NVIDIA OPTIMUS appears that it may have some serious potential. Not having a unit in front of me it is incredibly tough to tell you if it as good as it appears. If it performs as well as it looks like it does, it may be a must have in the very near future. If it doesn’t perform as well as NVIDIA has shown us, it will most likely go the way of the Dodo bird. The benchmarks that we were supplied with lead me to believe that OPTIMUS isn’t going away though. I would have liked to see a few more comparisons to a system using only a discrete gpu. Comparing the system with OPTIMUS to a system with only integrated graphics is like comparing apples to oranges. It is expected that the performance of a system with a discrete gpu will exceed that of a system using integrated graphics. I did feel that the MobileMark 2007 chart was a much more fair comparison since it was more about battery life. I would have like to seen MobileMark 2007 run using only the discrete graphics.
The video above from NVIDIA does a great job demonstrating some of benefits of OPTIMUS I have talked about today.
Notebooks with NVIDIA Optimus technology will be available shortly, starting with the Asus UL50Vf, N61Jv, N71Jv, N82Jv, and U30Jc notebooks. We’ll bring you more on this new technology once we get our hands on a unit to test!
Legit Bottom Line: NVIDIA OPTIMUS shows some great potential when viewing the results from NVIDIA. Until Legit Reviews gets the opportunity for a full review it will remain potential.