01 February 2021
NVIDIA has launched GeForce RTX 30 Series gaming laptop GPUs – RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 at the ongoing virtual CES 2021 event. At the event, NVIDIA announced that over 70 laptop models from the leading manufacturers will utilize these new GPUs. First of these new generations of laptops set to become available later this month, on January 26th.
NVIDIA claims the GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs increase efficiency by up to 2X, accelerate performance, and introduce new 3rd gen Max-Q Technologies.
The new GPUs are based on the same Ampere architecture that is found in NVIDIA’s existing desktop GeForce cards. The Ampere architecture uses new dedicated RT and Tensor cores for ray tracing and AI acceleration. Max-Q Technologies aims to deliver high performance in thin and light gaming laptops. This ensures that every component and element of the laptop – GPU, CPU, software, PCB design, power delivery, thermals are optimized for power and performance.
NVIDIA says for the new RTX 30 series of laptop GPUs, it has developed the new 3rd-gen Max-Q Technologies to bring improvements to performance and battery life. The new GPUs also get the Dynamic Boost 2.0, which uses AI to balance power between the CPU, GPU, and GPU memory. It manages power so your laptop constantly determines where power is needed the most and optimizing for maximum performance. At the time of GPU-extensive workload, the system can allocate up to 20W more to the GPU automatically and seamlessly boosting frame rates.
WhisperMode 2.0 is also debuting on the GeForce RTX 30 series laptops. NVIDIA touts this delivers a new level of acoustic control for gaming laptops. It dynamically manages CPU, GPU, game settings, and fan speed to deliver great acoustics and the best possible performance.
The new GPUs are built upon Samsung’s 8nm manufacturing process. They have varied boost clock speeds. The RTX 3080 Laptop GPU has 1245-1710MHz; RTX 3070 Laptop GPU has 1290-1620MHz, and RTX 3060 has 1283-1703MHz speed.
The GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU is able to achieve 100+fps and targeted at top-of-the-line gaming laptops. The GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU is aimed at laptops with 1440p screens and is said to be able to push 90fps at Ultra settings at this resolution, or 240fps in laptops designed for esports. Lastly, the RTX 3060 is also able to deliver 90fps in recent games at 1080p using the highest quality settings.
The flagship RTX 3080 Laptops GPU are priced starting at $1999; mid-tier RTX 3070 is tagged at $1299, and RTX 3060 Laptop GPU price starts at $999. New systems utilizing the new RTX 30 series Laptop GPUs are Razor Blade 15 Advanced, which packs GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, 3rd gen Max-Q Technologies, and a 1440p 240Hz display featuring Advanced Optimus in a 16.99mm thin package. Others are Asus TUF Gaming Dash F15, Alienware’s new mR15.
Together with the new laptop GPUs, NVIDIA also announced a more affordable GeForce RTX 3060 Desktop GPU. It comes with ray tracing and priced at $329. It targets gamers who are hoping to upgrade from older GeForce GTX-series products. Compared to the popular GeForce GTX 1060, Nvidia says the new GeForce RTX 3060 can deliver twice the faster performance and 10x the ray-tracing performance. The new GPU also uses Ampere architecture, next-gen RT, and Tensor cores for ray tracing and AI acceleration.
The GeForce RTX 3060 Desktop GPU features 12GB of GDDR6 memory. It also features resizeable BAR (Base Address Register) which will allow modern CPUs to access the entire GPU frame buffer.