We’ve all lauded the launch of the RTX 30 series of laptops, but there were a few things that left people a bit confused. Nvidia had then done away with the Max-Q (Quality) and Max-P (Performance) GPUs classifications. This made it harder for consumers to distinguish which gaming laptop suited their needs best. For example, you could have a laptop that comes with an RTX 3080 GPU. But, has a power consumption limitation of 95W. This means that the maximum potential of the GPU is not being utilized. On the other hand, you could have a laptop with an RTX 3060 but its power consumption has been pushed up to 150W, giving you better framerates and a more rounded gaming experience. In fact, we even break it down for you guys in a video below.
What this caused was a ton of chaos and confusion. With this in mind, Nvidia has now asked laptop manufacturers to be transparent when it comes to the specs on its Nvidia RTX 30 series GPUs. These include clock speeds, Max-Q features and power consumption. These should cover the expected GPU performance in a laptop. This means that if you’re looking for a laptop, you should be able to discern exactly what is right for you in terms of specifications. In an interview with The Verge, an Nvidia spokesman stated that “Max-Q is no longer part of the GPU name. We’re requiring OEMs to update their product pages to the Max-Q technology features for each GeForce laptop, as well as clocks and power — which communicates the expected GPU performance in that system.”.
This just makes things simpler when it comes to selecting the right gaming laptop, but it could some time for the mandate to materialize in the real world. For now, companies like ASUS are revealing information like details specs, but others have not adopted the practice as yet. For now, pay attention to good reviews of laptops to really find out what you’re getting.