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Nvidia launches new notebook GPUs, promises big battery life gains

  • Nvidia's (NVDA) new 800M notebook GPU line mostly leverages the company's new Maxwell architecture on the low-end, and its older Kepler architecture on the high-end. The top-of-the-line GTX 880M (competes against AMD's R9 M290X) features 1536 cores, a 954MHz. GPU clock, and a 256-bit GDDR5 graphics RAM interface.
  • Drawing the most attention: Nvidia's Battery Boost tech (found in high-end and mid-range 800M parts), which the chipmaker claims can lead to 50%+ increases in notebook battery life during gaming sessions. Nvidia achieves this in part by keeping frame rates at a target level, and monitoring non-GPU system elements.
  • AnandTech: "I suspect many of us simply don’t bother trying to game while unplugged because it drains the battery so quickly, and potentially doubling your mobile gaming time will certainly help in that respect." Nvidia argues Maxwell parts with Battery Boost can also enable thinner/lighter notebooks with strong gaming credentials.
  • Jon Peddie Research estimates Nvidia's discrete notebook GPU shipments rose 3.2% Q/Q in Q4, while AMD's fell 6.7%. The company is estimated to have a total PC GPU share of 16.6% (-20 bps) vs. 18.3% for AMD and (-140 bps) and 65.1% for Intel (+210 bps). AMD and Intel's figures take integrated CPUs/GPUs into account.
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  • ATX
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    "AnandTech: "I suspect many of us simply don’t bother trying to game while unplugged because it drains the battery so quickly"
    It's true, people who use gaming laptop with dedicated graphics card don't care about battery life, they wouldn't game on battery to begin with. People who care about battery life on laptop wouldn't buy laptop that come with dedicated graphics card, they would be fine with the IGP from Intel processor or the AMD APU, people who play game on battery would rather go with AMD APU because it has low power GPU that's good enough to play games, having a dedicated graphics card is like having 2 processors in one laptop, this is why AMD's APU are so popular for mobile gamers.
    12 Mar, 09:52 PM Reply Like
  • texasredraider
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    NVDA has been kicking AMD's butt for years and their new products based on far superior architecture will only widen that gap.
    16 Mar, 07:24 PM Reply Like
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