamer and needed the mobility like I did than it makes sense to get a good GPU and CPU. Even through my computer is old it can play anything(1080p or Any applications) except for games.

    BUT fremi + notebook computer is a fail they will have to under-clock it to get that TDP down around 50W and who knows how it will perform after that much under-clocking.

    The i7's for notebooks TDP is only 45W........
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    rastamandom , May 4, 2010 9:40 PM
    Amazing Taro28's water-cooled laptop

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCYWD_J_z7k&feature=player_embedded

    if nvidia fermi card finish in laptops this gonna become a standard
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    vaughn2k , May 4, 2010 9:41 PM
    otacon72I predict a whopping 15mins of battery life and burning sensation in my pants as the GPU burns a hole through them.

    Have you heard it comes with a Coleman and a battery back-pack?

    :D 
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    dragonsqrrl , May 4, 2010 9:47 PM
    otacon72I predict a whopping 15mins of battery life and burning sensation in my pants as the GPU burns a hole through them.

    AsianJetlagLOL.Battery life with Fermi in a laptop: less than windows boot time.Why buy a desktop PC in a laptop form factor?

    I think it's pretty obvious that this will not use the gf100 GPU... for all those cracking jokes. I've heard rumors that the GTX 480m will use the upcoming gf104, the same GPU that will be incorporated into GTS 450. Specs include 256 SP, a 256-bit mem interface, and up to 2 GB GDDR5.

    No word on die size, transistor count, or power consumption yet... but somehow I have serious doubts a GPU like that can be kept below 100W without under-clocking way below desktop versions.
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    Gin Fushicho , May 4, 2010 9:48 PM
    Soon we will hear of Laptops bursting into flame.
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    Emperus , May 4, 2010 10:02 PM
    One of these in alienware laptops (or whatever you want to call them) and the true alienware name will be justified.. This is seriouslly 'OF THE ALIEN! BY THE ALIEN!! FOR THE ALIEN!!!'
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    bk420 , May 4, 2010 10:27 PM
    Great so now fermi lovers can burn their legs off.
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