NVIDIA GPUs Power New Surface Studio; Deliver 2X Graphics Performance to New Surface Book

by Jay White

Microsoft Wednesday introduced the radical new Surface Studio, aimed at content creators, as well as a new top-end version of its acclaimed Surface Book.

Both are powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs.

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in today’s announcement. “With Windows 10, Microsoft Surface and the medium of Mixed Reality, we aim to empower the builders, the makers and the creators with the tools to create, collaborate and express themselves in new ways.”

Surface Studio: Innovative New Device Turns a Desk into a Studio

The new Surface Studio, powered by either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M or a GeForce GTX 980M, is built around a stunning 28-inch touch display with 13.5 million pixels that can tilt down to immerse creatives in their work.

Paired with a radical new input device — Surface Dial — it promises to pull creative professionals into their work like never before.

Microsoft also introduced a new high-end Surface Book — also powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU — that delivers up to 16 hours of battery life and up to two times the 3D graphics performance versus current Surface Book models, while maintaining the slim, lightweight characteristics of its predecessor.

Like the Surface Book launched last year, the device gives users the ability to detach the screen and use it as a tablet or use it like a traditional notebook.

Pricing and Availability

The Surface Studio starts at $2,999, and is available for pre-order today through Microsoft Stores, MicrosoftStore.com and BestBuy.com. Microsoft will be shipping in limited quantities this holiday, with broad availability in early 2017. The more powerful Surface Book starts at $2,399, is available for pre-order today through Microsoft Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, at select Best Buy locations and BestBuy.com, with a release date of November 10.