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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.
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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
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
100 pt ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
 
92.6 pt ∼93%
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
Pre-Sample
69 pt ∼69%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
 
68 pt ∼68%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
 
66 pt ∼66%
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
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 Laptop GPU
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
 
36.4 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
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
52046 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (47287 - 57662, n=3)
51679 Points ∼99%
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
Pre-Sample
43744 Points ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
  (37958 - 41532, n=4)
40354 Points ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  (26812 - 46878, n=7)
39444 Points ∼76%
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
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 Laptop GPU
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=40)
21459 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
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
  (11043 - 13579, n=6)
12570 Points ∼71%
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
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 Laptop GPU
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 Laptop GPU
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=41)
6206 Points ∼35%
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Acer Predator Triton 300 PT315-52-79LP
6012 Points ∼34%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Radeon RX 6800 XT
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
  (20357 - 31252, n=6)
28229 Points ∼57%
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Pre-Sample
27980 Points ∼56%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
  (26824 - 28968, n=4)
27647 Points ∼56%
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
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 Laptop GPU
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=43)
16301 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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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2021-01-12 (Update: 2021-01-12)