We cannot say that it was not seen coming, but it is that NVIDIA’s strategy was limping from the first moment. The option of leaving the representation, configuration, TGP and frequency of the new RTX 3000 Mobile in the hands of the manufacturers was going to bring tail, as it has been. Wasn’t it enough not knowing that we bought? Well now we know that regardless of the GPU that touches us, we can unlock its power with a new vBIOS.
Users mock NVIDIA and its restrictions
Restricting the TGP of each graphics card means that the frequency is lower and therefore that the performance drops, as well as its price should fall accordingly. The chaos mounted by NVIDIA may stop being so and not thanks to the company, as has been seen in various forums on the Internet, where they have managed to get a ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo (GX551QS) equipped with an RTX 3080 Max-Q and configured with a TGP of 115 watts in base and 130 watts thanks to Dynamic Boost you can see how these limits are easily broken.
Actually, the maximum TGP for the RTX 3080 Mobile or Max-P it’s at 150 watts, so there was plenty of room for improvement that would translate into a significant performance boost. What if we unlocked that TGP to the maximum available so that it uses more power?
RTX 3080 Max-Q to Max-P
Well, we went from a Max-Q card with lower performance, features and price to a fully unlocked version up to its maximum limit or Max-P. In the Baidu forums, the first samples of this experiment have been seen based on the flashing of a modified vBIOS extracted from a MSI Leopard G76 has said ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo.
The results are outstanding, as the card now achieves the 150 watt TGP, increasing its performance and reaching new levels of frequencies. The 3DMark Time Spy benchmark in the notebook section has been filled with equipment with modified vBIOS that manage to outperform even its Max-P versions, which is really surprising, since they achieve up to 20% more performance compared to the vBIOS of Serie.
But like everything in life there is a “but”, and it is nothing more than the temperature and the wear of the battery due to the higher consumption. The consideration is that each laptop is configured for a predetermined TGP, with an optimal cooling system for the set values, which when increasing it affects a higher temperature, an overstrain of the power supply or battery, as well as a cancellation of the guarantee and of course, the danger that the flashing fails, leaving the equipment as a nice paperweight.
Those who risk all this and do well get a poisoned prize that some teams can afford for their better construction and cooling, but others will be at the limit and that is not recommended in the long term either.