SANTA CLARA, CA, JULY 29, 2008
NVIDIA Corporation has unveiled a new era of notebook PC gaming, featuring advanced rendering and physics effects that will transform gaming beyond what consumers know today. Enabling this evolution is a new generation of notebook PC's equipped with NVIDIA’s newest GeForce® 9800M and 9700M GPUs and featuring NVIDIA’s PhysX™ physics engine.
Perhaps the most significant advancements in PC gaming since DirectX 9, the new GPUs and PhysX will let notebook gamers enjoy the latest games in all their glory, experiencing ultra-realistic graphics and physical effects that mimic the real world, transforming their gaming into a truly cinematic experience.
GeForce GPUs, with their superior performance, are the
overwhelming choice of gamers and gaming notebook makers worldwide. The improved performance and PhysX support of the new GeForce 9800M and 9700M GPUs are expected to continue this trend, powering
the lion’s share of the next-generation gaming notebooks from top names in the PC industry.
The GeForce 9M Series GPUs, with their parallel processing
design, are ushering in a new generation of ultra-realistic games by being the only GPUs to support PhysX technology. The world’s most pervasive physics engine, PhysX technology is being used by more
than 25,000 developers worldwide and is already delivering dynamic 3D realism to more than 140 games across multiple platforms. With PhysX technology, developers can incorporate effects such as rigid
body dynamics, collision detection, and cloth simulation, dramatically changing the way the games are played and how the on-screen stories unfold, and then accelerating those effects using the
processing power of the GPU.
"We are using the PhysX API in all of our 3D games including
Brothers in Arms, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Borderlands," said Corrinne Yu, Director of Platform Technology at Gearbox Software. "Going forward, it just makes sense to leverage the GPU parallel
architecture for physics. This enables GPU acceleration for everything from rigid body collision, vehicle physics, collision with destructible pieces, and numerous simulation effects. Gamers will be
able to experience characters, objects, and effects that dynamically move and interact in their environments as they do in real life."
The advantages of a GeForce 9M Series GPU in your notebook don’t
stop with games. Software developers are also harnessing the architectural advantages of GPUs to speed up complex processing in commonly used, non-game applications. Tasks that used to take hours,
like converting digital video for a portable video player, can now be performed in minutes. Other tasks like high-resolution photo editing, where wait times interrupt the creative flow, can be done
in real time on a GPU, like one of the GeForce 9M Series.
Five versions of the new GPUs are available.
At the ultra-high-end is the GeForce 9800M GTX, GeForce 9800M GTS, and GeForce 9800 GT.
These are joined by GeForce 9700M GTS and GeForce 9700M GT flavors.
These join the existing GeForce 9600M and 9500M GPUs for mid-range and mainstream notebooks.
The new NVIDIA GeForce 9800M and GeForce 9700M GPUs feature:
The new GeForce 9800M and GeForce 9700M Series GPUs will be available from over 20 notebook companies worldwide.
In addition to Toshiba, other top-tier makers are expected to announce notebooks featuring the new GPUs in the coming months.
Gaming notebooks have also been announced from regional PC companies such as Sager, Pioneer Computers Australia, Zepto, Rock, Novatech, XXODD, Chiligreen, Multirama, Plaisio, Ergo, Cioce, Insys, Infinity, Cybersystem, and Cizmo.