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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super with Max-Q design is the power saving variant of the mobile GeForce RTX 2080 Super with reduced clock speeds, performance and of course power consumption. It is intended for thin gaming laptops and based on the same TU104 chip with 3,072 shaders, 8 GB GDDR6 memory and a 256 Bit memory bus.

Currently it looks like there are three variants with a TGP of 80, 85 and 90 Watt. The clock speed ranges from 735 - 975 MHz for the base clock speed and 1080 - 1230 for the boost.

With the refresh, Nvidia also reworked the Max-Q technologies for more efficiency. Low Voltage GDDR6 (lower clocked but more headroom for the GPU) and improved regulator efficiency should improve the performance per Watt. Two new optional features can also be implemented by the OEM. Max-Q Dynamic Boost is able to shift power from the CPU to the GPU on a per frame basis to increase overall performance. Furthermore, the laptop manufacturer can also implement Advanced Optimus with a dynamic display switch (hardware) to enable Optimus, G-SYNC and high refresh rate displays (up to 4K 120 Hz).

Features

NVIDIA manufacturers the TU104 chip on a 12 nm FinFET process and includes features like Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Real-Time Ray Tracing (RTRT), which should combine to create more realistic lighting effects than older GPUs based on the company's Pascal architecture (if the games supports it). The RTX 2080 Super Max-Q is also DisplayPort 1.4 ready, while there is also support for HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and H.265 video en/decoding (PlayReady 3.0).

Performance

Due to the lower clock rates, the Max-Q variant is clearly slower than the mobile RTX 2080 Super. In our benchmarks with the first devices, the performance is very similar to the old RTX 2080 Max-Q and only on a level with the non Max-Q RTX 2070. Therefore, the performance is ideal for 1440p gaming at max details for demanding games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Control or Borderlands 3. Less demanding games like F1 2019 can be played in 4k with maximum settings. Detailed gaming benchmarks can be found at the end of this page.

The power consumption of the card is between 80 - 90 Watt TGP and therefore significantly lower than the RTX 2080 Super Mobile (150 - 200 Watt).

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q design is the power saving variant of the mobile RTX 2070 graphics card with reduced clock speeds and power consumption. Therefore, it is suitable for thin gaming laptops. It is based on the same TU106 chip with 2,304 shaders and 8 GB GDDR6 memory connected by a 256 bit interface (12 GHz).

Currently it looks like there will be two variants, a low power 80 Watt variant with 885 - 1185 MHz core clock and a faster 90 Watt variant with 1080 - 1305 MHz core clock). Both clock the memory at 6 GHz versus 7 GHz of the normal RTX 2070 (115 Watt TDP).

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).

Features

NVIDIA manufacturers the TU106 chip on a 12 nm FinFET process and includes features like Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Real-Time Ray Tracing (RTRT), which should combine to create more realistic lighting effects than older GPUs based on the company's Pascal architecture (if the games supports it). The RTX 20870 is also DisplayPort 1.4 ready, while there is also support for HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and H.265 video en/decoding (PlayReady 3.0).

Performance

The Max-Q version of the RTX 2070 should perform a bit slower than the mobile RTX 2070. Therefore, it should be able to run all demanding games in 2560x1440 with maximum details. Raytracing features however may reduce framerates a lot.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-QNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2000 Series
NVIDIA Titan RTX compare 4608 @ 1.35 - 1.77 GHz384 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop) compare 4352 @ 1.35 - 1.55 GHz352 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop) compare 3072 @ 1.65 - 1.82 GHz256 Bit @ 15500 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop) compare 2944 @ 1.52 - 1.71 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile compare 3072 @ 1.37 - 1.56 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile compare 2944 @ 1.38 - 1.59 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1.61 - 1.77 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop) compare 2304 @ 1.41 - 1.62 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile compare 2560 @ 1.14 - 1.38 GHz256 Bit @ 14002 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 3072 @ 0.98 - 1.23 GHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q compare 2944 @ 0.74 - 1.1 GHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop) compare 2176 @ 1.47 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile compare 2304 @ 1.22 - 1.44 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1.32 - 1.62 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q compare 2560 @ 0.93 - 1.16 GHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 2304 @ 0.89 - 1.19 GHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile compare 1920 @ 0.96 - 1.2 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q compare 1920 @ 0.98 - 1.19 GHz192 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1.48 GHz64 Bit @ 14000 MHz
NVIDIA Titan RTX compare 4608 @ 1.35 - 1.77 GHz384 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop) compare 4352 @ 1.35 - 1.55 GHz352 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop) compare 3072 @ 1.65 - 1.82 GHz256 Bit @ 15500 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop) compare 2944 @ 1.52 - 1.71 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile compare 3072 @ 1.37 - 1.56 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile compare 2944 @ 1.38 - 1.59 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1.61 - 1.77 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop) compare 2304 @ 1.41 - 1.62 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile compare 2560 @ 1.14 - 1.38 GHz256 Bit @ 14002 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 3072 @ 0.98 - 1.23 GHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q compare 2944 @ 0.74 - 1.1 GHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop) compare 2176 @ 1.47 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile compare 2304 @ 1.22 - 1.44 GHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1.32 - 1.62 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q compare 2560 @ 0.93 - 1.16 GHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 2304 @ 0.89 - 1.19 GHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile compare 1920 @ 0.96 - 1.2 GHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q compare 1920 @ 0.98 - 1.19 GHz192 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1.48 GHz64 Bit @ 14000 MHz
CodenameN18E-G3N18E-G2 MAX-Q TU106
ArchitectureTuringTuring
Pipelines3072 - unified2304 - unified
Core Speed975 - 1230 (Boost) MHz885-1080 - 1185-1305 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed11000 MHz12000 effective = 1500 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6GDDR6
Max. Amount of Memory8 GB8 GB
Shared Memorynono
APIDirectX 12_1, OpenGL 4.6DirectX 12_1, OpenGL 4.6
Power Consumption90 Watt80-90 Watt
Transistors13.6 Billion10.8 Billion
technology12 nm12 nm
FeaturesNVLink, DLSS, Raytraycing, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor, 650 Watt system power recommendedDLSS, Raytraycing, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor,
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement02.04.2020 06.01.2019
TMUs144
ROPs64
Raytracing Cores36
Tensor / AI Cores288
Memory Bandwidth384 GB/s
PCIe3.0

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
27.5 pt (31%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 7475     avg: 8204     median: 8075 (41%)     max: 9051 Points
min: 5989     avg: 6746     median: 6571 (33%)     max: 8236 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 7372     avg: 8210     median: 8331 (38%)     max: 8979 Points
min: 5948     avg: 6745     median: 6661 (31%)     max: 8065 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 443119     avg: 465029     median: 468363 (62%)     max: 483604 Points
min: 359107     avg: 409921     median: 413114 (55%)     max: 452989 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 91578     avg: 187672     median: 149966 (21%)     max: 332234 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 32880     avg: 42751     median: 44534 (48%)     max: 53680 Points
min: 24876     avg: 36143     median: 36551.5 (39%)     max: 51136 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 101976     avg: 126108     median: 127741 (52%)     max: 140750 Points
min: 39014     avg: 94310     median: 106564 (43%)     max: 134255 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 17053     avg: 18565     median: 18578.5 (45%)     max: 20173 Points
min: 10797     avg: 15754     median: 15494 (37%)     max: 18543 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 19655     avg: 21743     median: 21902.5 (36%)     max: 23649 Points
min: 11563     avg: 17489     median: 17335 (29%)     max: 21191 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 11076     avg: 171835     median: 152562 (20%)     max: 378191 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited
min: 42594     avg: 44094     median: 44093.5 (37%)     max: 45593 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid
min: 9888     avg: 28946     median: 38430 (46%)     max: 38519 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid Graphics Score
min: 9754     avg: 53457     median: 71328 (40%)     max: 79290 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 20888     avg: 23821     median: 24119 (49%)     max: 26066 Points
min: 13166     avg: 18984     median: 18964 (38%)     max: 23306 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 26292     avg: 29663     median: 29636.5 (42%)     max: 32995 Points
min: 14723     avg: 22548     median: 22089 (31%)     max: 27694 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
60306 Points (17%)
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
48510 Points (14%)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
69467 Points (53%)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
51396 Points (40%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
3DMark 06
38265 Points (58%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 34104     avg: 36162     median: 35284 (53%)     max: 40419 Points
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
46.9 fps (20%)
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
7.7 fps (2%)
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
99.2 fps (32%)
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01
39.8 fps (24%)
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
86.3 fps (30%)
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
10.1 fps (25%)
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
43.6 fps (23%)
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
67.2 fps (23%)
specvp12 3dsmax-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05
171.9 fps (36%)
SPECviewperf 13 specvp13 sw-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 sw-04
min: 88.7     avg: 88.8     median: 88.8 (41%)     max: 88.9 fps
specvp13 sw-04 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 55.5     avg: 61.8     median: 61.8 (28%)     max: 68.1 fps
specvp13 snx-03 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 snx-03
min: 20.88     avg: 21.1     median: 21.1 (3%)     max: 21.33 fps
specvp13 snx-03 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 13.44     avg: 13.7     median: 13.7 (2%)     max: 13.91 fps
specvp13 showcase-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 showcase-02
96.2 fps (31%)
specvp13 showcase-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 84.1     avg: 91.5     median: 91.5 (29%)     max: 98.8 fps
specvp13 medical-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 medical-02
min: 53.1     avg: 55.5     median: 55.5 (30%)     max: 57.9 fps
specvp13 medical-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 42.53     avg: 43.7     median: 43.7 (24%)     max: 44.9 fps
specvp13 maya-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 maya-05
min: 210.2     avg: 212.8     median: 212.8 (38%)     max: 215.4 fps
specvp13 maya-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 139.7     avg: 165.2     median: 165.2 (29%)     max: 190.7 fps
specvp13 energy-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 energy-02
min: 17.49     avg: 17.7     median: 17.7 (13%)     max: 17.92 fps
specvp13 energy-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 15.43     avg: 17.2     median: 17.2 (13%)     max: 19.02 fps
specvp13 creo-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 creo-02
min: 170     avg: 173.6     median: 173.6 (45%)     max: 177.2 fps
specvp13 creo-02 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 123.4     avg: 135     median: 135 (35%)     max: 146.6 fps
specvp13 catia-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 catia-05
min: 132.3     avg: 136.4     median: 136.4 (29%)     max: 140.4 fps
specvp13 catia-05 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 88.1     avg: 92.7     median: 92.7 (20%)     max: 97.3 fps
specvp13 3dsmax-06 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 3dsmax-06
min: 175.5     avg: 176.1     median: 176.1 (36%)     max: 176.6 fps
specvp13 3dsmax-06 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 117.6     avg: 144.2     median: 144.2 (30%)     max: 170.7 fps
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
13620 Points (10%)
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 7870     avg: 8375     median: 8082.5 (6%)     max: 9464 Points
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
82.1 fps (30%)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
65.8 fps (24%)
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit
min: 114     avg: 140.1     median: 142 (38%)     max: 152.1 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
min: 91.1     avg: 124     median: 120 (32%)     max: 166 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit
99.6 % (100%)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
99.6 % (100%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
217.4 fps (6%)
96 fps (3%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
368.4 fps (2%)
279 fps (1%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
2109 Samples/s (10%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
5235 Samples/s (9%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
16221 Points (31%)
12103 Points (23%)
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
161 Watt (25%)
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min: 138     avg: 156     median: 145 (22%)     max: 185 Watt
0102030405060708090100110120130140150160Tooltip
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
149 Watt (21%)
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min: 140     avg: 162.7     median: 174 (24%)     max: 174 Watt
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Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 140     avg: 150.1     median: 146.1 (32%)     max: 170 Watt
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min: 120     avg: 149.3     median: 148 (33%)     max: 170 Watt