Major news for gaming laptops enthusiast, in an event held in Taipei, Taiwan, Nvidia, the technological giant from the USA introduced Max-Q, a new design approach that redefines gaming laptops from the ground up—making them thinner, quieter and faster. They will be available from all major OEMs worldwide, starting on June 27th.
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What is Max-Q?
Now, many of you’ll wonder what is Max- Q, and what kind of design approach are we talking about here. To understand this, we’ll have to go back in time. Max-Q, an integral part of NASA’s mission to launch man into space, is defined as the point at which the aerodynamic stress on a rocket in atmospheric flight is maximized. Thus, the design of the rocket is precision-engineered around Max-Q. NVIDIA has applied a similar philosophy to designing gaming laptops, enabling OEMs to build laptops that are 3X thinner with up to 3x more performance of previous generation products.
The actual GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 chips are the same, but they’re cherry-picked from the production line and then designated as Max Q versions. In Device Manger, you’ll see Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with Max Q technology.
This results in a high-performance gaming platform, one that is as small as 18mm thick ( as thin as a MacBook Air) with up to 70 percent more gaming performance than what is currently available in the market anywhere.
At the heart of this performance is NVIDIA Pascal™, the world’s most efficient gaming GPU architecture. To deliver more performance to thin laptops, NVIDIA has further optimized and configured Pascal for even higher efficiency. And with Max-Q, everything in the design is precision engineered—including the laptop, the GPU, the drivers, and the thermal and electrical components—to ensure peak efficiency.
With its blend of rocket science and exacting design, Max-Q pushes PC gaming on laptops into another stratosphere:
Based on the NVIDIA Pascal GPU architecture, GeForce GTX 1080 is manufactured on the leading-edge FinFET 16nm process and features cutting-edge GDDR5X memory. Max-Q combines a new way of operating the GPU at peak efficiency, with optimizations such as a low voltage optimized clock curve that wrings out gaming performance while reducing power.
These Max-Q designed laptops are engineered with sophisticated thermal and electrical design to squeeze even more performance out of a system. New advanced thermal solutions, along with unprecedented regulator efficiency, enable dramatically higher performance and quieter operations in thin gaming laptops than in anything else currently available. With Max-Q designed laptops, gamers can experience high-fidelity gaming and high-resolution entertainment whenever and wherever they want it. Max-Q designed laptops support the entire GeForce gaming platform, which includes the latest gaming technologies, Game Ready drivers, NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology, VR, 4K gaming, and more.
MaxQ-designed gaming laptops equipped with GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 will be available starting on June 27th from the world’s leading laptop OEMs and system builders, including Acer, Aftershock, Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, Dream Machine, ECT, Gigabyte, Hasee, HP, LDLC, Lenovo, Machenike, Maingear, Mechrevo, MSI, Multicom, Origin PC, PC Specialist, Sager, Scan, Terrans Force, Tronic’5, and XoticPC. Features, pricing, and availability may vary.
With the announcement of Nvidia’s MaxQ, the gaming laptops scene might see a complete overhaul in coming months. Combined with the upcoming super packed SSDs that we talked about in past, it’s easy to predict the direction in which computers are going. We’re surely living in exciting times for computers.
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