MSI confirms GPU power variants for its GeForce RTX 30 powered notebooks

Published: Jan 28th 2021, 09:11 GMT   Comments

MSI confirms TGPs for its GeForce RTX 30 powered notebooks

During the MSI Insider stream, company reps confirmed the configurations of the GeForce RTX 30 mobile graphics cards inside the latest gaming laptops from the manufacturer.

Although NVIDIA encouraged its partners to list GPU’s TGPs (total graphics power) and clock speeds for GeForce RTX 30 gaming laptops, no manufacturer that had this information missing on the product page, has yet done so.

The problematic and misleading listings on notebook official specifications pages is a typical marketing attempt that limits the information available to consumers. Notebook brands are trying to happy to list higher-end and more expensive SKUs, although they are never going to be as powerful and the full-fat version. Customers are forced to seek this information on their own, either through product support, external reviews, or by reading tech publications, such as this.

We have already shared a list of all RTX 30 mobile SKUs and to no one surprise, there are as many as 28 variants. Such a vast number is impossible to comprehend by consumers, who would rather read this information from a product page, rather than rely on unconfirmed reports by 3rd party.

Ever since NVIDIA dropped Max-Q SKU naming, it is very hard to verify the TGP range for the laptop. However, by design, some laptops are limited by their cooling capacity and desired everyday experience and for such a reason laptops such as GS66 Stealth will be power limited to 80W, on all SKUs.

MSI GeForce RTX 30 Mobile TGP Specs, Source: MSI Insider

MSI employees defended their company which is not listing TGPs on product pages by explaining that there are many variants for each region and that would simply be impossible. That of course is complete nonsense and base configurations always had the same GPUs. Region-specific features usually affect keyboard layout or a power supply voltage/cabling, certainly not the GPU TGP variant (unless MSI has 150 production lines for each notebook and each region, which they don’t).

During the MSI Insider stream, the full TGP information on RTX 30 powered laptops has finally been disclosed. As explained, those are typical configurations that may be different depending on other components (which is true). Features such as Dynamic Boost may be affected by a choice of the main processor, although it wouldn’t affect the data in this chart (DB is dynamically adjusted and does not affect base TGP).

The product pages still do not list which TGP variants are being offered by MSI. In this case, we have GE76 Raider with 150W RTX 3080 and GS66 Stealth with 80W RTX 3080, a nearly 47% reduction in power will certainly provide a different gaming experience.

MSI GeForce RTX 30 Mobile TGP Specs, Source: MSI website

Source: MSI Insider

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