Nvidia to supercharge netbooks

Nvidia has announced a new netbook platform that combines an Atom chip with a GeForce 9400M.

Nvidia to supercharge netbooks

The Geforce 9400M is currently doing the rounds in Apple’s MacBooks, and according to Nvidia can improve the graphics and video transcoding performance of current Intel Atom-powered netbook by around five and ten times, respectively.

Nvidia claims this sort of performance boost is enough to get Call of Duty 4 up to a respectable 25fps to 30fps at 1024×768 resolution, though we’ll wait to get one into our labs before believing it wholesale.

Nvidia is making a great play of netbooks soon being able to play 1080p full HD videos, and even running next-gen operating systems such as Snow Leopard and Windows 7, assuming your netbook has the RAM to back it up.

The Ion platform is due to start appearing in mid-2009.

For further details consult David Bayon’s first look on our blogs.

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