Yes, they were presented at the beginning of the week, but you can’t miss this news feed. So, Nvidia announced the first Ampere mobile cards: GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060. RTX 3090 is unlikely to be released in the mobile segment, but one can hope for an RTX 3080 Ti or Super.
What do you need to know about new products? First of all, that the days of Tirung and Pascal are over. I am now saying that the past two generations’ mobile cards practically did not differ in parameters from desktop ones, perhaps in frequencies. Ampere chips turned out to be too gluttonous to fit into laptops without noticeable cuts, so the number of CUDA cores was greatly reduced.
As you can see, the mobile RTX 3080 is closer to the desktop RTX 3070, the mobile RTX 3070 is closer to the desktop RTX 3060 Ti, but the mobile RTX 3060 has even more CUDA cores than the desktop one, which is interesting. Simultaneously, there are differences in the amount of memory, buses, and the older mobile card can even be equipped with either 8 GB or 16 GB of memory, so when buying, if anything, be careful.
On the whole, the new cards are certainly faster than the old ones, but the gains should still be less impressive than in the desktop segment.
What’s also interesting is that the RTX 3060, according to Nvidia’s positioning itself, should be included in gaming laptops starting at $1,000. Given the margins for the RTX 3000 right now, some may well prefer not to bother and buy a laptop with a new adapter than just one adapter at a multiple of the overpriced.