Today, NVIDIA is pushing its mobility line-up a bit further downrange to hit better price points with Turing-based GeForce GTX products for laptops with its new GeForce GTX 1650 and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPUs. Just as on the desktop side of the equation, this new GeForce GTX 16 Series for laptops forgoes dedicated hardware to tackle real-time ray tracing and tensor cores for DLSS image processing, yet still offers superior performance to previously released Pascal-based GeForce GTX predecessors.
Despite the fact that the GeForce GTX 16 Series family doesn't have RT or Tensor cores, it does bring other enhancements found in their GeForce RTX counterparts like concurrent floating point and integer operations, 3x the L1 cache of Pascal-based mobility parts, and adaptive shading. Furthermore, NVIDIA is quoting a roughly 1.4x uplift in power efficiency (with TDPs as low as 60W) along with a 1.5x improvement in instructions-per-clock compared to Pascal.
Compared to a 4-year-old gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 960M under the hood of a gaming machine, NVIDIA says that a modern counterpart equipped with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti can deliver 4x the performance in today’s hot battle royale games like Apex Legends, Fortnite, and PUBG. Whereas the GTX 960M could only muster anywhere from between 25 to 40 fps in these games, the GTX 1660 Ti is pushing frame rates of 100 to 130 fps at 1080p (High) settings with a Core i7 processor in tow. Unfortunately, no comparisons were made in the data below, between the 1660 and 1650 series versus previous gen GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 series GPUs.
As for the GeForce GTX 1650, NVIDIA is promising a 2.5x performance advantage compared to the GTX 950M and a 1.7x advantage compared to the previous generation GTX 1050. That means gamers will be able to expect consistent 60 fps performance in the above-mentioned gaming titles at 1080p. Still no mention of GTX 1660 vs 1060 performance, however.
Given that this latest crop of GeForce GTX 16 GPUs are geared for laptops, they come will full support for Max-Q technology (for quieter, cooler running thin and light systems) and battery-saving NVIDIA Optimus hybrid GPU switching technology.
In addition, NVIDIA has partnered with Epic Games to give gamers a bonus when they purchase a new laptop featuring GeForce GTX 16 Series graphics. You’ll get 2,000 V-Bucks along with a Fortnite Counterattack Set (Reflex outfit, Angular pickaxe, Pivot glider, Response Unit).
According to NVIDA, every major OEM will be releasing GeForce GTX 16 Series laptops, including well-known brands like ASUS, Dell/Alienware, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, and Lenovo (among many others). Laptops featuring these new GPUs will start at $799 and are available starting today.