It didn’t take long for both AMD and NVIDIA to go out of their way to express the competitive advantage of their non-console video cards. At GTC 2019, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang described the performance difference between the GeForce GTX 980M and the upcoming RTX 2080 Max-Q. As we’ve seen with AMD’s own news of RDNA2, it’s expected that the Xbox Series X will be around as powerful as the upcoming Radeon 5500/5700 XT.
Considering the potential issues with supply of DRAM, it may take some time before you can upgrade to something more powerful than a next-gen console, but even if that isn’t the case it’s a hugely positive note for mobile gamers. Both because of the major performance increase of mobile graphics cards, as well as the size decrease.
As WCCFTech reports, and as you can watch in NVidia’s keynote address below, the Lenovo Y740, which will release with the new RTX 2080, can be much thinner thanks to cutting the size down to 21mm. I’m excited to see how seriously improved gaming laptops will perform aside from gaming because of it, especially considering that laptop makers can continue maintaining a larger frame and weight and increase the battery size. We’ll see if any do, however; I’d be willing to keep a heavy 17″ gaming rig knowing it can last more than an hour or two of gaming on a battery.
And while it’s not surprising that Huang took a direct stab at both AMD and console makers Sony and Microsoft, NVidia’s strategy for improving mobile performance may pay off well for the company in the long run.
Originally reported by Overclock3D