Alongside the 10th generation Comet Lake-H mobile processors that Intel just launched today, NVIDIA too announced the addition of its new RTX 2080 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER to the GeForce laptops lineup, which will be available from every OEM with up to 100+ designs starting from April 2020 onwards.
Improved graphical prowess isn’t the only upgrade you’ll see on the new GeForce laptops, because NVIDIA also added a whole lot more features which will further enhance the user experience for both gamers and creators.
Starting off with the display panel, more gaming laptops are adopting a high refresh rate display that offers low latency, crisp visuals, and minimal ghosting to deliver a better experience to the gamers. These gaming laptops usually come with least 144Hz to 240Hz, or even 300Hz although it’s still not as widely available as the other two.
For the new GeForce laptops launch, NVIDIA mentioned that there will more GeForce laptops with 300Hz display coming soon with up to 25+ designs from its participating partners.
NVIDIA also unveiled its new Max-Q technologies which consist of a number of features, notably the Dynamic Boost and Advanced Optimus which they’ve claimed to be twice as efficient as compared to previous generations Max-Q laptops.
That aside, the RTX SUPER GPUs will feature low-voltage GDDR6 memory which NVIDIA has worked with its memory chip partners that will perform just as efficient with the minimal voltage being supplied to the chip. Not much information was given on this one but NVIDIA did briefly mentioned the implementation of an upgraded voltage regulator on the new RTX SUPER series that helps optimize system design so the GPU runs more efficiently while delivering higher overall performance.
Based on the information we have from the recent press briefing, NVIDIA is setting a standard for the new GeForce laptops design. The total shared thermals for the system are now set at 115W with fixed 35W on the CPU and 80W on the GPU, which is supposedly the optimal configuration for the new Max-Q design to bring out the best potential and efficiency of the system while minimizing the amount of energy being wasted in the form of heat.
With Dynamic Boost enabled, the system will automatically determine the balanced frames and GPU bound frames, shifting power from the CPU to GPU to whenever it is necessary. This results in the system being able to deliver more performance with the same amount of power consumption.
This is a feature that we have confirmed with NVIDIA to be available on both Intel and AMD, so it’s not a feature that is AMD-only or Intel-exclusive so every user can enjoy the same or if not, the similar benefit of Dynamic Boost on their system regardless of the choice of processor.
Advanced Optimus, an upgraded version of the NVIDIA Optimus are also introduced as one of the features in the new Max-Q technologies. While the Advanced Optimus will still allow you to experience longer battery life with your system by switching between integrated graphics and GPU depending on the load, NVIDIA has improved the design for better support with G-SYNC and up to 4K resolution at 120Hz refresh rate.
Other than Advanced Optimus, NVIDIA also mentioned that enabling DLSS will also help to improve battery life by up to 20%. NVIDIA recently announced the improved version of its RTX exclusive DLSS, the DLSS 2.0 which now comes with three different modes (Quality, Balanced and Performance).
NVIDIA didn’t specifically mention how much of the battery life improvement we can get from all of the modes but it appears that you’ll be able to get up to 20% improvement on the battery life while still be able to enjoy stunning looking graphics with DLSS enabled on performance mode.
NVIDIA has been actively promoting its RTX Studio laptops for the past few months as the better choice for creators who needs a portable yet powerful laptop so they can have more processing power for their work without any compromise on the mobility to work on the go.
For creators who want or already working on an RTX Studio laptop, there’s a total of 45+ NVIDIA RTX accelerated Apps you can work on, including the commonly used Adobe Creative Suite, Blender, Autodesk, SolidWorks, etc. NVIDIA also claimed that creators can enjoy up to 13 times faster 3D rendering and 10 times faster video rendering performance as compared to a MacBook Pro 16, which clearly makes it a better choice for creators to consider for.
Aligned with the launch of the Intel’s 10th gen Comet Lake-H mobile processors, NVIDIA also announced 10 new upcoming RTX Studio laptops that will be powered by the newly announced RTX SUPER GPUs for laptops and 10th gen Intel mobile processors.
- RAZER: Blade 15 – Base, RTX Studio and Blade 15 – Advanced, RTX Studio
- ACER: ConceptD 7 Ezel and ConceptD Ezel Pro
- GIGABYTE: Aero 15 OLED and Aero 17 HDR
- MSI: Creator 15 WS66 and Creator 17 WS76
Pricing & 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 US$999 include the Acer Nitro 5, ASUS ROG Strix G15, HP Omen 15, MSI GF65 Thin, the Lenovo Legion Y540 and 5i and the MSI GF65 Thin, with more to be announced on a later date.