Nvidia has announced its new RTX 2080 Super and RTX 2070 Super mobile GPUs. These are the company’s high-end (and most expensive) RTX cards for laptops, offering improved performance over the company’s standard RTX 2070 and 2080 offerings. They are based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture, which includes dedicated “RT Core” hardware designed to drive ray tracing. RTX Super cards first arrived on desktop computers last July, and standard RTX mobile GPUs were not made available until shortly after CES 2019.
Nvidia will also offer Max-Q configurations (for thin gaming laptops), which it believes will be available on many future laptops. The company says its Max-Q systems will double the energy efficiency of previous designs with a new feature called Dynamic Boost that automatically distributes power between their GPUs and CPUs, new low-voltage GDDR6 memory, upgraded voltage regulators and Nvidia Super Sampling’s new Deep Learning (DLSS 2.0), which uses artificial intelligence to help the GPU restore pixels.
What will be more interesting to most people is that Nvidia has confirmed a number of upcoming laptops that will include the new GPUs. The headliner is the 2020 Razer Blade 15, which will pair the RTX 2070 Super Max-Q or 2080 Super Max-Q with an i7-10875H – the first eight-core processor ever to appear in a Razer Blade. Razer also changed the layout of the blade keyboard; the often-maligned key has been moved to a more convenient location. You can withdraw it in May starting at $ 1,599.
Another new A-list updated with Super cards is the Acer Triton 500. The new Triton sports a 15.6-inch IPS screen at 300 Hz and a new keyboard with RGB lighting per key. Lenovo’s new Legion 7i (successor to the Legion Y740) will also incorporate the new GPUs (up to RTX 2080 Super). Other game models include Gigabyte’s Aorus 15G, 17G and 17X; The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (and a number of refreshments in its Zephyrus and ROG Strix ranges); and GS66 Stealth and GE66 Raider from MSI.
The headliners on the content creation side are Gigabyte’s Aero 15 and Aero 17, incorporating an RTX 2080 Max-Q and a Core i7. Nvidia says the Aero achieved 167fps in a combination of Control, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Deliver the moon to us (with ray tracing disabled). The 15 starts at $ 1,599, but can be configured for $ 1,899 with an AMOLED screen and optional support for 4K HDR resolution. (The 17 supports HDR, but no OLED option.) Both configurations go on sale April 5.
Other designer models include ConceptD 7 Ezel and Ezel Pro from Acer, and Creator 15 and Creator 17 from MSI.
In non-Super news, Nvidia also confirmed a number of new laptops that get its RTX 2060. The list includes the $ 999 HP Omen, which will be the most affordable price we’ve ever seen for an RTX 2060 laptop MSI says it performs five times as does the 2016 Omen (which had a GTX 960M).
Other notebooks with the 2060 include Acer Nitro 5, Lenovo Legion Y540, MSI GF65 Thin and Asus ROG G512.