Nvidia’s virtual CES 2022 keynote is underway, and the company just announced a new line of gaming laptop chips there — including mobile versions of the RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti that will appear in laptops starting at $1,499 and $2,499 respectively. They will be released on February 1st with the typical roster of partners, including Alienware, MSI and Razer.
While the company doesn’t share a lot of specs just yet, just that they offer Ultra-spec 1440p gaming at 100 and 120 frames per second respectively, and that the 3080 Ti has 16GB GDDR6 and is faster than a desktop Titan RTX – Nvidia has something in it. store that this latest slate can make it a little different from previous laptop genes. The company claims that the fourth-generation Max-Q platform offers the ability to control your laptop’s CPU and alter performance, power, and temperature as needed to create headroom for your Nvidia GPU instead. That makes sense – many more games today are GPU limited than CPU limited. (I’ve been using a five-year-old CPU in modern games until last month, with little effect on frame rates.)
Nvidia says it has partnered with both CPU vendors to create “a new low-level framework” to drive specific “next-gen CPUs” — namely Intel Alder Lake and AMD Rembrandt chips, Nvidia confirms to Custom Hour. If you have a Max-Q system with those CPUs and an Nvidia RTX 3000 series graphics chip, there’s a good chance this will happen.
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That said, it’s not clear how much it matters, or how you might even tell if it works. Nvidia made no specific performance claims around the new CPU Optimizer feature, and it’s not the only boost it touts from the fourth-generation Max-Q. There’s also “Rapid Core Scaling” that allows some GPU cores to be disabled while others are overclocked for an “up to 3x” performance boost, and a “Battery Boost 2.0” that can theoretically provide up to 70 percent more battery life. (Although if it works about the same as the original Battery Boost, that could mean you’re intentionally limiting your game’s frame rate to save battery life.)
Without knowing more about how the laptop-grade RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti perform, it’s hard to tell if it’s time to buy a new gaming laptop, but soon we’ll have news and reviews about it. who have individual laptops. For now, Nvidia’s GeForce head of marketing Matt Wuebbling says they’re about 10 to 20 percent faster than their non-Ti counterparts, although this may depend on the model and laptop they’re in. Like previous RTX 3000 laptop chips, they’re different clock speeds and wattages, and you’ll have to rely on the manufacturer’s fine print to know what you’re getting. It is possible to buy a 3080 laptop that is slower than a 3070 laptop, and that could be the case here again.
Update, 11:57 AM ET: Adding that Intel Alder Lake and AMD Rembrandt chips are specifically the ones to tackle, and that the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti mobile chips are about 10 to 20 percent faster than non-Ti versions according to Nvidia.