NVIDIA has announced that its current GPU architecture found in its top-of-the-line desktop chips, Kepler, will be making its way to notebook GPUs.
In a press release, the company announced the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M, the first mobile GPU to feature its Kepler architecture. NVIDIA claims the GTX 680M is the fast mobile GPU ever, according to its own real-world and synthetic tests. Although it didn't provide in-depth information regarding its tests in the press release, the company provide a few statistics comparing the card against AMD's top mobile offering, the Radeon 7970M.
Testing was conducted comparing the GeForce GTX 680M versus Radeon 7970M, running at a resolution of 1920x1080. Driver version used was 302.56 for 680M and cat 12.4 for Radeon. In 3Dmark Vantage P with PhysX enabled, 680M scored 25063 and AMD scored 20590. In Far Cry 2 Ultra-High 1xAA/AF, 680M scored 129.8 FPS while 7970M scored 112.6. Dirt 3 in Ultra 1xAA/AF, 680M scored 80 FPS while 7970M scored 64.5.
The GTX 680M will feature 2GB of GDDR5 RAM, a 256-bit memory bus width, a memory clock of up to 1800MHz and can be implemented in either a single graphics card configuration or in a dual-card configuration through SLI. The first products to feature the new card will be Alienware's M17x and M18x laptops, which will have an option for the new card "in the next couple of weeks." The GTX 680M will also be available in MSI's GT70 notebook.
Additional information about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M's specifications can be found here.