Nvidia RTX 3000 gaming laptop GPUs leaked
26 October 2020
RTX 3080, 3070 and 3060 mobile variants
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Nvidia’s RTX 3000
line-up of mobile graphics cards for laptops has been leaked, with the purported variants being shared on Twitter.
Naturally, we have to be very careful about taking it for granted that this is true – it could all be fabricated, and that wouldn’t be the first time – but assuming it’s correct, Nvidia is planning RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 Max-Q GPUs for gaming notebooks.
They will arrive alongside an RTX 3060 mobile GPU, which will be a standard graphics solution (the ‘P’ in the spec details refers to Max-P, which is the unofficial designation for any mobile GPU which isn’t Max-Q – in other words, just a normal GPU).
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Max-Q graphics cards
, as you’re likely aware, are less power-hungry and run a bit cooler so they’re okay being squeezed into the confines of a slim laptop chassis, but sacrifice some performance to do so.
Max-Q only at the top?
One of the main points of interest with this rumor is that both the RTX 3080 and 3070 will only come in Max-Q flavors, perhaps because full-fat notebook GPUs could simply be too demanding on the power front with these models.
The theory is that Nvidia will be announcing these laptop graphics solutions at
. According to the leak, Nvidia has sent out the above specs to allow partners to choose which cards they might want to go for, and indeed shipping has already started for ‘priority’ orders of these RTX 3000 mobile GPUs.
Another interesting point here is that the leaked spec sheet pairs the purported Nvidia RTX 3000 GPUs with Intel’s 10th-gen Comet Lake mobile processors, and not Intel’s new
11th-gen Tiger Lake
chips which are
just starting to appear in laptops
Meanwhile the next big milestone for Nvidia is the
release of the RTX 3070 desktop graphics card
, which is due to turn up in just a few days on October 29. The latest we are hearing from the grapevine is that stock should be better than the RTX 3080 and 3090 launches, and fingers crossed that’s the case, because Nvidia
doesn’t need another disappointment
on that front.
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