Computex 2008 - Part 8

NVIDIA Launched GeForce 9 Mobile

NVIDIA Launched GeForce 9 Mobile

NVIDIA chose to launch their upcoming GeForce 9 Mobile graphics during Computex. Some highlights have been summarized in the slide above by NVIDIA. Primarily, the GeForce 9M takes on the latest PureVideo HD Engine for the best HD video decode capabilities, Hybrid SLI, an updated core for better memory management, power management as well as processing units much better tuned for taking advantage to GP-GPU computing via CUDA (they mentioned it's about 30% better on GeForce 9M versus the GeForce 8M).

Focusing on the Hybrid SLI support for notebooks, which is new for the GeForce 9M series, this taskbar icon with dual stripes indicates the activation of Hybrid SLI. If it were not activated, you'll see only a single stripe.

One of the easiest ways to control the status of Hybrid SLI is via the notebook's power profiles. High performance indicates activation of Hybrid SLI, while Power Saver turns off the discrete graphics for power optimization. Of course the actual method of control is left to the notebook vendors, but this is one suggested method from NVIDIA.

In a Hybrid SLI demo shown to us, NVIDIA used a notebook with this configuration that uses a new GeForce 9100 mGPU with a GeForce 9300M GS discrete graphics (which in combination gives performance similar or better than a GeForce 9400M.

The results on the left are with Hybrid SLI activated, while the results on the right are just results from the IGP chipset alone.

Even video transcoding too saw a boost with the new GeForce 9M series.

If you're wondering of what range of GeForce 9M graphics are being launched, this slide should keep you happy. Note that the value segment are those of the mGPU series and not from the mobile discrete graphics.

And coming up in two weeks, NVIDIA has the high-end GeForce 9M series too.