In addition to this lovely round number, OEMs did a record launch includeing new SUPER GPUs and Max-Q Technologies and Geforce RTX Laptops starting at $999.
There is still a significant market that wants a dedicated GPU and Nvidia is enabling these designs in every market segment. Serious gamers on the notebook side now have a chance to use the just-launched GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER and 2070 SUPER GPUs for laptops. Nvidia also improved its Max-Q design and worked with multiple OEMs to enable additional performance for the Max-Q designs.
The 100+ OEM machines also include a range of RTX 2060-powered laptops starting at just $999. The new platforms are all based on theNvidia Turing architecture, which incorporates dedicated hardware RT cores to process ray tracing and AI in real-time.
“A little more than 18 months ago, NVIDIA reinvented graphics with real time ray tracing, which represents a seismic shift in how games look, play and feel”, said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of gaming at Nvidia. “Having this technology available in a laptop for just $999 is amazing. And thanks to Max-Q, consumers will have a selection of remarkably thin and light laptops to choose across all price points.”
Geforce RTX 2080 SUPER / 2070 SUPER specs
Geforce RTX 2080 SUPER comes with 3072 Cuda cores, 38-55T RTX-OPS, 5 to 7 Giga Rays / s, 1080 - 1560 MHz boost clock, 735 - 1365 MHz base clock and graphics subsystem power varying from 80 to 150W. Geforce RTX 2080 has 2944 Cuda cores, 37-53T RTX-OPS, 5 to 7 Giga Rays / s, 1095 - 1590 MHz boost clock, 735 - 1380 MHz base clock and graphics subsystem power varying from 80 to 150W+. Both cards are using 8GB GDDR6 with up to 14 Gbps memory speed.
Geforce RTX 2070 SUPER comes with 2560 Cuda cores, 34-40T RTX-OPS, 4 to 5 Giga Rays / s, 1155 - 1380 MHz boost clock, 930 - 1140 MHz base clock and graphics subsystem power varying from 80 to 115W. The Previous Geforce RTX 2070 has 2304 Cuda cores, 31-38T RTX-OPS, 4 to 5 Giga Rays / s, 1125 - 1455 MHz boost clock, 885 - 1215 MHz base clock and graphics subsystem power varying from 80 to 115W.
Geforce RTX 2060 has a SUPER edition and still has 1920 Cuda cores, 26T RTX-OPS, 3.5 Giga Rays / s, 1185 – 1200 MHz boost clock, 960 – 1xx0 MHz base clock and graphics subsystem power varying from 65 to 90W. The memory interface is set to 192 bit, and the GPU uses 6GB GDDR6.
New Max-Q Technology gets up to 10 percent more
There is a new addition to Nvidia Max-Q formula, and the latest techniques and innovative cooling designs enable a performance increase of between four and ten percent.
The new design enables even thinner, lighter, and more efficient laptops, and the whole catch is in the shared thermal design between the CPU and GPU. In traditional non-Max-Q design, a high-end gaming laptop has a 115W thermal budget for CPU and GPU. The CPU takes 35W while the rest, 80W, goes for the GPU. Nvidia did some testing with RTX 2080 SUPER Laptop featuring 90W GPU power limit, 35W CPU Power limit in Witcher3, Max Settings, Core i7, 16GB. In a given scenario, the CPU was using 15 W less, and these 15W were used by GPU as the power budget shifted to the GPU. The result is close to 10 percent higher performance in the game.
Nvidia shared the data of the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER-powered Acer Triton 500 notebook, and in seven games or benchmarks, this notebook showed a significant performance increase. The test games included Strange Brigade, Metro Exodus, Witcher 3, Battlefield 5, Shadows of The Tomb Raider, and Firestrike and TimeSpy benchmarks.
Nvidia did a three-year laptop comparison and Gigabyte Aorusx5 powered with GeForce GTX 1080, a 2017 MAX-Q laptop scores 73 FPS in the three-game average mix, while 2020 MAX-Q Gigabyte Aero 15
The GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER scored 167 FPS. The average of three games included Control, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Deliver us the Moon at 1080p, High settings, RT Off, Core i7, 16GB.
New advancements to Max-Q are now doubling that efficiency over previous designs, and introducing features that enable faster performance and longer battery life:
- Dynamic Boost — Intelligently and automatically balances power between the GPU and CPU on a per-frame basis, boosting overall in-game performance. Dynamic Boost is automatic, adaptive and always working to deliver more performance without increasing system power consumption.
- Low Voltage GDDR6 — NVIDIA has worked with its memory partners to increase memory efficiency while delivering high performance with new lower voltage GDDR6 memory.
- Advanced Optimus — A breakthrough display innovation that delivers long battery life and immersive, stutter-free gameplay from NVIDIA G-SYNC® technology. Advanced Optimus® controls which GPU is driving the display and intelligently determines the right GPU for the right workload at the right time, dynamically switching on the fly without needing a system reboot.
- Next-Generation Regulator Efficiency — Next-generation voltage regulators help optimize system design so the GPU runs more efficiently while delivering higher overall performance.
- Deep Learning Super Sampling 2.0 — Powered by dedicated AI processors on RTX GPUs called Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is an improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games. It boosts a game’s performance headroom while maximizing ray-tracing settings with increased output resolution and extending battery life by up to 20 percent.
RTX Studio Empowers Creators with New Laptops
Nvidia also announced ten new RTX Studio laptops, powered by RTX SUPER GPUs and the latest Intel 10th-generation processors. Machines are available from Acer, Gigabyte, MSI, and Razer as the ultimate solution for creators seeking unmatched video and 3D performance.
More than 45 of the top creative applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, AutoDesk Arnold, Blender, and many more — all feature RTX acceleration by the RT cores in RTX GPUs.
Pricing and Availability
The availability of new RTX Gaming and Studio laptops starts the week of April 15th from multiple partners globally, with more coming in May. Specific SKUs, configurations, and pricing will vary based on region and partner availability but will include designs from Acer, ASUS, Clevo, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Razer and more.
RTX 2060-powered laptops starting at $999 include the Acer Nitro 5, ASUS ROG G512, HP Omen 15, Lenovo Y540, and the MSI GF65 Thin, with more to be announced later.