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What Makes for a ‘Super’ GPU? Leave a comment

First, let’s take a look at the core specs for the new RTX Super graphics chips, as well as the rest of the current GeForce RTX and GTX mobile GPU line for context…

Physically, the laptop RTX Super GPUs are improved. Taking the GeForce RTX 2070 and the RTX 2070 Super as an example, the number of CUDA cores is jumping from 2,304 to 2,560, while boost clock speeds are up between 30MHz and 75MHz. There are no jumps in some of the important aspects like VRAM, but it’s a performance gain.

Ray tracing, the calling card of the GeForce RTX series, is a strenuous task. These GPUs are extremely powerful for pumping out high frame rates in almost every game, but even then, flipping on ray tracing has been known to send frame rates plummeting. Hopefully the added juice from the Super series will make ray tracing more palatable more often on laptops.

It’s worth acknowledging that until this launch, the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 were the highest-end laptops GPUs on the market—so these new RTX Super versions will impact the top end of the market, not your budget laptops. This means it’s many of the most premium laptops around that will be getting a performance boost. 

Truly, the rich get richer. But Nvidia’s announcements don’t end with the new products. The company has made major strides on the technologies that make up its platform, starting with Max-Q.

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