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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M claims world's fastest laptop GPU title


June 29, 2011

Alienware M18x is the first gaming laptop to offer GTX 580M GPU and has the option of combining two in SLI mode

Alienware M18x is the first gaming laptop to offer GTX 580M GPU and has the option of combining two in SLI mode

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Hardcore mobile gaming fans have a powerful new graphics processing option in the form of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580M. Billed as the world's fastest notebook GPU and capable of playing the latest games at 1080p in 3D, the new chip can be found under the bonnet of the Alienware M18x and is soon to be featured in the Alienware M17x.

The card features 384 CUDA cores with a processor clocked at 1240MHz and up to 2GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 1500MHz. NVIDIA says that Alienware M17x equipped with GTX 580M using NVIDIA Optimus technology can deliver up to 100fps in Call of Duty: Black Ops and up to 5 hours of battery life while internet browsing, while the Alienware M18x offers the option of doubling gaming performance by having two SLI-paired GTX 580M GPUs on board.

Running on PCI-E 2.0 bus, the GTX 580M is DirectX 11-enabled and supports many NVIDIA's technologies such as:

  • NVIDIA 3D Vision technology - a system which automatically converts 2D content (games, movies) into stereoscopic 3D;
  • NVIDIA 3DTV Play software - allows for connecting 3D Vision-based notebooks to 3D TVs;
  • NVIDIA SLI - links two GTX GPUs which work simultaneously;
  • NVIDIA PhysX engine - a system for realistic, GPU-accelerated in-game physics;
  • NVIDIA Optimus - enables switching the GPU on and off for longer battery life;
  • NVIDIA CUDA architecture - used for GPU-accelerated general purpose computing.

NVIDIA also introduced GeForce GTX 570M laptop GPU, running at 1150MHz with 336 CUDA cores and GDDR5 memory on a 192-bit bus running at 1500MHz.

The company has published a 3DMark Vantage performance diagram which shows the comparison of its high-end laptop GPUs as well as 3DMark scores of the newest arrivals.

Product pages: GTX 580M, GTX 570M


And this makes sense because? I guess their battery life is also incredible.

Alexander Cardosa

@Alexander Cardosa - It might not make sense for either you or I, but for those who want to tote a high-powered gaming platform wherever they go, ...

It\'s not intended to be a business laptop, nor to be used unplugged for long at all. It\'s intended, again, for those who desire to transport their gaming rig hear and there with minimal fuss. Try doing that with a desktop gaming rig. A lot of gamers would rather not just sit in one place, in one locale all of the time. Some gamers are more than cyber-social and would sometimes like to BE wherever they think they might enjoy their gaming the most at any particular time.

Given that, it makes sense for that segment of the market.


Back in the days of old when it was all about the fastest car on the block it was the 426 Hemi. This is the 426 Hemi of the laptop world. If you just want a laptop that gets you to your email account and back you would prolly have owned a VW Beetle back in the days of old. I\'m 60 years old and I still have that need for speed and Alienware has built my \"426 Hemi\".


In fact, on alienware, 6990M is better~

Shuhao Li
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