PC companies will have to be honest about GPU capabilities.
When NVIDIA launched the RTX 30 laptop graphics, it also created some confusion. There are no more labels distinguishing between efficient (Max-Q) and full-performance GPUs, making it possible for a laptop with a low-spec but full-power chip to outperform a state-of-the-art power-restricted component. However, NVIDIA is trying to minimize that chaos – a spokesman told The Verge that the company now requires laptop manufacturers to be transparent in the RTX 30 specifications.
PC manufacturers now need to disclose Max-Q’s clock speeds, power demands and features on their product pages to convey “expected GPU performance” to a particular laptop, NVIDIA said. You should have a better idea of which laptops have the most powerful performance in the real world.
It may take some time for this requirement to manifest in the real world. ASUS is releasing more detailed specifications, but this is still not true for everyone. The requirement can be vital, once companies consistently adopt it. In some cases, you can save money by buying an intermediate-level laptop that is faster in practice than a more expensive model.