Nvidia have introduced a new design approach to gaming laptops that it says will deliver a new generation of systems that are thinner and more powerful than ever.
Max-Q, which Nvidia announced at this year’s Computex in Taiwan, will allow Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) like Acer, Asus and Lenovo to build gaming laptops that are up to three times thinner with up to three times more performance than previous generation products.
This will result in gaming laptops that are as small as 18mm thick, the same as a MacBook Air, while still packing in up to 70% more gaming performance than a previous generation product tested by Nvidia.
Despite the small size, the new systems will still be able to pack in a powerful Nvidia graphics card, the high-end GeForce GTX 1080, based on the Nvidia Pascal 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,” Nvidia said in a statement.
“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.”
Noise levels are also a major focus of Max-G, with the introduction of WhisperMode technology allowing the laptops to run quieter thanks to intelligent adjustments of frame rates and graphics settings.
ASUS will be among the first brands to incorporate Max-Q with its upcoming ROG Zephyrus laptop, which features a GTX 1080 graphics card and a 120Hz 15.6″ G-Sync monitor in a 17.9mm-thick package.