RTX 2080 Laptops Are Here 🔥


– Hey guys, this is Austin. We’ve had those sweet, sweet RTX graphics in desktops
for a little while now. However, today is the day
that it is finally time for all of this power to come down to the laptop side of things. To test, we have the brand
new ROG Zephyrus S 17 inch. Now, we actually took a
brief at this laptop at CES. However, at that time, Nvidia had the performance testing
side of things locked down. But with this in our
hands, it’s time to see exactly what we can get
out of RTX for laptops. Here, we’ve got the top end RTX 2080, paired with a Core i7-8750H. Now, the main cutback going
from the full desktop GPU to the laptop Max-Q edition is in TDP. Instead of having over
200 watts to work with, this has to fit in a 100 watt budget, which basically just means
the clock speed comes down. Desktop was about 1700 megahertz, this is a little bit over 1200
as far as boost clocks go. Take a look at the benchmarks, though, and it is not a massive improvement, but you will see a pretty
good performance bump over the previous generation, GTX 1080, and especially that Max-Q implementation. Now, benchmarks are one thing. But what I want to know
is what will it take to get this RTX 2080
running at a full 1080p at 144 frames per second, which
is what this screen can do. Now, starting off with, let’s see what we can do with Overwatch. Well, three seconds into Overwatch, it looks like this is no problem. We’re completely maxed out
on ultra settings, the 1080p. And right now, we’re about
160 frames per second. I gotta say, Overwatch looks like a solid thumbs up on this front. Next up, we have everyone’s
favorite game, Fortnite. So this, I think should be pretty easy for the 2080 to handle. Even on full epic settings, I
don’t think it’ll be an issue. Fortnite is another game
that is no problem to run, although we’re a little bit closer here, at about what, 100, I don’t know, 120? So especially paired
with that G-Sync panel, 144 frames per second is
no problem in Fortnite, so now let’s move on to Black Ops. So when it comes to Black Ops, I’m not super sure that we’re
actually going to be able to max it out fully and
still hit 144 frames, but let’s give it a try, I guess. I will mention that I am running this on the balanced power mode, so you can crank the fan up to turbo, but in my testing, it only gives you another couple percentage
or so of performance, but it’s like twice as loud,
so I’m not gonna do that. Okay, yeah, immediately I can tell that we’re at 100 frames per second, which is good, and to be fair,
we do have a G-Sync panel, which means that it’s nice and smooth, but a 90, 100 frames per second, that’s not what we’re looking for. So all you needed to do is
crank things down to high and we’re pretty much locked at 140 fps. Next, let’s see how Battlefield 5 fares. We are in the game,
this is not 144 frames. This is about 50 frames. So the thing with Battlefield
that’s going to be difficult is it does support ray tracing. And it is one of the very few games that does support ray tracing right now, but it is incredibly demanding, especially on the ultra setting. Okay, so turning ray tracing down to low gave us a big boost in frames. We’re now up to about 90,
which on this G-Sync panel, honestly, really is not a problem. I would be totally happy
to play the game like this. Damn, like look at the,
look at the reflection. Dude, every time I see a
car, I have to go and like, oh, I should probably not do that. So this is a playable game, absolutely, but I want 144 frames per second, which means it’s time to start
cranking that thing down. Now that’s more like it, we’re about 130, 140 frames per second right now. I did have to turn off ray tracing and then set everything
down to medium, but I mean, we do have a very, very
playable, 140 frames per second. I mean to be fair,
medium looks totally fine and that 144 frames per
second is a big deal. But if it’s me, I’m going
to turn the ray tracing on and give up a few frames per second to get that extra little bit of visual. Now gaming is great, but this also is great for content creation. So Wes, how does it handle Resolve, and specifically RED stuff? – So what we have playing here is 7 and 8K RED footage
playing down at quarter res. But as you can see, with
a color grade on there, and a few nodes, doing
kind of a punchier grade. It is playing back in real
time, which is something that Resolve would struggle
with on lower end spec. – This makes a lot of sense as a laptop to use for content creation then, right? Because you got something
that’s fairly thin, you do have the Pantone
color calibrated display, which realistically, eh. – Well, so, so look. Coming out of the factory,
it’ll be pretty good. It’s going to shift over the first few hours, honestly, of use. But by having a good
display, that means that if you are someone that wants
to calibrate in the future, you can be fairly comfortable
that you are going to be able to get a fairly good
calibration out of it. – Next, let’s talk about
this actual laptop itself, the Zephyrus S, which there’s actually a lot more to talk about than
purely just the graphic side. This shares a lot of DNA
with the original Zephyrus. When it’s closed, it’s only 18 mil thick. When you open it up, the
entire deck lid raises to give more cooling from the bottom. There’s also a very unusual placement for the keyboard and trackpad. So it’s all put on the
bottom half of the laptop, which means that this top
half is entirely dedicated to cooling that CPU
and especially the GPU. Now, these does take a little
bit of getting used to, but it’s really not so bad. Now, the same thing
goes with the touchpad. While it’s a little
bit smaller than usual, most importantly it has a solid surface, and you do have the option of
turning it into a number pad. And some of the best
sounding click buttons I have ever tried on a trackpad. All of this means that this is among the smallest 17 inch gaming
laptops that you can buy. That being said though, it is
still a 17 inch gaming laptop. Sure, it’s a little bit
closer to something like that 15 inch Zephyrus
that came out last year. But realistically,
there’s no getting around that this is a very, very
big footprint for a laptop. I’ll give them this though. At only six pounds, it is way
lighter than you would expect, considering that there
is that full 2080 inside, but don’t exactly expect to you know, fit this in your backpack easily. The display itself is
exactly what you would expect out of a high-end gaming laptop. It’s a 17.3 inch panel,
with a 1080p resolution, but importantly, not only does
it run at a full 144 hertz, but it also supports G-Sync. You also have Nvidia Optimus onboard. Usually, you have to
pick one or the other. G-Sync is for keeping those
frame rates nice and smooth and to keep any kind of tearing out, whereas Optimus allows you to
turn off that graphics card when you’re not using
it to save battery life. Now, in this, you do have
to manually turn it on as well as restart the laptop when you’re switching between the two. Most of the time, when you
have a laptop with G-Sync, it means that you’re gonna get
like an hour of battery life, so thankfully that’s not the
case here with Optimus onboard. Paired with a decently
sized 76 watt hour battery, I’d be able to get about three
to three and a half hours of normal use with the laptop. Now that’s not gaming, mind
you, but this is actually a laptop that you can do
some other stuff with. Not a lot of other stuff,
but some other stuff. You do have the added benefit
of supporting USB-C charging. Now, that’s not enough to
fully power the laptop. It tops out at 65 watts,
so it’s a lot more for kind of, charging it overnight, or using it for lighter tasks,
but importantly, this means that if you want to take this on the go, you don’t have to always carry the giant 200 watt power brick. Instead, you can take a smaller one or just plug into a
USB-C monitor to top off. Also, while we’re talking about USB-C, it does have a pair of USB-C ports, but neither support Thunderbolt 3, something that the previous Zephyrus did. Not exactly like a deal breaker, it’s just kind of an odd decision. Something interesting about this notebook is the webcam, it doesn’t have one. That is where this comes in. In the box, they do
include an external webcam. Now, there’s a couple reasons for this. First of all, they don’t have a whole lot of bezel to work with on the top. But more importantly, this is a higher quality webcam than usual. Not only does it support 1080p, but it also has a full 60 fps output. And on top of that, they also have a little stand that comes with it, so if you want to do something
like Twitch streaming, you can set the webcam off to the side. You know what, this actually does look a lot better than most
webcams, including on a laptop. Now sure, it’s not going to
be quite as good as something like a dedicated camera
setup for Twitch streaming, but considering that
this comes in the box, I’ve gotta say, really not a bad idea. (music playing from laptop speakers) – Hey, not bad. So the audio’s pretty impressive here. Not only do you have a pair of speakers that are firing directly
at you, but on top of that, there is this awesome little
wheel to control the volume. It’s like what you would find on a lot of mechanical
keyboards, and I love it. Like seriously, can
everyone just adopt this? Like, I want this on every laptop ever. Now as you might imagine, all of this doesn’t exactly come cheap. The Zephyrus S starts at $2700,
and the model I have here comes in at a full $3,200 and zero cents. I don’t know why I had to say zero cents, but it just sounds more
impressive that way. With that RTX 2080 Max-Q inside, you will not find another gaming laptop that’s this thin as well as this light, while still giving you
a full 17 inch display, and importantly, this much performance. Now whether it’s worth the
price tag is kind of up to you. But I’ve gotta say, they did a lot right with the Zephyrus S.

100 thoughts on “RTX 2080 Laptops Are Here 🔥

  1. This guy keeps motion blur on. Who tf cares about how a GPU performs when motion blur is on. We all know it kills performance and looks dumb.

  2. Get a mini itx desktop rather than this. If you so badly want a laptop, get a GTX 1070 or equivalent 2xxx series GPU laptop. I have the MSI GE63VR RGB 8750H Raider and it's dope and runs most games at 1080p fine. But I feel ray traced games should be played w/ a full fledged GPU. I'm too planning to build a mini ITX PC and trust me with a good case you can have it be smaller than a shoebox.

  3. Dude that’s a 2080 max-q not a full 2080. Msi ge and gt75 got the full 2080 gpu not the max-q variants. Those are way more powerful. And just for the record rtx 2070 runs bf v @1080p ultra 47 ish fps with raytracing at max. So a max-q 2080 is bad value.

  4. Considering webcams get hacked way too frequently, an external webcam is actually better since you control when it gets used by when it’s plugged in.

  5. Well RTX 2080 but…. actually 30% less than RTX 2080 performance.. Price tag? 100% more
    People with gaming laptops are the most screwed up lately.

  6. I'm pretty much ok with the review. The only comment I have would be the footprint. The footprint is superlative for a 17 inch. Basically the footprint is the size of the screen itself! Extremely small. It's great for content creation but especially us designers who need a large screen to work with detailed work that needs to be zoomed in on the go. Overall stupendous work! The only caveat is that they still havent crammed the power brick into a smaller / compact form factor which was the problem with the previous iteration. The laptop size deserves a much smaller power brick. This time around though they provided a mobile power brick but I have yet to see/test how it handles on the road if it is sufficient when gaming or when rendering 3D scenes.

  7. triton 500 is cheaper and better at cooling, its only problems are loud fans which should be just fine considering how impressively they cool the laptop, and the fact that its so hard to open up and upgrade. but thats also ok because i dont think you need to upgrade it for at least 2 years if you get it now.

  8. You should change to High performance in Power Option, and in armory crate, you can set the fan mode in: Silent(25W TDP of CPU, fan "silent") Balanced(35W TDP Of CPU, Fan sound just like 5v fan), OverBoost (45W TDP of CPU, fan Nosie -_-).
    And you should talk about the temperature of the Laptop, Because it's a thin and light so we very care about the thermal problem.

  9. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!

    I have two questions and I cant seem to find the answer anywhere!

    1) Is the GTX 1080(laptop) better than the rtx 2080 Max Q? Userbenchmark says max q is better but I think fps performance says otherwise

    2) Is the rtx 2080 max q better than desktop 2060??? Again, user benchmark says 2080maxq is SLIGHTLY stronger but fps performance says otherwise. It seems like desktop 2060 gives better performance overall.

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