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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

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 1060 Max-Q

► remove from comparison NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

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 1080 Max-QNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 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) compare 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 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) compare 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 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
CodenameN17E-G3 Max-QN17P-G1 Max-Q
ArchitecturePascalPascal
Pipelines2560 - unified1280 - unified
Core Speed1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed10000 MHz8000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5XGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory8192 MB6.144 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
Transistors7200 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 Announcement30.05.2017 30.05.2017

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
44.8 pt (48%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
22.6 pt (24%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 5390     avg: 5592     median: 5591.5 (30%)     max: 5793 Points
min: 3271     avg: 3415     median: 3415 (19%)     max: 3559 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 5636     avg: 5869     median: 5868.5 (30%)     max: 6101 Points
min: 3138     avg: 3324     median: 3324 (17%)     max: 3510 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
387951 Points (60%)
min: 287286     avg: 346663     median: 367999 (57%)     max: 384095 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
252862 Points (35%)
min: 71289     avg: 105162     median: 96536 (13%)     max: 156285 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 27935     avg: 28242     median: 28375 (38%)     max: 28416 Points
min: 16358     avg: 24167     median: 24154.5 (32%)     max: 32658 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 104506     avg: 111542     median: 114542 (57%)     max: 115579 Points
min: 42781     avg: 71376     median: 74101 (37%)     max: 81720 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 13822     avg: 14269     median: 14273.5 (37%)     max: 14631 Points
min: 8292     avg: 9159     median: 9148.5 (23%)     max: 9936 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 17151     avg: 18110     median: 18191.5 (36%)     max: 18505 Points
min: 9992     avg: 10659     median: 10430 (21%)     max: 11366 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 251370     avg: 271726     median: 281682 (38%)     max: 282127 Points
min: 80051     avg: 144686     median: 118989 (16%)     max: 265343 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 16333     avg: 16947     median: 16910.5 (40%)     max: 17829 Points
min: 10176     avg: 11974     median: 11973 (28%)     max: 13296 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 21816     avg: 23358     median: 23540 (38%)     max: 24425 Points
min: 12970     avg: 13581     median: 13333.5 (22%)     max: 14487 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
39562 Points (39%)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
46945 Points (43%)
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
69346 Points (72%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
3DMark 06
31555 Points (59%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
34189 Points (64%)
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
84.8 fps (41%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
197 fps (65%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 snx-01
9.5 fps (7%)
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 tcvis-02
2.8 fps (5%)
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 sw-02
18.4 fps (22%)
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 proe-05
2.8 fps (12%)
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 maya-03
17.3 fps (13%)
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 lightwave-01
20.1 fps (22%)
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 ensight-04
110 fps (53%)
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 catia-03
19.7 fps (24%)
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
49.4 fps (21%)
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
43.9 fps (19%)
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
7.7 fps (3%)
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
5.4 fps (2%)
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
97.1 fps (40%)
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
56.2 fps (23%)
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01
44.1 fps (27%)
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
27.5 fps (17%)
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
122 fps (52%)
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
92 fps (39%)
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
7.9 fps (21%)
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
5.2 fps (14%)
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
50.5 fps (29%)
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
34.8 fps (20%)
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
74 fps (25%)
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
45.4 fps (16%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
min: 6814     avg: 9138     median: 9138 (43%)     max: 11462
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
min: 6822     avg: 8146     median: 6829.5 (32%)     max: 11275
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
min: 67.7     avg: 71.9     median: 71.9 (31%)     max: 76.08 fps
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
min: 59.62     avg: 68.9     median: 71.7 (30%)     max: 76.22 fps
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit
min: 101     avg: 111     median: 111.2 (31%)     max: 121.31 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
min: 88.52     avg: 107     median: 110.6 (31%)     max: 120.05 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit
99.6 % (100%)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
99.6 % (100%)
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
1365 fps (11%)
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
117 fps (3%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
min: 427     avg: 433     median: 432.5 (47%)     max: 438 fps
398 fps (43%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 116     avg: 118     median: 118 (32%)     max: 120 fps
120 fps (33%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
294 fps (1%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
116 fps (3%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
2094 Samples/s (21%)
1614 Samples/s (17%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
4618 Samples/s (15%)
2924 Samples/s (9%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
min: 13701     avg: 13756     median: 13756 (29%)     max: 13811
min: 7555     avg: 7747     median: 7653 (16%)     max: 8202
PassMark PerformanceTest 9 - PerformanceTest 9.0 3D Graphics Mark
10968 Points (100%)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 148     avg: 156     median: 159 (35%)     max: 160 Watt
min: 89     avg: 105     median: 101.9 (22%)     max: 123.1 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1430     avg: 1473     median: 1470 (77%)     max: 1520 MHz
1440 MHz (75%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q → 100% n=30

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q → 74% n=30

- 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.

Days Gone

Days Gone

2021
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
72.7 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
52.5 fps  fps
Outriders

Outriders

2021
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
60.2 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
79.3 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
56.2 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
46.1 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
38 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
23.6 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
58  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
48  fps
Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
119  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
78.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
62.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
37  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
65.7 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
65.6 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
58.5 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
47.5 fps