NVIDIA Kepler Chips Make Ultrabooks Ultimate Power Machines

March 15, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We recently stumbled upon a cute ultra-thin machine that falls under the Acer Aspire Timeline series. And, the machine indeed gave us some insights into the future of the ultrathin devices.

Dubbed Aspire Timeline Ultra M3, the machine stands out in a crowd of ultrabooks with a bigger display. The rig packs a 15 inch display despite having a slim body of under 0.8 inches.

This is indeed pleasing, since the rule of the game so far has been that anything thinner to that degree will come with smaller displays that will never cross the 14 inch mark. But M3 is a sweet exception.

Moreover, M3 brings in power which is not yet found in ultra books. When pitted against Samsung Series 5 Ultra, M3 stood out clearly with its gaming performance.

Both the rigs pack an Intel Core i5 and in fact, Samsung Series 5 Ultra packs 6 GB RAM while M3 has only 4 GB RAM. So what makes the difference?

The difference is the GPU. Samsung Series 5 Ultra packs a Radeon HD 7550M chip while the M3 packs an NVIDIA GTX 680 GT 640M GPU chip from the Kepler series. It is the first NVIDIA chip to use the 28 nm manufacturing process which makes it more power efficient and faster. [Editor’s note: The GTX 680 info was obtained from a c|net article.  That article was later updated after this article was posted.  A shout out to Gamer for catching this!]

Moreover, it packs 384 processor cores running at 625 MHz inside its small chip real estate to give M3 the power.

So, the chip in M3 is an indicator to the future where ultrathin machines are going to be power machines without sacrificing their portability.

Will we see the magic with the upcoming 15 inch MacBook Air machines too? What do you think?

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