Microsoft Surface Studio 2 changes the previous model two years after launch. The new All-in-One desktop of the Redmond house rightfully acquires the title of ‘fastest Surface ever’ by a hardware equipment significantly enhanced compared to the previous model. The new CPUs and GPUs come in the face of a form factor that has remained almost unchanged and is always characterized by the large 28-inch touch display.
Inside the body is the seventh generation Intel Core i7 7820HQ CPU combined with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070 GPU based on Pascal architecture, which takes the place of the previous GeForce GTX 980M. Also new for the display, 38 percent brighter and 22 percent improved contrast compared to the previous model – the resolution (4500 x 3000 pixels) is unchanged.
Even the storage compartment has a significant difference compared to the previous Surface Studio: the hybrid configuration (SSD + HDD) leave to two exclusively based on large 1TB or 2TB SSDs. The RAM capacity up to 16GB or 32GB DDR4 then disappears the basic configuration of 8GB of the previous model. For the connectors, we point out the presence of the USB-C connector (without Thunderbolt support), was absent in the first model.
The choice not to integrate 8th generation processors can turn up their noses, but the performance boost is still important, especially on the GPU side (+50%). Surface Studio 2 is powered by the Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage at $3,499 (basic version), but it comes up to $4,799 for the top version with Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 1TB storage). The first shipment is scheduled for November 15, 2018.