Nvidia Announces 480M Fermi GPU for 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:

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CUDA Cores352
Processor Clock (MHz)850 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)18.7

Memory Specs:

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

Feature Support:

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

Display Support:

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Maximum Digital Resolution2560x1600
Maximum VGA Resolution2048x1536
Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Trueno07
    If a laptop has to always be plugged in to run, is it really a laptop?
  • rmmil978
    A pair of these in SLI in a notebook? Battery life = about 10 minutes.
  • amstech
    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.

  • nforce4max
    Well looks like they are bring back the lugeibles (25lb back breakers) just to be able to have 2 or 3 hour battery life.

  • yoda8232
    Ah, so we found the cause of global warming.
  • jojesa
    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. :(

  • IzzyCraft
    "Snide remark about how the 480M is a hot and power hungry chip" -smart ass
  • crazybaldhead
    Cool. I always wanted to use my laptop as a frying pan.
  • mianmian
    Nvidia even dare not to post the TDP.
  • Spanky Deluxe
    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.