Report: Dell website hints at possible upcoming mobile RTX 2050

The eagle-eyed laptop lovers over at NotebookCheck spotted a very interesting note at Dell's website. When inspecting the specifications of the G5 15 gaming laptop, the machine's USB Type-C port is labeled as "USB-C DisplayPort / USB-C Thunderbolt" with an asterisk after. Clicking that asterisk reveals the box below.

In case you can't read it, it says "The USB-C Thunderbolt will be on systems with RTX 2060 and up while the USB-C DisplayPort will be on systems with RTX 2050." Wait, what? We certainly haven't heard of any such "RTX 2050," and it's quite possible that Dell hasn't either. As NotebookCheck points out, this could simply be an error or assumption by the web designer.

The alternative—that Nvidia is about to launch a new low-power RTX product for laptops—is a lot more interesting, though. The RTX 2060 already struggles under the weight of RTX workloads in Battlefield V and Metro Exodus. That would seem to be a major factor playing into Nvidia's choice to forgo RTX features on the Turing-based TU116 chip used in the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Given that, it seems unlikely that Nvidia would release a slower RTX product in laptops.

NotebookCheck speculates that the mobile GeForce that the Dell website is referencing may be more properly called "GTX 2050." To our ears, that doesn't make a lot of sense either, given the existence of the GTX 1660 Ti. The site goes on to say that leaked codenames reference a chip that would slot directly in the lineup under the mobile RTX 2060. Whatever the case, we'll keep an eye out and keep you posted when we hear the real story. 

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    • LocalCitizen
    • 9 months ago

    Komachi Ensaka have been predicting TU107 based card for a while now. so it’s not impossible

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 9 months ago

    It will be able to trace a single ray

      • K-L-Waster
      • 9 months ago

      Can’t you see how perfect that one pixel’s reflection is? It’s a thing of beauty…

      • Growler
      • 9 months ago

      I hope it’s [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Stantz<]Ray Stantz[/url<].

    • Spunjji
    • 9 months ago

    The balance definitely seems to be in favour of a typo here. GTX 2050 would have made sense as a name for both the desktop and laptop versions of TU116, but sadly we live in the stupid timeline.

      • DavidC1
      • 9 months ago

      Or its not and we’ll prepare to see Ray Traced 1366×768 games.

      It’ll be one way to push developer support and adoption though. Leaving it to highest end cards doesn’t really work.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 months ago

        could be that they leave the performance level of RTX features the same on the 2050 as the 2060 but cut the graphics cores down further.

        • Spunjji
        • 9 months ago

        “Ray Traced 1366×768 games”
        Nonsense! They’ll use DLSS and call it “1080p”. 😀

        “Leaving it to highest end cards doesn’t really work”
        I’m not so sure. As it stands, I think it would make more sense to have only included RTX features in the two top-tier cards – one fully enabled and one binned. That way the next step down would be a GTX 2070 that people could actually afford, and RTX 2080 / 2080Ti would be their uncompromising “premium experience”. The two halo products would pave the way for a full range of RTX experiences at 7nm when the developers are actually ready for it.

        As it is they have saddled their mid-range products with high prices to pay for hardware features that compromise the actual gaming experience when enabled. Reminds me of the GeForce FX days, only this time AMD haven’t anything better to offer.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 9 months ago

      Or it’s more marketing games — call it an “RTX 2060” because it occupies approximately that spot in the stack for laptop parts. NVM whether or not the silicon bears any resemblance to the desktop RTX 2060…

        • DavidC1
        • 9 months ago

        Wait, let me get this clear. Are you saying they might label a GTX silicon as “RTX”?

        I really hope not. It’s like Lenovo going with C series Yoga and non-C/non-convertible Yoga with their latest devices.

        PC companies absolutely adore diluting their brand and making the lineup super complicated.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 9 months ago

          I hope not too, but we’ve seen weirdness before. “i5” chips with 2 cores + hyperthreading as opposed to 4 cores comes to mind. And Nvidia has a long history of putting lesser chips in their mobile parts and giving them the same model family name as a higher end chip from the desktop models.

      • Chrispy_
      • 9 months ago

      Agreed. I have BFV (came free with my 2060) and it’s depressingly useless at RTX effects.

      I also have 3DMark, so I installed Port Royal raytracing demo and the raytracing is underwhelming, even if you look beyond the slideshow framerate.

      Realtime raytracing is for the 2080Ti. For every card below that, it is simply a checkbox feature that hurts performance too much to warrant turning it on.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 9 months ago

      What would Michael Stuhlbarg’s Griffin say about the timeline?

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