When laptops are developed, it strikes a balance between many aspects, such as battery life, performance, and cooling capacity. So processors and installable graphics cards usually come with several parameters that manufacturers can run to access the port with computers. As a guide for consumers, Nvidia coined the terms Max-Q and Max-P – stamps that reveal in circular throws whether the graphics card under the laptop’s lid is energy efficient or high-performance.
The Geforce RTX 3000 Series laptops appeared recently and the situation is becoming more complex, with manufacturers can choose from a total of 39 different performance and power levels for the RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 respectively. Edge writes Nvidia eliminates the risk of buying pork in the bag, by demanding transparency from computer manufacturers.
We’re asking OEMs to update their product pages to the Max-Q technology features for every GeForce laptop, plus hours and power – which convey the GPU performance expected in this system.
In the future, manufacturers will have to print the full specifications of the RTX 3000 graphics cards. This includes clock frequencies and power consumption, making it easy to compare a laptop’s graphics performance before purchase. Once the model name is mentioned, much is left to chance, with the Geforce RTX 3080 portable for example having a configurable power budget between 80W and north 150W.
Moreover, The Verge reports that the Max-Q and -P names have been given a place in the shadows and are no longer part of the full product names. The previous stamp now aims to clarify when graphics cards support features like Whisper Mode 2 and Optimus, which means the integrated graphics run as needed to save power.
Asus has already jumped in the wagon and for ROG Strix and TUF models like the Zephyrus Duo 15 and Dash F15, respectively, details can be read within the full specifications. However, at first glance, the names of the more hazy models are still listed, which is why computer speculators are advised to take a close look at product pages before purchasing. More manufacturers are expected to join in the near future.