So we have just received details confirming that NVIDIA will be rolling out its RTX mobility lineup soon. The last time we heard from our source, they confirmed the existence of the RTX 2080 Max-Q mobility part and the likelihood that it will be the first part to launch (more on this later). Now, however, we have what appears to be the complete parts list for the RTX series.
NVIDIA will be rolling out 2000-series mobility parts soon – GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2070 Max-Q launching by end of November
The first thing I would like to mention is that it appears that the RTX 2080 Max-Q might actually have been delayed. Our sources tells us that they are expecting availability for the same part to be in Q1 of next year as opposed to anytime soon. They have, however, confirmation of the complete lineup of NVIDIA’s mobility GPUs. Fortunately, this is one of those times where we’re allowed to publish a screenshot of the documentation we got with some things scrubbed.
The lineup will be as follows:
- 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
They did not talk about a 2060 based Max-Q design so I assume NVIDIA is going to be skipping it for their XX60 part this time. and the only MAX-Q parts are going to be the 2070 and the 2080. Now admittedly, our source did not explicitly name all of these as the RTX series so its possible the lower tier GPUs are still branded GTX because below the 2070 the “RTX” portion of NVIDIAs graphics doesn’t really make sense.
Another interesting point to note is that NVIDIA has been attempting to standardize laptop thickness for its mobility lineups and has provided different Z heights (laptop thickness) supported per each upcoming RTX 20 mobile graphics card. NVidia has been providing ODMs engineering support and they’ve gotten the Z heights down to what NVidia recommends for the min.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q mobile design might have been pushed to Q1’19
Historically, NVIDIA has moved on to using desktop dies in laptops – which makes it very hard to predict what they will launch – but we are pretty sure about this one since its the only GPU that has the suffix “M” in its machine ID.
I also received the following quote from a random bird that wandered in from the open window:
“We will put the 2080-Max Q into the current thin 15 and the 17 with nVidia’s help. It’s still unclear on when the 2070 will be out. I don’t think the weight will increase significantly on this new card. Our ID/design will be pretty much the same as what you saw.” – Red feathrered bird on my window sill
The device IDs for the Turing lineup were posted on Github and are given below:
- Turing TU102: 1e02, 1e04, 1e07
- Turing TU102GL: 1e30, 1e3c, 1e3d
- Turing TU104: 1e82, 1e87
- Turing TU104M: 1eab
- Turing TU106: 1f07
Of course, it is the TU104M with device ID 1eab that is of particular interest to us today, since that is the GPU making up the RTX 2080 Mobile graphics card. Want more proof? well, here is the same device ID listed with the RTX 2080 Mobile nomenclature intact. I have screenshotted the entry below in case NVIDIA tries to get it scrubbed from the database:
This is great news for gamers who want something more portable than a tower because NVIDIA’s Max-Q designs are the closest you can ever get to desktop-grade performance in a laptop. Heat and cooling are usually quite innovative for these laptops and clocks are lower than their desktop counterparts. TDP is usually the next big concern but considering 12 NFF is an improved version of 16nm FinFET this is something that we should have quite a bit of leeway with (Low clocks + 12 NFF = decent TDP).