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Nvidia Intros New GPUs for Over 100 Secret OEMs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 32 comments

New chips give twice the performance but idle at only half the power -- a good mix for a mobile chip.

Nvidia this week announced five new additions to its mobile GPU family that boast up to twice the speed with only half the idle power draw as the previous generation of chips.

The new chips are all a part of the 200M series (G210M, GT 230M, GT 240M, GTS 250M, GTS 260M) and are based on the still-current G200 architecture and built on the 40-nm process.

According to Nvidia, the GTS 260M and 250M GPUs are for enthusiast notebooks; GT 240M and 230M GPUs are for performance notebooks; and GeForce G210M is for mainstream notebooks.

The new additions to the 200M series also mark two firsts for Nvidia: full DirectX 10.1 compliance and use of DDR5 memory.

The GTX 280M and GTX 260M, even though based on 55-nm G92 designs, will continue to occupy Nvidia’s top-end offerings.

Nvidia claims that the GTS 260M with its 1 GB of DDR5 memory running at 3,600 MHz on a 128-bit interface is nearly as fast as the GTX260M, which makes it a compelling alternative given the power savings and the added battery life that comes along with it.

Nvidia said that it has over 100 notebook design wins “in the bag” but can’t disclose any of them due to NDA commitments. We'll just have to wait and see who will be first out the gate with one of the new chips.

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    magicandy , June 17, 2009 12:38 AM
    IronRyan21It would be nice to see some of these in a macbook pro!


    Get out.
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    jerreece , June 16, 2009 10:50 PM
    Of course, folks will subliminally think the GTS260M is just as fast as the GTX 260 (Core 216) because of nVidia's confusing naming schemes. Let alone, the presence of a GTX260M. Geeez.
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    jerreece , June 16, 2009 10:50 PM
    Of course, folks will subliminally think the GTS260M is just as fast as the GTX 260 (Core 216) because of nVidia's confusing naming schemes. Let alone, the presence of a GTX260M. Geeez.
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    ricardok , June 16, 2009 10:57 PM
    Did nVidia fixed the heat problem? Or they are still giving out faulty chipsets? If the answer is no, than I'll stick to ATI on my notebooks and nVidia on desktop.. :) 
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    apache_lives , June 16, 2009 11:16 PM
    RicardoKDid nVidia fixed the heat problem? Or they are still giving out faulty chipsets? If the answer is no, than I'll stick to ATI on my notebooks and nVidia on desktop..


    Issues still exist on for laptops AND DESKTOPS with nvidia - i still end up sending batches of 9800GTX+'s away and still see 8600's and 8400's being replaced by the boxload - ill pass thanks nvidia, ATi for my next choice.
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    aspireonelover , June 16, 2009 11:45 PM
    I'm pretty sure that they won't have that same GPU problem... again

    I'm pretty sure that they won't make the same mistakes again. After Jen-Hsun's bad choice of using the lead balls, then hiding the flaw away from consumers, I'm pretty sure that he has learned a lesson.
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    magicandy , June 17, 2009 12:38 AM
    IronRyan21It would be nice to see some of these in a macbook pro!


    Get out.
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2009 12:39 AM
    GT240m seems interesting with it's 1GB GDDR5 memory!

    Would love to see how the G210m performs against ATI and Intel variants!
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    alextheblue , June 17, 2009 1:15 AM
    Hmm, small GPUs and using a 128-bit bus with GDDR5? Where have I heard that before...
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    gogogojason , June 17, 2009 2:00 AM
    Where have you heard that alextheblue??
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    anonymous x , June 17, 2009 2:44 AM
    jerreeceOf course, folks will subliminally think the GTS260M is just as fast as the GTX 260 (Core 216) because of nVidia's confusing naming schemes. Let alone, the presence of a GTX260M. Geeez.

    and? do people complain when think a mobility 4870 doesn't even perform close to a desktop 4870?
    any educated enthusiast will check benchmarks before buying.
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    anonymous x , June 17, 2009 2:45 AM
    stupid comment system with no edit, forget that the word think is in there
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    JAYDEEJOHN , June 17, 2009 3:01 AM
    Heres the problem. A 260m isnt a true 200 family, none of these chips are, theyre 92 based, or have been in the past. They moved their old old 92 base , and renamed it yet again, the 2xx family, on mobile.
    And ummm, who needs DX10.1 eh? heheh
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    jrharbort , June 17, 2009 3:23 AM
    AlexTheBlueHmm, small GPUs and using a 128-bit bus with GDDR5? Where have I heard that before...

    Yep... RV740 anyone?
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    JAYDEEJOHN , June 17, 2009 3:32 AM
    Previously, the 1900s went to the 1950s, the 7900s went to the 7950s etc, with just new rev, in a years time, so its still the same.
    Theres been somewhat of a lull after the G80 release, but since the G200 and R700 families, its returned to the same
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    waffle911 , June 17, 2009 4:07 AM
    demonhorde665is it just me or does it seem like video card gpu's have fallen behind in reccent years ??? i remeber when you'dsee a REALLY new chip every 6 months seems the last two gens each sat aroudn for a year before any thing that was really new reared it's head (look how long nvidia beat the Gf 8 series horse).

    You're forgetting the time after that on the desktop market when they rebadged most of the 8000 series as 9000 series and then rebadged some of the 9000 series as 200 series chips. New name, same game.
    With news like this, there's going to be no end to the rumors on Apple enthusiast sites about when Apple will go behind everyone's backs again and bump up the specs without warning. My guess? November, after the back-to-school season, with Snow Leopard, and i7 based notebooks with the GTS 260M and GT 240M. Oh, and by this time they'll have figured out how to not only switch the chip without logging out, but they'll get hybrid SLi functioning as well. Just you watch. You read it here first, Apple-heads!

    Oh, anything with a few unsubstantiated claims and accusations just to start a little controversy. Flame on!
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    JustinHD81 , June 17, 2009 4:31 AM
    Is the memory speed for the GDDR5 right? as they usually quote 800Mhz then X4 for 3200MTs, if that number is right, then we're looking at 7200MTs effective GDDR5
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    sm0kex , June 17, 2009 4:36 AM
    Wow these naming schemes are totally confusing. LOL I smell a lawsuit somewhat similar one with the vista naming scheme. I dont understand why nvidia couldnt have just done this.
    GTX320-GTX325
    GTX340-GTX345
    GTX360-GTX365
    GTX380-GTX385
    With the GTX3x5 series just being revisions of the generation before with die shrinks and other optimizations, and for the mobile ships just add an m at the end ie: GTX380M-GTX385M
    What i think really is going on here is the engineers have hit a wall and haven't been able to improve the previous generations. Thats why we are just getting these small tweaks
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    TheMan1214 , June 17, 2009 5:55 AM
    IronRyan21It would be nice to see some of these in a macbook pro!


    Shoo
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    buzznut , June 17, 2009 6:36 AM
    I agree about the naming schemes, its seems shady to call a mobile gpu the same as a desktop product because most people will not understand that the mobile version will typically be much slower. Its very deceiving.

    I think it would be cool to have a little honesty:
    "This mobile GPU will perform very much like a desktop HD3870. So we are designating this as an HD3870 Mobile"

    May not mean much to the average PC buyer, but at least they could decide to research it if they like.

    Rebadging old tech is really starting to piss me off too. So much so that I'm not planning on buying ANY manufacturers card for a while. Also the tiny incremental improvements make it a waste of time to upgrade from a previous generation.
    I went from an 8800GT to an HD4850 and have noticed very little difference. Sure, some benchmarks are better, but actual computing and gameplay are about the same.

    On the other hand, I noticed a HUGE difference going from a Phenom X4 9850 to a PII X4 940. Vast improvement.

    But then, CPU naming schemes are freakin stupid too. :D 
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