When you hear the word Ultrabook, you immediately think, “Huh?” Or if you’re in the know, will think, “Yeah, it’s nice. It’s thin, light, and does the job but it’s not really for the power users or the gamers on the go.” And you are right there. Almost all ultrabooks use Intel’s HD 3000 GPU which is, Ok, but isn’t that powerful.
Not anymore if Acer has anything to say about it, which they do with the Timeline Ultra M3-581TG. While it isn’t the first ultrabook to use discrete graphics (that title goes to the Samsung Series 5 Ultra). It is the first ultrabook to use Nvidia’s Kepler GPU which will be used in their upcoming GeForce 600 series graphics cards. Nvidia is touting that the Kepler GPU has enough performance to run Battlefield 3 at the ultrabook’s 1366×768 resolution in Ultra
The GPU in the Acer ultrabook will use the GT 640M GPU. The Nvidia GPU is a 28nm part with 384 Cuda cores running at 625MHz and a 128-bit memory interface. This gives the GT 640M a theoretical fill rate of 20 billion textures per second, according to The Verge. This essentially gives the GPU performance between the GT 555M and the GTX 560M while providing low power yields.
As for the Acer ultrabook itself, it is a 15.6” laptop with a 1366×768 resolution. It will have Intel’s Core i7-2637M Hyper-Threaded, dual-core processor running at 1.7GHz which can run up to 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost. It also has 6GB RAM and 500GB HDD with a 256GB SSD for hybrid storage and ODD. All in a portable machine weighing less than 5 pounds.
Although there is no price, The Verge is saying that the Acer Timeline Ultra M3-581TG will be available at the end of the month.
Source: The Verge