A gaming laptop graphics chip that actually can play games? Surely not!
We may have hoped that notebook graphics could catch up with their desktop counterparts when nVidia launched the 8600M back in May, but let’s face it, equalling an already mediocre offering isn’t a noteworthy achievement and certainly doesn’t produce desirable products. Thankfully with today’s announcement of the 8800M, the notebook counterpart to the recently launched 8800 GT, things look rather better.
The range comprises of two cards, the 8800M GTX and 8800M GTS. The former boats 96 stream processors, down from 112 on the desktop GT, while the latter packs 64 stream processors. Clock speeds aside for a second that gives the GTS and GTX double and triple the on-paper performance of the 8600, which had a paltry 32 stream processors. Speaking of clock speeds, both cards have core clocks of 500MHz, shaders clocked at 1,250MHz and both sport 512MB of RAM running at 800MHz on a 256-bit interface. Again this is an improvement on the 128-bit interface seen on the 8600M.
As hinted, just on paper, the 8800M quite simply blows its predecessor out of the water and, having taken a gander at a notebook in the office right now fitted with one, the decent specs are translating to decent real-world performance. You’ll have to wait for the full review soon for more info than that though. It may have taken a year, but it looks like nVidia has finally returned notebook graphics to the not-unfavourable position the 7950 Go had them in last October.