Laptops used to be portable work PCs, but today they are increasingly supplanting desktops. They are also increasingly used as game machines, with their larger screens and increasingly better hardware. NVIDIA yesterday presented its latest range for portable computers: the 8800M.
The 8800M is available as a GTS and as a GTX model. Both chips can handle DirectX 10 just like the desktop versions of the 8800 series. Internally, the models are largely the same: 500 MHz core, maximum 512 MB at 1600 MHz and shaders that run at maximum 1250 MHz. The difference is in the number of stream processors – 64 for the GTS and 96 for the GTX – and in the texture fill rate: the GTX can process 24GT, the GTS ‘only’ 16GT.
Benchmarks as we are used to with desktop graphics cards have not yet appeared. Instead, we’ll have to settle for NVIDIA marketing sheets that show the 8800M being more than twice as fast as the GeForce Go 7950GTX. A small side note is that the 8800M has been tested with a faster processor than the 7950. The 8800M will undoubtedly also be really faster, practice has yet to show how much faster.
Gamers who want to buy a new laptop have a configuration item to put on the wish list. Gamers who own a laptop with an MXMIII slot – a special expansion slot for video cards – should be able to upgrade if they can get their hands on an 8800M card.