Nvidia requires laptop makers to share how powerful their graphics chips are

Nvidia is now requiring, not just encouraging, companies selling laptops with its new RTX 30-series graphics chips to be more transparent about the kind of power people can expect. Nvidia tells The Verge these companies will have to disclose specific clock speed stats and total graphics power on online product pages — all of which tells people everything they need to know about a laptop’s graphics potential, for better or worse.

However, companies won’t have to mention that these chips are Max-Q variants because, according to an Nvidia spokesperson, “Max-Q is no longer part of the GPU name.” Rather, Max-Q is now solely used to communicate that a laptop with an RTX 30-series graphics chip ships with efficiency features like Whisper Mode 2, Dynamic Boost 2, and Advanced Optimus. Previously, seeing Max-Q branding made it easy to determine a laptop’s general performance without having to know its specific clock speeds.

It’s encouraging to see Nvidia no longer allows companies to hide this vital information from marketing materials. It should go far enough in helping buyers make an educated purchase without having to wait on reviewers and early adopters to report on the specs.

By sharing these specs, companies can make it much easier for consumers to understand how it’s possible that, in some instances, the RTX 3070 in MSI’s GP66 Leopard can outperform an RTX 3080 in the MSI GS66 Stealth, which is something we saw first-hand. Since the Max-Q brand no longer signifies a graphics chip’s power capabilities, being transparent with clock speed and how much power it can consume is more crucial than ever.

Nvidia RTX laptops

Nvidia now requires companies share the clock speed and power on laptop product pages
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“We’re requiring OEMs to update their product pages to the Max-Q technology features for each GeForce laptop, as well as clocks and power — which communicates the expected GPU performance in that system,” an Nvidia spokesperson told The Verge.

Nvidia says manufacturers have already begun sharing this info, including Asus, which we confirmed at the time of publishing. We’re going to keep tabs on some models coming out soon (and those currently on the market) to see how long it takes for these requirements to roll out across the industry. Let us know in the comments if you notice that one has been updated with info or needs to be added to this list.

Origin PC

  • EVO 15-S (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • EVO 17-S (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)

Acer

Asus

Razer

  • Blade 15 (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • Blade 17 Pro (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)

Gigabyte

  • Aorus 15G (updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • Aorus 15P (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • Aorus 17G (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • Aero 15 (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • Aero 17 (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)

MSI

  • GE76 Raider (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • GP76 Leopard (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • GP66 Leopard (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • Stealth 15M (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • GS66 Stealth (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)

Alienware

  • M15 R4 (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)
  • M17 R4 (not updated as of 2/5 with clock/power specs)

Lenovo

  • Product pages aren’t yet live for the Legion 7 and Legion 5 Pro, but it didn’t share specs in its press release or in the information provided to us for our coverage

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