Nvidia presented its new line of RTX 3000 cards dedicated to laptops during a virtual conference at CES 2021. It will arrive on more than 70 gaming computers and offers a major technical advance compared to the previous generation. Ray-tracing is finally democratizing on laptops.
Last September, Nvidia launched its new generation of RTX 3000 graphics cards, aimed at desktop PCs. The Californian brand is declining it today in the world of laptops by announcing the arrival RTX 3060, 3070 and 3080 on laptops dedicated to gaming.
As of January 26, more than 70 laptops of all brands will be offering these new cards which will replace the aging RTX 2000 series. This generation is of course synonymous with an undeniable gain in power. With the RTX 3060, we can thus hope to play at 90 frames per second with ray-tracing enabled, all at 1080p. In its presentation video, Nvidia specifies that a PC equipped with an RTX 3060 is 1.3 times faster than a PS5. It doesn’t mean much, but at least we are sure that it will run the last big games of the moment on “ultra”.
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A PC with an RTX 3070 card will be 1.5 times more powerful than a laptop with an RTX 2070 and Nvidia promises here of gaming at 90 frames per second at 1440p. Finally, the RTX 3080 is obviously part of the laptops for optimal performance easily exceeding 100 FPS in 1440p with ray-tracing enabled.
The new cards use the third generation of the famous Max-Q design which greatly improves finesse while being reasonable in terms of heat output. It brings some new features that manufacturers can use such as Dynamic Boost 2.0, which allows consumption to be managed between the CPU and the GPU. Likewise, we note the appearance of the Resizable BAR, which allows the CPU to use all the memory of the graphics card. This is the Nvidia equivalent of AMD’s SAM (Smart Access Memory), introduced with the RX6000 series. Finally, the Whispermode is back in version 2.0 and allows a much better intelligent management of ventilation.
To demonstrate the power of its new range, and more specifically the RTX 3080, Nvidia released a short video in which a man launches Flight Simulator on a three-screen setup. After a few minutes of playing, we realize that it is not on a big desktop PC, but on a Razer Blade 15 equipped with an RTX 3080.
More than 70 PCs equipped
Razer will not be the only manufacturer to soon offer equipped computers, far from it. More than 70 references of different brands are already offered on the merchant sites. Among them, we can cite Acer which presented its new Nitro 5 in the process. Equipped with a Ryzen 7 and an RTX 3060, this 17-inch PC will be sold for 1399 euros. Asus is also in the game with its ROG range. The Strix 15 and 17 will thus be equipped with these new cards, which will not be too much to take advantage of the 300 Hz screen of the most expensive model. Alienware has unveiled its m15 and m17, also equipped.
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Other manufacturers are added to the list, such as MSI, Lenovo or Razer. Nvidia announced that laptops equipped with RTX 3060 will have a starting price of $ 1000, while those with an RTX 3070 will be $ 1300 minimum. To benefit from a laptop with an RTX 3080, it will be necessary to break the bank, since the cheapest model will be sold from 2000 dollars. The prices then vary according to the appreciation of the manufacturer and the characteristics of its machines.
The arrival of the RTX 3000 range is a sign a small revolution in the world of laptops, which is therefore no longer lagging behind desktop PCs. Note that for the latter, Nvidia has also announced the upcoming arrival of the RTX 3060, which promises ray-tracing gaming at 60 FPS in full HD. All that remains is to hope that there are stocks, supply concerns being commonplace since the launch of this generation.