NVIDIA ‘Max-Q’ gaming laptops: ultrabooks with GTX 1080 power
When the new laptops go on sale beginning June 27th, the top-of-the line options well outpace current thin gaming laptops like Razer’s GTX 1060-powered 4K Blade, with power that’s similar to the bigger, heavier Blade Pro. There aren’t specific benchmarks listed, but a graph on the official website claims an average 1.8x performance increase over GTX1060 when running “AAA” titles at 4K. During the demo, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off a 5-pound laptop running Project Cars 2, saying it was 60 percent faster than the PS4 Pro.
NVIDIA says that they’re not only engineered to be thin and light across the “chip, drivers, thermal and electrical components,” but that its software optimizes settings and the workload across CPU/GPU to regulate power and heat. They aren’t all superpowerful, however, with models on the way from Acer, Aftershock, Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, Dream Machine, ECT, Gigabyte, Hasee, HP, LDLC, Lenovo, Machenike,
Maingear, Mechrevo, MSI, Multicom, Origin PC, PC Specialist, Sager, Scan, Terrans Force, Tronic’5 and XoticPC, they will include GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 level GPUs inside. In fact, Acer has already unveiled the Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop, which it says was designed using Max Q guidelines and will come with GTX 1080 (overclockable) graphics cards.
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