According to a Taiwanese maker of mostly gaming and high-performance laptops called Clevo, graphics chip maker Nvidia will roll out a new generation of notebook-use video cards in early 2014.
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The Nvidia GeForce GT 750M is a mind-range dedicated video card for laptops. It’s commonly used in the higher performance multimedia systems. “Dedicated” means that it uses its own memory instead of laptop’s RAM, helping overall system performance, but the most important function is to enable some decent gaming frame rates.
The AMD Elite Quad-Core A10-5745M Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon HD 8610G graphics, 2.1-2.9GHz clock speed, and 4MB of cache, is a higher-end part in AMD’s CPU line for the thin and light laptops. It’s an alternative to the Intel Core-series ultrabook processors. The AMD Elite series generally provide a lower performance-per-Watt ratio than the latest Intel Core counterparts, but they are cheaper and can lower the price of the laptop. In addition, four cores on the AMD chips isn’t comparable to the same number of cores on the respective Intel CPUs, because the former supports two computing treads per core. AMD’s quad-core with a single treand per core rather corresponds to Intel’s dual-core.
That doesn’t mean the A10-5745M is incapable of completing your daily home and office tasks effortlessly and, as a big plus, it has faster integrated graphics than Intel on similar processors.
The Intel HD 4400 is a graphics processor integrated in select 4th Generation Intel Core CPUs, codenamed Haswell. The HD 4400 is the first tested GPU from the Haswell family, since its benchmarks and 3D gameplays have been published as parts of reviews of the first known 4th Gen-based laptops, or more precisely ultrabooks.
AMD officially announced today the “Trinity” processors for laptops and desktops. Among them, for the laptop market are important the AMD A6-4455M and A10-4655M for the Ultrabook-like thin machines, as well as the A6-4400M, A8-4500M, and A10-4800M for the standard notebooks.
The new processors, also called the 2nd Generation A-Series Accelerated Processing Units, are based on the last year’s 32-nanometer production process and include the improved “Bulldozer” cores now called “Piledriver” and the Radeon HD 7000 “Northern Islands” graphics. According to AMD, the Trinity provides up to 2x performance-per-watt improvement over the previous Llano chips. The first reviews show a clear lead of the Trinity over Intel’s Ivy Bridge in terms of graphics, but the AMD’s chips lag behind the competition when it comes to the raw CPU performance.
AMD has expanded its Radeon 7000M laptop video card series with three new SKUs which populate higher-end segment.
Besides the lower-end 40-nanometer Radeon HD 7000M GPUs which are rebrands of the old 6000M line with some minor changes, AMD now offers the Radeon HD 7700M, 7800M, and 7900M based on the new 28nm production process and Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. The new DirectX 11 GPUs are aimed at use in higher-peroformance and gaming laptops. The chips bring improvements in performance and power consumption and they compete against Nvidia’s “Kepler” GeForce 600M mobile chips for the same notebook segment.
Nvidia has added recently new dedicated laptop video card models to the GeForce 600M line.
Besides the previously released GT 635M, GT 630M, and 610M, which are just rebrands of their respective 500M series 40-nanometer GPUs, Nvidia now also offers the GeForce GTX 675M, GTX 670M, and GTX 660M for gaming laptops, as well as the GT 650M, GT 640M, GT 640M LE, and GT 620M for performance-class systems. The new video cards bring significant upgrade, because of transition from the 40nm to 28nm production process and new “Kepler” architecture. This enables better power efficiency and less heat, allowing higher graphics peformance and longer battery life in laptops with these chips. UPDATE: The GTX 675M and 670M are still 40nm chips. Thanks Jeremy Lee for pointing this out.
We have finished a couple of benchmarks on a Dell Inspiron 17R laptop with the Nvidia GeForce GT 525M dedicated video card and Intel’s Core i3-2330M processor.
The notebook has both the 128-bit GT 525M 1GB GPU for more intensive graphics tasks and the Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics on the CPU for better power efficiency, so it’s pretty handy for comparison of these two. 3D Mark Vantage, PC Mark Vantage, and Crysis benchmarks we did on the system can help you decide if the Nvidia GeForce GT 525M is worth extra money when choosing between a more expensive laptop configuration with the 525M and a cheaper one with integrated Intel HD only.
MSI has showcased at the 2012 CES Show the GUS II, an external graphics card enclosure prototype, which adds dedicated desktop-class GPU power to laptops with a Thunderbolt port.
Besides AMD, Nvidia has announced the new graphics processors for notebooks – the GeForce GT 635M, GT 630M and 610M.
These GPUs are just rebrands of the GeForce GT 550M, GT 540M, 520M, respectively, so there’s no peformace increase, nor new architecuture. The GT 635M, GT 630M and 610M are based on the 40-nanometer production process, just like the 500M series.
The AMD E-450 is a refresh of the E-350 Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit, both aimed at cheap full-size notebooks, netbooks, and small form factor desktop computers.
The first Fusion APUs are the E-Series “Zacate” units, designed for mainstream notebooks, all-in-one, and small form factor desktop PCs, and the C-Series “Ontario” for HD-capable netbooks and other emerging form factors. “Zacate” and “Ontario” belong to the “Brazos” mobile platform and are built upon “Bobcat” x86 CPU cores.
According to Nvidia, the mid-range GeForce GT 540M “delivers a significant increase in fill-rate and memory bandwidth”, while staying in the power envelope of the previous generation chips. The laptop video card is based on 40nm production process and has 96 processor cores and a 128-bit memory interface supporting GDDR5 and DDR3.
The new lineup includes the GeForce GTS 360M and GTS 350M in the “High Performance” category, the “Performance” GeForce GT 335M, GT 330M, and GT 325M, and the GeForce 310M and 305M “Mainstream” GPUs. Currently, there are no 300M Series models in NVIDIA’s “Enthusiast” and “Value” categories.