NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is a fast desktop graphics card based on the Pascal architecture. It was announced in May 2016 and offers all 2,560 shader of the used GP104 chip. Furthermore, the GPU is coupled with 8 GB GDDR5X graphics memory using a 256 Bit interface (10 GHz, 320 GB/s). The chip is manufactured at TSMC in 16nm (FinFET). The TDP is specified at 180 Watt and therefore slightly higher than the predecessor, the GTX 980 with 165 Watt.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 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 1080 for laptops based on the cooling capabilities. The base frequency (1101-1290 MHz) is also much lower than on the regular GTX 1080 (1566 MHz, at least -18%) and the Boost (1278-1458 MHz) is also much lower compared to 1733 MHz (at least -16%) for the regular GTX 1080. The memory clock, however, is identical.

The clock is not the only difference compared to the regular GTX 1080 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).

The performance is nearer to the normal (Max-P) GeForce GTX 1070 than to then GTX 1080 (at least in the Asus Zephyrus). Therefore, most demanding games should be playable in full HD and maximum detail settings (see game benchmarks below).

Features

The GP104 chip is manufactured in 16nm FinFET process at TSMC and offers a range of new features. DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP), improved H.265 video en- and decoders (for PlayReady 3.0) are only some of the improvements. See our detailed Pascal architecture article for more details.

The power consumption of the Max-Q design is notably lower than the normal GTX 1080 for laptops and ranges between 90 and 110 Watt (TGP) according to Nvidia.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 1000 Series
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti compare 3584 @ 1.48 - 1.6 GHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) compare 5120 @ 1.56 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) compare 3840 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) compare 4096 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) 2560 @ 1.61 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile compare 2560 @ 1.57 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) compare 2432 @ 1.61 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 2560 @ 1.1 - 1.28 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q compare 2048 @ 1.1 - 1.27 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) compare 1280 @ 1.51 - 1.71 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile compare 1280 @ 1.4 - 1.67 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q compare 1280 @ 1.06 - 1.34 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile compare 768 @ 1.49 - 1.62 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) compare 768 @ 1.29 - 1.39 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q compare 768 @ 1.15 - 1.29 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) compare 640 @ 1.35 - 1.46 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile compare 640 @ 1.35 - 1.49 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q compare 640 @ 1 - 1.14 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) compare 384 @ 1.23 - 1.67 GHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti compare 3584 @ 1.48 - 1.6 GHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) compare 5120 @ 1.56 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) compare 3840 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) compare 4096 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) 2560 @ 1.61 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile compare 2560 @ 1.57 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) compare 2432 @ 1.61 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 2560 @ 1.1 - 1.28 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q compare 2048 @ 1.1 - 1.27 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) compare 1280 @ 1.51 - 1.71 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile compare 1280 @ 1.4 - 1.67 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q compare 1280 @ 1.06 - 1.34 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile compare 768 @ 1.49 - 1.62 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) compare 768 @ 1.29 - 1.39 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q compare 768 @ 1.15 - 1.29 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) compare 640 @ 1.35 - 1.46 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile compare 640 @ 1.35 - 1.49 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q compare 640 @ 1 - 1.14 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) compare 384 @ 1.23 - 1.67 GHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenamePascal GP104N17E-G3 Max-Q
ArchitecturePascalPascal
Cores2560 - unified2560 - unified
Core1607 - 1733 (Boost) MHz1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz
Memory10000 MHz10000 MHz
Bus256 Bit256 Bit
MemoryGDDR5XGDDR5X
Max. Memory8192 MB8192 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
Transistors7200 Million7200 Million
Technology16 nm16 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor, 500-Watt system power recommendedMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Introduced06.05.2016 30.05.2017
Size2/3

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
52.1 pt (57%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 6423     avg: 6926     median: 6902 (39%)     max: 7922 Points
min: 5390     avg: 5592     median: 5591.5 (32%)     max: 5793 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 6867     avg: 7227     median: 7185 (38%)     max: 7592 Points
min: 5636     avg: 5869     median: 5868.5 (31%)     max: 6101 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 358774     avg: 417948     median: 421474 (67%)     max: 470072 Points
387951 Points (61%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 239440     avg: 248992     median: 248992 (34%)     max: 258543 Points
252862 Points (35%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 27092     avg: 30829     median: 31475 (42%)     max: 35343 Points
min: 27935     avg: 28242     median: 28375 (38%)     max: 28416 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 79091     avg: 115297     median: 119971 (59%)     max: 129042 Points
min: 104506     avg: 111542     median: 114542 (57%)     max: 115579 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 13278     avg: 16733     median: 16623 (50%)     max: 20814 Points
min: 13822     avg: 14269     median: 14273.5 (43%)     max: 14631 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 15834     avg: 20727     median: 21408.5 (49%)     max: 22887 Points
min: 17151     avg: 18110     median: 18191.5 (42%)     max: 18505 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 255021     avg: 272250     median: 272250 (36%)     max: 289478 Points
min: 251370     avg: 271726     median: 281682 (38%)     max: 282127 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 15758     avg: 20943     median: 21289.5 (55%)     max: 26308 Points
min: 16333     avg: 16947     median: 16910.5 (44%)     max: 17829 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 19910     avg: 28484     median: 29263 (50%)     max: 32126 Points
min: 21816     avg: 23358     median: 23540 (40%)     max: 24425 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
94578 Points (98%)
69346 Points (72%)
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
176008 Points (92%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
46728 Points (68%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
min: 106.9     avg: 108     median: 108.4 (59%)     max: 109.8 fps
84.8 fps (46%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
269 fps (89%)
197 fps (65%)
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
min: 427     avg: 433     median: 432.5 (47%)     max: 438 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 116     avg: 118     median: 118 (32%)     max: 120 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
294 fps (67%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
116 fps (44%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
min: 2136     avg: 2566     median: 2327 (24%)     max: 3235 Samples/s
2094 Samples/s (21%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
min: 4708     avg: 5412     median: 4791 (33%)     max: 6736 Samples/s
4618 Samples/s (31%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
min: 16203     avg: 16777     median: 16548.5 (37%)     max: 17806
min: 13701     avg: 13756     median: 13756 (31%)     max: 13811
PassMark PerformanceTest 9 - PerformanceTest 9.0 3D Graphics Mark
10968 Points (100%)
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 229.72     avg: 280     median: 267.5 (53%)     max: 357 Watt
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 243.1     avg: 280     median: 273.5 (54%)     max: 331 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 150.3     avg: 197     median: 196.7 (43%)     max: 243.1 Watt
min: 148     avg: 156     median: 159 (35%)     max: 160 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1764     avg: 1768     median: 1767.8 (92%)     max: 1771.5 MHz
min: 1430     avg: 1473     median: 1470 (77%)     max: 1520 MHz
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Speed Furmark
min: 1508     avg: 1519     median: 1518.5 (87%)     max: 1529 MHz

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) → 100% n=33

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q → 91% n=33

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
119  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
78.7  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
62.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
37  fps
Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

2020
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
65.7 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
65.6 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
58.5 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
47.5 fps