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Mobile GeForce GTX Graphics: Model Inflation Gone Awry

Stalker: Clear Sky And World In Conflict

We would think that the big selling point of a “graphics” notebook would be gaming at the panel’s native resolution, but Stalker is yet anther title that simply can’t be played smoothly on anything more than 1280x1024 using the mobile graphics solution.

Adding AA kills even the desktop GTX 280, with 1280x1024 being its only truly playable resolution.

Now, this is embarrassing: World in Conflict isn’t known to be a graphics-limited title, yet the GeForce GTX 280M gets a little choppy at 1920x1200 even with AA and AF disabled. Meanwhile, the desktop GTX 280 reaches the same resolution smoothly with 4x AA and 16x AF.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • tacoslave
    and here i thought they were going to name it the gts 250m, but 280m? thats just low
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  • amdfangirl
    Well... how long would a lappie last with power draws of the desktop GTX versions?
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  • IzzyCraft
    Probably not more then 30 mins :) But that's not the point.
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  • Crashman
    IzzyCraftProbably not more then 30 mins But that's not the point.
    Actually, if you look at the notebook it's in...you could probably cool at least a GTX 275 with same-sized sinks if you had a lower power CPU.
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  • Sharft6
    :o i never noticed this before although I've never had a laptop before. maybe this article could stoke up the the big boys in the gfx department to rethink their naming schemes :)
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  • apache_lives
    will these parts crash and burn like every other previous nvidia product released for laptop over the last 2 years?
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  • amdfangirl
    Well, the laptop maker could always try putting in a normal Geforce card...
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  • lemonade4
    Down with naming inflation!! (excellent article btw)
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  • Crashman
    9476634 said:
    Well, the laptop maker could always try putting in a normal Geforce card...

    It would be hard, but when nVidia makes a card using the same specs as the GTS 250...except lower clock speeds...it could at least call the thing a GTS 250M.

    Then again, both it an the GTS 250 are actually die-shrunk, underclocked 8800 GTS 512s...with twice the memory.
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  • falchard
    I think the die on the GTX 260+ is just too large to shrink down to be cool enough and power hungryless enough to put in a laptop.
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