Nvidia unleashes GeForce 8800M graphics

Nvidia's latest graphics cards feature DirectX 10 and HD video support.

Nvidia GeForce 8800M GPUs

Monday Nvidia was trumpeting its two newest mobile GPUs, the GeForce 8800M GTX and GeForce 8800M GTS, as a "gamer's wishes come true." The two graphics cards are now the company's highest-end options for mobile gaming, and Nvidia claims they are the world's fastest notebook GPUs.

Key features on the GeForce 8800M series include both DirectX 10 and DirectX 9 compatibility, so you can make the most of the newest games as well as your old favorites. The graphics processors also include the company's PureVideo HD engine for playback of high-definition video and PowerMizer technology, which the company claims balances battery life and performance.

Specifications for the GeForce 8800M GTX:

  • Stream Processors: 96
  • Core Clock (MHz): 500
  • Shader Clock (MHz): 1250
  • Memory Clock (MHz): 800
  • Maximum Memory: 512MB
  • Memory Interface: 256-bit

The GeForce 880M GTS includes nearly identical specs, but has only 64 stream processors.

So far the 8800M Series GPUs have shown up in the just-announced Alienware Area-51 m15x and Area-51 m17x , and Nvidia promises more systems to come soon from Eurocom, Gateway, and Sager.

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