NVIDIA officially released its GeForce 9700M and GeForce 9800M notebook GPU series today and both series offer support for the PhysX technology.
The GeForce 9M Series GPUs, with their parallel processing design, are ushering in a new generation of ultra-realistic games by being the only GPUs to support PhysX technology. The world's most pervasive physics engine, PhysX technology is being used by more than 25,000 developers worldwide and is already delivering dynamic 3D realism to more than 140 games across multiple platforms. With PhysX technology, developers can incorporate effects such as rigid body dynamics, collision detection, and cloth simulation, dramatically changing the way the games are played and how the on-screen stories unfold, and then accelerating those effects using the processing power of the GPU.
"We are using the PhysX API in all of our 3D games including Brothers in Arms, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Borderlands," said Corrinne Yu, Director of Platform Technology at Gearbox Software. "Going forward, it just makes sense to leverage the GPU parallel architecture for physics. This enables GPU acceleration for everything from rigid body collision, vehicle physics, collision with destructible pieces, and numerous simulation effects. Gamers will be able to experience characters, objects, and effects that dynamically move and interact in their environments as they do in real life."
The advantages of a GeForce 9M Series GPU in your notebook don't stop with games. Software developers are also harnessing the architectural advantages of GPUs to speed up complex processing in commonly used, non-game applications. Tasks that used to take hours, like converting digital video for a portable video player, can now be performed in minutes. Other tasks like high- resolution photo editing, where wait times interrupt the creative flow, can be done in real time on a GPU, like one of the GeForce 9M Series.
Five versions of the new GPUs are available. At the ultra-high-end is the GeForce 9800M GTX, GeForce 9800M GTS, and GeForce 9800 GT. These are joined by GeForce 9700M GTS and GeForce 9700M GT flavors. These join the existing GeForce 9600M and 9500M GPUs for mid-range and mainstream notebooks.
The new NVIDIA GeForce 9800M and GeForce 9700M GPUs feature:
NVIDIA's PhysX technology for real-time game physics calculations
112 processing cores for compute-intensive tasks like video conversion
New lightning-fast graphics engine for unprecedented performance,
extraordinarily detailed environments, and film-quality game effects
Support for NVIDIA SLI(R) multi-GPU configurations for the best gaming
experience on a notebook PC
Support for Hybrid SLI technology for longer battery life, cooler
operation, and lower noise
PureVideo(R) HD video processing features for improved color and
contrast when playing back video
Full support for the latest Blu-ray advancements, including BD-Live and
dual-stream video playback
Support for the new MXM(TM) version 3.0 graphics module specification