Recently NVIDIA has announced it’s latest Super mobile GPUs RTX 2080 Super and RTX 2070 Super for laptops, which were launched last year only for the desktops. The company upgraded the features of the GPUs to offer boosted gaming and content creation performance.
Nvidia also introduced new Max-Q design technology in the GPUs, which helps to boost the performance and power efficiency of the laptops. This Max-Q can only be found in the 2020 laptops. The company mentions that laptops with Max-Q technology will have twice power efficiency with the help of dynamic boosting, distributing the power between CPU and GPU automatically. In addition, it also includes new low-voltage GDDR6 memory, improved voltage regulators, improved Optimus, and company’s new Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS 2.0).
Both the GeForce RTX 2080 Super and the RTX 2070 Super features specs similar to their old models. These two GPUs are supposed to be the NVIDIA’s best laptop GPUs. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super features 3,072 programmable CUDA cores, which runs at up to 1560MHz. It comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory with a total power consumption of 80-150W.
Meanwhile, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super features 2,304 programmable CUDA cores with a maximum boost speed of 1455MHz. It also comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory but the power consumption lies between 80 to 115W.
Both these powerful GPUs will come in high-end laptops like the Razer Blade 15 and Gigabyte’s Aero 15 with brand new Max-Q hardware features for the upcoming laptops in the year 2020. NVIDIA says they will boost the performance undoubtedly.
The first feature from the new Max-Q hardware features is the Dynamic Boost. Before, the static thermal system present in the NVIDIA GPUs would always use 80 watts while allocating 35 to the CPU. The Dynamic Boost can take up that similar 115 watts and distribute it up 15% more to the CPU or GPU on a frame-by-frame basis. Do you know what that means? This can boost gaming performance on powerful games like the Witcher 3 and Metro Exodus by 6 to 8 percent.
Another upgrade includes NVIDIA’s Advanced Optimus technology, which is a controller that chooses between either the GPU or integrated graphics for a given application. Before that, the GPU was not connected directly to the display, which resulted in a drop in frame rate onto the integrated graphics framebuffer. Although, now it can drive the built-in display directly, resulting in improved latency and allowing G-Sync to work at up to 4K 120Hz. Also, the GPU is now connected directly to the Display Port on the laptop resulting in improved performance on using a VR or an external machine.
But remember, all of these technologies are hardware-dependent which will work on only the latest RTX, and GTX laptops, and not your pre-2020 RTX 2080 Max-Q model. It is currently available for only Intel-powered laptops, but NVIDIA said that it would also come to the AMD models shortly.
However, the silver lining here is that the new tech will work across NVIDIA’s entire 2020 Max-Q lineup from $699 (53,416 Indian rupee) GTX 1650 laptops up to RTX 2080 Super laptops that cost well north of $2,000 (1,52,838 Indian Rupee). As for availability, the new models are expected to go on sale starting from April 15.