Many of the best gaming laptops currently come equipped with a mobile version of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, but there’s new evidence that a laptop version of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti could be on the horizon.
That’s going by a Geekbench listing spotted by WCCFtech that seemingly details an HP Omen gaming laptop running a mobile GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. As such, more powerful gaming laptops could soon be on the way.
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As for the Geekbench listing, it offers some early insight into the specs and capabilities of a mobile GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Most notably, it’s set to have 16GB of video memory, likely GDDR6, running at 1,395MHz and 58 compute units.
The latter figure is particularly interesting, as the latest Nvidia GPUs tend to have 128 CUDA cores per compute unit, meaning the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti would have 7,424 CUDA cores in total. That’s less than the 10,240 found in a desktop RTX 3080 Ti, but a healthy jump over the 6,144 found in the laptop-grade RTX 3080.
Going by various other predictions and what we can infer from the mobile version of the RTX 3080, we’d expect the laptop GeForce RTX 3080 Ti to have a 256-bit memory interface, rather than the larger 384-bit interface found on its desktop counterpart.
So what could this all translate to in terms of performance? Well, some rather solid Geekbench 5 scores, with the HP Omen laptop (which also sported an Intel Core i7-12700H and 32GB of RAM) delivering an OpenGL score of 127,392. That beats the 115,597 a Lenovo Legion 7 with a GeForce RTX 3080 manages.
In real-world performance terms, we could expect mobile RTX 3080 Ti performance to chase that of a desktop GeForce RTX 3080. We’d predict a laptop with a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will deliver well over 60 frames per second in games running at QHD and maximum settings. Expect gaming at 1080p to deliver frame rates that could take advantage of high-refresh rate displays, now common in gaming laptops.
It's worth bearing in mind that these early benchmarks are likely based on pre-release versions on the RTX 3080 Ti and so could be higher once Nvidia and laptop makers optimize the hardware and GPU drivers.
Next-gen gaming laptops tend to be revealed at CES, which is held annually in January. So we’d not be surprised to see gaming laptops with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti get showcased in January 2022.
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Imad is currently Senior Google and Internet Culture reporter for CNET, but until recently was News Editor at Tom's Guide. Hailing from Texas, Imad started his journalism career in 2013 and has amassed bylines with the New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN, Wired and Men's Health Magazine, among others. Outside of work, you can find him sitting blankly in front of a Word document trying desperately to write the first pages of a new book.