NVIDIA waives Max-Q and Max-P markings for Ampere mobile graphics

Abandonment of the Max-Q and Max-P markings means that the user will not be able to know at the time of purchase whether it is a power-up version of the Max-Q or a performance-focused Max-P mobile graphics card.

In a keynote speech at CES 2021, NVIDIA unveiled the new GeForce RTX 3000 mobile graphics cards. With the new generation, familiar graphics cards have been abandoned Max-Q and Max-P markings.

Of the two, the Max-Q marking was significantly more common. In mobile graphics cards, Max-Q meant a more subdued TDP value and at the same time lower clock frequencies and thus more modest performance. When the labels disappear, the consumer will not be able to know with certainty what kind of performance the laptop expects from the video card.

At worst, the situation may be that a formally more powerful graphics card will not cope with a more modest model because power consumption is limited by a more efficient one. For example, the GeForce RTX 3070 may not perform well on the GeForce RTX 3060 because the latter is configured to utilize the allowable TDP of 115 watts.

The GeForce RTX 3080 has a TDP range of 80 to 150+ watts, the GeForce RTX 3070 has a TDP range of 80 to 125 watts, and the GeForce RTX 3060 has a TDP range of 60 to 115 watts.

A quick check of the specs on laptops from different manufacturers does not show the Max-Q label, nor the TDP value of the video card, which could give even a small indication of what to expect from the video card.

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