NVIDIA has had an incredible run with its RTX 30 Series for mobiles, and the company is poised to double down with the new RTX 40 Series, which features higher peak performance and better performance per Watt, a dream combination for mobility applications.
NVIDIA claims its new discrete GPUs are so power efficient that, in some cases, they require only a third of the power for the same task, compared to the RTX 30 Series. The time for benchmarks will come later, but at a high level, this could happen in best-case scenarios.
From a laptop perspective, higher power efficiency is extremely valuable because it translates into lower temperatures for any given task. Heat prevents discrete GPUs from getting into thinner form factors, and if NVIDIA’s claims are valid, you should see these graphics chips make their way into even thinner laptops than their RTX 30 Series predecessors.
If you think of it, a GPU-powered laptop like the Lenovo Slim 7i Pro X already has excellent graphics performance (for its weight), and the 2023 version could therefore be significantly faster. We’ll hopefully see faster GPUs in popular form factors such as the Dell XPS 13, the HP Spectre x360, or the Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 or comparable size/weight.
The new NVIDIA RTX 4050 and RTX 4060 might fulfill this role. We’ll see. For Creative work and Gaming, the new RTX 4070, RTX 4080, and RTX 4090 mobile GPUs should cover the performance spectrum all the way to the top.
Based on our hands-on experience with the 2022 NVIDIA GPUs, 2023 is shaping up like a great year for mobile GPUs and graphics workloads on the go. GPUs have become even more pervasive during the pandemic, and NVIDIA’s new applications, such as NVIDIA Broadcast, have significantly expanded the need for a discrete GPU to virtually everyone.
In addition to the GPU architecture changes, some progress can also be attributed to system-level technologies such as Max-Q (gen5) and GPU+VRAM power management. Additionally, software such as DLSS 3 plays a huge role in increasing game framerates without a linear strain on the hardware.