NVIDIA now REQUIRES laptop makers to list clocks and TGP for GeForce RTX 30 Laptop GPUs

Published: 5th Feb 2021, 18:52 GMT   Comments

NVIDIA is no longer encouraging laptop makers to list GeForce RTX 30 Laptop GPU specifications — it is now a requirement 

Consumers have won.

Following NVIDIA’s ridiculous decision to drop Max-Q branding for Laptop GPUs, NVIDIA has made a third statement regarding the situation of the GeForce RTX 30 Laptop GPUs. As we have explained in previous stories, NVIDIA has decided to treat Max-Q as a technology, not as a graphics card moniker that helped customers differentiate between full-fat and power-limited variants. As a result, laptop makers have begun listing all GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards on their notebook pages without any information that would ultimately confirm which of the 28 possible variants is being used by the laptop. In the end, consumers would have to rely on public information shared by independent websites or reviewers or seek information through product support, which would not always provide the most up to date information.

Since then, NVIDIA has issued a short statement to The Verge where the company has encouraged laptop makers to list the specifications on the product pages and in marketing materials. Some brands, such as Schenker XMG have already listed the specs before NVIDIA issued a statement, while the ‘encouragement’ from NVIDIA has only made MSI and ASUS act and provide the information. Unfortunately, other manufacturers were not so eager to share the specifications. which has resulted in NVIDIA today issuing a statement. This time around NVIDIA has confirmed that listing of clock speeds and power (TGP) is now a requirement.

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,

— NVIDIA Spokesman to The Verge

We have already seen how much TGP (Total Graphics Power) can affect the performance of mobile graphics cards, often showing a 30% difference between the SKUs.

Earlier this week ASUS has become the first OEM to list all specs (including boost clocks) for each RTX 30-based laptop:

ASUS product page for GeForce RTX 30 laptops, Source: ASUS

XMG was the first and only OEM to list TGP’s for RTX 30 Laptop GPUs from the very beginning:

XMG product page for GeForce RTX 30 laptops, Source: XMG

MSI basic TGP specs shown during ‘MSI Insider’ podcast, Source: MSI

Other brands have been reluctant to share the specifications of the GeForce RTX 30 Laptop GPUs:

Other manufacturers’ product pages for GeForce RTX 30 laptops, Source: VideoCardz

There are 28 variants of GeForce RTX 30 Laptop GPUs. Some power-limited higher-end SKUs end up being slower than much cheaper models, only because they have higher TGPs:

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Mobile & Desktop Series
ModelTGP (W)CUDA CoresBase Clock (MHz)Boost Clock (MHz)Memory BusMemory SpeedFP32 Power Base Clk (TFLOPS)
RTX 3080 Founders Edition
 
320
 
8704
 
1440
 
1710
 
320-bit
 
19 Gbps
 
25.1
RTX 3070 Founders Edition
 
220
 
5888
 
1500
 
1730
 
256-bit
 
15 Gbps
 
17.7
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
150
 
6144
 
1350
 
1710
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
16.6
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
145
 
6144
 
1320
 
1695
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
16.2
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
140
 
6144
 
1275
 
1665
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
15.7
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
135
 
6144
 
1260
 
1665
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
15.5
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
130
 
6144
 
1230
 
1635
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
15.1
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
125
 
6144
 
1185
 
1605
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
14.6
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
120
 
6144
 
1155
 
1575
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
14.2
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
115
 
6144
 
1110
 
1545
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
13.6
RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
 
125
 
5120
 
1215
 
1620
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
12.4
RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
 
120
 
5120
 
1170
 
1590
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
12.0
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU Max-Q
 
90
 
6144
 
930
 
1365
 
256-bit
 
12 Gbps
 
11.4
RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
 
115
 
5120
 
1110
 
1560
 
256-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
11.4
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU Max-Q
 
85
 
6144
 
870
 
1320
 
256-bit
 
12 Gbps
 
10.7
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
115
 
3840
 
1387
 
1702
 
192-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
10.7
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
110
 
3840
 
1342
 
1680
 
192-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
10.3
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
105
 
3840
 
1305
 
1642
 
192-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
10.0
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
100
 
3840
 
1267
 
1605
 
192-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
9.7
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU Max-Q
 
80
 
6144
 
780
 
1245
 
256-bit
 
12 Gbps
 
9.6
RTX 3070 Laptop GPU Max-Q
 
90
 
5120
 
930
 
1410
 
256-bit
 
12 Gbps
 
9.5
RTX 3060 Founders Edition
 
170
 
3840
 
1320
 
1780
 
192-bit
 
15 Gbps
 
9.5
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
95
 
3840
 
1215
 
1567
 
192-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
9.3
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
90
 
3840
 
1163
 
1530
 
192-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
8.9
RTX 3070 Laptop GPU Max-Q
 
85
 
5120
 
855
 
1365
 
256-bit
 
12 Gbps
 
8.8
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU Max-Q
 
70
 
3840
 
1050
 
1402
 
192-bit
 
12 Gbps
 
8.1
RTX 3070 Laptop GPU Max-Q
 
80
 
5120
 
780
 
1290
 
256-bit
 
12 Gbps
 
8.0
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
85
 
3840
 
1035
 
1485
 
192-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
7.9
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU Max-Q
 
65
 
3840
 
975
 
1357
 
192-bit
 
12 Gbps
 
7.5
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
80
 
3840
 
900
 
1425
 
192-bit
 
14 Gbps
 
6.9
RTX 3060 Laptop GPU Max-Q
 
60
 
3840
 
817
 
1282
 
192-bit
 
12 Gbps
 
6.3

Source: The Verge




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