updated 04:49 pm EDT, Mon April 1, 2013
Two budget chips, three performance chips start new lineup
Nvidia today updated its line of notebook graphic processing units (GPU) -- the 700M series. The new Kepler-based lineup includes the mainstream 720M and 735M, coupled with the performance-oriented 740M, 745M, and 750M. All five of the new chipsets include three technologies meant to balance performance with battery life -- Nvidia GPU Boost 2.0, Nvidia Optimus, and GeForce Experience software.
The company claims that at medium detail, the entry-level 720M delivers 2.5x the performance overall over the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics found on Ivy Bridge processors with the new technologies, with no additional drain on battery life over the 500 and 600 series chips.
The Nvidia GPU Boost 2.0 intelligently adjusts the clock speed of the GPU to maximize graphics performance. Nvidia Optimus boosts battery life by switching the GPU on and off so it runs only when needed. The GeForce Experience adjusts in-game settings for the best performance and visual quality specific to a user's notebook and keeps GeForce drivers up to date.
Nvidia GeForce 700M GPUs are available to manufacturers now. Nvidia says that "every leading notebook manufacturer" will debut notebooks with GPU Boost 2.0 technology, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. Apple historically has used Nvidia chipsets in its laptop and iMac lines, but no specific announcement of any graphics changes has been made.