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Nvidia launches GT 700M series

Over the weekend we learned that Nvidia is introducing its all-new GeForce GT 700M series.

Touting the new family of graphics cards as "the most powerful Kepler GPUs to date," and extolling the virtues of the new GPU Boost 2.0 technology, Nvidia claims the new graphics processors will provide significantly better performance than previous iterations.

The new 700M series GPUs feature automatic battery savings with Optimus automatic switching and Nvidia's new GeForce Experience. This offers automatic optimisation of in-game graphics settings, adjusting resolution and detail settings to squeeze the best performance possible out of the hardware already in your PC. By automatically adjusting such settings as specular map resolution, antialiasing, and anisotropic filtering, GeForce Experience offers improved visuals and performance with a single click. This is especially helpful for those who either aren't as familiar with the numerous graphics options available, or simply want a quality gaming experience without being bothered to tweak settings.

The third, and perhaps most important, addition to Nvidia's new cards is Nvidia's GPU Boost 2.0, which offers dynamic performance optimisation. GPU Boost 2.0 takes advantage of two underutilised aspects of PC performance. First, the gap between how much power a PC's components could potentially use and how much is actually being used, and second, the available thermal headroom—the amount of heat buildup that a laptop is designed to tolerate. By actively monitoring the power usage and available thermal headroom, Nvidia's automatic optimisation is able to ramp up the GPU clock speed for better performance while never exceeding a system's thermal or electrical limits. Nvidia claims performance increases between 10 and 15 per cent on many current games, specifically naming Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, and Far Cry 3 in press materials.

Included in the new batch of GPUs are the GeForce GT 720M, GeForce GT 735M, Geforce GT 740M, GeForce GT 745M, and GeForce GT 750M. All of the newly released cards (with the exception of the 720M) feature Nvidia's Kepler architecture, and all cards offer the software enhancements mentioned above.