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There is now a Max-Q version for every mobile Pascal GeForce GPU currently in the market

There is now a Max-Q version for every mobile Pascal GeForce GPU currently in the market (Image source: Nvidia)
There is now a Max-Q version for every mobile Pascal GeForce GPU currently in the market (Image source: Nvidia)
Nvidia's entire mobile Pascal GeForce lineup has been Max-Q-ified conveniently before CES 2019. With seemingly no other major Pascal or Max-Q products to release for laptops, the time looks ripe for an official announcement about mobile Turing in the coming months.

When Huang unveiled the Max-Q series back in May of 2017, he boasted about how the technology can allow for super-thin gaming laptops with the graphical power close to a standard GTX 1070 or GTX 1080. Sleek models like the Asus Zephyrus GX501, MSI GS65, and Razer Blade 15 all exploit the lower TDP requirements of Nvidia Max-Q GPUs in order to reach such thin form factors.

Fast-forward 18 months and the Max-Q branding has now trickled down to the rest of the Pascal series. While it began life as a GTX 1080 Max-Q, a wide range of budget-mainstream gaming laptops are now sporting Max-Q GPUs including the Dell Inspiron 15 series and the HP Omen 15t. The GTX 1050 Max-Q and GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q are still uncommon, but they can be found on the HP EliteBook 1050 G1 and XPS 15 9570, respectively. The GeForce MX150 also has a Max-Q variant even if Nvidia refuses to acknowledge it.

So, why do we think this is significant? Unlike the MX110 or MX130 which are simply Maxwell rebrands, the MX150 is based on Pascal and so there are no more current-gen mobile GeForce GPUs without a Max-Q variant. There is nothing left for Nvidia to unveil in terms of Max-Q and mobile GeForce Pascal. In other words, Nvidia's only logical direction at this point is to move forward in terms of performance with mobile Turing being a likely focus for CES 2019.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-11- 9 (Update: 2018-11- 9)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.