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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop GPU) Review

By Julio Franco · 21 replies
Mar 6, 2019
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  1. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,568   +2,050

    I think that Nvidia will release the 1660ti for laptops and it will become more popular.
  2. Badvok

    Badvok TS Maniac Posts: 301   +156

    Is there any particular reason there is no comparison with AMD here?
  3. m3tavision

    m3tavision TS Evangelist Posts: 314   +211

    Imagine how much more powerful (& cheaper) those laptops will be at gaming, once they are outfitted with the consumer friendly GTX chips..! (GTX1160ti, etc)

    Don't know anyone buying a laptop at 1080p that cares about DLSS, or Raytracing... thus no point in RTX laptop. Though a GTX laptop sounds about right.
    Toju Mikie likes this.
  4. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 776   +1,134

    I would imagine it has something to do with the fact they don't have anything to compete with it? :facepalm:

    What gets me about this is the Max Q 2070 is basically pointless. The bigger GPU is so power constrained in laptops it can't beat the RTX2060 by any significant worthwhile margin.

    A discounted GTX1070 laptop would be a bit of a bargain considering how the RTX mobile chips haven't really moved the game on.
  5. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,567   +1,172

    I really don't see the benefit of Ray Tracing - especially at the expense of frames per second.

    When we play games, we move through levels so fast, we rarely have time to slow down and appreciate small details - especially shadows and lighting effects, unless they somehow impact gameplay.

    I have a 2080Ti and I'd be lying if I said I've seen tremendous differences over my Titan Xp
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  6. Sausagemeat

    Sausagemeat TS Maniac Posts: 409   +205

    I think it depends on the game, in BFV I didn’t much care for ray tracing, it didn’t seem to give us much apart from some pretty explosions, it’s not worth the frame rate hit. although I don’t really care much for that game myself. But on Metro I find ray tracing to be much better to the point where I would struggle to go back to non ray tracing. I guess when a game is designed and appreciated for its visual style, atmosphere and story etc then it matters but on a multiplayer fps with fast action it’s not very useful.

    In general I agree with digital foundries conclusion and that it is a revolutionary feature and will definitely become more prominent in the future but right now it feels like it’s only for those of us with larger pockets and those people are effectively beta testing it. I imagine by the time tensor cores and ray tracing becomes readily available with decent enough performance on cheaper cards that most people buy we will all get much more from it.

    At least right now ray tracing doesn’t cost us much extra. With exception to the 2080ti and RTX Titan which don’t have competitors, RTX cards seem to cost no more than non ray tracing counterparts from AMD or Nvidia themselves.
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  7. cldmstrsn

    cldmstrsn TS Addict Posts: 182   +129

    Good to see that the 1070 (non max q) on my laptop is still one of the best cards you can get in a laptop.
    Toju Mikie likes this.
  8. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Maniac Posts: 215   +110

    What AMD GPU? The 560x doesn't even compete with a 1050ti
    cybort likes this.
  9. Knot Schure

    Knot Schure TS Addict Posts: 286   +122

    It would be nice if Dell would sell me an Area 51-M, sans GPU.

    I really want a 9900K in my laptop, but I feel no love for RTX over my 1070M.
  10. scavengerspc

    scavengerspc TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +28

    Truth is that my Acer Predator Helios 500 with a Ryzen 7 2700 and Vega 56 would disagree.
  11. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 776   +1,134

    That's a 17.3 inch screen, 1 inch bezel all around, 4KG (over 8lbs) desktop replacement. It's a brick, when closed it's 1.5 inches thick. The wall power supply is monstrous, fully charged it has about 90 minutes of usable battery life!

    Despite all this, Vega 56 inside isn't faster than an RTX2060 part. It's a tad slower if anything. Quite obviously, that AMD part would never fit in anything smaller while at that performance level. It's incredibly hot and power hungry (120w versus 90w) compared to an RTX2060, which does sit in machines far smaller and slimmer. You have a wide array of model choices with the Nvidia, hardly any with the Vega 56.

    IF your plan is to buy a massive desktop replacement, then yes, it's just about comparable.

    But for anyone else who wants to pick up their laptop, carry it away without putting their back out and then use it for at least long enough to see the credits on a movie, it isn't.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2019
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  12. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,603   +1,818

    Because if you included AMD in the graph, all the nvidia bars would be indistinguishable from each other, smashed into the end of the graph.

    AMD isnt competitive in mobile. It hasnt been competitive in mobile since the 290x mobile chip. AMD's lack of efficiency (hello fanbois that claim power usage doesnt matter) restricts it so badly in mobile applications that it is completely worthless. The 290x was better, but AMD's graphic switching tech is FAR behind nvidias, and that is part of the driver AMD still lags on constantly.

    Apples to oranges. You might as well compare CPU performance of an ultrabook to those eurocom monsters that use server grade xeons.
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  13. scavengerspc

    scavengerspc TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +28

    Power hungry? Yes, and even more so after using the Wattman utility to raise the GPU TDP from 120 to 163 watts. Hot? No, its one of the best cooled laptops going. I can run the 2700 at 3.95 ghz and the Vega 56 at 1485 core/925 mem and my temps in games and 3dmark loops average around 79/77.

    Performane in games is excellent next to the gimped 2060 that goes into laptops with an 80 watt TDP.

    Heavy. Yea but I guess I must have super hero strength because I can carry the massive 9 1/2 lbs.

    Battery life. 90 minutes? Are you nuts? The best I ever got to 10% battery life from full is 72 minutes.
    Oh, ummm, shut up :D
  14. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 776   +1,134

    Hot, because 120w GPU in a laptop is going to be a lot of heat to dissipate. Too hot to fit in anything other than the paving slab you call a laptop that is the Helios 500.

    Performance in games for your paving slab is irrelevant if you want a smaller laptop, as the vast majority of people who buy laptops do. Anyone with sense would just buy a separate desktop machine and laptop.

    Yep, battery life as tested with stock clocks ran to just 90 minutes. The manufacturer quoted this to reviewers!

    This test managed 90 minutes: https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops...s-500-review-gaming-laptop-with-144hz-display
    This test managed 93 minutes: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/acer-predator-helios-500-amd-ryzen,5566.html

    "You'll probably not think about taking it out of the house too often anyway." - Pocket Lint

    The first test pointed out gaming performance without being connected to the mains was abysmal, because the inefficiency of the Vega 56 GPU means it throttles so hard it's basically useless without being plugged in. RTX2060 machines aren't. They are easily faster not plugged in to boot.

    So in summary, you are claiming that the Vega 56 is comparable to RTX2060 in gaming laptops. Yes, only if you want to buy a paving slab always plugged into the mains, and not a normal laptop you can use on battery for at least 3-4 hours.


    Last edited: Mar 7, 2019
  15. scavengerspc

    scavengerspc TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +28

    Damn man you completely missed the points of my post.
    Why do you keep talking about size and weight? I dont want a childs laptop with a GPU so restricted
    that it is no where near fast enough to justify a $700 + premium over the previous gen that performs so badly.

    And read more carefully. I cracked a joke about battery life telling you that I dont even get the 90 mins. quoted.

    And lastly. I cant game on battery because when I do it shuts itself down.


    See Ya
  16. scavengerspc

    scavengerspc TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +28

    For those who want to see the laptop I have. In the interest of fairness this is the least
    favorable review I could find.

  17. urbanman2004

    urbanman2004 TS Booster Posts: 119   +36

    Better off sticking w/ a desktop GPU to game especially w/ the exorbitant prices for laptops w/ RTX cards in them for very little ROI in comparison
  18. scavengerspc

    scavengerspc TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +28

    I think the main thing is that a desktop GPU in a laptop is very expensive next to the mobile version.
  19. cybort

    cybort TS Rookie

    Waiting for the non Max-Q 2070 laptops review. Maybe they are more meaningful?
  20. scavengerspc

    scavengerspc TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +28

    Non Max-Q of anything is more meaningful brother.
  21. scavengerspc

    scavengerspc TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +28

    A sincere and honest apology and thanks to the Moderators.

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