Nvidia Woos Creatives With New RTX Studio Laptops. It was all about gaming when Nvidia rolled out his RTX family of GPUs last year. The new Ray Tracing (RT) cores aimed at creating more realistic game experiences, supported by inferencing (AI) cores that enabled low-noise ray tracing to be accelerated.
Nvidia Woos Creatives With New RTX Studio Laptops
Nvidia is challenging this year at SIGGRAPH how RTX is progressing with creative experts. In particular, 10 new RTX Studio laptops are being rolled out by Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Boxx, adding to the 17 earlier announced. The fresh crop makes Turing GPU output for a broad spectrum of users much more affordable.
With some sporting GeForce RTX models (2060, 2070, and 2080) and other Quadro RTX (3000, 4000, 5000) versions, the new laptops span Nvidia’s family of consumer and professional RTX GPUs. Models with the Quadro RTX 5000 also offer graphics memory up to 16 GB— a true boon for, among others, those training big AI models.
Compared to the MacBook Pro, Nvidia is offering up to 7x performance, but I suspect Apple will soon come out with some speedier GPU options in its MacBook line. Here is a round-up of ten new laptop models from Nvidia Studio:
- Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop Studio Edition featuring up to 17-and15-inch laptop GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs later this fall.
- Mobile workstations from Lenovo ThinkPad P53 and P73 support up to Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs in 17-and15-inch devices. The ThinkPad P53 is now accessible; beginning in August the ThinkPad P73 will be accessible.
- With up to Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs, Dell Precision 7540 and Dell Precision 7740 portable workstations are now accessible.
- HP ZBook 15 and 17 portable workstations feature Quadro RTX GPUs, up to a Quadro RTX 5000 with a 17-inch model configurable.
- Mobile workstations for BOXX GoBOXX SLM are accessible with a 15-inch Quadro RTX 3000 GPU and either Quadro RTX 4000 or 3000 in a 17-inch model.
Creative applications Move to RTX Support
Nvidia also announced that RTX has been adopted in some manner by more than 40 creative and design applications— using the dedicated RT and AI cores for fresh characteristics and efficiency improvements. Nvidia has also updated its GeForce Experience driver manager to give the Studio Drivers option in addition to Game Drivers to make ideal use of these apps.
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The new driver options can be a bit confusing as someone who plays on my main video editor. I installed the Studio Driver Edition for my 1080, but when I launched a game it warned me not to have the latest drivers (the Game Drivers are a newer version).
It’s not clear to me whether there’s a driver set that’s optimized for both gaming and creative apps, and if not, what the tradeoffs are between them.
RTX is not going to be cheap
From a fast check of present pricing on one of the latest models— the Dell Precision 7740, a strong setup that contains an RTX 3000 (the only RTX model accessible on the website) after discount rates over $3,000. The 6 GB RTX 3000 is priced above the non-RTX Turing-based T2000 at a premium of $300.
So, just as with skepticism about RTX’s initial game support last year, I’m expecting some wait-and-see until there’s more specifics on just how extensively RTX has been integrated into common creative applications before a huge wave of adoption takes place.