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GeForce RTX 40 series laptops are coming to gamers and creators this February with the biggest performance leap ever

By Vijay Anand - on 4 Jan 2023, 4:55am

GeForce RTX 40 series laptops are coming to gamers and creators this February

(Image source: NVIDIA)

Like clockwork, NVIDIA has never missed the beat to advance next-gen gaming GPUs for performance laptops every year at CES. From the GeForce RTX 30 series and Max-Q 3.0 technologies in 2021, to the  "Ti" equivalents and Max-Q 4.0 technologies for the 2022 laptops, this year, NVIDIA brings the power of the amazingly high performance and efficient GeForce RTX 40 series to over 170 of the very latest creator and gamer laptops.

Coming in February 2023, NVIDIA's RTX 4090, RTX 4080, RTX 4070, RTX 4060 and RTX 4050-based laptops will spoil the creators and gamers at heart with phenomenal performance uplift at less power draw than their predecessors.

NVIDIA shows how much faster the RTX 40 series is over the RTX 30 series. Click to view a larger image. (Image source: NVIDIA)

The flagship tier mobile RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 are designed to power pro-level driving simulators with 4K surround gaming horsepower as well as offer creators the power to use Omniverse to not only manipulate 3D content and collaborate across the world, but also create 4K worlds with fully simulated physics, lighting and materials. Streamers too would immediately benefit from the dual AV1 encoders built into the GPU for higher-quality streams at reduced overhead. Expect these notebooks to start from US$1,999, and availability will begin from 8th February.

The Alienware x16 will be among the first gaming laptops to boost a flagship GeForce RTX 40 series GPU like the RTX 4080 and the RTX 4090.

Meanwhile, the mid-range RTX 4070, RTX 4060 and RTX 4050 class laptops are designed to be faster than their predecessors and draw far less power. This means users can expect a more capable and compact notebook like in the 14-inch form factor that will increasingly meet more demanding needs comfortably. Expect 80FPS and 1440p resolution gaming, as well as fast video encoding performance. This slide captures it all and makes way for a new breed of slim 14-inch notebooks that can handle a variety of demanding needs:-

Looks like the next Lenovo Yoga Pro is going to be a really capable machine. (Image source: NVIDIA)

Already, the ASUS Zephyrus G14 has been a popular SKU for blending the right power, design and form factor in an appealing package and we've no doubt that the updated GPUs will bring even more preference to this form factor. NVIDIA shared that this class of notebooks will be available from 22nd February and will start from US$999 for the RTX 4050 GPU-based laptop.

Watch out for the ASUS ZenBook Pro 14, which is slated to be one of the earlier notebooks to boast mid-range GeForce RTX 40 series graphics.


Taking Max-Q up to number 5

Equipping laptops with an excellent GPU is partly the result of designing it to be mobile efficient such as with the Ada Lovelace GPU architecture in the given confines, cooling power and system components it has to deal with.

Take note of the Max-Q technology progression, now into version 5.0. (Image source: NVIDIA)

These attributes have been well taken care of by NVIDIA's Max-Q technology which is all about finding the peak efficiency to enable high-performance notebooks in a sleek form without guzzling too much power. Last year's Max-Q 4.0 debuted several critical advancements such WhisperMode 2.0, resizable BAR support, CPU Optimizer, Rapid Core Scaling, and Battery Boost 2.0 -- all of which helped advance throughput capabilities of mobile GPUs to comfortably tackle compute-intensive tasks in creative applications without concern.

For the new mobile RTX 40 series GPUs, NVIDIA has advanced Max-Q yet again, but it's mostly refining what version 4.0 brings to the table. Here's what Max-Q 5.0 has to offer more:-

  • DLSS 3.0 goodness has been optimized for mobile deployment, which means to say, it has to work with WhisperMode and Battery Boost to maximize performance, battery life and acoustics management.
  • Using ultra-low voltage GDD6 memory.
  • Tri-speed memory controls allow the GPU to kick down to even lower power memory states dynamically.
  • GPU's on-chip memory has been optimized for Max-Q.

Source: NVIDIA

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