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mobile versions of the new RTX 40X0s are coming

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Nvidia promises ever more powerful and less greedy portable cards, to the delight of players and creators.

After the release of the new generation of Nvidia RTX 40X0 graphics cards last October, the green giant is now taking advantage of CES to formalize the mobile versions of these components. The whole range will be transposed, from the RTX 4050 to the monstrous RTX 4090.

The brand begins by praising the merits of its new Ada Lovelace architecture. One of its main arguments is a significant increase in energy performance.

This is a point that weighs particularly heavily in the portable ecosystem, where battery size and especially temperature management are major constraints. On paper, we can therefore expect that the portable versions of the RTX 40X0s will be able to achieve performance comparable to the previous generation models with a significantly lower power budget.

In practice, Nvidia claims these cards are “ three times less energy consuming than their elders. A high-sounding figure that must be taken with a grain of salt, but at least allows us to hope for machines with more reasonable consumption than in the past (all things considered). Will 2023 finally be the year of gaming laptops with competitive autonomy outside of games? It is still too early to tell, but this new generation will probably come close.

Laptops more powerful than ever

On the other hand, communiqué also gives another interesting detail; the wording suggests that this new architecture will greatly facilitate the integration of dedicated cards into 14-inch models. It was a segment that tended to be a little neglected at this level, because of the enormous thermal constraints imposed by the small size of these machines. But thanks to the energy and thermal performance of the RTX 40X0, we can expect to see lots of new models with dedicated graphics hardware.

But the main argument of these new components obviously remains raw power, especially on RTX technology. Nvidia claims that the raytracing performance of the new portable models is up to 4 times greater than for the 30X0 generation. Enough to enjoy ideal graphic quality in the most demanding AAA games of the moment.

And even for those who are not used to using this feature, the benefit should be considerable. According to the brand, even the “small” RTX 4050 will allow you to enjoy AAA titles in 1440p at 80 frames per second. And with the two giants in the range, the RTX, 4080 and 4090, it will even be possible to power three 4K screens simultaneously, all at 60 frames per second! A waking dream for lovers of ultra-realistic simulations like FlightSimulator or rFactor 2.

Blessed bread for creators

Creators are also concerned, especially for those who work with applications that support raytracing. The press release focuses in particular on rendering performance in Blender; apparently these cards managed to loop renders” that previously took two and a half hours in just 10 minutes “.

Again, this is a carefully selected example and not necessarily representative of the average gain; but it does show that Nvidia has given particular importance to optimizing these processes.

The American giant closes its announcement by giving news of its Max-Q technology, which is moving to the fifth generation. On the menu: improved support for the latest generation graphics memory (GDDR6), a radical increase in bandwidth and a new microcontroller that “ dynamically switch to faster and less power-consuming memory states “. Nvidia also announces improvements to its DLSS 3 upsampling system.

New laptop models equipped with these GeForce RTX 40X0 graphics cards will be available from February 8. We should logically find some from all the main manufacturers.

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