One thing I've always wondered is why 3080s can go upto 175w (laptops obv) yet lower end cards like 3060/70 cap at 140w.
The chips themselves are capable of higher wattages as proven by shunt mods, yes people have even shunt modded laptops. I know it's risky and all. I am aware somethings come down to cooling, but if a 3070 had 160w, that would give it more room for frequency boosts and faster clocking RAM too. With the use of liquid metal compounds, vapour chambers, 3 fans and all the new tech... why haven't we seen higher wattages on lesser cards?
Its not like a 3070 8gb at 160w is going to hold a candle to a 3080/ti 16gb 175w. The core count alone makes it a no brainer. Just makes me think the midrange could be a bit better, you know?