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Nvidia Announces 480M Fermi GPU for Notebooks

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 60 comments

Fermi power comes to notebooks.

Earlier this year, Nvidia unleashed its DirectX 11 offerings on the desktop world with the GeForce GTX 480 and 470. Now the company is spreading the Fermi technology to the mobile segment.

Today Nvidia officially announced the GeForce GTX 480M, which it touts as the world's fastest notebook GPU and "DirectX 11 done right" with hardware tessellation support.

"GeForce GTX 480M delivers nearly three times more Nvidia CUDA cores over previous generation Notebook GPUs, which means users get unbelievably fast video transcoding, upscaling from standard definition to high definition and real-time movie clean-up with the click of a button," Nvidia's Matt Wuebbling wrote in a blog post.

GPU Engine Specs:

CUDA Cores352
Gigaflops897
Processor Clock (MHz)850 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)18.7 
Memory Specs:

Memory Clock (MHz)1200 
Memory Interface Width256-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)76.8
Feature Support:

NVIDIA SLI®-ready* 2-Way
NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready
NVIDIA PureVideo® Technology** HD
NVIDIA PhysX™-ready
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology
Microsoft DirectX11
OpenGL3.2 
Bus SupportPCI-E 2.0 
Certified for Windows 7
Display Support:

Maximum Digital Resolution2560x1600 
Maximum VGA Resolution2048x1536 
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    Trueno07 , May 25, 2010 4:48 PM
    If a laptop has to always be plugged in to run, is it really a laptop?
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    rmmil978 , May 25, 2010 4:52 PM
    A pair of these in SLI in a notebook? Battery life = about 10 minutes.
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    Spanky Deluxe , May 25, 2010 5:09 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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  • 25 Hide
    Trueno07 , May 25, 2010 4:48 PM
    If a laptop has to always be plugged in to run, is it really a laptop?
  • 24 Hide
    rmmil978 , May 25, 2010 4:52 PM
    A pair of these in SLI in a notebook? Battery life = about 10 minutes.
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    amstech , May 25, 2010 4:56 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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    nforce4max , May 25, 2010 4:56 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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    yoda8232 , May 25, 2010 4:57 PM
    Ah, so we found the cause of global warming.
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    jojesa , May 25, 2010 5:00 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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    IzzyCraft , May 25, 2010 5:02 PM
    "Snide remark about how the 480M is a hot and power hungry chip" -smart ass
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    crazybaldhead , May 25, 2010 5:05 PM
    Cool. I always wanted to use my laptop as a frying pan.
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    mianmian , May 25, 2010 5:07 PM
    Nvidia even dare not to post the TDP.
  • 24 Hide
    Spanky Deluxe , May 25, 2010 5:09 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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    edwilson , May 25, 2010 5:10 PM
    will it come with a garden hose attachment for water cooling? how about portable geothermal heating options?
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    EvilMonk , May 25, 2010 5:11 PM
    Come on you need to let go the Crysis jokes, it was funny like 6 months ago
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    NapoleonDK , May 25, 2010 5:20 PM
    In other news, HP has completely given up on putting Nvidia chips in their laptops.
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    dman3k , May 25, 2010 5:25 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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    etrom , May 25, 2010 5:27 PM
    Great! Now we have a mobile oven for camping and stuff like that :D 
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    stm1185 , May 25, 2010 5:32 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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    invalid777 , May 25, 2010 5:36 PM
    I can already see/hear the flaming begin.
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    jimslaid2 , May 25, 2010 5:37 PM
    Fermi = Epic Fail
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    sublifer , May 25, 2010 5:42 PM
    Based on the 8800/9800GTX core I assume?
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    njkid3 , May 25, 2010 5:45 PM
    chestnuts roasting over an open fermi.
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