NVIDIA Announces New GeForce 200M Series GPUs
NVIDIA has just announced a bevy of new mobile GPUs in the GeForce 200M series. Unlike some previous mobile products, however, the GPUs in this release are based on all new silicon, and not a re-branded version of the G92 that has served NVIDIA so well over the years.
The new products in the GeForce 200M Series include the GeForce GTS 260M, GeForce GTS 250M, GeForce GT 240M, GeForce GT 230M, and GeForce G210M. Although we have not tested any of them yet to confirm, NVIDIA states the chips are engineered to deliver twice the graphics performance with half the power budget in their respective market segments. As you'd probably expect the new GeForce 200M Series GPUs being announced today are Windows 7-ready and feature enhancements to improve GPU compute performance over existing products to better, in preparation for OpenCL and DX Compute, which is part of DX 100.
Although they are not pared down versions of the same GPU used on NVIDIA's GeForce GTS/GTX 200 series desktop chips, these new mobile GPUs do borrow heavily from NVIDIA's current high-end desktop architecture. There are, however, adjustments in the micro-architecture to improve battery life and overall graphics performance compared to the previous generation according to NVIDIA, and also enhancements that come as a result of the process shrink to 40nm. We should also note that these new mobile GPUs are DirectX 10.1 compliant--a first for NVIDIA. Additional specifications and information regarding the new the GeForce GTS 260M, GeForce GTS 250M, GeForce GT 240M, GeForce GT 230M, and GeForce G210M are available in the slides below.
NVIDIA claims that many notebook OEMs are in the process of using the GeForce 200M Series to revamp their mobile offerings and that over 100 new notebook design wins are currently in the works. Acer and Asus have already shown their new designs at Computex, but NVIDIA says that the company will be announcing the rest between now and the end of the year.