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Acer increases the TGP of multiple NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops by up to 30 W

The Predator Helios 300 is one of four Acer laptops set to receive improved GPU performance. (Image source: Acer)
The Predator Helios 300 is one of four Acer laptops set to receive improved GPU performance. (Image source: Acer)
Acer has rolled out a firmware update to many of its GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops. The update increases the TGPs of NVIDIA's GPUs by between 5 W and 30 W, giving some machines a healthy performance boost.

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NVIDIA may have ended its Max-Q branding as of the RTX 30 series for simplicity, but it has caused many headaches for consumers and manufacturers. Currently, NVIDIA lists a laptop GPU's TGP as a range, with the GeForce RTX 3080's ranging between 80 W and over 150 W. Similarly, a GeForce RTX 3050 laptop GPU can have a 35 W or 80 W TGP. NVIDIA requires manufacturers to list the TGPs of the RTX 30 GPUs in their laptops; determining the performance of a given card is harder than ever, in our opinion.

To add to the confusion, Acer has announced that it will be increasing GPU TGPs in four of its latest gaming laptops. Apparently, the company will increase the performance of all configurations for the Nitro 5, Predator Helios 300, Predator Triton 300 and the Predator Triton 300 SE.

Most changes are only 5 W, 10 W or 15 W, but these increases have not been implemented consistently across the four machines. For example, the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti has received a 5 W boost in the Nitro 5, but a 10 W lift in the other three machines. Incidentally, the GeForce RTX 3060 has received a 30 W boost in the Predator Helios 300, giving it a higher TGP than the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080.

Ultimately, it will be interesting to see how these changes impact performance. Recently, Dell increased the limits of the RTX 3070 in the Alienware m15 R5 to little avail. Acer has not finished tinkering either and will eventually release firmware updates for all configurations within the Nitro 5, Helios 300 and Triton 300 series.

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Model GPU TGP - old TGP - new Wattage change Percentage change
Acer Nitro 5 GeForce RTX 3050
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3080
70 W
70 W
85 W
85 W
85 W
75 W
75 W
95 W
100 W
100 W
5 W
5 W
10 W
15 W
15 W
6.7%
6.7%
10.5%
15.0%
15.0%
Acer Predator Helios 300 GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3080
80 W
100 W
100 W
100 W
95 W
130 W
105 W
105 W
15 W
30 W
5 W
5 W
15.8%
23.1%
4.8%
4.8%
Acer Predator Triton 300 GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3080
75 W
95 W
95 W
95 W
85 W
105 W
110 W
110 W
10 W
10 W
15 W
15 W
11.8%
9.5%
13.6%
13.6%
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3060
75 W
75 W
85 W
90 W
10 W
15 W
11.8%
16.7%
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Alex Alderson, 2021-07- 2 (Update: 2021-07- 2)