Some of this year’s top-of-the-line gaming laptops powered by Nvidia’s RTX 4090 mobile GPUs are already up for pre-order and prices seem at least US$600-700 higher compared to last gen models with an RTX 3080 Ti. Only a few more days before the review embargo lifts and we get to see if the price increase is justified. Meanwhile, Moore’s Law Is Dead just leaked die shots for the RTX 4070 and RTX 4050/4060mobile chips, suggesting that price increases over the previous gen are to be expected of these two SKUs, as well.
For each of the dies, MLID gives an estimated size and a price range. The AD106 SKU that corresponds to the RTX 4070 model is supposed to measure between 180 and 190 mm², which, according to Videocardz, is a 45% reduction in size over the previous gen GA106. Similarly, the AD107 SKU used for the RTX 4050/4060 models would measure 150-160 mm2, making it ~25% smaller than the GA107. Considering that the production has jumped from Samsung’s 8 nm nodes to TSMC’s N4 nodes, the smaller sizes could actually allow for more transistors over the previous gen, but the new price ranges might not be too appealing.
MLID warns that the ADA SKUs “are about to be sold like they are high end GPUs.” Apparently, an RTX 4050 laptop would have a starting price of US$999, while the RTX 4070 laptops would start at US$1,500. Looking at the Amazon prices for previous gen laptops, prices seem higher by a few hundred US$, so it is not immediately clear what MLID means by “high end.” The performance bump might still be worth it, but, again, we need to wait one more week to see full reviews for the new mid-range and entry-level mobile GPUs.
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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I’m also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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