NVIDIA has offered up the new GTX 560M GPU for notebook computers at Computex bringing the first of the 500M series of GPUs to market. NVIDIA says that the GTX 560M will hit the “sweet spot” for gaming notebooks with the ability to play games in 1080p resolution with support for DirectX 11. This GPU is also the first to offer GTX gaming GPU combined with Optimus technology. That means that the notebooks using the GTX 560M will be able to change between that integrated GPU of their notebook and the GTX GPU for power or battery life depending on their needs.
The new GPU supports 3D Vision technology, PhysX, and CUDA. The GPU is also able to support SLI so more than one of the GPUs can be used inside the notebook for even more performance. NVIDIA is also offering another GPU in the GTX 500 family with the GT 520MX. This GPU is aimed at the thin and light market. Both Asus and Toshiba will be offering notebooks that use the GTX 560M GPU with Optimus. Asus, Clevo, MSI and others will be offering GTX 560M machines apparently without Optimus tech inside.
The lack of Optimus tech would apparently point to the machines not having an integrated GPU. Asus, Samsung, and other makers will be offering notebooks with the GT 520MX GPU. “The GeForce GTX 560M and NVIDIA Optimus mean gamers get 50 frames per second in Duke Nukem Forever and five hours of battery life in Microsoft Office,” said Rene Haas, general manager of notebook products at NVIDIA. “That’s real power and real portability.”