updated 12:45 pm EDT, Fri July 18, 2008
GeForce 9700M and 9800M
NVIDIA today quietly published details for its two highest-end GeForce 9M series notebook graphics chips following leaks by PC makers. The 9800M line is now NVIDIA's flagship and is much closer to desktop-class graphics than the earlier 9600M; the top-end 9800M GTX has 112 effects processors that compares closely to the 128 of the desktop 9800, suiting it to desktop replacement portables and very compact desktops. It runs at 500MHz at its core with a 1.9GHz effective memory speed.
A slightly scaled down GeForce 9800M GT runs at the same speeds but has just 96 effects processors, while a third 9800M GTS drops the count to 64 processors.
Two 9700M chips provide faster performance for upper mid-range notebooks, according to NVIDIA. The 9700M GTS again runs at the same clock speeds as the 9800M chips but has just 48 processors, while a starter 9700M GT clocks the memory down to nearly 1.7GHz and drops to 32 processors.
All of the chips should be available soon and in some cases have already been announced for some notebooks shipping this summer, such as the new Toshiba Qosmios. [via Notebook Italia]