NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q► remove from comparison
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).
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 1070 SLI (Desktop)► remove from comparison
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 SLI for desktops is a combination of two GTX 1070 graphics cards in SLI mode. Each card renders one frame at a time (AFR mode) but depends for most games on a good profile in the driver. Therefore, the performance can range from no gains over a single GTX 1070 to up to 90% faster performance. In most games with SLI support, the GTX 1070 SLI is therefore faster than a single GTX 1080. However, sometimes the combination also suffers from micro-stuttering.
The technical details of the card are identical to a single GTX 1070 (see for more information) and the power consumption is doubled (2x 150 = 300 Watt).
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop)|
|GeForce GTX 1000 Series|
|Codename||N17E-G3 Max-Q||Pascal GP104 SLI|
|Pipelines||2560 - unified||3840 - unified|
|Core Speed||1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz||1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz|
|Memory Speed||10000 MHz||8000 MHz|
|Memory Bus Width||256 Bit||256 Bit|
|Max. Amount of Memory||8 GB||2x 8192 MB|
|API||DirectX 12_1, OpenGL 4.5||DirectX 12_1, OpenGL 4.5|
|Power Consumption||90 - 110 Watt||300 Watt|
|Transistors||7.2 Billion||14.4 Billion|
|technology||16 nm||16 nm|
|Features||Multi-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor||Multi-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor, CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, GeForce Experience, Surround, GameStream, GPU Boost 2.0, Adaptive Vertical Sync, SLI|
|Date of Announcement||30.05.2017||16.08.2016|