Nvidia’s 30-series of GPUs came with a massive improvement in performance, with an RTX 3070 outperforming the outgoing RTX 2080 in many games and benchmarks. The RTX 3080 (Review) set a new benchmark for Nvidia’s mainstream gaming GPUs while the RTX 3090 continues to be a ridiculously powerful GPU for gaming and professionals. While desktop-based gamers continue to struggle with availability of 30-series GPUs, laptop gamers might have it far better. The RTX 30-series is coming to laptops and three of the GPUs have allegedly leaked.
Notebookcheck recently updated their mobile GPU database to reflect the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and the RTX 3060. Interestingly, the RTX 3080 Mobile would come with an option of 8GB and 16GB VRAM while the RTX 3070 will feature 8GB VRAM. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 is currently listed as having 6GB VRAM. While the amount of video memory is definitely impressive, these GPUs go beyond that. The three GPUs also feature a higher number of CUDA cores compared to their predecessors, starting with 6144 CUDA cores on the RTX 3080, 5120 on the RTX 3070 and 3072 on the RTX 3060. Other specs directly contributing to performance is the memory bus, with the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 both having 256-bit memory bus while the RTX 3060 comes with a 192-but memory bus.
Nvidia is expected to launch the three mobile GPUs on January 12th during a Special Geforce Broadcast. Each of the three GPUs will come in their usual Max-Q and Max-P variants, and are expected to exist alongside the 20-series graphics. This is going to expand Nvidia’s GPU portfolio significantly, but will also hopefully drive the price points much lower for laptops featuring the 20-series GPUs. We expect many OEMs to reveal their gaming laptops with 30-series GPUs during the CES days. Hopefully, we will also see new SKUs with powerful AMD Ryzen mobile processors paired with powerful GPUs from Nvidia.
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