We were looking at a few laptops on the forums that were updating with this graphics cards. The benchmarks were what you would expect for a mobile gaming solution.
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Those specs look cool but I am still firmly in the desktop realm.
Though I am surprised NVIDIA has finally decided to embrace putting 2GBs on their graphics cards but alas, it's only for their mobile GPUs.
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I would like to see how these cards hold up. I currently run a 8600m GT and it runs MW2 at around 38 fps, as well as, photoshop cs5 with heavy loads. However, I want a side by side comparison to see the difference between lets say my dell 1520 and a new system running i7 and a 580m. If for nothing more than to see how large the gap really is. I think it would be interesting to get the real information on the actual differences present in the laptop world. I just don't see laptops as big of a priority upgrade, mainly due to the fact that I haven't seen a good comparison.
-I would like to see how these cards hold up-
"Here's a video of a laptop running Crysis 2 DirectX 11at 1080p and all Ultra Settings enabled with dual GTX 580M, these cards are wicked."
Crysis 2 does need much to run at full settings. Mobile GPUs are a joke pure and simple. They should just get it on with external GPUs with desktop grade boards/cores in them.
You get multiple benefits:
-heat will be in the external GPU case and so the laptop will have prolonged life
-you can easily have an energy efficient mobile GPU for when you are not gaming and are on the run
-if the gaming GPU dies you don't have to replace the whole laptop
-when you buy a new laptop you can just take that awesome GPU with you
-if you want to upgrade the GPU you can do so
-prices would probably be the same if not lower considering how much these types of mobile GPUs cost.
Sony started now with external GPUs _but_ they're putting a crappy mid-range mobile GPU in it. Quite stupid if you ask me. As it would have its own power source who cares about having an "M" version. Just get a desktop version with proper performance that would beat the cards mentioned here by miles.
Heat would be my main concern; something high end mobile gpus have had problems with lately.
"You have very good points ,except for the fact that the external mobile GPUs were not available up until this morning. I dont agree with you Saying mobile GPUs are a joke, their are plenty of them with lots of horse power, and you do have to remember that they have to meet certain power restrictions, after all, they are ment for the mobile enviroment."
"Off course what has started today with Sony , AMD and Intel/Apples Light Peak is a wonderful thing depending if and when a Desktop class GPU will be available for the mobile sector. I like the idea of having a thin and light quad core or six core notebook in 2012 and being able to connect to a light peak enabled or compatible GTX 680 that will also work with my desktop. "
I guess Nvidia had to come with some sort of refresh and this 5 series on the 40nm process was all they were able to work with as the article stated.
I am just glad it's not a rebranded 4 series. I know in the past GPU makers have been accused of this and it's good to see a gain in performance, even if its ever so slight.
Gonna hit a few points here:
Mobile GPUs are not a joke. Are they as powerful as their desktop counterparts? Of course not. Yes, the difference can be quite significant--the mobile GTX 480, in some cases, offered less than half the performance of the desktop flavor.
Sure, if you're comparing to a desktop, the mobile parts are weak. Most laptops, on the other hand, don't run at nearly so high a resolution as a desktop, the parts need to fit into mobile form factors, and plenty of would-be gamers may not be able to afford a desktop and a laptop.
As for the external GPU solution, as far as I'm aware, consumers have never shown much interest. The number of people who want external GPUs has apparently been too small to convince anyone to build them. (With a few exceptions).
The Nvidia 560M is already quite a beast. I would like to look at the idle power usage figures on these.
@Joel H, you're absolutely right. Mobile GPUs have gotten considerable more powerful since with the development of Nvidia Optimus and similar technology has allowed the user to benefit from peak performance without sacrificing battery power.
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