Gaming laptops are already in a great place. They got smaller, lighter, and faster for years, and by 2018 they reached a point where they made sense to most people. And the rate of progress has not slowed down. And thanks to the competition between Nvidia, AMD and Intel, we're about to make another leap forward.
On the GPU side, Nvidia announced today that it is putting its RTX Super graphics cards on over 100 different laptop models. These include the excellent Razer Blade 15 and the Acer Triton 500. The blade is available in configurations with an RTX 2070 Super Max-Q or a 2080 Super Max-Q. And while the "super" in the name actually means more performance, don't sleep on the Max-Q.
Nvidia has updated its Max-Q specifications to consume less power than ever. This is mainly due to Dynamic Boost, which allocates energy to the CPU and GPU when needed. It's like Jean Luc Picard at the top of your laptop has instructed Geordi La Forge to put more power into the shields.
The revised Max-Q also uses more efficient GDDR6 memory, better voltage regulators, and the updated version of Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS 2.0). DLSS 2.0 allows games to run at a lower resolution, but has the same visual characteristics as native 1
10th generation Ryzen 4000 and Intel Core CPUs for gaming laptops
But while Nvidia drives mobile graphics, computing gets a real kick in the butt.
Intel today announced its 10th generation core processors for mobile devices. This includes the first 8-core i7 chip for a laptop, the i7-10875H. This processor achieves a maximum performance of 5.1 GHz. And it's a huge leap in performance compared to previous mobile CPUs.
The reason Intel works hard on mobile devices is because AMD forces its hand. Intel has never fallen behind AMD in terms of laptop performance – but that seems to be changing soon. AMD's Ryzen 4000 CPUs are incredible.
The Ryzen 7 4800HS has 8 cores and wallops for almost every currently available Intel mobile chip. And even if the 10th generation core CPUs take over the performance advantage again, this is associated with costs. The i7-10875H has a pulling power of 45 watts. The Ryzen 7 4800HS now only consumes 35 watts.
For a mobile platform, Ryzen could offer equivalent performance, but with a significantly better battery life.
Regardless of whether you choose Intel or AMD, 2020 laptops will deliver that screaming performance in games with cores left over for live streaming and content creation.