Nvidia Announces 480M Fermi GPU for Notebooks

Earlier this year, Nvidia unleashed its DirectX 11 offerings on the desktop world with the GeForce GTX 480 and 470. Now the company is spreading the Fermi technology to the mobile segment.

Today Nvidia officially announced the GeForce GTX 480M, which it touts as the world's fastest notebook GPU and "DirectX 11 done right" with hardware tessellation support.

"GeForce GTX 480M delivers nearly three times more Nvidia CUDA cores over previous generation Notebook GPUs, which means users get unbelievably fast video transcoding, upscaling from standard definition to high definition and real-time movie clean-up with the click of a button," Nvidia's Matt Wuebbling wrote in a blog post.

GPU Engine Specs:

CUDA Cores352
Processor Clock (MHz)850 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)18.7 
Memory Specs:

Memory Clock (MHz)1200 
Memory Interface Width256-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)76.8
Feature Support:

NVIDIA SLI®-ready* 2-Way
NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready
NVIDIA PureVideo® Technology** HD
NVIDIA PhysX™-ready
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology
Microsoft DirectX11
Bus SupportPCI-E 2.0 
Certified for Windows 7
Display Support:

Maximum Digital Resolution2560x1600 
Maximum VGA Resolution2048x1536 
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  • Dandalf
    Yes yes very impressive. But how hot nvidia.
  • wifiwolf
    I didn't think they could do it mobile by cutting so few cores.
    Hope they could lower voltage that much to allow mobile power constraints.
  • Silmarunya
    These specs are still rather impressive and Fermi is already terrible when it comes to power and heat.

    For this to be even remotely useful in notebooks, the mobile architecture has to be completely different from the desktop one.

    If you look at just how hot and noisy it is in a well ventilated full tower and how much power it consumes, it just can't work in a laptop where power is in limited supply and cooling even more so. And with Fermi's heat, the 'lap' in laptop is out of the question as well...