First Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M benchmarks suggest it's fastest gaming laptop graphics card

Summary:For the past few months, ATI has held the crown for the latest and greatest graphics card for gaming laptops with its Mobility Radeon HD 5870. In the meantime, Nvidia has been preparing its new Fermi platform and a new top-of-the-line mobile GPU in the GeForce GTX 480M.

For the past few months, ATI has held the crown for the latest and greatest graphics card for gaming laptops with its Mobility Radeon HD 5870. In the meantime, Nvidia has been preparing its new Fermi platform and a new top-of-the-line mobile GPU in the GeForce GTX 480M. Does it have what it takes to be the new king of notebook gaming?

According to HotHardware, it sure looks this way. The enthusiast site got its mitts on a Clevo Style Note D900, which sports the 480M, and tested it against an Asus G73JH-A1 with a 5870. While factoring in that the G73JH has a slightly less powerful Core i7 processor than the Clevo, the 480M easily lapped its ATI competition in the Futuremark 3DMark Vantage benchmark, as the site's chart below shows:

No doubt the price (beyond more money, of course) for this performance is a big system that runs scorching hot and probably measures battery life in minutes and not hours. But it sure looks like we have a new king in mobile gaming, which could be confirmed when HotHardware posts its full review in a few days.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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