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Friday, September 03, 2010

Nvidia’s seven new graphics cards will accelerate web browsing

Nvidia has come up with seven new GeForce 400M series graphics cards for laptops. These new series of graphics cards based on Fermi chip architecture will provide parallel-processing capabilities to accelerate web browsing and 3D image rendering.

These new graphics cards are named the GeForce GT 415M, 420M, 425M, 435M, 445M and the faster Geforce GTX 460M and 470M. Most of the famous laptop manufacturer companies like Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba will use them.

Compare with CPUs, these new graphics cards will be faster at processing those tasks. Browsing sites like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome either implement or will soon include the ability to off-load tasks like rendering HTML5 or Flash video content to graphics processor.

According to an Nvidia spokesman, the GeForce 400M series graphics cards will be around 40 percent faster than the earlier 300M series at completing of tasks.

Laptops that came with Intel’s latest Core processors already have a graphics processor integrated in one chip next to the CPU. McCarron said that GPUs have a faster and wider pipe to runs applications.

However, graphics processor can draw more power than CPUs or integrated graphics. Nvidia's graphics cards support Optimus. In Optimus, video rendering can be switched between the CPU and GPU. The GPU will be switched when it is needed and will save laptop’s battery life.

The graphics cards will support DirectX 11 and Nvidia's 3D Vision technology. It will be able to play Blu-ray 3D movie playback to laptops.

No doubt, it will face a strong competition from its rival Advanced Micro Devices as it has already released Radeon HD laptop graphics cards. It will be interesting to see if it can compete successfully.

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