Gaming notebooks that are thin, powerful, and quiet are no longer the stuff of dreams, as NVIDIA’s Max-Q technology allows for a GeForce GTX 1080 to be fitted in an 18mm thin chassis through a combination of advanced thermal solutions, improved power regulators, and a feature NVIDIA calls WhisperMode.
What WhisperMode does is apply optimized in-game settings and intelligent frame rate pacing on a per-game basis to achieve an ideal balance between visual quality, performance, and noise level (which NVIDIA aimed at 40 dBA maximum). As Max-Q is designed around peak efficiency as opposed to peak performance, this enables notebook makers to do away with bulky chassis design and large cooling apparatus.
Currently, over 400 game titles are WhisperMode ready, with the first wave of Max-Q notebooks being the ASUS ROG Zephyrus, Clevo P950HR, and MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro.
Mass Effect: Andromeda running on a GTX 1080-equipped ROG Zephyrus. Interestingly, the bottom panel of the notebook opens up for better ventilation.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang held the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus during his keynote.