Nvidia Ray-tracing is a hot topic right now and while PC gamers would get to enjoy the benefits next month, we do have good news for notebook users as well. Nvidia Ray-tracing is coming to notebooks by the end of the year. Notebook chips will mirror the performance of RTX 2000 cards.
According to a new report, Nvidia RTX 2080 and Nvidia RTX 2070 are going to be among the first ones to be used in specific notebook variants. The RTX line of notebook chips is going to be combined with the Max-Q technology.
The result would be a very thin notebook device with high-speed performance compared the current Pascal line of notebooks available in the market. Moreover, we can expect a 90W TDP requirement for the 2000 line of notebooks. This is great news for cooling solution manufacturers as the current capabilities of notebook cooling solutions are enough to handle Nvidia RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti notebooks.
So far, early benchmarks show that 1080p is the threshold for 60FPS with the Ray-Tracing feature in video games. Since notebooks chips are toned down a bit, notebooks may not be able to handle 1080p 60FPS with Ray-Tracing enabled in most video games, especially, The Division 2, Anthem, Battlefield V, Metro Exodus.
Keeping this in mind, Nvidia could completely scrap this feature for notebooks. If that turns out to be the case, it would be interesting to see if Nvidia still uses the RTX brand to market notebook devices.
As far as the pricing model goes, expect prices to be significantly higher compared to the Pascal line of notebooks. Asus, MSI, Alienware, Razer, Gigabyte and other Nvidia partners should be in the mass production phase of their gaming laptops by now if they are aiming a Fall 2018 release window.
Meanwhile, rival AMD is strangely silent regarding its GPU plans. Very little details have come out regarding AMD GPUs.
However, the company is killing it when it comes to processors and we may be seeing the rise of a new CPU king.
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