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NVIDIA to beef up notebook graphics with Hybrid SLI and GeForce 9M Series GPUs

NVIDIA, responding to user demands for a better visual experience when using notebook PCs, announces the GeForce 9M Series of graphics processors, and a new graphics innovation, Hybrid SLI technology.
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Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributor on

NVIDIA, responding to user demands for a better visual experience when using notebook PCs, announces the GeForce 9M Series of graphics processors, and a new graphics innovation, Hybrid SLI technology.

"Beginning this summer, GeForce 9M GPUs and Hybrid SLI, paired with AMD and Intel CPUs, will enable a new breed of notebooks," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the GPU business at NVIDIA. "These new notebooks will be optimized to deliver a visual experience and raw computing performance that traditional cookie-cutter notebooks with integrated graphics simply can’t touch." 

Check out the NVIDIA GeForce 9M family gallery

The NVIDIA GeForce 9M family of GPUs will feature:

  • New graphics engine that delivers up to 40% faster performance than the previous generation of GeForce notebook GPUs and up to 10x faster than generic integrated graphics solutions
  • New PureVideo HD video processing for improved color and contrast
  • Full support for the latest Blu-ray Profile 2.0 features and Blu-ray Live
  • Extensive multi-display connectivity with support for all the latest display standards including DVI, HDMI 1.3, Display Port 1.1, and VGA
  • Support for the new MXM version 3.0 graphics module specification

The GeForce 9M Series will launch with eight products, four aimed at mainstream users and another four at those looking for maximum performance.

Mainstream

  • GeForce 9400M G
  • GeForce 9300M GS
  • GeForce 9200M GS
  • GeForce 9100M G

Performance

  • GeForce 9650M GT
  • GeForce 9600M GT
  • GeForce 9600M GS
  • GeForce 9500M G

Here are some features charts:

Hybrid SLI
What really makes the GeForce 9M notebook GPUs exciting is that they are the first to bring Hybrid SLI technology to notebooks. The new technology enables two NVIDIA GPUs, one low-power and one high-performance, to work together in the same system to deliver two features:
  • GeForce Boost
  • HybridPower
 
Hybrid SLI notebook

These features deliver more performance from both GPUs for visual computing when needed, or save power by switching to the low-power GPU when not. Hybrid SLI gives users the quality and performance benefits of a high-performance GPU without sacrificing battery life.

Should be interesting to see which vendors jump aboard this platform and what the costs will be.

Thoughts?

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