On the issue of NVIDIA Max-Q GPUs in laptops

NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop © NVIDIA

NVIDIA always leaves it to the integrators to specify – or not – the presence of Max-Q on their data sheets.

While the graphics card market desktop is troubled by a supply far below demand, the gaming laptop market faces a second problem: that of clearly identifying what is really inside your laptop.

Indeed, in response to various rumours, NVIDIA has confirmed that Max-Q technology is still present on some of its solutions… However, it is sometimes very difficult to be sure of this due to incomplete technical data sheets.

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Take a good look at the TGP

Remember that Max-Q technology was implemented by NVIDIA in order to achieve thinner, lighter laptops without (too much) sacrificing graphics performance. The power consumption and heating of GPUs certified Max-Q must be measured more. In return, you still have to do with performance a notch below.

Problem, it is difficult today to know if your laptop is yes or no Max-Q. Some dealers play along and point things out precisely. If this is not the case, you will often have no choice but to go to the beast’s control panel… and therefore have the laptop in your hands.

Laptop RTX 3070 Max-Q © Tom's Hardware

On the NVIDIA control panel, you can actually consult system information and obtain a detailed description of the onboard graphics solution… With, if necessary, mention of the presence of Max-Q. If it’s “yes”, no doubt possible. On the other hand, if it is “no”, it is not so simple.

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In this case, Tom’s Hardware advise to take a look at the line just below which specifies the maximum power in Watts. There you can determine the presence of Max-Q if:

  • Your RTX 3060 has a TGP between 60 and 70W
  • Your RTX 3070 has a TGP between 80 and 90W
  • Your RTX 3080 has a TGP between 80 and 90W

For each graphics card, if the TGP is beyond the values ​​indicated above, you are surely equipped with a “normal” model, therefore more efficient, but also more energy-consuming.

Source : Tom’s Hardware

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