Forum Spotlight: New Nvidia RTX Ray-Tracing Graphics, ThinkPad P1 Announced

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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Announced

The ThinkPad P1 is Lenovo’s newest 15.6-inch mobile workstation, but one that seems to have the double purpose of defying the laws of physics. Lenovo is offering it with both Intel Core i7 and Xeon hex-core processors, up to 64GB of RAM (32GB for ECC), and an available Nvidia Quadro P2000 4GB graphics card. Physics comes into play when you consider it’s just 0.7 inches thick, and a mere 3.76 pounds. That’s scary thin and light for a 15.6-inch workstation notebook, let alone one packing this kind of power.Lenovo ThinkPad P1

More technical specifications:

  • 15.6-inch display. 1080p IPS is standard (300-nit/72 percent NTSC); available 4K UHD display (IPS multi-touch/100 percent Adobe gamut, 10-bit color)
  • Hex-core processors: Intel Core i7-8750H, Core i7-8850H (vPro supported), or Xeon E-2176M
  • Nvidia Quadro P1000 2GB or P2000 4GB
  • Up to 64GB DDR4-2666 memory (32GB max. for ECC)
  • Up to 1TB PCI Express SSD
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 with Bluetooth 5
  • Available IR camera
  • Dimensions (HWD): 0.7 x 14.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Weight: 3.76 pounds

The ThinkPad P1 is currently available for preorder. The base model will set you back $2,099, while a top-end configuration with the Xeon chip, 4K display, and Quadro P2000 goes for a cool $3,739.

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Nvidia RTX 20 Series Graphics Cards Announced with Preorder

(Before you read ahead, no announcement has been made regarding the mobile versions of these cards!)

Threads about Nvidia’s latest and greatest graphics cards have sprung up all over our forum. That’s probably because of Nvidia’s almost crazy claims about their increase in performance over the current GTX 10 “Pascal” series cards. There’s also the fact that, you know, we haven’t had a new graphics architecture from Nvidia in over two years, the GTX 10 series being announced in early Spring 2016.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

Nvidia has announced three new RTX 20 series GPUs. The top-of-the-range RTX 2080 Ti and the next-best RTX 2080 are slated for availability September 20, 2018. The third card is the enthusiast-grade RTX 2070, but there’s no official launch date for it yet.

Member @Quadron did a good job summing up the features of these new cards:

  • Ray-tracing technology for improved real-life lighting effects.
  • More CUDA cores than previous-generation cards.
  • GDDR6 memory.
  • 12nm manufacturing process.

The nitty-gritty technical specifications:

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

  • CUDA cores: 4,352
  • Clock speed: 1350MHz base, 1545MHz boost, 1635MHz boost (OC Founders Edition)
  • Video memory: 11GB GDDR6
  • Memory bus: 352 bits
  • Memory bandwidth: 616GBps
  • Ports: VirtualLink/USB-C, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b
  • Power: 2 x 8-pin, 250W TDP stock, 265W TDP OC Founders Edition
  • Release date: September 20, 2018
  • Price: $999 stock, $1,199 Founders Edition

GeForce RTX 2080

  • CUDA cores: 2,944
  • Clock speed: 1515MHz base, 1710MHz boost, 1800MHz OC Founders Edition
  • Video memory: 8GB GDDR6
  • Memory bus: 256 bits
  • Memory bandwidth: 448GBps
  • Ports: VirtualLink/USB-C, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b
  • Power: One 6-pin, one 8-pin
  • Release date: September 20, 2018
  • Price: $699 stock, $799 OC Founders Edition

GeForce RTX 2070

  • CUDA cores: 2,944
  • Clock speed: 1,410MHz base, 1,620MHz boost, 1,710MHz OC Founders Edition
  • Video memory: 8GB GDDR6
  • Memory bus: 256 bits
  • Memory bandwidth: 448GBps
  • Ports: VirtualLink/USB-C, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b
  • Power: One 8-pin, 175W stock, 185W OC Founders Edition
  • Release date: Unknown
  • Price: $499 stock, $599 Founders Edition

As for us notebook users, we’ll be anxiously awaiting the release of the mobile cards. There’s been no official word on that yet, but we’ll be happy if GeForce RTX-equipped notebooks hit the shelves by the end of 2018.Battlefield 5 Nvidia RTX Render

(Of course, if your notebook can use an external GPU, you can get the desktop start and start using it sooner!)

Ready to preorder? Hit up the link below.

Nvidia RTX Announcement Page and Preorder

Also be sure to take a look at Nvidia’s demo of ray-tracing technology in their Shadow of the Tomb Raider video on YouTube. The Battlefield 5 trailer is equally as impressive.

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