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Nvidia levels up GeForce gaming laptops: RTX Super GPUs, Max-Q advancements, and price drops


After months of speculation and leaks, Nvidia’s long-awaited GeForce RTX 2070 Super and 2080 Super GPUs are coming to laptops, launching Thursday in unison with Intel’s “Comet Lake-H” 10th-gen Core processors for mobile gaming.

That’s great! But believe it or not, it may be Nvidia’s least enticing announcement today. The company also announced cheaper prices for gaming laptops across the board, and some massive upgrades to its energy-efficient Max-Q technology to let GeForce GPUs soar even higher when they’re paired with Intel and AMD’s latest notebook processors.

Let’s look at the new GPUs and Nvidia’s pricing changes first, then dive into the Max-Q tweaks, since they’re worth deeper explanation.

The Super-fied laptop incarnations revolve around the same underlying hardware as desktop GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super, but tuned for lower clocks and power draw, per usual for Nvidia’s modern laptop lineup. That should make the GeForce RTX 2070 Super ideal for laptops with 1440p or high refresh-rate 1080p displays, and the RTX 2080 Super great for 4K or ultra-fast 1440p gaming. And yes, they’re capable of real-time ray tracing in games that support the cutting-edge tech.

Pricing-wise, Nvidia says that laptops with the new GPUs will cost the same as the non-Super versions of these graphics did originally. We’d expect GeForce RTX 2070 Super laptops to cost $1,500 and up, and gaming notebooks with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super inside to go for north of $2,000.

The rest of the mobile GeForce laptop is getting cheaper, though.

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