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Rumour: Nvidia to Reveal GeForce RTX 20 Series Mobile and Max-Q Designs at CES 2019
By Stuart Thomas on October 11th, 2018 at 03:06pm - original article from game-debate

Nvidia is allegedly planning to unveil its series of mobile GeForce RTX 20 Series laptop GPU designs at CES 2019 in January 2019. While firmly in rumour mill territory for now, the arrival of Max-Q versions of the GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs is pretty much a gimmie.

Sources close to WCCFTech have reported we can expect a complete line-up of both GeForce RTX 20 Series Max-Q designs and RTX 2000-series mobility parts. CES 2019 takes place from January 8th through to January 11th.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 Series Mobile Line-Up

  • NVIDIA RTX 2070 Mobility
  • NVIDIA RTX 2070 MAX-Q Mobility
  • NVIDIA RTX 2060 Ti Mobility
  • NVIDIA RTX 2060 Mobility
  • NVIDIA RTX 2050 Ti Mobility
  • NVIDIA RTX 2050 Mobility

This list doesn’t mention any mobile GeForce RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti parts, although WCCFTech believes an RTX 2080 Max-Q is due in Q1 2019, although the jury’s out on that part of the rumour.

“Our source has just informed us that the entire RTX mobility lineup will be released  around CES along with the 2080 Max-Q following a bit later so we will not be seeing the mainstream parts mentioned in this article releasing in November.”

What’s going to be particularly interesting here is in just how far up the heap Nvidia can go. The GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs are absolutely massive due to being a combination of three separate components - the traditional Turing GPU with its CUDA Cores, the AI-focused Tensor Cores, and the ray tracing RT Cores. On the GeForce RTX 2080 this contributes to an overall size of 545 mm² for the graphics processor, compared to just 314 mm² for the previous-gen GeForce GTX 1080.

Space is obviously at a premium in laptops, which is probably why we never saw a Max-Q design for the GTX 1080 Ti, so it’s going to be worth keeping an eye on which RTX graphics cards are even possible, and indeed whether corners will need to be cut.

Secondary to all of this, the leak also suggests Nvidia’s entire range of mid and lower-end 20 Series graphics cards will be sticking with the RTX nomenclature, rather than the GTX naming we were expecting for the GTX 2060 and downwards. If there’s any truth to this, either these lower-end parts have some limited ray tracing capabilities, or Nvidia’s trying to keep its naming scheme unified and simple.

Mobile gamers, is anybody holding out on a laptop purchase until the inevitable mobile RTX 20 series parts arrive? What do you think the top-end Max-Q design will be? Let us know what you think below!