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These RTX 3080 gaming laptops get a 20% performance boost from a little GPU hacking

These RTX 3080 gaming laptops get a 20% performance boost from a little GPU hacking

Why put up with a potentially limited Nvidia RTX 3080 in your gaming laptop? With a little vBIOS tweakery you can turn your 115W mobile GPU into a 150W monster, with the chance for 20% higher gaming performance. And, y’know, the chance to melt a wee hole in the bottom of the chassis to let the molten silicon of your erstwhile graphics chip drip out.

Most gaming laptop makers have opted for a specific low-wattage SKU of a particular new Nvidia Ampere GPU because the cooling array inside was built for the last generation of mobile graphics card. The MSI GS66 Stealth we recently checked out has just a 95W RTX 3080 in it, but what do laptop manufacturers know, eh? 

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