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Some Alienware laptops are reporting fewer RTX 3070 cores than they should be

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Update: Alienware provided the following statement about this issue: We have been made aware that an incorrect setting in Alienware’s vBIOS is limiting CUDA Cores on RTX 3070 configurations. This is an error that we are working diligently to correct as soon as possible. We’re expediting a resolution through validation and expect to have this resolved as early as mid-June. In the interim, we do not recommend using a vBios from another Alienware platform to correct this issue. We apologize for any frustration this has caused.


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Is this a case of a mistaken vBIOS or is something else afoot? Some Alienware m15 R5 gaming laptop owners are trying to answer that very question after finding fewer CUDA Cores within GPU-Z for the RTX 3070 laptop chip than there should be—512 cores less, in fact.


It's pretty standard procedure for laptop manufacturers to mess with clock speeds and TDPs to fit a laptop's cooling solution and power delivery. What isn't usual to do whatsoever is reduce core counts to achieve a more palatable card, so we suspect there may be something else going on here.


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