NVIDIA Optimus Mobile Graphics Technology Preview

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NVIDIA Optimus Mobile Technology PreviewIdeally, switchable graphics would be seamless. Launch an application that doesn't require significant graphics resources, and chipset graphics gets used. Fire up a game and the discrete GPU kicks in. Up to this point, a scenario like this simply wasn't available without a hard switch over and possible reboot but NVIDIA aims to change that with the release of their Optimus technology.

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One of these notebooks is not like the other....sounds like a fun game for the next CES!

What I like about this tech is that not only do you have the benefits of a more seamless transition from a IGP to discrete graphics, but the energy efficiency goes up.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Feb 9 2010 1:24 PM

Good point gibbersome on the efficiency as the faster and more seamless this switch is the more energy saved. Why is it that things like this which seem so easy to grasp from any point of view, take as long as they do to get implemented? Is it the cost or trying to move as fast as the companies can or what. It would seem to me the priority should be to release the most efficient implementation first. Rather than any version of this functionality as long as your first for long term market scope.

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this is very cool technology, I can not tell you how much I would like this i would love to have this on my laptop... sure the gpu on it is nice for 3d applications but i dont run them all the time and the gpu kills the battery life....

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Not sure if anyone looked the price up, but this laptop cost only $800.  Which is pretty amazing.  Another thing i read was that the 1.3ghz processor's core speed gets increased to 1.7ghz in turbo mode, so the tech is not only in the graphics.  Very nice looking laptop and great idea for efficiency, as Gib mentioned.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Feb 17 2010 12:23 AM

Yeah I agree Mental the mobile market is exploding all around us though so it only looks to get better. Imagine one of these puppies with one of those TI all comm chips in it, and an SSD. That would be awesome, connect from anywhere, do anything on it for hours, no plug needed. Hell grab an extra battery and have a UL chip on it you could probably do anything you wanted on a cross country flight and a couple hour's with nothing else needed and no worry.

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Inspector replied on Wed, Feb 17 2010 1:42 AM

That will be the life :D lol, pc gaming on the go :)

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gibbersome replied on Wed, Feb 17 2010 11:56 AM

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Not sure if anyone looked the price up, but this laptop cost only $800.  Which is pretty amazing.  Another thing i read was that the 1.3ghz processor's core speed gets increased to 1.7ghz in turbo mode, so the tech is not only in the graphics.  Very nice looking laptop and great idea for efficiency, as Gib mentioned.

Yeah, the turbo mode on a laptop is very impressive. Even with the Intel IGP, the turbo mode will allow it to go from a really crappy GPU to a slightly less crappy GPU.

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