The new Surface Book with the dGPU can be purchased for $1,699, which is up $200 for the base version, the news outlet noted. The $1,699 price tag is the same price as the Core i5 Surface Book with 256GB of storage. Interested buyers have to choose between doubling their memory storage and buying a device equipped with a discrete GPU
It's a handy addition for those who're willing to spend $1700 on the Surface Book. Now such users have a choice between picking either a 256GB internal storage variant and a variant which is capable of handling higher-end graphics. The addition also makes the cheaper price echelon of the Surface Book more enticing for everyone, and overall improves the computing experience for more people.
What is Descrete Graphic Card?
the discrete graphics card significantly improves a laptop's capability to play games and handle graphics intensive suites like Adobe Photoshop or AutoCAD. In the words of Panos Panay, the graphics card in the new Surface Book is lineup is "for the gamer who plays League of Legends; this is for the architect who is building a building right now; this is for the scientist who is thinking about a cure for cancer."
Microsoft didn't exactly divulge details about the discrete GPU in the new Surface Book, but Tech Radar wrote that it comes around the same power level as the Nvidia GeForce 940M.