We have long known that Nvidia has a GeForce RTX-focused event coming on January 12, and while we have always suspected that it involves the RTX 3060 GPU and RTX 30 mobile chipsets, the company has anything but confirmed some of the contents in a flash. and-you’re-miss-it teaser video on Twitter.
For a video of nine seconds, there is a surprising amount you can get from it, so here is a full overview. First, although the video itself:
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The interesting pieces occur at the four-second mark, where four images flash up quickly one after the other. First up, what looks suspiciously like a gaming laptop, which is the strongest indicator so far that Nvidia plans to give its mobile GPUs an Ampere-based shot in the arm, in the same way that desktop GPUs were upgraded last year.
This is not entirely surprising. Not only is it a bit strange that state-of-the-art gaming laptops are currently maximizing on the RTX 2080 Super, when desktops may have RTX 3070 or 3080 cards installed, but we have already seen (quickly drawn) lists of RTX 30 -based laptops, suggests that an official release is imminent. If the latest leak was accurate, we can expect an Nvidia RTX 3060 with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory, an RTX 3070 Max-Q with 8 GB of GDDR6 and an RTX 3080 Max-Q with 1
The second fast-flashing image is not about hardware, but is related to a likely software binding. It’s a snapshot from People Can Fly’s upcoming co-op shooter Outriders. Expect the game to have some fancy effects that make it a particularly strong showcase for Nvidia’s hardware.
Next time, we’ll get a quick snap of the GeForce RTX logo, which may not mean that nothing given that the whole event is GeForce RTX-focused, but we assume it’s related to the unveiling of the RTX 3060 GPU. The entry-level RTX 30 card has long been a rumor, set at $ 400 3060 Ti for regular gaming PCs. Rumor has it that we will see both 6 GB and 12 GB versions, but we will have to wait until Tuesday to be sure.
The final image is an image of what appears to be Resizable BAR (Base Address Register) technology. As our sister site Tom’s Hardware explains, this smart technology increases the throughput between CPU and GPU to improve gaming performance. Ampere GPUs already support it, but it needs to be enabled via a software update. The inclusion of it in the video suggests that Nvidia is almost ready to hit that switch.
The remaining seven seconds of video are just logos and a reminder that everything will soon be revealed, with details on how to tune in to the event. As a reminder, January 12 starts at 09:00 PST, and you can watch via Nvidia’s official Twitch and YouTube channels if you want to be first in the knowledge.