Surface Book 3 Launched With New NVidia GPU Options: GTX 1650 Max-Q or GTX 1660Ti

Microsoft Launches The Surface Book 3 Today: a familiar design, but a different story under the hood.

Microsoft has announced the Surface Book 3 on May 6, marketing it as 50% more powerful than its predecessor. While the design stays the same, we get the option to choose between a 13.5-inch model and a 15-inch model. However, what really matters here is the technical specifications.

The Surface Book 3 Also Has Two NVidia GPU Options

The base 13.5-inch model has a price starting at $1,599, featuring a quad-core Core i5, while the 15-inch version has a quad-core Core i7 processor and sells for $2,299.

The smaller model comes with an integrated Iris Plus graphics, but you can opt for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q model for some extra cash (starting at $1,999). The larger model can be upgraded to a GTX 1660Ti or a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU (starting at $3,499).

In an interview with The Verge, VP of program management for devices at Microsoft Robin Seiler noted the Quadro RTX 3000 GPU option is aimed at “designers and professionals who need power.” Seller also explained that this GPU works best with software that needs power to render objects:

“Tools like Solidworks, when you render them the render time is reduced by about 50 percent.”

While the Surface Book 3 is capable of running games at 60fps with 1080p resolution if you choose the GTX 1660Ti GPU option, this laptop isn’t really aimed at gamers but at developers.

“What’s changing with Surface Book 3 is that it now comes with up to 32GB of RAM, which is really important for running virtual machines or things like Kubernetes,” stated Seiler, noting that “this is one of the biggest asks we’ve had from coders, who need it for compiling, source control, package management.”