Nvidia showcased a new technology breakthrough at the Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. The one every gamer was waiting for years.
The new groundbreaking technology decides the fate for gaming laptops. The new Nvidia Max-Q is a new design approach that makes the gaming laptops thinner and Quieter without losing on the performance.
What is Nvidia Max-Q?
The Max-Q technology helps the laptop to reduce the power consumption of the gaming laptop to half thereby making it possible for the graphics card used efficiently in an ultra-book. What will happen to the Acer Predator 21X?
Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, stated that they are working with gaming laptop manufacturers to implement this new approach to making the devices thinner, quieter and more powerful.
Max-Q is a term taken from NASA’s project to launch a man into space. Max-Q is the point where the rocket experience the maximum pressure during its journey and Nvidia has used the same philosophy to design the new breed of Laptops.
With Max-Q everything is precision engineered – laptop internal hardware like the GOU, heat sinks and fan design and even the electrical components to make sure thermal and power efficiency is maximized.
Nvidia presented that the Max Q design philosophy has helped them achieve 3X the performance vs an older laptop.
Arguably, the new Max-Q laptops are quite thin but the comparison doesn’t look fair as the GTX 880 was way slower and less power efficient compared to the GTX 1080.
We would have liked to see a GTX 1080 non-Max Q Vs a Max Q design performance difference. Especially the temperatures in these machines.
Though Nvidia has also stated that the Max-Q based laptops can offer upto 70% higher gaming performance compared to other gaming laptops, without much explanation.
But on the positive side, the ability to use something as powerful as a GTX 1080 in just 18 mm thin machine is no small task. Even the Next MacBook Pro may get a GTX 1070 or 1080. Youtubers and content creators dream scenario.
Thin laptops or Ultrabooks are going to get immensely powerful using the Nvidia GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060.
Nvidia has also stated that the power consumption for Max-Q laptops is 50% less, that also means more battery life and less heat.
The major problem with thinner gaming laptops has been the amount of heat that gets generated due to the hardware and ability of the machine to remove it, without sounding too loud and increasing the temperature for internal parts.
Nvidia has solved this problem with the Max-Q.
Nvidia says they are introducing a “Whisper Mode” which will also keep a check on the sound of the laptop, and will also adjust the frame rates of a game and will tinker with the game graphics setting to keep things quieter.
I don’t wish to sound alarmed but are they saying it will either lower the game settings or cap the frame rates to keep things quiet. I don’t usually like that but can be helpful if you want to game stealthily without letting anyone know.
While the Nvidia GTX 1080, GTX 1070 for the laptops first time brought the laptops closer to their desktop counterparts the Nvidia Max-Q takes the bulk out of these machines.
I have always been a fan of hardcore computer gaming but the new breed of Max-Q gaming laptops looks intriguing and may force me to buy one sometime in future.
I even wrote an article a couple of years back, How PC gaming is way superior to laptop gaming, but things are changing.
Nvidia also stated that the Laptop partners are unveiling 40 new laptops soon and 15 of these new laptops will come with the Max-Q technology.
Reportedly Asus has the world’s first laptop called Zephyrus (named after a Greek God) based on the Max-Q design.
The Max-Q based laptops will come with only GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 machines,
The laptop is just 16.9 mm thick which is thinner than the MacBook Air and is powered by Nvidia GTX 1080 and has 24 GB of Ram along with the Nvidia GTX 1080. Mind Blowing …….
Nvidia has finally been able to achieve what was a vision for powerful and portable machines for gamer and content creators and it looks incredible.
P.S – But as usual, I am bit skeptic before we see some real gaming benchmarks that these machines don’t throttle performance or down clock to keep things cool and quiet.
Asus has also launched the new ROG Zephyrus laptop powered by the GTX 1080 and is one of the thinnest machines you can buy using the Max Q technology.