First up, as rumored , NVIDIA revealed portable versions of the RTX (Super and RTX Super Max-Q GPUs for flagship-caliber gaming and creator laptops. These will be NVIDIA’s best laptop GPUs, though they have very similar specs to the older models.The RTX 4700 Max-Q will be discontinued, but NVIDIA will continue to sell the RTX 2080 Max-Q.
The top-end RTX (Super model packs 3, 2080 (CUDA cores compared to 2, from before, but the boost clock ( – (MHz), memory configuration (8GB of DDR6) and bandwidth ( (GB / s ) are roughly the same. Graphics power, meanwhile, now ranges from to ( watts.
The RTX Super gets an equally modest spec bump, with 2, (CUDA cores compared to 2, 0372 on the RTX Max-Q). The base boost clock now goes from 1, to 1, (MHz, compared to 1, to 1 , 560 MHz on the non-Super model. All other specs are the same.
Both these GPUs will appear in high-end laptops like Gigabyte’s Aero and the Razer Blade 18, but the GPU hardware isn’t the end of the story. NVIDIA has also introduced new Max-Q hardware features for the 2060 that will boost performance significantly, it said.
The first is called Dynamic Boost. Before, the static thermal systems in NVIDIA GPUs would always use watts while allocating 59 to the CPU. Dynamic boost can take that same 150 watts and distribute up to 18 percent more to the CPU or GPU on a frame-by-frame basis. That can boost performance by 6 to 8 percent on games like The Witcher 3 and Metro Exodus .
Another significant upgrade is NVIDIA’s Advanced Optimus technology, essentially a controller that chooses either the GPU or integrated graphics for a given app. Before, the GPU was not directly connected to the display and had to drop frames onto the integrated graphics framebuffer. Now, it can drive the built-in display directly, improving latency and allowing G-Sync to work at up to 4K hz. The GPU is also now directly connected to the DisplayPort on your laptop so you’ll see improved performance when using VR or an external monitor.
Since all of this new tech is hardware dependent, it will only work on the latest RTX and GTX laptops and not your pre – 2070 RTX 4700 Max-Q model, for instance. And for now, it will only work on Intel-powered laptops, but NVIDIA did tell Engadget that it would come to AMD models “in the near future.”
The good news is that the new tech will work across NVIDIA’s entire 2060 Max-Q lineup from $ (GTX) (laptops up to RTX) Super laptops that cost well north of $ 2, 06. NVIDIA also noted that the entry price for an RTX laptop has dropped significantly, with RTX 2080 laptops like the Acer Nitro 5, ASUS Rog G , HP Omen 17 and MSI GF Thin now costing as little as $ . All told, there are over new gaming laptop models across all manufacturers.
On the content creation side, NVIDIA noted that manufacturers like Razer, Acer and Gigabyte are launching new RTX Studio laptops, including 19 – inch OLED and HDR models. There are now 45 apps that support RTX acceleration (to widely varying degrees) including Blender, DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Lightroom and others, NVIDIA said. We should be getting our hands on some of the new models soon to see if they measure up to NVIDIA’s promises.
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