NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX is a high-end DirectX 11.1-compatible graphics card for laptops and was announced in October 2012. As opposed to the Fermi-based GTX 675M, the 675MX uses a newer 28nm GK104 core based on the Kepler architecture, similar to the GeForce 680M.
The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the GTX 675MX, five blocks are active for a total of 1344 CUDA cores. Although the Kepler architecture can utilize more shader cores than a Fermi chip, its shaders can be up to twice as power efficient. However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip are of similar speed to one shader of a Fermi chip (as the latter is clocked twice as fast).
PCIe 3.0 is now supported by the mobile Kepler series and an optional Turbo mode can automatically overclock the Nvidia card by a theoretical 15 percent if the laptop cooling system allows it. The implementation of this boost mode is done in the BIOS, but it is ultimately dependent upon the manufacturer of the laptop.
The graphics performance of the GeForce GTX 675MX is significantly higher than the old Fermi based GTX 675M and therefore similar fast as the Geforce GTX 560M SLI combination. Even demanding games of 2012 run fluently in highest detail settings, except for titles like Sleeping Dogs or Guild Wars 2.
The improved feature set now includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can now be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a if available. HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.
The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK104 core and offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.
The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 675M should be slightly below the GTX 680M but still only suited for large notebooks (17-inches or greater) and desktop replacements.
|GeForce GTX 600M Series|
|Pipelines||960 - unified|
|Core Speed||600 MHz|
|Memory Speed||3600 MHz|
|Memory Bus Width||256 Bit|
|DirectX||DirectX 11, Shader 5.0|
|Transistor Count||3540 Million|
|Features||Optimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play|
|Date of Announcement||01.10.2012|
|Link to Manufacturer Page||http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...|