With the launch of the GeForce GO 6800 nVidia has raised the bar on mobile graphics, and with a hint at possible mobile SLi solutions, that bar could go sky high.
With notebook graphics solutions becoming more and more powerful, it’s a good thing that Intel has managed to get the CPU power requirements down with the Pentium M chips. This is the reason that so many gaming notebooks are Centrino compliant, despite being large, desktop replacement machines. Basically, the power that’s saved by the Pentium M CPU can be utilised by the graphics chipset, allowing the performance envelope to be pushed.
Despite being a PCI Express based part, the GeForce GO 6800 will not make use of the MXM standard, at least not at first. Rob Csongor did however state that there will be MXM based notebooks shipping in a December/January time frame. He went on to confirm that there are over 30 notebook manufacturers currently developing MXM based chassis, to enable more easily configurable systems.
While on the subject of MXM, I asked Rob if we were going to see retail graphics boards based on MXM, allowing end-users to upgrade the graphics in their notebooks. Rob said that he believed there would be retail graphics boards based on MXM, but that we’re at least a year away from seeing them, maybe more.
The combination of GeForce GO 6800 and MXM posed an even more important question though – will we see notebooks with SLi based graphics solutions? Although not keen to commit, Rob confirmed that a notebook SLi solution is definitely possible with the GO 6800 and MXM. He also stated that certain manufacturers are looking at mobile SLi solutions, so it “may” happen in the future.
nVidia announced several launch partners including Alienware and Voodoo. Voodoo has been entrenched in the ATI notebook chipset camp for a while, making it quite an important partner for nVidia. However, the launch partner for the UK is MV, a pretty new notebook vendor, but one that produced an impressive first effort in the shape of the slim and light Mobeus.
The MV Ixius is a Pentium 4 based power house, that’s set to redefine mobile gaming. The Ixius should hit the streets in the next few weeks and TrustedReviews will have one in the labs any day now, so make sure you check back to find out how it fares.