Nvidia unleashes GeForce 500M series GPUs

New GPU Series Offers Category-Leading Performance and Features NVIDIA Optimus Technology

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LAS VEGAS, NV — (Marketwire) — 01/05/2011 — CES 2011 — NVIDIA today announced the GeForce® 500M series of notebook graphics processing units (GPUs), designed to power laptops featuring next-generation Intel Core CPUs (Sandy Bridge).

GeForce 500M GPUs are expected to power some of the industry’s best notebooks in 2011. The GPUs feature category-leading performance in media-rich HD, 3D, Web, and Gaming applications, as well as enhanced battery life, courtesy of NVIDIA Optimus™ technology. NVIDIA Optimus technology enables extra long battery life by switching on and off the GPU so that it runs only when needed.

The new GPUs being introduced today include:

  • For performance users: GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 550M, and GeForce GT 555M with over four times the performance of integrated graphics and twice the DirectX 11 performance of the competition.
  • For mainstream users: GeForce GT 520M and GeForce GT 525M offering over twice the performance of integrated graphics.

Only NVIDIA GPUs support NVIDIA Optimus technology, which enables extra-long battery life by automatically switching on and off the GPU so that it runs only when needed. Introduced less than a year ago, NVIDIA Optimus is now designed into over 80% of 500M Series notebooks across leading OEMs.

Rene Haas, general manager of notebook business at NVIDIA, said:

GeForce GT 500M GPUs combined with Optimus technology enable the most versatile laptops ever created. Pairing a great GPU with a strong CPU delivers Optimized notebook performance for consumers.

Only NVIDIA GeForce 500M GPUs offer:

  • NVIDIA 3D Vision™ technology support for eye-popping immersive 3D environments
  • DirectX 11 support for the most visually stunning gaming experiences
  • PhysX™ physics engine support for experiencing games with realistic physics effects
  • CUDA™ architecture support for general purpose GPU computing applications
  • NVIDIA Verde™ notebook drivers for system stability and optimal performance
  • Support for NVIDIA 3DTV Play™ software for delivering 3D content from your PC to a 3D TV
NVIDIA GeForce 500M Series GPU technical specs
GT 555M
GT 550M
GT 540M
GT 525M
GT 520M
Codename GF106 GF108 GF108 GF108 GF108
GPU Engine Specs:
CUDA cores 144 96 96 96 48
Graphics clock (MHz) 590 740 672 600 740
Procesor clock (MHz) 1180 1480 1344 1200 1480
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 10.6 10.8 10.8 9.6 5.9
Memory specs:
Memory Clock (MHz) 900 900 900 900 800
Memory Interface Width 192 Bit 128 Bit 128 Bit 128 Bit 64 Bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 43.2 28.8 28.8 28.8 12.8
Feature Support:
NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready yes yes yes no no
NVIDIA Optimus Technology yes yes yes yes yes
Hardware Video Decode Acceleration yes yes yes yes yes
NVIDIA Verde Drivers yes yes yes yes yes
NVIDIA PhysX™-ready yes yes yes yes yes
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology yes yes yes yes yes
Microsoft DirectX 11 11 11 11 11


Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Medion, MSI, Samsung, Toshiba and others announced GeForce 500M-based systems at CES this year, and represent a fraction of the over 200 design wins from leading notebook manufacturers for GeForce 500M GPUs. For more information on GeForce 500M Series GPUs, please NVIDIA home-page.

Source: NVIDIA

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