Gaming notebooks are always a topic of debate here in the TrustedReviews office, with arguments for and against them regularly being exchanged, but one thing we can all agree on is that to be truly viable they need to keep up with the desktop crowd. Luckily AMD, Intel, and nVidia are all trying their best to make this happen, although in the case of the latter it has been left to notebook manufacturer Asus to dish the dirt on its latest mobile graphics chip.
Spotted in an updated Asus G1Sn Gaming notebook which also packs a 45nm, Penryn processor, was found the nVidia 9500M, an as-yet unannounced chip. Details coming from CES are a bit thin on the ground when it comes to specs, but we've managed to do a little digging around and found out a few snippets of information. Essentially it seems that, just like its desktop counterparts, the mobile 9-series is in effect a slight update and name change from the current 8400 and 8600 parts and not a radical overhaul. Still, any boost in performance is good and the improved power efficiency of the new parts should go some way to improving battery life.
As well as appearing in the G1 seen at CES, the nVidia 9500M will also make its way into other Asus systems, including the forthcoming terabyte-storage-toting M50, and doubtless several other manufacturers will follow suit post haste after this leak. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: eyes peeled people.