Nvidia's Studio Laptop Lineup Aims to Compete With 15-Inch MacBook Pro

Nvidia has unveiled a line of laptops that are powered by its RTX graphics processors and a new software platform called Studio, made specifically for creative professionals who require more GPU power on the go than is currently offered by Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro.


To achieve this aim, Nvidia has been requiring notebook manufacturers to offer minimum specification machines if they want to be part of the RTX Studio lineup. The laptops will feature Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 or 3000 GPUs or GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs, a 1080p or 4K display, 512GB of SSD storage, and 16GB of graphics memory. The machines will also implement Max-Q Design technology, made specially for building lightweight and thin laptops.

Initially at launch, the range will consist of 17 laptops from seven manufacturers, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, MSI, and Razer.
"NVIDIA Studio pairs RTX GPUs, which enable real-time ray tracing, AI processing and high-resolution video editing, with studio-grade software to surpass the growing demands of today's creators," said Jason Paul, general manager of GeForce software and technology at NVIDIA. "The new RTX Studio laptops are the perfect tool for creatives who need desktop-class performance while on the go."
Combined with the Studio Shack SDKs and dedicated drivers, which are designed to increase graphics rendering and video editing performance, Nvidia claims they will be able to perform up to seven times faster than a 15-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ under an equivalent workload.

Nvidia said the laptops will begin retailing in June, with prices starting at $1,599. The company made the announcement at Computex 2019, which is currently taking place in Taipei, Taiwan.

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24 weeks ago
I’d say there’s no competition. MacBooks nowadays are surpassed by every manufacturer when it comes to reliability, performance and usability ( their keyboards work)
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24 weeks ago
If by “aims to compete with” you mean “achieves to run circles around of”...
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24 weeks ago
Well, currently I have to say that every competitor challenging Apple in this area is welcome. Users should benefit.
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24 weeks ago
I miss Nvidia. This is one of the typical ways Apple punishes its user base by toying together bettering prices on GPUs, for now from AMD. No CUDA and they won’t even validate Nvidias web drivers for use in Mojave.

Of course there’s also the bad chips from 2008 and around that era machines that Apple tried to avoid to serve as much as possible that suffers from failing GPUs. Partly they probably want to hurt NVidia by this but they also hurt their customers.
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24 weeks ago

If by “aims to compete with” you mean “achieves to run circles around of”...


Except it runs windows.
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I’d say there’s no competition. MacBooks nowadays are surpassed by every manufacturer when it comes to reliability, performance and usability ( their keyboards work)


I’d take OSX over windows any day.
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24 weeks ago

I’d say there’s no competition. MacBooks nowadays are surpassed by every manufacturer when it comes to reliability, performance and usability ( their keyboards work)

Sadly this is true, and the pricing of many of them are much lower then what Apple charges. You can get faster machine that is more upgradeable, uses a touchscreen and 4k display for thousands less then what apple charges.
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24 weeks ago

Yes, but they’re still running Windows. And the latest MBPro benchmarks look pretty good, except for the default graphic cards. The Vega 20 card should be standard in the 15” MBPro with no extra charge. Then we’d be talking. And durability is fine, only some keyboards had issues (so I hear), I have zero issues with my late 2016 MBPro though, despite it being a 1.0 version from Apple (first touchbar model) which I usually avoid.
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Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Except for usability which is god ****ing atrocious on Win 10. Even died in the wool Windows users hate it.



My personal experience, since I bought a 2017 MacBook Pro I had nothing but issues: failing logic boards, dead pixels , creaky hinges, flawed GPU, failing keyboard.
After 12 repairs I got a 2018 model from Apple as replacement: after 2 months of usage i’m back at the Genius Bar because of T2 chip related problems, manifested mostly in random kernel panics.

Call me mad, but all this hardware issues made the software mean nothing to me: no point in using MacOS if the machine it runs on fails every time the wind blows.
Im seriously considering to go with a Dell as my next laptop, will go back to Apple if and when they get their s**t together.
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24 weeks ago

Except it runs windows.

True, and if you hate windows, then apple has you locked in - you're the perfect customer for them.
Personal opinion, but windows is not bad, my machine at work is solid, its been something like 10 years since I saw a BSOD at work

This has pretty much always been the case since time began though. I mean if this was ever an issue i'm not sure why you'd have ever been an Apple fan in the first place...

Yes and no. The competition has always offered more selection at a better price point but I think think up until recently many makers were not concerned about the design aesthetics. Also until recently, you could upgrade your Mac.

In short, you're now buying a disposable computer with regards to the Mac and you're paying an even higher apple tax then we had say back when Steve Jobs ran the show. Many people found value for the higher price because of the quality, but sadly that's been missing from MBPs these past few years. Their keyboards failure too much, we've had flexgate, the display coating coming off. T2 crashing (thankfully that seems to be behind us)
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Wished Nvidia released (or was allowed to release) drivers for macOS Mojave and supported their RTX series. Some say it is Nvidia’s incompetence while others say Apple’s top management being salty has actively blocked Nvidia‘s signed drivers.

There's no market for Nvidia, and I wouldn't say its their incompetence. They don't become industry leaders because of incompetence.

The only computer that can take a video card is the ancient Mac Pro, why spend big bucks on a drivers for a platform that cannot (and will not) use their GPUs.
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24 weeks ago

Except it runs windows.
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I’d take OSX over windows any day.


If you’re buying it specifically to run something like the Adobe suite, then you’re dealing very little with the os anyway. Besides, windows is fine these days. The aspects of the os that you would interact with would be perfectly fine.
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24 weeks ago

Give us 16:10 / 3:2, not this ugly chin.


If the chin bothers you too much, just keep buying your pretty but underpowered, overpriced, thermally constricted, mechanically flawed macbook pros.
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