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Nvidia RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Officially Released
The reviews embargo on Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 20 series cards lifted on September 20, pouring in from every major media outlet. You can find a good listing of YouTube reviews in our very popular Nvidia thread.
It looks like the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are about one-third faster than their respective replacements, the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1080 Ti. They also bring new ray tracing and “Deep Learning Super Sampling” (DLSS) technologies for use in future games. The prices have been hiked this time around versus the outgoing models, for which Nvidia is catching some flak. However, given the lack of competition from AMD, the price increases are hardly unexpected.
I’m eagerly awaiting my chance to try out ray tracing and DLSS before I make a final judgement. The RTX 20 series is kind of a throwback to the days when, as a gamer, you had to upgrade your graphics card every so often to get support for new technologies. The main reason to upgrade over the last several years has been performance, not technology. The new technologies in the RTX 20 series could easily make them worth the money – but again, I’m reserving judgment on that until I can try them, and I encourage everyone to do the same.
As for when the RTX 20 series will make it to notebooks, that remains unknown. I predicted in a recent Forum Spotlight article that the first half of 2019 seems logical. Expect to see the announcements, if any, happen at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.
Intel 9th Generation CPUs Approaching Release
The rumors and leaked news bits continue to flow in about Intel’s upcoming 9th generation Core processors. The flagship model is rumored to be the Core i9-9900K, an 8-core/16-thread part. It’ll be accompanied by the Core i7-9700K, which is supposed to be an 8-core part as well, but non-Hyper Threaded, so it can do “just” eight threads at a time.
The new chips should be accompanied by the Intel Z390 chipset on desktops. From the looks of things, the Z390 isn’t drastically different from the Z370, offering features such as built-in wireless.
2019 Holiday Shopping for Notebooks
With Thanksgiving and holiday sales looming, you might be tempted to buy a new notebook. This has been a great year for notebooks, but make sure you know what you’re buying. We have a dedicated What Notebook Should I Buy forum where you can post our fillable FAQ and get help from our resident experts. It’s the best advice you’re going to get for free – or any price, for that matter. Register for free!
Upgrading Notebook Screens
I’d advise anyone buying a notebook to buy it with the screen they want. That is, never plan to upgrade it. However, all isn’t lost if you want to upgrade it after the fact. Member @sicily428 started a laptop screen upgrades discussion with many resources if you’re interested in upgrading your notebook’s screen.
That includes how-tos on finding the model of screen you have now, and what you’ll need to know to upgrade to a particular screen: Your panel type (LVDS or EDP), plus the number of pins, lanes, and voltage the screen requires. That 120Hz gamer-centric display might not be as much of a stretch as you think.
Microsoft to Charge for Windows 7 Support
It’s been almost a decade since Windows 7 was released, and Microsoft wants to drop it. However, it can’t ignore how many users are still running the old OS. Microsoft announced it will be offering security updates through January 2023.
The prices, which haven’t been announced, will be per-device, and will increase each year.