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COMPUTEX 2017: NVIDIA's Max-Q design means thinner and faster gaming notebooks

By Ian Chee - on 30 May 2017, 4:26pm

COMPUTEX 2017: NVIDIA's Max-Q design means thinner and faster gaming notebooks

NVIDIA has announced Max-Q, a new design approach that will lead to thinner, quieter and faster gaming notebooks. The company has also said that gaming notebooks sporting this design will be available starting June 27.

Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, announcing the Max-Q design at COMPUTEX 2017.

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.

Here's NVIDIA highlighting difference the Max-Q will bring to the table.

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.

Here's the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus sporting the new Max-Q design.

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.

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