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OEMs Prepping Gaming Laptops w/ NVIDIA RTX 30 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 APUs

Acer and Asus are both prepping top-tier laptops equipped with the GeForce RTX 3080 as well as Ryzen 5000 mobility chipsets. These GA104-based beasts should offer an unprecedented level of graphics performance in a mobile form factor. The inclusion of 45W Ryzen 5000 series processors is a boon, too. The Zen 3 parts offer major IPC gains, which could offset potentially lower clocks in a mobile environment relative to top-tier a Ryzen 3000 and Comet Lake S parts in the desktop space.

On the ASUS side of things, we’re looking at configurations that will top out at with the Ryzen 9 5900HX – the top-tier mobile Zen 3 part, alongside the GeForce RTX 3080.

It’s important to note, however, that the mobility GeForce RTX 3080 is not based on the top-end GA102 silicon. Rather we’re looking at a GA104 part that should perform comparably to a GeForce RTX 3070. This might sound disappointing but keep in mind that there are no other RTX 2080 Ti/RTX 3070-class parts in the mobile space right now.

The Acer notebook spotted on a German retailer’s site featured a GeForce RTX 3080 8GB and a Ryzen 7 5800H, along with 32GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. Considering these specs, it’s no surprise that the MSRP was pegged at 1,950 Euros.

The CPU here has a TDP of 45W (stock) while the GPU sucks up to 120W (most likely Max-Q). Considering the remarkably high power requirements for NVIDIA’s Ampere cards, it’ll be interesting to see how ASUS and Acer deal with power delivery and temps. We should see these laptops introed in Q1 2021.

Arjun

Penguin-published author, and journalist. Loves PC hardware but has terrible hand-eye coordination. Most likely to be found playing Total War or watching weird Russian sitcoms.

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