GeForce RTX 3080, Max-Q, Dymanic Boost, Whisper Mode: our test of the new Nvidia features for the 2021 laptop

Introduction

The mobile GeForce RTX 3000s are finally out! While the availability of the Desktop versions is still problematic, this is not (yet?) The case for the mobile versions. We were able to get our hands on an MSI GS66 Stealth, a machine that features the fastest mobile GPU around since it is an RTX 3080.

Source : Matthieu Legouge

Source: Matthieu Legouge

After presenting its new generation of graphics chips in a mobile version during CES 2021 , Nvidia kicked off hostilities on January 26 so that the Ampere architecture and its cards 2nd generation GeForce RTX are coming to laptops. With more than 70 portable PCs announced, for the players as for the creators, it is also necessary to count, initially, on the arrival of 28 variants for these GeForce RTX 3060, GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080. An important nuance to understand that we explain below.

Technical characteristics

The mobile RTX 3080 which equips our test machine incorporates a GA104-775-A1 chip, engraved in 8 nm by Samsung. It takes advantage of a maximum clock speed of 1,245 MHz, a total of 6,144 CUDA cores, and 16 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit bus with a bandwidth of 384 GB / s. The basic TGP is 80 W on this chip, but rises to 95 W on our machine thanks to Dynamic Boost 2.0 which we will discuss next.

Source : Matthieu Legouge

Source: Matthieu Legouge

MSI GS66 Stealth 10UH: our test configuration

Regarding the machine itself, this MSI GS66 Stealth includes an Intel Core i7-10870H processor with 8 cores and 16 threads for a base frequency of 2.2 GHz and 5 GHz in turbo. On the RAM side, we have the right to 2 x 8 GB of DDR4 in Dual-Channel, clocked at 3200 MHz.

The MSI GS66 Stealth 10UH also has a 15.6 ″ IPS panel, 240 Hz in QHD (2560 x 1440), definition with which we carried out our tests. Finally, Windows 10 is here in Professional edition (version 20H2), everything takes place on a 1TB Western Digital SN730 NVMe SSD. The Nvidia Game Ready drivers have been updated to version 461.40 before starting the test.

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