What is Nvidia Advanced Optimus?

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(Pocket-lint) Gaming laptops have never been better. With attractive designs and new gaming technologies, it’s easier than ever to get a super powerful laptop while maintaining a low profile and slim body.

However, even with an expensive new laptop, some issues can arise, and one of the biggest problems for gamers is the feeling that a gaming laptop doesn’t have the same battery life as a less powerful device. Partly for this reason, Nvidia created Advanced Optimus, a great system that helps your laptop last longer.

What is Nvidia Advanced Optimus?

Advanced Optimus is a technology developed by Nvidia specifically for gaming laptops that use its RTX GPUs, graphics cards capable of ray tracing and high resolution capture even in thin laptops.

This technology allows these laptops to quickly switch the graphics processing unit (GPU) that pushes the laptop’s integrated screen between discrete GPUs and low-quality integrated graphics, in order to save how much power the device has to use, improve performance in gaming and deliver a better gaming experience. Smooth, tear-free gaming is G-SYNC certified. No restart is required.

It’s a simple concept, but one that makes a big difference. After all, it’s great to have a gaming GPU that can handle ray-based reflections when you’re playing a new game and want to look as good as possible, but if you’re just checking Twitter, you just need a lower quality integrated GPU ( iGPU).

This means that for low-power tasks, the laptop can choose its own low-power iGPU and automatically switch to a discrete GPU when you really need it—the power, performance, and features of the Nvidia RTX GPU when you need them, and save power when you don’t. t need it. This means that Advanced Optimus can dramatically increase battery life when performing tasks that don’t require the power of a discrete GPU.


This technology also helps reduce system response time, ensuring that your device runs with the absolute minimum of lag and input lag, making it more responsive than ever and giving it a noticeable improvement when powered on. Turn it on.

This is due to removing a step between the GPU and the display, freeing things up for split-second reaction times to be supported by the computer you’re playing on to ensure you get every advantage in the games you choose.

How is Advanced Optimus used?

The best part of Advanced Optimus, in our opinion, is its ease of use – you can just turn it on and let your laptop do the rest of the work. We’ve been playing the Overwatch 2 beta for the past two weeks, and it’s been helpful in that regard.

You don’t notice switching between integrated graphics and GPU graphics, a lot of the system is transparent, but that means we can finish the game by pressing the Alt button while waiting in the queue for the match without worrying about wasting massive amounts of power in the background.

What laptops support Optimus Advanced?

There’s a whole line of great gaming laptops out there that support Advanced Optimus, including the Lenovo Legion 5, MSI GP66 Leopard, MSI GE66 Raider, and Acer Triton 500 SE. This is definitely something to look for when buying your next gaming laptop – if it has an Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU, advanced Optimus support is a great bonus.

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