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An MSI RTX 2060 laptop is 20 to 25 percent slower than an MSI RTX 2060 desktop graphics card

An MSI RTX 2060 laptop is 20 to 25 percent slower than an MSI RTX 2060 desktop graphics card (Image source: Amazon)
An MSI RTX 2060 laptop is 20 to 25 percent slower than an MSI RTX 2060 desktop graphics card (Image source: Amazon)
It may be called the GeForce RTX 2060, but it may as well be the GeForce GTX 1070 in the laptop world. We compare the desktop RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and RTX 2080 to their laptop counterparts to find surprisingly wide performance differences between them.

Nvidia uses the exact same GeForce GPU naming convention for both laptops and desktops despite the massive differences in size and power consumption between the two products. Consequently, someone shopping for a laptop with RTX 2080 graphics may assume that it would run the same as a desktop also equipped with RTX 2080 graphics. Unfortunately, the laptop will almost always be the slower performer.

Just how much slower will the laptops run when compared to their desktop equivalents? When testing both the MSI GL73 laptop and MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z desktop graphics card, we discovered that the MSI RTX 2060 desktop version can run 23 to 34 percent faster than the MSI RTX 2060 laptop version according to 3DMark benchmarks. Performance differences between the MSI RTX 2070 laptop and MSI RTX 2070 desktop GPUs can be observed as well, albeit at smaller deltas of about 17 to 19 percent.

Perhaps the most noteworthy find is that the desktop RTX 2060 can be almost on par with the laptop RTX 2070 when running DX12 titles and the same can be said for the desktop RTX 2070 and laptop RTX 2080. The results are rather disappointing as the laptop versions appear to be one step lower in SKU in terms of gaming performance when compared to their desktop counterparts.

It's important to note that our data below compares MSI desktop graphics cards to MSI laptop graphics cards only without taking into account any Max-Q GPUs. Other OEMs may implement Turing GPUs differently than MSI for potentially different results. Nonetheless, the trend we're seeing between these RTX laptops and RTX desktops is certainly difficult to deny.

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3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
11294 Points ∼77%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
9816 Points ∼67%
MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
9236 Points ∼63%
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
7789 Points ∼53%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), 2700X
7732 Points ∼53%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
5783 Points ∼39%
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
6513 Points ∼64%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
5722 Points ∼57%
MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
5450 Points ∼54%
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
4669 Points ∼46%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), 2700X
4244 Points ∼42%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
3351 Points ∼33%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
27620 Points ∼68%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
25203 Points ∼62%
MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
22999 Points ∼57%
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
20236 Points ∼50%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), 2700X
19338 Points ∼48%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
15731 Points ∼39%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), 2700X
13742 Points ∼61%
MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
13644 Points ∼60%
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
13644 Points ∼60%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
11339 Points ∼50%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
9099 Points ∼40%
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
8811 Points ∼39%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
37989 Points ∼75%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
33741 Points ∼66%
MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
31260 Points ∼61%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), 2700X
26413 Points ∼52%
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
26097 Points ∼51%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
20157 Points ∼40%

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Allen Ngo, 2019-04- 1 (Update: 2019-04- 1)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.