Nvidia brings its new Ampere architecture for notebooks, with notebooks equipped with GeForce RTX 3060, 3070 and 3080. The new graphics cards have refinements to Max-Q technology, can deliver more than 100 fps in some recent titles that run on high-end laptops, while promising to even double performance with the implementation of the new RT cores.
The presentation of Nvidia’s current line of RTX 30 GPUs took place in September last year and they mark the switch from Turing architecture to Ampere. As a consequence, the processors have also been changed and they are able to increase the output of the FP32 twice. This alphabet soup is kept in the new versions of these plates, which live squeezed into a thin, light and warm body of any notebook.
The miniaturization work is done in partnership with Max-Q technology, which arrives in its third generation in this launch. In summary, there are four points adopted by Nvidia to guarantee basically the same firepower of desktops in notebooks:
- Dynamic Boost 2.0: the GeForce RTX 3060, 3070 and 3080 can change the power requirement, which in notebooks is balanced with what the CPU needs and this math needs to respect the source limit – much less than in desktops. To improve the equation, the American company uses artificial intelligence to be more precise in the decision of the seesaw, which now also involves electricity sent to the GPU’s memory.
- WhisperMode 2.0: any notebook makes noise to cool its components that get very hot, an even worse situation in all gamer models. To improve in some way, the new GPUs use algorithms and also work with artificial intelligence to control their use, along with the CPU and speed of the coolers to try to reduce the noise. The company says that “it delivers excellent acoustics with the best possible performance”, a phrase that I still need to see personally in the tests to believe.
- Resizable BAR: the new cards take advantage of a technology of the PCI Express itself that holds the component, allowing the CPU to use all the memory of the GPU when you want and need
- DLSS: already present since the first RTX GPUs, the technology has been improved on these new cards and promises to double the performance of the previous generation, while consuming the same hardware. In notebooks this feature is very important, especially to avoid further heating.
GeForce RTX 3060 is faster than RTX 2080 Super
Dividing the three releases in general lines, we can list this way:
- GeForce RTX 3060: it is the entry model of this family, but still promises 90 frames per second in recent games and with graphics configured for “ultra”, while the game takes place in 1080p. It looks like a low resolution, but most notebooks have a built-in screen with exactly that amount of pixels. Even at the bottom of the list when performance is taken into account, Nvidia guarantees that its performance is even faster than the RTX 2080 Super of the previous generation.
- GeForce RTX 3070: a step up, the focus here is on the same game, in the same visual quality setting, at the same 90 frames per second, only at 1440p resolution, or 2K. Compared to its previous generation, the RTX 2070, the speed gain is 50%.
- GeForce RTX 3080: if money is no problem and you want the best gaming notebook, this GPU will be in it. There are up to 16 GB of dedicated GDDR6 RAM, going from 100 fps when everything is “ultra” and running at 1440p. In games that demand less, but are very popular, like Overwatch and Fortnite, Nvidia guarantees that the RTX 3080 can work with more than 240 fps – great for 240 Hz screens that will be on more than half of laptops with this card.
As with non-portable computers, on notebook computers the new GPUs deliver features other than fps and ray tracing. This includes Broadcast and Studio technologies for streaming, while Nvidia Reflex works to decrease game latency by up to 50%.
The first notebooks with the new RTX 3060, 3070 and 3080 cards will hit the international market as of the 26th of this month on Nvidia’s commercial partners such as Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI and Razer. The price forecast starts at $ 999 for notebooks with the RTX 3060, $ 1,299 for the 3070 and $ 1,999 if you want the RTX 3080.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 also comes to desktops
If you’ve read this far and been curious about the 3060, know that this model is also new for those who prefer to play in a case, giving up portability to have a more powerful setup. It is the continuation of the line that is most present in computers in the world, which is the GTX 1060, with the RTX 2060 in third place in the monthly report of Steam.
Comparing exactly with the GTX 1060 – card that I use here myself – the GeForce RTX 3060 offers twice the performance and ray tracing 10 times better, since in GTX this feature is done in an almost emulated way. The company ensures that the new GPU can handle Cyberpunk 2077 and Fortnite with 60 frames per second, without much difficulty.
In specifications the RTX 3060 offers 13 TFLOPs for shaders, 25 RT-TFLOPs for ray tracing, 101 tensor-TFLOPs inside Nvidia DLSS, 192 bit memory interface and 12 GB of GDDR6 RAM. The Resizable BAR is also present, the same goes for Reflex and Studio.
The starting price of the GeForce RTX 3060 is marked at $ 329 and Nvidia’s business partners who have confirmed their interest in this card are: ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. The card will be available on the international market from the end of February this year.
Questioned by Tecnoblog, Nvidia has not yet released prices and release dates for the first notebooks with the new RTX 30 in Brazil, let alone the RTX 3060 for desktops.