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Will the GeForce Super series eventually come to laptops? Probably not

Will the GeForce Super series eventually come to laptops? Probably not (Image source: Nvidia)
Will the GeForce Super series eventually come to laptops? Probably not (Image source: Nvidia)
The higher power requirements of the GeForce Power series reduce the chances of it debuting on gaming laptops in the near future. Very few existing chassis designs are able to support something as demanding as the 250 W RTX 2080 Super especially when considering that the standard mobile RTX 2080 is just 80 W to 150 W.

After several weeks of rumors, Nvidia formally announced its GeForce Super series earlier this week for an official launch later this month. The chipmaker is promising that its RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2070 Super, and RTX 2080 Super will be up to 25 percent faster than the original RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and RTX 2080, respectively.

Gamers crossing their fingers for mobile versions of the GeForce Super series, however, shouldn't get their hopes up. When looking closer at the specifications for the RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2070 Super, and RTX 2080 Super, each of these cards have higher TDP or power requirements than their non-Super counterparts by about 15 W to 40 W. Cramming these souped-up GPUs in an already thermally constrained laptop form factor would be an unlikely scenario in our opinion. Even the RTX 2080 Ti remains exclusive to desktops after a full year of availability probably for the same thermal reasons.

There is always the small chance of the GeForce Super series coming to laptops with lowered TDP requirements much like how the standard mobile GeForce series has lower TDP requirements than their standard desktop counterparts. However, such a move could arguably cause confusion for the average shopper looking to buy a gaming laptop since they would then have to consider a standard GeForce, GeForce Super, or a GeForce Max-Q.

Reviews on the new GeForce Super series have already begun flooding the web with promising results across the board, but don't expect any mobile GeForce Super reviews anytime soon.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-07- 4 (Update: 2019-07- 4)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.