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Nvidia Unveils World's Fastest Laptop Graphics Chip

Gordon Kelly


Nvidia Unveils World's Fastest Laptop Graphics Chip

Have you been blown away by Nvidia's flagship GeForce GTX 480 graphics card? Now you can pack similar power into your laptop...

Today Nvidia has formally announced the 'GTX 480M GPU' for laptops and it achieves a number of significant milestones for the company. Firstly it brings true DirectX 11 support with tessellation, secondly it sees Fermi architecture's debut on laptops and thirdly it is quite simply the fastest mobile GPU to date.

Raw stats? How about 352 CUDA cores, a 425MHz GPU clock, an 850MHz processor clock, a texture fill rate of 18.7bn triangles per second and 256bit memory running at 1200MHz generating 76.8GB/sec of bandwidth! Yes it's monstrous and there's full PhysX and OpenCL support in there too while 1080p video playback can be done in its sleep and you'll even be ripping Blu-rays (royalty free ones, of course) in no time.

Nvidia has shipped the GTX 480M GPU to partners already and gaming specialist Clevo will be the first company to market with laptops based on the new graphics chip. Numerous other manufacturers will soon follow.

Given the inability to substantially upgrade a gaming laptop I've never been their greatest fan, but if money is no object and you want the best of the best you won't be able to beat a GTX 480M equipped laptop... at least for the next few months.

Link: Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M Product Page


May 25, 2010, 8:17 pm

What partners, toaster manufacturers?

Tim Sutton

May 25, 2010, 8:21 pm


I will always much prefer a desktop setup for proper gaming, but it's getting to a stage where I'd consider a laptop capable of more than Football Manager.

Only on a train or a plane with a power socket though. If the desktop Fermis are anything to go by, this will require a special high refresh rate screen just to keep up with how fast the battery indicator empties.

And then the whole thing will melt and burn a hole through the planet.


May 25, 2010, 8:48 pm

@LetsGo - a full list wasn't given, but a little imagination should tell you the main players.


May 25, 2010, 10:03 pm

Put this thing in a 13" - 14" machine without any fancy LEDs or crystallized skulls on the front, and I might be interested.


May 26, 2010, 12:39 am

@Jesper - I'd love to see this in a 13-14" machine; mainly so that I could bet on whether it could run out of battery power before it melted :D


May 26, 2010, 1:11 am

I think the PC graphics card business is in for a change, and soon. Surely not a lot of people pay £200+ on a gaming card nowadays, when they can just grab an xbox and do away with the upgrade cycle and fuss.

Whilst I'd love to have a gaming pc (for the first-person shooters I'd rather play with a mouse), gaming card sales must be down year over year, right?

Tim Sutton

May 26, 2010, 2:34 am


Ha. A £50 card has more graphical grunt than either console.

The top end cards are expensive, but for enthusiasts that's just not an issue. I game on a high end rig with a £300 Radeon 5870 card, and on a second computer with a £97 Radeon 4870. Both systems run everything I could ever throw at them at far higher resolutions than HD.

I've had the second system for 2 years, and it'll still be happy playing games long after the current gen of consoles are finished.

Graphics card sales average around 75 million units every year, or almost double the amount of Xbox 360s sold ever. PC gaming is going absolutely nowhere.


May 26, 2010, 11:58 am

Banghead. Laptops are about low power NVidia, I don't want my nuts roasted.

Denis iii

May 27, 2010, 12:19 pm

pah, i'd take a 5870 mobile GPU over GTX 480 anyday

:) which I will do cause this should bring about a price cut, fingers crossed for Asus G73JH imported to UK from the states:)

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