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Nvidia unleashes GeForce 500M series GPUs

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

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
GeForce
GT 555M
GeForce
GT 550M
GeForce
GT 540M
GeForce
GT 525M
GeForce
GT 520M
CodenameGF106GF108GF108GF108GF108
GPU Engine Specs:
CUDA cores14496969648
Graphics clock (MHz)590740672600740
Procesor clock (MHz)11801480134412001480
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)10.610.810.89.65.9
Memory specs:
Memory Clock (MHz)900900900900800
SDRAM typeGDDR5/DDR3GDDR5/DDR3GDDR5/DDR3GDDR5/DDR3GDDR5/DDR3
Memory Interface Width192 Bit128 Bit128 Bit128 Bit64 Bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)43.228.828.828.812.8
Feature Support:
NVIDIA 3D Vision Readyyesyesyesnono
NVIDIA Optimus Technologyyesyesyesyesyes
Hardware Video Decode Accelerationyesyesyesyesyes
NVIDIA Verde Driversyesyesyesyesyes
NVIDIA PhysX™-readyyesyesyesyesyes
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technologyyesyesyesyesyes
Microsoft DirectX1111111111

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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