Nvidia Unveils GeForce GT 540M Laptop GPU

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News Posted: Mon, Dec 6 2010 10:58 AM
Out with the old and in with the old, but with new clockspeeds and a new name. That pretty sums up Nvidia's newly unveiled GeForce GT 540M notebook GPU, which kicks off Nvidia's GeForce 500M family of mobile graphics.

The new part comes built on a 40nm manufacturing process and boasts 96 CUDA cores, up to 1.5GB of memory, a 128-bit memory bus, and of course DirectX 11 support. Sound familiar? It should, because those are the same specs as the GeForce GT 435M GPU. So what makes the GT 540M different?

"With GeForce GT 540M, we are taking an already proven architecture and using the maturity of the manufacturing process to create GPUs with higher clock settings while staying in the same power envelope," Nvidia explains. "As a result, the GeForce GT 540M delivers a significant increase in fill-rate and memory bandwidth, which ultimately translates to better overall performance."

Whereas the GeForce GT 435M's GPU comes clocked at 650MHz, the GT 540M races along at 672MHz. Nvidia also goosed the memory clockspeed from 800MHz (GT 435M) to up to 900MHz (GT 540M).

More than just a paper launch, Nvidia says its new GPU is "available immediately in China from Acer," with a worldwide release to follow next month.
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Oh yea, another rename to the next gen part from Nvidia. A less than 3.4% increase in clock speed will make noticing any difference virtually impossible except in memory limited applications.

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just a slightly overclocked 435m.

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Xylem replied on Tue, Dec 7 2010 10:11 PM

NVIDIA grow up!! I think ppl are not foolish enough to get a Old horse in new clothes after paying a premium. Though Im happy that the 435M powered machines should come down in cost thanks to this..

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