Finally, Nvidia Optimus 2.0 or Advanced Optimus laptops are now shipping
Teased at CES 2020, Advanced Optimus promises all the benefits of Optimus but with the added bonus of simultaneous G-Sync support. In comparison, laptops with regular Optimus would have to forego G-Sync or rely on inconvenient system reboots to switch between the two features.
OEMs have been late on integrating Advanced Optimus onto consumer-ready laptops, but Eluktronics is claiming to be the first with the 15.6-inch Mech-15 G3 and Max-15 Ultra for $2100 USD each. The laptops are based on white label designs similar to Clevo or Tongfang meaning that we should expect other OEMs and resellers to follow soon with their own Advanced Optimus configurations.
"My hope is this will eventually wake up some sleeping giants to inspire them to bring more and exciting solutions to their customer base as well," said Eluktronics CEO Will Kiryluk back in September. "Whether consumers are choosing our brand or another, my intention is and always has been to change this game, literally."
Other than the new Nvidia feature, each of the aforementioned Eluktronics laptops will ship with the Core i7-10870H instead of the Core i7-10875H with GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics, a BOE 144 Hz 1080p display, and Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid metal paste.
We suspect that difficulty in securing panels compatible with Advanced Optimus may have been an issue for many OEMs. The new Nvidia feature requires certified panels with additional hardware switches and ICs that laptop manufacturers will have to consider as well. Naturally, users can expect a bit of a price premium for laptops compatible with Advanced Optimus.