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GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti gaming laptops with Max-Q 4.0 are imminent

By Vijay Anand - on 5 Jan 2022, 1:47pm

Gaming laptops with GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti mobile GPUs with Max-Q 4.0 are imminent

The fastest mobile GPU, the GeForce RTX 3080 just got dethroned by its newer RTX 3080 Ti brother - complete with a new Max-Q standard to boost. (Click to view a larger image.)

We were already in awe of what the mobile GeForce RTX 3080 could deliver from gaming notebooks like the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 (G533), but exactly one year after its CES debut, NVIDIA is about to push out its successor, the mobile GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU coupled with the fastest 16GB of GDDR6 memory ever shipped. It's fast enough that NVIDIA likes to tout it as being faster than a desktop Titan RTX GPU. Here's a snapshot of its performance expectations compared to a GeForce RTX 2080 Super and a GeForce GTX 1080:-

GeForce RTX 3080 vs. RTX 2080 Super vs. GTX 1080. (Click to view a larger image.)

Against a mobile GeForce RTX 3080, and looking at the above relative performance graph of how NVIDIA would like you to think of the mobile GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, we estimate the new king of mobile GPUs can deliver between 10 to 20% performance gains. It won't be long before we test one to deliver our conclusive verdict as NVIDIA says notebooks with this new GPU will be available from February 1st, and will start from US$2,499. Among the first salvo that will champion this GPU will be the updated Alienware x15 notebook.

That's not all, NVIDIA's also pushing out a mobile GeForce RTX 3070 Ti that's slated to be up to 70% faster than an RTX 2070 Super equipped machine. Can you imagine that much more performance out of a machine that's supposed to start from US$,1449? We can't wait to try these out. These machines will roll out from February 1st as well and among the first salvo of notebooks to sport them would be MSI's GS77 ultra-thin gaming notebook. 

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The Max-Q 4.0 treatment

To recap, NVIDIA's Max-Q technology is all about finding the peak efficiency to enable high-performance notebooks in a sleek form factor that don't guzzle too much power. This involves a lot of engineering fine-tuning as NVIDIA works hand-in-hand with the OEM vendors to be able to churn out such notebooks with capable thermal and power management solutions. This is what made GeForce GTX and RTX 70 and 80 series of high-performance GPUs possible on notebook chassis that would have originally only been able to handle GeForce GTX and RTX 50 and 60 series of mid-range GPUs.

Max-Q comprises optimizations at every level, from innovative cooling solutions to in-game settings. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

Max-Q also encompassed other developments such as having optimal game settings per game that have been tested to work best with Max-Q notebooks and WhisperMode for power-efficient game settings and to keep noise levels in check by the cooling system.

Last year's Max-Q 3.0 further introduced AI power management, Dynamic Boost 2.0, to shift the balance power budget of either the CPU, GPU or even GPU memory depending on the real-time needs of the workload at hand. There were also advances to WhisperMode to revision 2.0 that enabled owners to set their own desired noise levels which then manages the system characteristics to match this, while resizable base address register (BAR) support now allows the CPU to access the GPU's entire frame buffer to access the increasingly large game assets instead of 256MB chunks that it was previously limited to. Reiszeble BAR support easily resulted in 5 to 10% performance uplift, which is a big deal.

Max-Q 4.0 introduced this year builds on all of the above and introduces CPU Optimizer, Rapid Core Scaling and Battery Boost 2.0:-

  • CPU Optimizer - This is sort of an enhancement of Dynamic Boost 2.0 to not only factor the CPU's power draw, but also its performance, and temperature characteristics to better optimize the CPU's efficiency and the power budget transferred to the GPU for even more gaming performance.
  • Rapid Core Scaling - This enables the GPU to sense the real-time demands of the application to free up power budget elsewhere that can be redirected to run the active cores at far higher frequencies. NVIDIA claims this can deliver up to three times more performance in intensive creative applications that are compute-heavy like Adobe Premiere Pro, Blender, Matlab and more.

  • Battery Boost 2.0 - Battery Boost has now been totally re-engineered to factor in the entire notebook platform. Beyond optimal GPU and CPU power usage, it now factors in battery discharge, image quality, and even frame rates delivered - all in real-time. That's a lot of factors being juggles and NVIDIA has employed some AI attributes to make it all possible. When it works optimally, NVIDIA claims Battery Boost delivers up to 70% more battery life than a system without it.

As you can see, Max-Q 4.0 is a very critical update that helps eke out more performance and efficiency out of a notebook platform. And with ever more powerful GPUs like the new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti, you could even say that Max-Q 4.0 is what makes these new GPUs a possibility in notebooks that are thin and sleek like the MSI GS77 and not looking like a desktop replacement (DTR) notebook. 

As shared earlier, you can look out for this new class of gaming notebooks from 1st February 2022.

Source: NVIDIA

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