NVIDIA Optimus Technology: Performance and Battery Life for your Notebook
As more and more consumers move towards using notebooks as their primary or only computer, the need for a more robust and flexible computing solution is required. Even in their most current form, notebook computers usually exist at one end of the spectrum or another; either the machine is built for longer battery life or it is geared towards being a desktop replacement with higher performance. In nearly all cases, one aspect of that decision is whether or not the notebook will have a discrete graphics solution; most of the time laptops built for battery life will not integrate discrete GPUs because they use more power and because they require space on the PCB thus making the machine slightly larger than it might have to be.
This offers customers with a choice: buy a system that was capable of doing things like playing games, watching HD video reliably or running GPU-based applications well or buy a system that lacked some of those features in favor of longer battery life. I think we have all thought about this at some point: my personal notebook purchasing decision stressed battery life over all else (making those many flights I take each year more bearable) and thus I am not able to take advantage of Flash HD playback acceleration or gaming. For most of us, we assumed that was part of life on the road. With Optimus Technology, NVIDIA hopes to change that.
Optimus promises the best of both worlds: the extended battery life of IGP-based systems and the power and performance of discrete-based systems. And, we are told, all of this can be done without the knowledge of or interaction with the consumer. That is a lofty claim but if NVIDIA is accurate, it could drastically the change the notebook market as we know it.
The NVIDIA Optimus Technology Video Review
With a touch of humor to along with the barrage of data and information, I think you'll enjoy our video review of the NVIDIA Optimus Technology. There are more details in our text version (that you are currently already reading) but we encourage you to check out our video review and welcome your feedback!