Asus and Nvidia’s new ProArt StudioBook One might be the answer to contrent creators’ infinite need for graphics speed. Announced Wednesday afternoon at IFA in Berlin. and claiming the modest title of “world’s most powerful laptop,” the Asus and Nvidia collaboration will be the first to boast Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 6000 GPU.
Nvidia offered few hard details but did say the ProArt StudioBook One will include a Core i9 CPU, 64GB of DDR4, a 1TB NVMe SSD, WiFi 5, a 90-watt-hour battery, and three Thunderbolt 3 ports. Pricing wasn’t available either, but if a Quadro RTX desktop GPU itself is $3,600 today, this laptop won’t be cheap.
The mobile version of the desktop Quadro RTX 6000 will feature “desktop-like” performance, according to Nvidia. Mobile GPUs had crept close to desktop performance in previous years, but both the GTX 10-series and the RTX 20-series generation saw desktop jump far ahead again. For example, laptop GPUs have topped out at the GeForce RTX 2080, with no mobile version of the wickedly fast GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. The same happened with the GeForce GTX 1080, which offered no GeForce GTX 1080 Ti equivalent.
Two reasons why we haven’t seen mobile GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or GeForce RTX 2080 Ti are likely cooling and power. That’s where Nvidia lent its aid in the form of an Nvidia-designed titanium vapor chambers, capable of cooling up to 300 watts in a 25mm-thick body.
Nvidia officials said the titanium vapor chambers were selected mostly to reduce weight. While titanium isn’t known to be particularly conductive of heat, it was likely chosen as a trade-off in thermal efficiency.
A tiny, yet powerful power brick
To keep the laptop running, there’s also a pretty tiny yet powerful 300-watt power brick that appears to use a USB-PD connector. You can see the brick in the screenshot below on the right. Nvidia said it’s about half the size of a traditional 330-watt brick (which is literally the size of a brick), yet it looks like a USB-PD or USB-C connector is used.
The third and most likely answer is the power brick is proprietary but still USB-C/PD. Dell pulled this trick with its XPS 15 2-in-1, which featured a 130-watt power brick. To get around the 100 watt max, Dell has the charger check to see whether it’s connected to the XPS 15 2-in-1. If it is, it may exceed the 100-watt limit. If it isn’t, it limits itself to the standard or lower.
One requirement for professionals is a high-end display. The ProArt StudioBook One features a 15.6-inch 4K display with 120Hz refresh rate. It will hit 100 percent of Adobe RGB, has a Delta E of <1 and is Pantone validated to be 97 percent of DCI-P3. The display is also factory-calibrated.
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