GPU rumors: A faster GeForce RTX graphics chip for laptops in the starting blocks

It looks like a performance upgrade is pending for gaming laptops in the near future: According to rumors chefs Nvidia is working on a more powerful mobile GPU that outperforms the previous flagship GeForce RTX 3080.

The latest graphics chip has 6144 shader cores and is based on the GA104, while the GA103 will be used with more shaded cores for the new top model: 7680 or even more cores are rumored. The new graphics chip should carry PCI 10de ID: 2420 and address 16 GB of GDDR6 memory via the 256-bit interface.

While the key technical data has already been defined very narrowly, little is concrete about the potential name. The GeForce RTX 3090 portable can be conceived as well as the portable GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. In the data sheet of the Lenovo laptop, the previously unknown names GeForce RTX 3080 Super and GeForce RTX 3070 Super, which also match the rumors of the GA103, have already appeared in use. The last model will then be an attenuated GA103 variant (PCI-ID 10de: 24a0) that fits between the popular RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 models.

It’s also unclear if Nvidia is modifying the waste heat classes allowed with the GA103 starter. Laptop manufacturers have several options for each GPU model, which have confusing and drastic effects: a GeForce RTX 3080 card is typically at a minimum of 80 watts slower than a GeForce RTX 3070 that operates at a maximum of 125 watts.

The official light in the dark likely won’t come until next year: Nvidia is likely to reveal its GA103 mobile GPUs in January 2022 at CES, where new generations of AMD’s CPU (alias Rembrangt Ryzen 6000) and Intel (Alder Lake alias twelfth of the first generation) is expected. Gaming laptops with the new components will likely be available for purchase only in the spring of 2022.

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