Computex 2017 Consumer Tech News

Nvidia’s new ‘Max-Q’ design aims to bring high-performance gaming to sleek, slim laptops

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If you’re a gaming enthusiast and have been eyeing the purchase of your next portable and powerful machine then we’d suggest you defer your purchasing mission for a couple months. At Computex 2017 trade show, presently ongoing in Taipei, graphic chip maker Nvidia has taken center stage to take the wraps off its latest ‘Max-Q’ design approach.

This design will assist hardware makers to build thinner, efficient and faster gaming laptops — thinner being of prominence here. It has been claimed that laptops developed with regards to the Max-Q design approach will both be three times thinner, along with up to three times more performance than its predecessors. This laptop will also be high-end and not compromise on the internal specs sheet in order to provide an immersive, high-end experience.

This design approach simply means one will be able to embed Nvidia’s widely popular and powerful GTX 1080 GPU into an almost 18mm MacBook Air body — which weighs about 5 pounds. The design has been precision engineered, including everything ranging from the laptop and the GPU to the drivers and the thermal or electrical components. It is being touted as the most efficient gaming GPU architecture. The difference induced by this architecture can be witnessed in the image attached above.

Talking about how Max-Q design works, the official blog post writes:

[Max-Q] finds the most efficient trade-off of performance and power for the GPU. Our software balances work done on the CPU and GPU, optimizing the game settings and using advanced system design techniques for thermal management and power regulation.

With laptops based on the Max-Q design, gamers can experience high-fidelity gaming and high-resolution entertainment whenever and wherever they want it. The system will not only include Nvidia’s powerful graphics chips but will also be powered by the leading 16nm processor (even though we already have 10nm ones), coupled with the cutting-edge GDDR5X memory. It also supports the entire GeForce gaming platform, bringing the latest gaming technologies, Game Ready drivers, NVIDIA G-SYNC™ display technology, VR, 4K gaming, and more to the sleek new laptops.

In addition, the graphics chip maker has also debuted WhisperMode technology to enable the newly architectured gaming systems from running much quieter during a gaming session. The blog post mentions that the said feature paces the game’s frame rate and also automatically configures the graphics settings for an optimal power output. WhisperMode will be rolled out to everyone via the next GeForce update, reducing the overall acoustic level for gaming laptops.

Nvidia has already extended the aforementioned design approach to its hardware partners and they’re already building MacBook or Razer-like powerful yet slim gaming laptops. We can expect to witness a flood of such devices worldwide, starting June 27. Nvidia is solely focused on propagating its graphics technology to the masses, with additional aid from loyal PC makers. So, one can expect to see graphic-boosted laptops, including GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs, from hardware makers like:

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.

There is presently no official word on the pricing and geographical availability of these devices to the consumers. Comment your thoughts on the new graphics design approach down below.

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