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PC gaming is a delicate balance of resolution and framerate. Push one of these too far and the other one suffers. This is especially true with laptop gaming, where GPUs have to be both powerful and portable. With the last few GPU generations, NVIDIA GeForce laptop manufacturers found 1080p with 144Hz, 165Hz, or 240Hz to be the sweet spot. However, with the release of the RTX 30 Series laptop GPUs we’re seeing many manufacturers leap to 1440p as the new standard for their premium gaming lines.
So, why were laptops caught in this 1080p rut until now? At first glance, the leap from 1080p to 1440p might not look like much if you just compare the numbers. After all, 1440p is only 360 pixels more than 1080p, right? Nope. 1080p resolution is actually 1920×1080 pixels, or a bit more than 2 million pixels. 1440p resolution is 2560×1440, which works out to nearly 3.7 million pixels. That’s a 78% increase in resolution — and image quality.
Now, with the release of the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, GeForce RTX GPUs have enough power to change the gaming laptop display paradigm. The latest crop of high-end models feature 1440p screens at 165Hz or 240Hz. This is a big deal in and of itself, but it also makes a critical difference in the general laptop market.
Currently, the high-end laptop market is a dichotomy between two types of devices. On one end are compact ultrabooks focused on productivity and portability with QHD or 4K displays running at 60fps on integrated graphics or lower-end dedicated GPUs. On the other are larger gaming laptops with HD, high-frame rate displays, and powerful dedicated GPUs.
Unfortunately, neither type of device can be everything for everybody. Ultrabooks are great for light computing tasks like word processing and web browsing but typically don’t have the power or RAM for heavy gaming, producing high-resolution artwork, or processing video.
However, with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series laptops equipped with 1440p screens, buyers can have the best of both worlds. Models like the Razer Blade 15 excel at both gaming and content creation while having the portability to be a great device for standard productivity tasks.
Just as important as having a high-resolution screen is what you display on it. As with the desktop models, the RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs got a 30-50 percent increase in ray tracing performance. In some games, like Control, which is known to be a demanding title, users can see massive improvements in frame rates when using ray tracing compared to the RTX 20 Series at the highest graphic settings.
It also helps that the GPU has some help reaching high frame rates at 1440p with some great technology from NVIDIA. The RTX 30 Series benefits from its increase in Tensor Core strength when utilizing DLSS. This amazing feature runs the game at lower than native resolution, then supersamples it using an AI to fill in the picture. This results in less overall computation needed for gaming and gives a significant boost to performance.
Another technology NVIDIA’s implemented is Max-Q, which is a system wide approach to deliver high performance in thin and light gaming laptops. NVIDIA GeForce Max-Q technologies use AI and new system optimizations to make high performance gaming laptops faster, so every aspect of the laptop — chip, software, PCB design, power delivery, and thermals — are optimized for power and performance.
NVIDIA users also have another performance-boosting called Resizable BAR. There’s an elaborate technical explanation for what a Resizable BAR does, but the short version is that it allows CPUs to access all of the GPU VRAM instead of smaller chunks. This means less overall computational cycles. Since the CPU is more efficient, you save battery life, and the GPU doesn’t have to wait to be fed new data, which improves performance.
The performance of the GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs paired with NVIDIA’s rollout of new technologies finally allows great 1440p gaming on the go. These new models of gaming laptops are sleek powerhouses that can give players excellent graphical fidelity, high framerates, and uncompromising utility. The stereotype of the gaming laptop as garish, loud, and hot, is outdated, and nothing proves that more than the excellent performance-to-price benefits that the GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs offer.
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