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NVIDIA at Computex 2017: Max-Q design and GeForce MX150 for laptops

NVIDIA at Computex 2017: Max-Q design and GeForce MX150 for laptops

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Redesigning the laptops of the future

At Computex 2017, NVIDIA announced Max-Q, a new design approach that will lead to thinner, quieter, and faster gaming notebooks. The company also said that gaming notebooks sporting this design will be available starting June 27. Some of the Max-Q gaming notebooks that we spotted during Computex include the Acer Predator Triton 700, ASUS ROG Zephyrus, Gigabyte Aorus X5 MD, and the MSI GS63.

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Max-Q started off as an important part of NASA’s mission to launch man into space. NVIDIA has taken the design philosophy and applied it to gaming notebooks, which translates to precision engineered machines that are up to three times thinner and faster than before. The company also says that we can expect to have gaming notebooks powered by its GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 GPUs that are down to 18mm thin, comparable to a MacBook Air.

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Assuming that all gaming notebook makers adopt this design, it would mean the end of bulky machines that are powerful at the cost of being impractical in terms of portability. This is amazing news for gamers who prefer gaming notebooks as their machine of choice.

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Alongside notebooks with rocket science for design language, NVIDIA also introduced what it calls the 'WhisperMode' tech. Essentially, it configures graphic settings of games for optimal power efficiency and pacing frame rates, resulting in a quieter gaming experience. Of course, you can assume direct control over the way it works via the GeForce Experience software on machines running Pascal GPUs.

New GPU for notebooks

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NVIDIA also announced its new entry-level GeForce MX150 GPU for notebooks. The new GeForce MX150 is based on NVIDIA's Pascal GPU architecture and is the successor to the GeForce 940MX.

Needless to say, the GeForce MX150 is a discrete GPU that aims to provide slightly more graphics performance than your standard integrated GPU. NVIDIA hasn't released official specifications of the GeForce MX150, but based on past releases, NVIDIA will likely allow OEMs to specify certain parameters like clock speeds to meet their performance and TDP requirements.

NVIDIA has only confirmed that the GeForce MX150 will use GDDR5 memory and that users can expect performance that is around 33 percent better than the GeForce 940MX.

Against integrated GPUs from Intel, NVIDIA says the GeForce MX150 is around 350 percent faster than an Intel HD620 integrated GPU and 400 percent faster than the Intel HD520 integrated GPU.