Update: December 7, 2:24 p.m.: Gigabyte told Tom's Hardware that "the leaked information is not valid and we do not confirm any of the prices shared." In a statement, Gigabyte wrote that "The product information exposed in the media reports is not correct or officially released by GIGABYTE Technology. We are requesting the online media stop the exposure with their full cooperation in removing all relevant information to avoid any misunderstanding by our consumers."
The original story follows below:
Nvidia's new RTX 3000-series are among the best graphics cards you can buy and they are all high up on our GPU benchmarks hierarchy. But so far, if you've been wondering where to find the RTX 3080, 3070 or 3060 Ti, the answer is: only in desktop versions. However, it looks like mobile RTX-3000 series (aka Ampere) chips could be coming soon to a laptop near you.
Dutch retailer Azerty (via momomo_us (opens in new tab)) has listed what appears to be the first gaming laptops to leverage Nvidia's GeForce RTX 30-series (Ampere) mobile graphics cards. The devices are not in stock, but the shop estimates a delivery time of more than 10 business days, which suggests that mobile Ampere could launch very soon, maybe even at CES 2021.
The 15-inch and 17-inch gaming laptops are from Gigabyte, more specifically the brand's Aorus and Aero lineups. In addition to leveraging the GeForce RTX 30-series mobile graphics cards, the devices also employ Intel's latest 10th Generation Comet Lake-H processors. Obviously, the prices, listed in Euros, could be placeholders, and even if they're not, hardware is typically more expensive out of the U.S. Therefore, treat the pricing with some salt for the meantime.
The Aero 17, which appears to be the flagship model, comes equipped with a Core i9-10980HK processor, 64GB of memory, two 1TB SSDs and a GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics card. This particular setup could cost you over $5,100.
GeForce RTX 30-series Gaming Laptops
|Model||Pricing||Processor||Memory||Graphics Card||Storage||Part Number|
|Gigabyte Aero 17||$5,151||Core i9-10980HK||64GB||GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q||2 x 1TB SSD||YC-9DE4760SP|
|Gigabyte Aorus 17G||$2,711||Core i7-10870H||32GB||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q||512GB SSD||XC-8DE6430SH|
|Gigabyte Aero 15||$2,711||Core i7-10870H||16GB||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q||512GB SSD||XC-8DE1130SH|
|Gigabyte Arous 15G||$2,306||Core i7-10870H||32GB||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q||512GB SSD||XC-8DE2430SH|
|Gigabyte Aero 15||$2,306||Core i7-10870H||16GB||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-P||512GB SSD||KC-8DE5130SP|
|Gigabyte Arous 15P||$2,169||Core i7-10870H||16GB||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-P||512GB SSD||KC-8DE2130SH|
|Gigabyte Arous 15G||$2,033||Core i7-10870H||16GB||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-P||512GB SSD||KC-8DE2130AH|
The common denominator with the other models is Core i7-10870H, which is like the fourth fastest Comet Lake-H chip on Intel's roster. The Aorus 15G may be the cheapest model out of the lot. With a potential price tag of $2,033, we're looking at a Core i7-10870H with 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a GeForce RTX 3060 Max-P graphics card.
The GeForce RTX 30-series mobile graphics cards fall in line with their desktop variants, minus the GeForce RTX 3060. Nvidia just released the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti just a few days ago so non-Ti model could arrive shortly afterwards. Besides, it would be weird to see a GeForce mobile SKU launching before its desktop counterpart.
The GeForce RTX 3060 would likely come out around or at the same time as Nvidia's mobile Ampere announcement, assuming that the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-P is part of the launch.