Nvidia puts the finishing touches on its fastest portable GPU ever. The RTX 3080 Ti is set to be unveiled at CES next week, and more information has been leaked by Videocardz. If you’re looking for a gaming laptop that puts most desktops to shame, then the RTX 3080 Ti looks like it’s the GPU for you.
It is rumored that RTX 3080 Ti is based on a new GPU, known as GA103. As we previously reported, we are able to retrieve some information from a Geekbench list. Although the system details must be taken with a grain of salt, the detection of 58 SMs for up to 7,424 CUDA cores and a clock speed of 1,395 MHz is very specific. The GPU also has 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, which Videocardz reports is clocked at 16 Gbps. These are truly desktop-class specifications, and depending on how the card is capable of controlling its boost clocks and thermals during real-world gaming loads, it could end up faster than a desktop 3070 Ti, which includes 6144 cores.
However, all that performance comes with a high TDP, which is said to be 175W depending on the system configuration. When you consider that this class of GPU is likely to be paired with a high-performance 12th generation processor, the 3080 Ti laptops are set to be monster performers, but they will either be very thick and large or produce some serious noise. Hopefully not both. But if you can afford a flagship gaming laptop, there is every chance that you will want some very good headphones to hide any extra noise anyway!
It is also likely that we will see Max-Q variants that sacrifice some performance but still come in at a lower TDP. That means we could see 3080 Ti included in thinner form factor machines. While an Ultrabook-class model with a 3080 Ti is unlikely, we are sure manufacturers are making some exciting laptops that gamers will be proud to own in 2022.
Many manufacturers are planning to unveil their 12th generation laptops at CES, so if you are in the market for a new gaming laptop, you should definitely keep an eye on all our coverage.