2nd Gen NVIDIA Max-Q Technology : What’s New?

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The 100+ new NVIDIA GeForce laptops that are coming soon will feature new 2nd Gen Max-Q technology, that promises to DOUBLE efficiency over previous designs!

Find out what new Max-Q technologies NVIDIA are introducing in those new laptops!

2nd Gen NVIDIA Max-Q Technology : What's New?


NVIDIA Max-Q Technology : What Is It?

NVIDIA Max-Q Technology was first introduced at Computex 2017, and based on the NASA term, which refers to “the point at which aerodynamic stress on a vehicle in atmospheric flight is maximized“.

NVIDIA Max-Q uses a similar philosophy to design gaming laptops that are 3X thinner, with up to 3X more performance (compared to the previous-generation NVIDIA Maxwell GPUs).

So what exactly is the NVIDIA Max-Q design, and how does it work? Gaurav Agarwal, NVIDIA Product Marketing Manager, explains it all in this tech briefing.


2nd Gen NVIDIA Max-Q Technology : What’s New?

When NVIDIA announced 100 new laptop designs, including GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER and GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER gaming laptops, they also revealed details of the 2nd Gen Max-Q technology.

They basically added a bunch of new Max-Q technologies, which they promise will double efficiency over previous designs :

NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER laptops Max-Q Efficiency

These are the new Max-Q technologies that will be included in all new 2020 GeForce RTX SUPER, GeForce RTX and GeForce GTX gaming laptops :

Dynamic Boost

Dynamic Boost Intelligently and automatically balances power between the GPU and CPU on a per-frame basis, boosting overall in-game performance.

Dynamic Boost is automatic, adaptive and always working to deliver more performance without increasing system power consumption.

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Low-Voltage GDDR6

While not a technology unique to NVIDIA, NVIDIA say that they worked with their memory partners to increase memory efficiency, while delivering high performance with new lower voltage GDDR6 memory.

Advanced Optimus

Advanced Optimus controls which GPU is driving the display and intelligently determines the right GPU for the right workload at the right time, dynamically switching on the fly without needing a system reboot.

NVIDIA claims it will deliver long battery life and immersive, stutter-free gameplay with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.

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Next-Generation Regulator Efficiency

The 2nd Gen Max-Q designs will feature next-generation voltage regulators that will help optimise system design, so that the GPU will run more efficiently while delivering higher overall performance.

Deep Learning Super Sampling 2.0

Powered by the Tensor Cores in RTX GPUs, DLSS 2.0 is an improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games.

NVIDIA claims it will boost a game’s performance headroom while maximizing ray-tracing settings with increased output resolution and extending battery life by up to 20 percent.

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2nd Gen NVIDIA Max-Q : Double Efficiency = Double Performance?

When NVIDIA says NVIDIA Max-Q will double efficiency, it is based on two caveats.

  • They are referring specifically to GRAPHICS performance.
  • On top of that, the additional efficiency is partly based on DLSS 2.0.

In the ideal scenario where you use a 2nd Gen Max-Q laptop with a game that supports DLSS 2.0, you should see almost a doubling of gaming performance.

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Real world performance advantage from the 2nd Gen Max-Q technology will certainly be far, far less than that.

After all, how many games do you know support DLSS? And it will take time for DLSS 2.0 to be introduced.

That said, even a 25%-33% boost in efficiency would offer a nice upgrade over the last generation.


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