NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Mobile Graphics Cards Refreshed With Newer And Simplified Naming Schemes

NVIDIA appears to have introduced a number of refreshed GeForce RTX models. Multiple recent launches from the Mobility GPUs and graphics cards manufacturer include not only the RTX SUPER models but also refreshed SKUs of already existing mobile graphics cards. The new GeForce RTX Mobility Series of GPUs now features some interesting and seemingly simplified naming schemes to make purchasing decisions a little easier

The laptop and mobile computing segments have been buzzing these two months. Specifically speaking, there has been special attention to hardware optimized for gaming and enthusiast multimedia editing. New and powerful laptops from ASUS include the new Intel 10th Comet Lake H And Comet Lake U Series of CPU combined with new NVIDIA RTX SUPER series of GPUs. On the other hand, laptops featuring the new and surprisingly powerful AMD 7nm Renoir Ryzen 4000 Series Mobility CPUs have also arrived. The AMD Ryzen 4000H and 4000U Series pack multiple cores and threads, and still manage to beat Intel at power efficiency and battery endurance.

Introducing NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Mobile Series GPUs:

Not one to be left behind, NVIDIA too has introduced several new GPUs. These GeForce RTX Mobility GPUs have also received some interesting classification criteria that should help gamers and multimedia editing professionals make decisions quicker. In addition to the recent launch that focused primarily on the NVIDIA RTX SUPER models, the GPU maker has also quietly refreshed SKUs of existing mobile graphics cards.

The new naming schemes include the traditional classification criteria and add a few extensions to the names of the GPUs. NVIDIA seems to be going for diversification and fragmentation of the GPU market, and attempting to muscle in on the AMD’s Mobility GPU market. Here are the NVIDIA GPUs before mentioning the refresh.

RTX 20×0 Max-P:

NVIDIA released its first RTX graphics card for the mobile market in January 2019. The new series includes three main SKU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060. These chips pack the Turing TU104 and TU106 GPUs. Incidentally, these NIVIDIA Mobility GPUs were the first iterations to feature the latest GDDR6 memory.

NVIDIA refers to these GPUs internally as the Max-P. As the name clearly indicates, these are designed with the maximum performance as the top priority. They aren’t power-efficient and are meant for high-end gaming and multimedia editing laptops.

RTX 20×0 Max-Q:

In addition to the original RTX series, NVIDIA also introduced Max-Q designs. The name implies maximum efficiency. As evident from the name, these NVIDIA GeForce RTX Mobility GPUs are power-limited versions of Max-P graphics. Simply put, these NVIDIA GPUs will obviously be slower variants of the Max-P GPUs.

There are multiple variants for each Max-Q model. NVIDIA grants OEMs the freedom to control the Total Graphics Power or the TGP of the GPUs. The TGP of the NVIDIA RTX GeForce Max-Q models can vary between 65W and 90W. Hence laptop buyers should pay close attention to the GPU specifications in laptop reviews. Just because a laptop sports an NVIDIA RTX GeForce Max-Q GPU, it doesn’t mean the performance will be the same as any other laptop with another variant of NVIDIA Max-Q GPU.

RTX 20×0 SUPER:

This month, NVIDIA introduced the SUPER RTX series. These newly launched Mobility GPUs feature more CUDA cores, low-voltage GDDR6 memory, and a new regulator. Moreover, they also support Dynamic Boost. This feature is remarkably similar to the AMD SmartShift feature. However, NVIDIA’s variant works with both AMD and Intel CPUs.

Additionally, the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER Mobility GPUs also have Advanced Optimus (iGPU/dGPU switching technology with G-Sync support). The Advanced Optimus feature requires additional hardware to function optimally. Hence it will be some time before laptop manufacturers adopt the same and incorporate it within their products. Currently, only the Lenovo Legion 5i and 7i are the models that officially support this version of NVIDIA Advanced Optimus.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20×0 Mobility GPU Refresh:

Apart from the aforementioned variants, NVIDIA quietly released new refreshed designs of existing RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 models. Strangely, unlike the NVIDIA RTX SUPER Mobility GPUs, these cards do not pack any additional cores. They are essentially the same cards with slightly higher clock speeds. Simply put, these refreshed NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 and 2060 mobility models appear to be merely clocked higher in order to sport and justify the Max-P branding.

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There’s however, one key difference between the older and newer versions of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 and 2060 mobility GPUs. These new cards do feature hardware optimizations from the SUPER series. These include low-voltage GDDR6 memory (1.25V vs 1.35V), and a new regulator. NVIDIA has tweaked the cards to allow consumption of up to 20 percent of TGP. Needless to add, this upgrade provides a noticeable performance boost over the original series.

The TGP of the newly refreshed NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobility GPU remains unchanged at 115W. However, the TGP of RTX 2060 has been increased up to 115W. This is a significant boost from the 90W TGP the Mobility chip sported in the earlier iteration. The RTX 2070 Mobile Refresh features TU106-735 GPU and a boost frequency of 1485 MHz (+45 MHz). There’s no similar information about the RTX 2060R.

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