Nvidia primes market for Optimus

GPU-switching systems detect when you're using 3D video or gaming applications and automatically switch on the dedicated GPU

Are you hankering for a taste of Nvidia's latest Optimus GPUs? If you can't afford a ticket to Taipei for the Computex expo, here's a preview of some of the new machines featuring this graphics-switching technology.

An Nvidia blog post highlights laptops from Acer, Lenovo, Asus, Packard Bell, Gateway, and MSI featuring Optimus that are on display at this year's Computex show. Asus leads the pack with ten models (including two netbooks) that use Nvidia's latest graphics-switching technology.

Most of the models have GPUs from the GeForce 300M family, as well as 1 GB of VRAM and 15-inch displays, while the netbooks have understandably tinier screens. Rumor has it that the MSI FX700 is rocking a GTX 460M, though we can't confirm that at the moment.

Why are switchable graphics cards so hot (well, cool) right now? GPU-switching systems detect when you're using 3D video or gaming applications and automatically switch on the dedicated GPU. When you're no longer watching video, the GPU turns off, and you fall back onto the integrated graphics chip. Optimus could help extend your laptop battery life, and it can provide improved graphics performance. Until now, GPU switching systems were clumsy--you often had to log out or restart for the graphics switch to take place--but Nvidia claims that Optimus will make the process much smoother and more seamless than ever before.

For more about Optimus, see Jason Cross's overview on the topic.

Via Nvidia and Engadget

Like this? You may also enjoy...

* Intel's Roadmap Revealed: 6 Notebook CPUs Ahead

* Intel Overclocks New Core Processors for Speed Boost

* Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M: The World's Fastest Notebook GPU?

Follow GeekTech on Twitter or Facebook.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags pc componentsgraphics cardsComputex 2010Nvidia Optimusnvidia

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Alessondra Springmann

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?