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Exclusive | First NVIDIA Ampere mobile benchmarks: Up to 18% faster than Turing mobile, but don't expect Ampere desktop-class performance

The first Ampere mobile benchmarks are in. (Image Source: NVIDIA)
The first Ampere mobile benchmarks are in. (Image Source: NVIDIA)
We have obtained exclusive first synthetic benchmarks run on pre-sample gaming laptops powered by NVIDIA's new Ampere mobile GPUs, the RTX 3060 Mobile, RTX 3070 Mobile, and the RTX 3080 Mobile. These preliminary numbers show Ampere mobile offering anywhere between 7% to 18% performance improvements over their Turing predecessors. However, they do seem to lag behind their desktop versions considerably.

NVIDIA will take the wraps off its mobile Ampere GPUs in a few hours from now, and we expect many OEMs to announce laptops powered by these new GPUs. While NVIDIA's performance benchmarks are still under embargo, we have managed to gather some initial performance numbers from pre-sample notebooks.

RTX 30 Ampere mobile synthetic benchmarks

Unlike the Turing generation, Ampere mobile cards have significantly reduced CUDA core counts compared to their desktop counterparts, the result of which can be seen in the comparison below.

It will be some time before we get to know gaming performance, but these 3DMark numbers should provide a fair preliminary assessment of Ampere mobile's capabilities.

In 3DMark 11, we see the RTX 3080 Mobile on par with the RTX 3070 desktop but is about 18% slower than an average RTX 3080 desktop. A similar performance deficit is seen when comparing the RTX 3070 Mobile with its corresponding desktop variant. However, the RTX 3060 Mobile seems to be on par with an average RTX 2060 Super desktop but is a healthy 41% faster than the RTX 2060 Mobile. Compared to the RTX 2080 Super Mobile, the RTX 3070 Mobile and the RTX 3080 Mobile are about 6% and 24% faster, respectively.

3DMark Time Spy GPU test shows the RTX 3080 Mobile having a lead of 17% over the average RTX 2080 Super Mobile and about 14% faster than the RTX 3070 Mobile. We see that the RTX 3080 Mobile is a significant 31% slower than its desktop variant. The RTX 3070 Mobile is about 3% faster than the RTX 2080 Super Mobile in this test.

Coming to 3DMark Fire Strike Standard GPU, the RTX 3080 Mobile is behind both average values of the desktop variants of RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 by 13% and 31%, respectively. The RTX 3060 Mobile trails the average RTX 2080 Super Mobile by about 10% but is also 4% faster than a desktop RTX 2060 Super.

Performance Rating - Percent
Radeon RX 6800 XT (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
100 pt ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
 
92.6 pt ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
 
74 pt ∼74%
GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile
Pre-Sample
69 pt ∼69%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
 
65.8 pt ∼66%
GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile
Pre-Sample
62.7 pt ∼63%
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
58.7 pt ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
 
58.7 pt ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
 
57.1 pt ∼57%
GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile
Pre-Sample
51.1 pt ∼51%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
 
49.9 pt ∼50%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
 
49.1 pt ∼49%
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW
46.4 pt ∼46%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
44.5 pt ∼45%
Radeon RX 5600M
Dell G5 15 SE 5505 P89F
41 pt ∼41%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
 
36.3 pt ∼36%
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Acer Predator Triton 300 PT315-52-79LP
36 pt ∼36%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Radeon RX 6800 XT (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
52046 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (47287 - 57662, n=3)
51679 Points ∼99%
GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile
Pre-Sample
43744 Points ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  (40646 - 46878, n=3)
43510 Points ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
  (37958 - 41518, n=3)
39961 Points ∼77%
GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile
Pre-Sample
37290 Points ∼72%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
  (34021 - 36838, n=4)
35153 Points ∼68%
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
34623 Points ∼67%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
  (33257 - 37235, n=5)
34558 Points ∼66%
GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile
Pre-Sample
30200 Points ∼58%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
  (29148 - 30099, n=4)
29568 Points ∼57%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
  (28207 - 31050, n=8)
29416 Points ∼57%
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW
27298 Points ∼52%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (23335 - 27298, n=21)
25775 Points ∼50%
Radeon RX 5600M
Dell G5 15 SE 5505 P89F
25706 Points ∼49%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (19143 - 24662, n=39)
21394 Points ∼41%
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Acer Predator Triton 300 PT315-52-79LP
21338 Points ∼41%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Radeon RX 6800 XT (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
17603 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (17467 - 17604, n=2)
17536 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  (13111 - 13579, n=2)
13345 Points ∼76%
GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile
Pre-Sample
12100 Points ∼69%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
  (11313 - 11542, n=4)
11439 Points ∼65%
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
10718 Points ∼61%
GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile
Pre-Sample
10600 Points ∼60%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
  (9638 - 10938, n=4)
10301 Points ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
  (9564 - 10094, n=6)
9844 Points ∼56%
GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile
Pre-Sample
8840 Points ∼50%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
  (8546 - 8795, n=5)
8661 Points ∼49%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
  (7840 - 8657, n=12)
8238 Points ∼47%
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW
7826 Points ∼44%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (7006 - 8028, n=18)
7651 Points ∼43%
Radeon RX 5600M
Dell G5 15 SE 5505 P89F
6312 Points ∼36%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (5660 - 6910, n=40)
6196 Points ∼35%
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Acer Predator Triton 300 PT315-52-79LP
6012 Points ∼34%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Radeon RX 6800 XT (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
49735 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (37604 - 40910, n=2)
39257 Points ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  (31020 - 31096, n=2)
31058 Points ∼62%
GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile
Pre-Sample
27980 Points ∼56%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
  (26824 - 28968, n=4)
27647 Points ∼56%
GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile
Pre-Sample
27000 Points ∼54%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
  (24211 - 25597, n=4)
24932 Points ∼50%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
  (22819 - 25799, n=6)
24384 Points ∼49%
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
24211 Points ∼49%
GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile
Pre-Sample
22460 Points ∼45%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
  (18662 - 23042, n=12)
21824 Points ∼44%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
  (20522 - 22516, n=5)
21669 Points ∼44%
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW
21004 Points ∼42%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (18169 - 21138, n=19)
20123 Points ∼40%
Radeon RX 5600M
Dell G5 15 SE 5505 P89F
18807 Points ∼38%
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Acer Predator Triton 300 PT315-52-79LP
16355 Points ∼33%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (14768 - 18358, n=42)
16283 Points ∼33%

Overall, these preliminary benchmarks indicate that we can expect Ampere mobile to offer anywhere between 7% to 18% improved performance compared to average Turing mobile (RTX 2080 Super Mobile) scores. The exact benefits will vary from one laptop model to the other as NVIDIA allows OEMs a wide TDP tuning range in both Max-P and Max-Q variants.

We will be getting our hands on Ampere mobile-powered laptops soon, so stay tuned for full-length reviews and deeper performance analysis.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2021-01-12 (Update: 2021-01-12)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.