NVIDIA this week hopped on Twitter to tease an upcoming mobile GPU launch, saying simply, "They're coming," along with a panned shot of a laptop keyboard. Donning our detective caps, we can reasonably determine NVIDIA is referring to mobile Turing GPUs that lack real-time ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). In other words, mobile GTX parts based on the company's latest GPU architecture.
For one, there already exist laptops based on NVIDA's GeForce RTX GPUs, from the likes of Alienware, ASUS, MSI, Razer, and others. That includes Max-Q Design variants, like the Razer Blade 15 with a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. So barring a complete surprise from NVIDIA, we are pretty sure what the company has on tap.
In case there is any doubt, however, one of NVIDIA's hardware partners seems to have jumped the gun with a laptop listing showcasing a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti as one of the specs. Have a look...
While NVIDIA may not like it (unless this was a planned leak), Acer deserves a tip of the hat for blabbering about an unreleased mobile GPU. According to the listing, Acer's Predator Helios 300 (PH315-52-78VL) pairs a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB of onboard memory with an Intel Core i7-9750H processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB solid state drive.
It also has a 15.6-inch IPS display with a 1920x1080 resolution and fast 144Hz refresh rate, for a suggested retail price of $1,199.99. That's a tantalizing price point for a relatively potent gaming laptop, and it speaks to the benefit of Turing in GTX form—there is no the same markup for RTX features.
Performance on the mobile GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is likely to lag behind its desktop counterpart, but to get a rough idea of what to expect, check out our review of the desktop variant. In short, it's generally a bit faster than a previous generation GeForce GTX 1070.
We are also expecting NVIDIA to announced a mobile version of the non-Ti GeForce GTX 1660. Not only would that make sense, but interestingly enough, a leaked slide of more Acer laptops made the rounds earlier this month, and on it were two laptop models both sporting GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GeForce GTX 1660 GPU options. We will have to wait to find out if these show up with Max-Q variants as well.