NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile

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The mobile Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is a graphics card for high end laptops. It is based on the Pascal architecture and manufactured in 16 nm FinFET at TSMC. The GPU is using the smaller GP106 chip. Compared to the desktop version of the GTX 1060, the laptop version offers the same amount of shaders but slightly lower clock rates. The TDP is slightly less than the old GTX 970M (predecessor).

For thin and light laptops Nvidia offer a Max-Q called version of the GTX 1060 with lower TDP and also significantly lower performance. Sadly this variant im sold with the same GTX 1060 name, making it hard to judge the performance.

The performance of the mobile GTX 1060 is a few percent below a reference GTX 1060 desktop card. In our benchmark so far (no max-Q version) the mobile GTX 1060 was somewhere between -1 and -16% slower than a desktop variant. A comprehensive review of the dekstop GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition with 6 GB GDDR5 can be found here. Therefore, the card is most suited for Full HD or WQHD gaming in high to maximum details (see benchmarks below).

The GP106 chip is produced in 16nm FinFET at TSMC and offers a range of new features, like DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and improved H.265 video de- and encoding (PlayReady 3.0). A list of improvements and features can be found in our article on the Pascal architecture.

The power consumption is specified with a TGP of 80 Watt and therefore slightly below the old GTX 970M. Since summer 2017 a low power variant (Max-Q) is available for thin and light laptops with reduced performance and a lower TGP of 60 - 70 Watt.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with the Max-Q design is a mobile high-end GPU from the Pascal series. It is designed for thin and light laptops and about 10-15% slower than a regular GTX 1060 for laptops based on the cooling capabilities. The base frequency (1063-1265 MHz) is also much lower than on the regular GTX 1060 (1506 MHz, at least -16%) and the Boost (1341-1480 MHz) is also much lower compared to 1708 MHz (at least -13%) for the regular GTX 1060. The memory clock, however, is identical.

The clock is not the only difference compared to the regular GTX 1060 though. The drivers for the Max-Q version were optimized for efficiency (and not performance; only for Max-Q models), there are optimized voltage converters for 1V operation, high-end cooling methods, and a 40 dB limit for the fan noise (with clock adjustments to ensure this at all times).

Features

The GP106 chip is produced in 16nm FinFET at TSMC and offers a range of new features, like DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and improved H.265 video de- and encoding (PlayReady 3.0). A list of improvements and features can be found in our article on the Pascal architecture.

The power consumption of the Max-Q design is notably lower than the normal GTX 1060 for laptops and ranges between 60 and 70 Watt (TGP) according to Nvidia.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 MobileNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 1000 Series
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti compare 3584 @ 1481 - 1600 MHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) compare 5120 @ 1556 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) compare 3840 @ 1506 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) compare 4096 @ 1443 - 1645 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1607 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile compare 2560 @ 1566 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) compare 2432 @ 1607 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q compare 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1443 - 1645 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q compare 2048 @ 1101 - 1215 - 1265 - 1379 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) compare 1280 @ 1506 - 1708 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 1280 @ 1404 - 1670 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile compare 768 @ 1493 - 1620 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) compare 768 @ 1290 - 1392 MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q compare 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) compare 640 @ 1354 - 1455 MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile compare 640 @ 1354 - 1493 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q compare 640 @ 999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) compare 384 @ 1228 - 1670 MHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti compare 3584 @ 1481 - 1600 MHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) compare 5120 @ 1556 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) compare 3840 @ 1506 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) compare 4096 @ 1443 - 1645 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1607 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile compare 2560 @ 1566 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) compare 2432 @ 1607 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q compare 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1443 - 1645 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q compare 2048 @ 1101 - 1215 - 1265 - 1379 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) compare 1280 @ 1506 - 1708 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 1280 @ 1404 - 1670 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile compare 768 @ 1493 - 1620 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) compare 768 @ 1290 - 1392 MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q compare 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) compare 640 @ 1354 - 1455 MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile compare 640 @ 1354 - 1493 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q compare 640 @ 999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) compare 384 @ 1228 - 1670 MHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenameN17E-G1N17P-G1 Max-Q
ArchitecturePascalPascal
Pipelines1280 - unified1280 - unified
Core Speed1404 - 1670 (Boost) MHz1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed8000 MHz8000 MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory6144 MB6.144 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
Transistors4400 Million4400 Million
technology16 nm16 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi MonitorMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement18.08.2016 30.05.2017
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.de/graphics-cards/gefo...

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
31.7 pt (35%)
3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 3339     avg: 3631     median: 3618 (21%)     max: 4027 Points
min: 3271     avg: 3415     median: 3415 (19%)     max: 3559 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 3396     avg: 3601     median: 3580.5 (19%)     max: 3790 Points
min: 3138     avg: 3324     median: 3324 (18%)     max: 3510 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 235897     avg: 303665     median: 298378 (55%)     max: 389909 Points
min: 287286     avg: 346663     median: 367999 (68%)     max: 384095 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 33205     avg: 152262     median: 158427 (22%)     max: 257260 Points
min: 71289     avg: 105162     median: 96536 (13%)     max: 156285 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 15234     avg: 25037     median: 24326.5 (36%)     max: 36010 Points
min: 16358     avg: 24167     median: 24154.5 (36%)     max: 32658 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 26770     avg: 71237     median: 74604.5 (38%)     max: 86193 Points
min: 42781     avg: 71376     median: 74101 (38%)     max: 81720 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 8563     avg: 9799     median: 9739 (32%)     max: 10794 Points
min: 8292     avg: 9159     median: 9148.5 (30%)     max: 9936 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 10708     avg: 11547     median: 11558 (27%)     max: 12298 Points
min: 9992     avg: 10659     median: 10430 (24%)     max: 11366 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 26301     avg: 177989     median: 191586 (26%)     max: 295848 Points
min: 80051     avg: 144686     median: 118989 (16%)     max: 265343 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 10386     avg: 12450     median: 12449 (32%)     max: 14618 points
min: 10176     avg: 11974     median: 11973 (31%)     max: 13296 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 12620     avg: 14692     median: 14693 (25%)     max: 15607 points
min: 12970     avg: 13581     median: 13333.5 (23%)     max: 14487 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
87152 Points (46%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
23823 Points (45%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD DirectX 1920x1080
81.7 fps (44%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
398 fps (64%)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
120 fps (33%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 1889     avg: 1934     median: 1934 (20%)     max: 1979 Samples/s
1614 Samples/s (17%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 3039     avg: 3427     median: 3426.5 (23%)     max: 3814 Samples/s
2924 Samples/s (20%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 7970     avg: 8461     median: 8538.5 (19%)     max: 9165 Points
min: 7555     avg: 7747     median: 7653 (17%)     max: 8202 Points
Power Consumption - FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test - Power Consumption (external Monitor) 1280x720 *
min: 103     avg: 107     median: 106.5 (24%)     max: 110 Watt
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra 1920x1080 *
min: 101     avg: 106     median: 105 (22%)     max: 113 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 102     avg: 124     median: 124 (27%)     max: 156.1 Watt
min: 89     avg: 105     median: 101.9 (22%)     max: 123.1 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1550     avg: 1632     median: 1619 (84%)     max: 1720 MHz
1440 MHz (75%)
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Speed Furmark 1.19 GPU Stress Test 1280x720
min: 1215     avg: 1263     median: 1271 (73%)     max: 1295 MHz

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile → 100% n=36

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q → 97% n=36

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Mafia Definitive Edition

Mafia Definitive Edition

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
93.8 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
54.7 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
50.3 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
33 fps  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
16.5 fps  fps
Serious Sam 4

Serious Sam 4

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
77.8 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
55.5 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
41.5 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
33.3 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
27.7 fps  fps
Flight Simulator 2020

Flight Simulator 2020

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
51.8 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
39 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
28.7 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
19.5 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:
14.2 fps