Acer is increasing the TGP of the RTX 30 series GPUs in its latest gaming laptops

jsilva

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In brief: Acer Nitro 5, Helios 300 or Triton 300 (SE) laptops models are receiving a BIOS update to increase the TGP of the RTX 30 series GPUs. The models already out on the market will have the BIOS update available on their support pages. The unreleased models will be updated before launch.

TGP, or Total Graphics Power, defines how much power a GPU can use to operate. As the power used by the GPU increases, the performance also increases, but not proportionally.

The new mobile GPUs featuring AMD Smart Shift and Nvidia Dynamic Boost can dynamically adjust the TGP by juggling the power between the CPU and GPU, resulting in superior performance in games. This TGP is configurable and set by the laptop manufacturer.

Although it isn't common to see laptop manufacturers doing this sort of intervention post-launch, Acer is releasing BIOS updates to increase the TGP of some of its new laptops, including the Nitro 5, the Predator Helios 300 and the Predator Triton 300 (SE) models. TGP increases range from 5W to 30W, with most of them being +5W, +10W, and +15W.

The following table shows all the laptops receiving the BIOS update (thanks Computerbase):

Model GPU TGP (new) TGP (old) Difference Availability
Acer Nitro 5
AN517-52 RTX 3060 95 85 +10 BIOS/FW
RTX 3050 Ti 75 70 +5 in works
RTX 3050 75 70 +5 in works
AN517-53 RTX 3050 75 70 +5 BIOS/FW
AN517-54 RTX 3070 100 85 +15 in works
RTX 3060 95 85 +10 in works
RTX 3050 Ti 75 70 +5 in works
RTX 3050 75 70 +5 in works
AN517-41 RTX 3080 100 85 +15 BIOS/FW
RTX 3070 100 85 +15 BIOS/FW
RTX 3060 95 85 +10 BIOS/FW
AN517-55 RTX 3060 95 85 +10 BIOS/FW
RTX 3050 Ti 75 70 +5 in works
RTX 3050 75 70 +5 in works
AN517-56 RTX 3050 75 70 +5 BIOS/FW
AN517-57 RTX 3070 100 85 +15 in works
RTX 3060 95 85 +10 in works
RTX 3050 Ti 75 70 +5 in works
RTX 3050 75 70 +5 in works
AN517-45 RTX 3080 100 85 +15 BIOS/FW
RTX 3070 100 85 +15 BIOS/FW
RTX 3060 95 85 +10 BIOS/FW
Acer Predator Helios 300
PH317-55 RTX 3070 140 135 +5 in works
RTX 3060 130 100 +30 in works
RTX 3050 Ti 95 80 +15 in works
PH317-53 RTX 3080 105 100 +5 BIOS/FW
RTX 3070 105 100 +5 BIOS/FW
RTX 3060 105 100 +5 BIOS/FW
PH317-54 RTX 3070 110 100 +10 BIOS/FW
Acer Predator Triton 300
PT315-53 RTX 3080 110 95 +15 in works
RTX 3070 110 95 +15 in works
RTX 3060 105 95 +10 in works
RTX 3050 Ti 85 75 +10 in works
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE
PT34-51s RTX 3060 90 75 +15 BIOS/FW
RTX 3050 Ti 85 75 +10 BIOS/FW

"Our claim to gaming hardware is to offer a balance between the best possible CPU and GPU performance, volume and durability. Accordingly, we are pleased to be able to offer both interested buyers and many of our existing customers improved graphics performance with the BIOS update," stated (translated) Marcel Behm, senior business manager at Acer Germany.

To download the respective BIOS update to your Acer laptop, you should go to the Acer Support website and search for your device using the serial number, SNID or model number. To take a look at how much performance you can expect from an increase in TGP, check out our RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, and RTX 3080 Laptop GPU reviews.

If Acer is doing it, we wouldn't be surprised to see other laptop manufacturers following the same action. Implementation seems relatively simple and definitely worth the free boost in frame rate.

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texasrattler

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Is this suppose to actually mean something? Surely a 5w increase isn't doing all that much to begin with. Maybe the 15w to 30w will show some decent gains but no one should be jumping up and down thinking there are big gains, there isn't.
 

texasrattler

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It's not bad, but it still gets a big yawn.
The 200-210 watt GPU desktop replacements are what I'm looking for.
It's not bad, but it still gets a big yawn.
The 200-210 watt GPU desktop replacements are what I'm looking for.
I don't that will ever happen. Even if it did, it would be big and likely very expensive so might as well just stick with a desktop.
 

scavengerspc

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I don't that will ever happen. Even if it did, it would be big and likely very expensive so might as well just stick with a desktop.
Absolutely true, but they have done it. Last Gen Laptops saw 3 companies make 200 watt 2080 machines. Asus, MSI and Alienware (Though Alienware admittedly did have to downgrade the 2080 to 175 watts because of a horrible cooling system) all made one with a desktop i9-9900k. I bought the MSI, and it is big, and it weighs 11 lbs by itself. But I have desktop performance and can take it where ever I need to. Plus with Optimus the battery life is excellent.