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75 W vs. 130 W TGP GeForce RTX 3060 laptop: The performance gap isn't as wide as many were expecting

75 W vs. 130 W TGP GeForce RTX 3060 laptop: The performance gap isn't as wide as many were expecting (Image source: CUKUSA)
75 W vs. 130 W TGP GeForce RTX 3060 laptop: The performance gap isn't as wide as many were expecting (Image source: CUKUSA)
The performance gap is definitely there, but it's nothing that we haven't seen before from previous generation Max-Q and non Max-Q designs. Gamers will see about 15 to 20 percent slower performance if jumping from a 130 W GeForce RTX 3060 GPU to the 75 W version.
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The GeForce RTX 3060 GPU for laptops can range from 60 W all the way up to 115+ W and it can be difficult to know what each laptop is targeting. We've tested a small handful of units thus far with various TGP targets as shown in the table below. There are many more options available, of course, but these few should give a good idea of what users can expect from systems that we've yet to personally test as well.

Laptop ModelGeForce RTX 3060 TGP Target (W)
Schenker XMG Core 17130
Schenker XMG Core 15120
Razer Blade 15 202195
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE75

Raw graphics performance from the MSI GF65 and its 75 W GPU isn't significantly worse than the Schenker XMG Core 17 and its 130 W GPU. Though its target TGP is roughly 40 percent lower, the MSI performs only about 15 to 20 percent slower in 3DMark benchmarks for slightly higher performance-per-Watt than the Schenker — a common indicator of a Max-Q platform. Meanwhile, moving up to the 95 W GPU in the Razer Blade 15 will bring roughly 10 percent faster performance to be a comfortable midway point between the MSI and Schenker.

The MSI GF65 also happens to be one of the least expensive GeForce RTX 3060 laptops available which is perhaps not a coincidence when taking into account its low TGP target relative to the aforementioned alternatives.

Gamers looking for the fastest GeForce RTX 3060 laptop should certainly aim for a model with the highest TGP target they can find. However, gamers who are content with slight performance deficits of up to 10 to 20 percent can still find inexpensive systems like the MSI GF65 worth the price.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, R9 5950X
28145 Points ∼100% +53%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3060, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H
21931 Points ∼78% +19%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (18434 - 22460, n=9)
20658 Points ∼73% +12%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
20155 Points ∼72% +9%
Schenker XMG Core 15 Ampere
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 4800H
20081 Points ∼71% +9%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
18434 Points ∼65%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, R9 5950X
11590 Points ∼100% +65%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3060, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H
8706 Points ∼75% +24%
Schenker XMG Core 15 Ampere
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 4800H
8425 Points ∼73% +20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (7041 - 8840, n=9)
8057 Points ∼70% +14%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
7897 Points ∼68% +12%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
7041 Points ∼61%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, R9 5950X
11520 Points ∼100% +66%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3060, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H
8776 Points ∼76% +26%
Schenker XMG Core 15 Ampere
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 4800H
8496 Points ∼74% +22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (6529 - 8790, n=9)
7950 Points ∼69% +14%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
7467 Points ∼65% +8%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
6946 Points ∼60%
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, R9 5950X
6809 Points ∼100% +63%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3060, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H
5042 Points ∼74% +20%
Schenker XMG Core 15 Ampere
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 4800H
4997 Points ∼73% +19%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (4185 - 5280, n=7)
4816 Points ∼71% +15%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
4614 Points ∼68% +10%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
4185 Points ∼61%
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, R9 5950X
7126 Points ∼100% +65%
Schenker XMG Core 15 Ampere
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 4800H
5094 Points ∼71% +18%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (4321 - 5320, n=7)
4941 Points ∼69% +14%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
4682 Points ∼66% +8%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
4321 Points ∼61%
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Allen Ngo, 2021-03-10 (Update: 2021-03-11)