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NVIDIA’s GeForce 600M Parts

We just covered the AMD side of things, but yesterday NVIDIA quietly refreshed their entry-level and midrange mobile GPUs in a similar manner. We weren’t briefed on the updates, most likely because there’s not much to say. Like AMD there are three "new" 600M parts. Here’s the overview of what NVIDIA is offering, with the previous generation equivalents listed for reference.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M, GT 630M, and 610M Specifications
  GeForce GT 635M GeForce GT 555M GeForce GT 630M GeForce GT 540M GeForce 610M GeForce 520MX
Core Name GF106/GF108 GF106/GF108 GF108 GF108 GF119 GF119
Stream Processors 144/96 144/96 96 96 48 48
Texture Units 24/16 24/16 16 16 8 8
ROPs 24/4 24/4 4 4 4 4
Core Clock 675/753MHz 675/753MHz 672MHz 672MHz 900MHz 900MHz
Memory Clock 1.8/3.6GHz DDR3/GDDR5 1.8/3.14GHz DDR3/GDDR5 Up to 900MHz (1.8GHz) DDR3 900MHz (1.8GHz) DDR3 900MHz (1.8GHz) DDR3 900MHz (1.8GHz) DDR3
Memory Bus Width 192/128-bit 192/128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 64-bit 64-bit
Memory Bandwidth 43.2/57.6GB/s 43.2/50.2GB/s 28.8GB/s 28.8GB/s 14.4GB/s 14.4GB/s

NVIDIA has the specifications up for their 600M parts, and it appears that they’ll be doing a straight rebadge without changing the clock speeds from the 500M equivalents—in fact, they’ll even keep the craziness that is the GT 555M. The only difference we could find is that GT 635M GDDR5 variants may have slightly more memory bandwidth (or more likely is that the spec page just doesn't adequately describe the bipolar nature of the product). What they will be changing is the apparent positioning of the products. The GT 630M and 610M drop 10 points from the model number, while the GT 635M drops 20 points; that appears to leave room for future GT 640M/650M parts, though nothing has been announced as yet. We also don’t have information on pricing, but there’s a possibility that with the drop in model number the prices will also be lower.

Like the AMD 7000M launch, GeForce 600M looks to be more about marketing and product positioning than anything. Mobile GPUs are about a generation behind their desktop counterparts, so with the renaming both AMD and NVIDIA are paving the way for new high-end GPUs to replace the current HD 6990M and GTX 580M. Thus, when we see the desktop HD 7970 and GTX 680 (or whatever they end up being named), we’ll should also see HD 7970M and GTX 680M. If recent history holds, those will end up being mobile variants of HD 7700 and GTX 660 (whatever those entail).

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  • geddarkstorm - Monday, December 12, 2011 - link

    Poor show Nvidia. Really, I'm not sure if we can blame AMD or Nvidia this round. TSMC just can't seem to get its act together and is holding everyone back, ever since the 4x nm node. Reply
  • mgl888 - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - link

    I totally agree. :( Reply
  • doesitreallymatter - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - link

    Agreed. I've been looking a lot lately at grabbing a new laptop for portable gaming so this is quite a let down. Reply
  • TheScottyB - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - link

    I know it's not exactly Anadtech's fault (unless they wanted to put bias in the headline)... but still makes me sad. :'-( Reply
  • JimmiG - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - link

    I had a Radeon 7500 ten years ago... :p Reply
  • Jamor - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - link

    :D

    Hey, I have 7300GT on my current work mac.
    Judging by the numbers, I'm pretty much current.
    Reply
  • geddarkstorm - Monday, December 12, 2011 - link

    I don't even want to know what will happen when this hits e-bay. Reply
  • zero2espect - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - link

    for five seconds - or exacly 1 paragraph i was excited there.... Reply
  • r3loaded - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - link

    Why on earth do AMD/Nvidia pull these product naming shenanigans? Even though its branding is confusing, at least Intel doesn't rebadge old stuff with new names and product numbers. Reply
  • KZ0 - Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - link

    It doesn't make much sense. Those who are up to speed on the product numbers mostly know what they actually mean (in this case, the same as 6000), and the average user has no relation to the product numbers at all. Reply

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