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

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 (Laptop)

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 for laptops (formerly known as GTX 1080M) is the mobile counterpart of the desktop GeForce GTX 1080. It uses the same GP104 chip and was officially announced at 16. August. The performance should be around +-10% of a non overclocked desktop GTX 1080. The amount of shaders and other technical specifications should be identical.

The mobile GTX1080 is the successor to the GeForce GTX 980 for Laptops and offers a significantly higher performance at the same TDP.

For thin and light laptops Nvidia offer a Max-Q called version of the GTX 1080 with lower TDP and also significantly lower performance. Sadly this variant im sold with the same GTX 1080 name, making it hard to judge the performance.

The performance depends on the used thermal headroom, processor and game. In our benchmarks the mobile GTX 1080 was between 0 to 10 percent slower than the desktop GTX 1080. Therefore, the card also allows gaming in 4k for modern and demanding games of 2017. However, the performance depends on the cooling and TDP settings in each laptop. E.g. the MSI GT73VR (200 W TDP) is much faster than the 1080 in the Razer Blade Pro (<=150 W).

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.

Due to the high TDP, the mobile GTX 1080 is only suited for large laptops with high performance cooling solutions. The power consumption is ranging from 150 to 200 Watt (according to Nvidia, up to 220 W in the Asus G701VIK, G800, GX800). A low power version (Max-Q) is available beginning summer 2017 with a reduced TGP of 90 - 110 Watt (at a reduced performance).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-QNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 1000 Series
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (compare) 3584 @ 1481 - 1600 (Boost) MHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) (compare) 5120 @ 1556 - 1733 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) (compare) 3840 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) (compare) 4096 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) (compare) 2560 @ 1607 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) 2560 @ 1566 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) (compare) 2432 @ 1607 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) (compare) 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) (compare) 2048 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q (compare) 2048 @ 1101 - 1215 - 1265 - 1379 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) (compare) 1280 @ 1506 - 1708 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) (compare) 1280 @ 1404 - 1670 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (compare) 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop) (compare) 768 @ 1493 - 1620 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) (compare) 768 @ 1290 - 1392 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q (compare) 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) (compare) 640 @ 1354 - 1455 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop) (compare) 640 @ 1354 - 1493 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q (compare) 640 @ 999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) (compare) 384 @ 1228 - 1670 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (compare) 3584 @ 1481 - 1600 (Boost) MHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) (compare) 5120 @ 1556 - 1733 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) (compare) 3840 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) (compare) 4096 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) (compare) 2560 @ 1607 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) 2560 @ 1566 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) (compare) 2432 @ 1607 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) (compare) 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) (compare) 2048 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q (compare) 2048 @ 1101 - 1215 - 1265 - 1379 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) (compare) 1280 @ 1506 - 1708 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) (compare) 1280 @ 1404 - 1670 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (compare) 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop) (compare) 768 @ 1493 - 1620 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) (compare) 768 @ 1290 - 1392 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q (compare) 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) (compare) 640 @ 1354 - 1455 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop) (compare) 640 @ 1354 - 1493 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q (compare) 640 @ 999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) (compare) 384 @ 1228 - 1670 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenameN17E-G3 Max-QN17E-G3
ArchitecturePascalPascal
2560 - 2560 -
Core1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz1566 - 1733 (Boost) MHz
Memory10000 MHz10000 MHz
Bus256 Bit256 Bit
MemoryGDDR5XGDDR5X
Max. Memory8192 MB8192 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
Transistors7200 Million7200 Million
Technology16 nm16 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi MonitorMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Size
Introduced30.05.2017 16.08.2016
Manufacturerhttp://www.geforce.com/hardware/10series...

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 5390     avg: 5591.5     median: 5591.5 (43%)     max: 5793 Points
min: 5989     avg: 6547     median: 6584.5 (51%)     max: 7260 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 5636     avg: 5868.5     median: 5868.5 (41%)     max: 6101 Points
min: 6380     avg: 6867.1     median: 6917 (49%)     max: 7166 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
387951 Points (73%)
min: 304012     avg: 398130     median: 409018 (77%)     max: 471794 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
252862 Points (35%)
min: 186545     avg: 307862     median: 345006 (47%)     max: 390417 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 27935     avg: 28242     median: 28375 (48%)     max: 28416 Points
min: 22675     avg: 33860.2     median: 32845 (55%)     max: 51972 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 104506     avg: 111542     median: 114542 (62%)     max: 115579 Points
min: 88432     avg: 125040     median: 126690 (69%)     max: 143992 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 13822     avg: 14268.8     median: 14273.5 (53%)     max: 14631 Points
min: 14301     avg: 17046.3     median: 17223 (64%)     max: 19250 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 17151     avg: 18109.5     median: 18191.5 (45%)     max: 18505 Points
min: 18879     avg: 21306.2     median: 21394 (53%)     max: 23091 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 251370     avg: 271726     median: 281682 (38%)     max: 282127 Points
min: 205005     avg: 369087     median: 386432 (52%)     max: 491460 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 16333     avg: 16946.7     median: 16910.5 (54%)     max: 17829 points
min: 16156     avg: 20605.7     median: 20498.5 (66%)     max: 24503 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 21816     avg: 23357.8     median: 23540 (46%)     max: 24425 points
min: 24868     avg: 28106.4     median: 28526.5 (56%)     max: 31412 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
69346 Points (72%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
181125 Points (95%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
37669 Points (81%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD DirectX 1920x1080
84.8 fps (59%)
95.9 fps (67%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
197 fps (73%)
225.2 fps (84%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
172.8 fps (100%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
224.2 fps (100%)
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 427     avg: 432.5     median: 432.5 (78%)     max: 438 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 116     avg: 118     median: 118 (32%)     max: 120 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
294 fps (75%)
333 fps (85%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
116 fps (81%)
60 fps (42%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
2094 Samples/s (40%)
min: 2194     avg: 2230.5     median: 2230.5 (42%)     max: 2267 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
4618 Samples/s (43%)
min: 4178     avg: 4525     median: 4525 (42%)     max: 4872 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 13701     avg: 13756     median: 13756 (49%)     max: 13811 Points
min: 15310     avg: 16405.1     median: 16459 (59%)     max: 16906 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest 9 - 3D Graphics Mark
10968 Points (100%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra 1920x1080 *
220 Watt (50%)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 148     avg: 155.7     median: 159 (35%)     max: 160 Watt
min: 152.9     avg: 225.8     median: 237 (52%)     max: 279 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1430     avg: 1472.5     median: 1470 (35%)     max: 1520 MHz
min: 1404     avg: 1761.5     median: 1810 (43%)     max: 1911 MHz
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Speed Furmark 1.19 GPU Stress Test 1280x720
1407 MHz (84%)

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

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) → 113%

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

The Division 2

The Division 2

2019
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
143  fps
106%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
151  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
113  fps
108%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
122  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
91  fps
112%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
102  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
73 74 fps ~ 74 fps
112%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
83  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
51 51.5 fps ~ 51 fps
116%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
59  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
27 27.8 fps ~ 27 fps
119%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
32  fps
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
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Dirt Rally 2.0

Dirt Rally 2.0

2019
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
193  fps
107%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
207  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
131  fps
93%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
122  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
108  fps
91%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
98.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
70.6 75 ~ 73 fps
94%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
68.9  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
54.9 55.9 ~ 55 fps
101%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
55.6  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
33.7  fps
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
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Anthem

Anthem

2019
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
92.5  fps
104%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
96  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
83.3  fps
107%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
88.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
78.4  fps
108%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
84.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
72.3  fps
107%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
77.1  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
54.5  fps
112%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
61.2  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
29  fps
119%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
34.6  fps
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Far Cry New Dawn

Far Cry New Dawn

2019
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
98  fps
99%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
97  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
84  fps
106%
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop):
89  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:
81