If you didn’t know any better, you might think Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 280M and 260M graphics processors were mobile versions of the similarly named desktop parts. As we explained early this morning, though, that’s just not the case: both mobile offerings are based on the same 55nm G92b GPU that powers the GeForce 9800 GTX+ and the new GeForce GTS 250 1GB. By contrast, the desktop GeForce GTX 280 and 260 use a significantly more powerful (but bigger and more power-hungry) GT200 GPU.
That leads us to our latest poll question: what do you think of Nvidia’s branding choice here? Is it fair to associate the new mobile GPUs with considerably faster desktop offerings? Admittedly, Nvidia doesn’t make any higher-end mobile GPUs, and the GT200 seems like a poor fit for mobile use. However, one could also say Nvidia is purposefully misleading customers into buying older technology with a new brand name. After all, the original, 65nm G92 launched almost a year and a half ago. Cast your vote either below or on our front page.
In our previous poll, we asked what role your netbook was filling. 3% of respondents said they use their netbook as a primary system, while 8% use it as a laptop replacement, 11% see their netbook as a second laptop, and 3% use it for another purpose entirely. The remaining 75% said they don’t own a netbook.