New C4D Optimized Laptops, CPU vs GPU, and Minor Apple Updates
Better and faster, a look at the latest computer news to excite motion designers and 3D artists.
As the 2019 Computex conference gets underway, there’s some exciting news out of the technology show already. Read up on the latest laptops for NVIDIA claimed to rival the MacBook Pro, as well as big news from AMD and more.
First up, NVIDIA has announced a new line of laptops that will run their RTX cards. In total, there will be 17 new NVIDIA laptops from the likes of Acer, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, MSI, and Razer.
In a write up over on TechCrunch,
The 17 laptops will be equipped with Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 or 3000 GPUs or GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs. Nvidia claims they can perform up to seven times faster than the MacBook Pro. Studio laptops with Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs will have 16GB of graphics memory, and some of the devices will also have 4K displays and Nvidia’s Max-Q tech for building thin and lightweight laptops, enabling incredible performance and longer battery life.
In the company’s press release, the General Manager of GeForce software and technology at NVIDIA Jason Paul said,
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, the new RTX Studio laptops are the perfect tool for creatives who need desktop-class performance while on the go.
The new NVIDIA laptops will begin retailing in June, with prices starting at $1,599.
Razer Blade Studio
Hardware Canucks has some more on the updates to the Razer line in this video on the Razer Blade Studio. These machines are loaded with NVIDIA’s Studio Drivers (formerly Creator Ready), meaning they are optimized for use with Cinema 4D.
Razer Blade Studio Specs:
- NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
- 9th gen Intel® Core™ processors
- Intel Core i7-9750H (15-inch)
- Intel’s Core i9-9880H (17-inch)
- UHD OLED touch display
- 32 GB RAM
- 1 TB NVMe storage
- Cinema 4D Optimized
Asus ZenBook Duo
Also revealed at the conference, is a look at Asus new dual-screen laptop. The ZenBook Duo and ZenBook Pro Duo will have two built-in 4K screens.
Asus ZenBook Duo Specs:
- NVIDIA RTX 2060
- Up to an 8-core Intel Core i9
- OLED panels
- 16:9 OLED 15-inch screen
- 32:9 IPS ScreenPad Plus
- Up to 32GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
- 1TB PCIe x4 SSD
- Thunderbolt 3
- (2) USB-A
- Headphone jack
- HDMI port
Checkout this review of the ZenBook Duo over on The Verge.
Rumors were circulating the AMD may ditch the Threadripper, but those rumors can now be laid to rest. Not only will the Threadripper line continue, AMD has also announced the new Ryzen 9 3900X which will only cost $499.Plus two more eight-core models were also announced – Ryzen 7 3800X and 3700X.
That means the CPU vs GPU race will live on. Our own Chad Ashley has been taking advantage of CPU and GPU performance, loading his machine with a Threadripper and two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti. You can check out his specs here. This allowed him to complete an assessment of Arnold CPU vs Arnold GPU earlier this year, as well as allowing him the ability to work quickly within Redshift and Octane.
For more, check out the following
- AMD Ryzen 9 Overclocked & Tested in Cinebench – WCCFTECH
- AMD CEO confirms Threadripper is alive, well, and ‘moving up’ – PC World
In other news, Apple announced a new iPod touch.
The company previously announced the latest updates to their line of MacBooks. They claim 3D artists can render up to 2x faster in Maya Arnold. Still no news on that new Mac Pro, which we may hear more about next month.