Nvidia fills out GeForce 400M lineup with seven mobile GPUs

At long last, Nvidia has a top-to-bottom lineup of DirectX 11 mobile graphics processors. The company has just introduced seven new GeForce 400M-series graphics processors, which will complement the company’s existing, GF100-based GeForce GTX 480M. This is interesting timing for Nvidia, since the firm still hasn’t introduced corresponding low-end GeForce 400-series GPUs on the desktop. But I digress…

Nvidia says the new 400M parts, which include the GeForce GTX 470M, GTX 460M, GT 445M, GT 435M, GT425M, GT420M, and GT415M, are up to 40% faster than the 300M-series mobile GeForces they will replace. All seven parts support Optimus switchable graphics technology, and all of the offerings from the GT425M up support GeForce 3D Vision.

In other words, get ready for more notebooks with 120Hz displays and stereoscopic goggles. Nvidia teased a couple in its presentation, suggesting a holiday launch time frame:

All in all, Nvidia says six of the top seven laptop makers—Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba—have GeForce 400M-series notebooks up their sleeves. HP is conspicuously absent from the list. We’re told availability should be immediate, but we’ll have to study online stocks and e-tail listings to make sure.

If you’re like me, you may now be itching for a big, boring table full of numbers. You’re in luck. Here are the key details Nvidia has revealed about its 400M GPUs so far:

GPU SPs Core clock (MHz) SP clock (MHz) Max. memory Mem. clock (MHz) Mem. type
GeForce GTX 470M 288 535 1100 1 GB 1250 GDDR5
GeForce GTX 460M 192 675 1350 1 GB 1250 GDDR5
GeForce GT 445M 144 590 1180 1 GB 800/1250 GDDR3/5
GeForce GT 435M 96 650 1300 1 GB up to 800 GDDR3
GeForce GT 425M 96 560 1120 1 GB up to 800 GDDR3
GeForce GT 420M 96 500 1000 512 MB up to 800 GDDR3
GeForce GT 415M 48 500 1000 512 MB up to 800 GDDR3

Surprisingly, Nvidia declined to disclose thermal envelopes, die sizes, or GPU code-names. The firm did stress that all GeForce 400M-series products are based on 40-nm GPUs and are based on its Fermi architecture. Studying the chip shots Nvidia sent us (which we’ve included in the image gallery below), we can see at least three different GPUs: a large, wide specimen with a heatspreader in the GTX 470M; a square design without a heatspreader in the GTX 460M and GT 445M; and a smaller, also-naked square chip in the GTX 435M. (The 425M, 420M, and 415M all look just like the 435M.)

That wide GPU in the GTX 470M look an awful lot like the GF104 chip that powers Nvidia’s desktop GeForce GTX 460. Meanwhile, the larger of the two square chips looks like it’d be right at home on those leaked circuit board shots of a rumored, desktop-bound GeForce GTS 450. That would make it the GF106. Clearly, cheaper Fermi derivatives on the desktop can’t be much further off.

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    • MadManOriginal
    • 12 years ago

    I just hope laptop makers don’t go nutso with the whole 3D ‘feature’ crap, especially ‘just because’ a laptop has a discrete graphics chip. r[

    • ZGradt
    • 12 years ago

    40% faster? I remember back when new graphics chips coming out was actually news… But I suppose performance isn’t the focus when you’re talking about mobile processors.

    • AssBall
    • 12 years ago

    17 lbs? Maybe with software, additional battery./power adapter and bag, and peripherals.

    • clone
    • 12 years ago

    I’ve used ATI in linux….. no crashes was fine for what it was… didn’t do much with it but “epic fail”…. my exp the “epic fail” was in going with Linux not the graphics card.

    what is it exactly that you are doing with Linux that was causing the problem…. no offense but the comment comes across as questionable without at least something to support it like “this app wouldn’t run”, “this app would constantly crash”.

    I used it for 6 months before walking away from Linux just because of the “why bother” factor….. gfx support wasn’t the problem Linux was.

    on a side note I switched between ATI and Nvidia just to compare but for what little I was doing their was no difference…… above and beyond that is their DX11 support for Linux and do you need it?

    • swaaye
    • 12 years ago

    On Windows, unless you’re a gamer or doing heavy-duty modern 3D modeling, 8 year old graphics cards get the job done fine.

    Maybe his company uses some OpenGL app, or he’s just buying hardware they don’t need. Intel GMAs are good enough for most office situations. Intel’s Linux drivers are pretty nice these days.

    Actually, AMD’s “radeon” x.org driver is pretty nice too. Top to bottom support in that is great. I’ve used it on Radeon 9600 and 7000, myself. Just for GUI duties though.

    • YeuEmMaiMai
    • 12 years ago

    Ati will have new stuff in short order so Nvidia will once again be behind the 8-ball November for Ati new tech is not that far away

    • tviceman
    • 12 years ago

    It looks like a great lineup top to bottom. AMD’s 5xxx mobile offerings were ultimately disappointing as they were barely faster than Nvidia’s two year old choices.The 400m lineup has all performance segments covered as there is no huge change moving up or down one GPU on the scale. Obviously these need to be priced appropriately though.

    • YeuEmMaiMai
    • 12 years ago

    total BS there bub, you could get desktop BD-Rom about a month after the format launched

    • BlackStar
    • 12 years ago

    DX11 hardware == OpenGL 4.1 hardware

    What’s the need of DX11 hardware on Linux? The same as on windows.

    • trinibwoy
    • 12 years ago

    You might want to lookup benchmarks of the 80 shader 5450 to the 32 shader 9500GT and 48 shader GT220 before making that assumption 😉

    • Farting Bob
    • 12 years ago

    3D in a 15″ laptop seems very pointless, but then these days it always seems the new tech advances come to laptops before dekstops even though they are less suited to them. The first Blu-ray drives were in 15 and 17″ laptops. They worked on slimming the drives down to laptop size before putting out a single desktop drive for it. And now apart from a few 3D capable monitors the desktop world is still not embracing 3D, even though the larger screen size and much bigger graphics power are both essential for a good 3D gaming experience.

    • flip-mode
    • 12 years ago

    Why the need for DX11 for Linux laptops?

    • Sahrin
    • 12 years ago

    Great, now just make sure they don’t come out $400 more expensive than a same (or better) performing AMD alternative. Optimus (and the 30 minutes extra battery life) is not worth $400.

    • Deanjo
    • 12 years ago

    Finally, now my company can upgrade our laptops. Tried a few ATI based systems but since we use linux it was a complete and utter fail. At least with the nvidia systems that we have they are trouble free in linux.

    • xtalentx
    • 12 years ago

    3D needs to roll over and die.. please

    • hapyman
    • 12 years ago

    Can’t wait for some performance numbers and power levels. I think Optimus is where it is at for laptops. Within the next year I will be looking to for one so hooray for competition.

    • cobalt
    • 12 years ago

    In the slideshow, the 460M doesn’t have the wide form factor that the 470M does, so going on the pictures alone your first guesses seem more likely. (I.e. that 460M is not a cut down 470M/GF104.) Also, since the 460M and 445M both support GDDR5, that might be evidence supporting them being the same chip — plus, they look identical in the pics.

    • Hattig
    • 12 years ago

    So we now have GF106 and GF108 out there.

    I wonder if nVidia have disabled shaders in these, either for “cheap upgrades” in a few months with more shaders without a core revision, or for yield reasons. If not, these would be the first Fermi derivatives with all shaders operational.

    GF106: 192 shaders? Or 240 (48 disabled)? Four 48 shader blocks seems more sensible than five.
    GF108: 96 shaders? Or 144 (48 disabled). Probably just 96.

    The 48 shader part is the lowest they can go. Almost seems pointless, I expect the suspected 80 shaders in Ontario will outperform it. It’s probably just a yield boosting part.

    Edit: Actually GF108 could be the 48 core part, GF106 could be 144 cores, and the 192 core part could be a really cut down GF104.

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 years ago

    they sure did. I have a fujitsu sitting here on my desk at 3.0ghz. that thing blows. it’s horrible. seriously, it gets bounced around the office because nobody wants to use it. p4’s sucked. that’s why i stuck with my p2 for so long. sure it looks like a snes game, but it was reasonably quiet, and that large cartridge was sturdy as F.

    • Anonymous Coward
    • 12 years ago

    I didn’t realize they got P4’s at that speed into laptops. Insane.

    • RtFusion
    • 12 years ago

    Well, maybe around 7-8 months late in the mobile DX11 market isn’t too bad. I mean, the got 333DDD!!

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 12 years ago

    Hm. About time. Unfortunately, I think nVidia may be a day late and a dollar short on this one. If the rumors about the AMD refresh hitting all lines and “raising the bar” are accurate. Of course, those rumors might just be AMD’s way of pissin’ on nV’s hushpuppies.

    nV’s done it to AMD (formerly ATI) plenty of times.

    • ClickClick5
    • 12 years ago

    The power of this chip reminds me of my old Dell XPS from 2003. It had a desktop P4 HT at 3.6Ghz and an ATI 9800 128MB. The battery would kill a bunny if you dropped the battery and the laptop itself weighed equivalent to two one gallon milk jugs. Battery life when unplugged? Roughly two hours. Any kind of gaming, one hour….

    You start something heavily graphic on these laptops…

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