The American company NVIDIA has presented the new RTX 30 Mobile, a generation of high-performance GPUs for laptops that maintains all the keys that we saw with the arrival of the Ampere architecture, and that represent an important qualitative and quantitative leap.
Let’s stop for a moment to talk about that topic. The quantitative improvement represented by the new RTX 30 Mobile is given by the increased number of shaders, texture units and ROPs compared to the previous generation, that is, by the jump in terms of gross power. However, the qualitative improvements are much more numerous, and also more interesting, since they are not limited to improving performance, but also seek a greater balance in terms of consumption, noise and optimization in general.
The GeForce RTX 30 Mobile are made in the same 8nm Samsung process that we have seen in the desktop RTX 30 series, and are divided, for the moment, in three models: the RTX 3060 Mobile, which ranks in the mid-range, the RTX 3070 Mobile, which is in the high-end, and the RTX 3080 Mobile, which is the most powerful laptop graphics card available at the moment.
GeForce RTX 30 Mobile: the importance of artificial intelligence
When it comes to Ampere, it’s easy to get carried away with ray tracing. It is understandable, after all this technology is conceived as “the Grail” of graphics on PC. However, one of the most important leaps that has occurred with the arrival of Ampere to the portable sector has come from the hand of the artificial intelligence.
In this sense, NVIDIA has confirmed that the new RTX 30 Mobile supports the 3rd generation Max-Q design, and that they are capable of doubling the efficiency compared to the previous generation.
How could it be otherwise, they also have 2nd generation RT cores to improve ray tracing performance, and turn to artificial intelligence to deliver four critical technologies:
Dynamic Boost 2.0: This mode uses artificial intelligence to analyze, frame by frame, the real needs of the equipment at the level of CPU, GPU and graphic memory, and adjusts the working frequencies and the use of resources in the best possible way (always according to those needs in real time).
WhisperMode 2.0: it is based on custom algorithms for each specific laptop. These allow us to choose the acoustics we want, and the system will manage the use of the CPU, the temperature of the GPU and the speeds of the fans to achieve the best possible performance adjusting to that noise level that we have selected (the acoustic level ).
Resizable Bar: This technology allows the CPU to access all the graphics memory of the GPU, which means that all the stored data used for elements as important as textures, shaders and geometry will be at your fingertips, thereby reducing duty cycles.
DLSS 2.0: We already know what this intelligent image reconstruction and rescaling technology is capable of. Thanks to it, it is possible to double the performance in games, and without having to make great sacrifices in terms of image quality. It also helps improve autonomy.
GeForce RTX 30 Mobile: Specs and Performance
NVIDIA has released a fairly comprehensive breakdown of the specs of each of the new GeForce RTX 30 Mobile, and in the end those specifications are not far from what we saw in the most recent leaks.
As we anticipate, NVIDIA has had to reduce the number of SM drives for thermal and consumption reasons, but it has managed to maintain quite good configurations, as we will see below.
RTX 3060 Mobile Specifications
- Graphic core GA106.
- 3,840 shaders at 1,283 MHz-1,703 MHz.
- 120 texturing units.
- 64 raster units.
- 120 tensor cores.
- 30 RT cores.
- 192-bit memory bus.
- 6 GB of GDDR6 memory.
- TDP from 60 to 115 watts.
According to NVIDIA, this graphics card is 30% more powerful than the one used by PS5, a fact that confirms what I have told you in previous articles.
In the attached image we can see that the RTX 3060 Mobile will offer a perfect gaming experience with 1080p resolution and maximum quality. Laptops equipped with this graphic solution will have a starting price of 999 dollars.
RTX 3070 Mobile Specifications
- Graphic core GA104.
- 5,120 shaders at 1,290 MHz-1,620 MHz.
- 160 texturing units.
- 80 raster units.
- 160 tensor cores.
- 40 RT cores.
- 256-bit memory bus.
- 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.
- TDP from 80 to 125 watts.
The RTX 3070 Mobile occupies a very interesting position within the RTX 30 Mobile series, as it is capable of optimally moving games in 1440p and maximum quality.
According to NVIDIA, outperforms an RTX 2070 by 50%, and laptops configured with such a GPU will have a starting price of $ 1,299.
RTX 3080 Mobile Specifications
- Graphic core GA104.
- 6,144 shaders at 1,245 MHz-1,710 MHz.
- 192 texturing units.
- 96 raster units.
- 192 tensor cores.
- 48 RT cores.
- 256-bit memory bus.
- 8GB-16GB GDDR6 memory.
- TDP from 80 to 150 watts.
This is by far the most powerful laptop graphics card out there, and the top of the line in the RTX 30 Mobile series. According to NVIDIA, it is capable of moving games in 1440p with maximum quality and maintain more than 100 frames per second.
We do not have a rough equivalent of performance by NVIDIA, but looking at its specifications I think it should not be too far from the RTX 3070. Laptops equipped with this graphics solution will have a high price, there is no doubt about that, but they will also be very powerful. The RTX 30 Mobile will be available from 26 of January.