I’ve dreamt of the day gaming laptops with desktop-calibre specs would be as easy to carry around as any other laptop. Nvidia’s latest Computex 2017 announcements are ushering in this dream. The days of PC gamers balking at gaming laptops may finally come to an end thanks to the Nvidia’s latest Max-Q design. It claims the next generation laptops set to arrive will be up to 3x thinner and 3x more powerful. Those are some lofty claims, but coming from Nvidia, it’s totally believable. We’re imagining 18mm thick laptops weighing just over 2kg, with the awesome power of the GTX 1080.
The first laptops are expected to begin rolling out as early as June 27 with specifications set to blow away any existing competition. If you’re in the market for a gaming machine (laptop or desktop), I would suggest being patient to see what’s coming up. No specific benchmarks have been revealed yet on what we can expect. A graph on Nividia’s website claims an average 1.8x performance increase over GTX1060 when running “AAA” titles at 4K. During the Computex demo, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off a 2.2kg laptop running Project Cars 2, saying it was 60 per cent faster than the PS4 Pro.
Nvidia has always pegged itself as a software company as much as hardware. Within this new design, it’s not only engineered the chips, drivers, thermal and electrical components to be thin, but has also created the software at its core that optimises the settings and workloads across the CPU/GPU to regulate power and heat. There’s also a WhisperMode, which can pace the game’s framerate to keep the laptop cool and quiet during a plugged-in gaming session.
You can expect models from the likes of Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI and many more. All with variants including GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 GPUs. It’s a wonderful time to be a PC gamer.