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GeForce RTX 3060 laptops vs. GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q: The cheaper option comes out on top in quite a few games

GeForce RTX 3060 laptops are outperforming the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q in quite a few games (Image source: Razer)
GeForce RTX 3060 laptops are outperforming the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q in quite a few games (Image source: Razer)
We've already expressed our disappointment on the mobile GeForce RTX 30 series when compared to its desktop counterparts, but how does it fare against last year's mobile GeForce RTX 20 series? The data looks promising for mobile Ampere at least for the moment.

The mobile GeForce RTX 3080 is significantly slower than the desktop GeForce RTX 3080 for a variety of reasons, but that doesn't mean users should ignore GeForce RTX 30 laptops altogether. Our benchmark tests with some GeForce RTX 3060 laptops show them to be neck-to-neck with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q laptops that retailed for higher prices just one or two years ago.

3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy numbers below reveal that the average GeForce RTX 3060 laptop is within just a few percentage points of the average RTX 2080 Max-Q laptop. Differences can vary more wildly between individual laptops, however, due to how wide the TGP ranges can be for some mobile Nvidia GPUs. Nonetheless, the fact that the mobile RTX 3060 can come so close to the generally pricier RTX 2080 Max-Q indicates higher performance-per-dollar for most RTX 3060 laptops.

Performance in real-world games shows similar results with the two GPUs trading blows. Our data is far from complete, but the mobile RTX 3060 is able to consistently outperform the RTX 2080 Max-Q in titles like Metro Exodus, Division 2, and Borderlands 3 by as much as 20 percent while the line between them becomes murkier for titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Red Dead Redemption 2. Gaming performance seems to lie in between the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q and mobile GeForce RTX 2080 before factoring in the benefits of DLSS or the effects of enabling RT.

For the end user, the data suggests that it might be better to go with a GeForce RTX 3060 SKU instead of an RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU if presented with two laptops to choose from. The Razer Blade 15, for example, is available with RTX 3060 and RTX 2080 Max-Q options which will almost surely perform similarly to one another despite being hundreds of dollars apart in price. Gamers in the market for a new laptop will want to look closely at the rest of the specifications as any differences between the two GPUs are arguably more minimal.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (22504 - 27319, n=16)
25211 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (18048 - 23032, n=19)
20658 Points ∼82%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (16956 - 23109, n=32)
20260 Points ∼80%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
20155 Points ∼80%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (18169 - 21138, n=19)
20123 Points ∼80%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (11563 - 21191, n=31)
17489 Points ∼69%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (14768 - 18358, n=43)
16301 Points ∼65%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (9411 - 10992, n=15)
10046 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (6437 - 9174, n=32)
7982 Points ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (6464 - 8844, n=19)
7903 Points ∼79%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
7897 Points ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (7006 - 8028, n=18)
7651 Points ∼76%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (5948 - 8065, n=28)
6745 Points ∼67%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (5660 - 6910, n=41)
6206 Points ∼62%
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (5377 - 6005, n=14)
5674 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (3724 - 5350, n=17)
4730 Points ∼83%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
4614 Points ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (3698 - 5295, n=19)
4531 Points ∼80%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (3958 - 4627, n=13)
4294 Points ∼76%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (3240 - 4742, n=23)
3838 Points ∼68%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (3020 - 3859, n=29)
3431 Points ∼60%
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (5511 - 6077, n=8)
5812 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (3968 - 5440, n=13)
4868 Points ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (4039 - 5238, n=16)
4749 Points ∼82%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
4682 Points ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (4391 - 4853, n=13)
4675 Points ∼80%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (3752 - 4768, n=21)
4103 Points ∼71%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (3351 - 4014, n=28)
3640 Points ∼63%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (31826 - 38809, n=17)
35286 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (23386 - 30910, n=20)
27852 Points ∼79%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
26286 Points ∼74%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (13799 - 30772, n=26)
26202 Points ∼74%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (23335 - 27298, n=21)
25775 Points ∼73%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (14723 - 27694, n=31)
22548 Points ∼64%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (19143 - 24662, n=40)
21459 Points ∼61%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (10227 - 22387, n=25)
15567 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (9038 - 18934, n=17)
14407 Points ∼93%
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021, i7-10750H RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H
12937 Points ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (9107 - 17603, n=30)
12665 Points ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (8716 - 16364, n=21)
12534 Points ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (9212 - 14894, n=20)
11726 Points ∼75%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (1107 - 14726, n=40)
11688 Points ∼75%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Final Fantasy XV low
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (151 - 158, n=2)
154.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
 
150 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (124 - 178.9, n=20)
149.8 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (125.2 - 127.4, n=2)
126.3 fps ∼82%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (98.4 - 144, n=4)
118.2 fps ∼77%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
 
117.6 fps ∼76%
1920x1080 Final Fantasy XV medium
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (117 - 129, n=2)
123 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (88.4 - 122, n=21)
103.1 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (100 - 106, n=3)
103 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (100.1 - 106, n=5)
102.6 fps ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (80 - 87.9, n=2)
84 fps ∼68%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (74 - 89.2, n=5)
82.3 fps ∼67%
1920x1080 Final Fantasy XV high
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (90.6 - 108, n=3)
99.2 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (77 - 80.6, n=3)
78.6 fps ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (64.4 - 91.9, n=26)
77.7 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (74 - 81.4, n=5)
77.7 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (52 - 67.5, n=7)
61.8 fps ∼62%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (55.1 - 62.9, n=3)
59.7 fps ∼60%
GTA V
1024x768 GTA V low
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (164 - 186.2, n=24)
177.6 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (163.4 - 179, n=3)
173.5 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
 
164 fps ∼92%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (153 - 168, n=5)
159.8 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (140 - 171, n=2)
155.5 fps ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (133.1 - 173, n=2)
153.1 fps ∼86%
1366x768 GTA V medium AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (152 - 182, n=21)
171.7 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (155.7 - 172, n=3)
165.9 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
 
159.6 fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (135.3 - 166, n=2)
150.7 fps ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (133 - 159, n=5)
148.6 fps ∼87%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (123.1 - 165, n=2)
144.1 fps ∼84%
1920x1080 GTA V high AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (120 - 166.9, n=26)
149 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (126.6 - 160, n=3)
144.9 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (115.4 - 144, n=2)
129.7 fps ∼87%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
 
126.4 fps ∼85%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (92.9 - 136, n=2)
114.5 fps ∼77%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (94.5 - 127, n=5)
113.7 fps ∼76%
1920x1080 GTA V ultra AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (69.2 - 105, n=29)
86.2 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (71.4 - 87, n=3)
80.1 fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
 
75 fps ∼87%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (62.6 - 77.2, n=2)
69.9 fps ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (54.2 - 77, n=2)
65.6 fps ∼76%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (60 - 70.8, n=5)
65.3 fps ∼76%
1920x1080 GTA V medium 1080 AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (167 - 173, n=2)
170 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (146 - 183, n=20)
167.4 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
 
166 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (113 - 155, n=3)
138.3 fps ∼81%
1920x1080 GTA V low 1080
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (174 - 179, n=2)
176.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (156 - 185.3, n=20)
173.5 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
 
173 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (124 - 163, n=3)
147.7 fps ∼84%
The Witcher 3
1024x768 The Witcher 3 low
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (195.8 - 414, n=9)
322 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (221 - 400, n=22)
308 fps ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (193.9 - 357, n=12)
290 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (255 - 327, n=15)
289 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (177.7 - 356, n=18)
280 fps ∼87%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (188.7 - 295, n=27)
256 fps ∼80%
1366x768 The Witcher 3 medium
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (157.5 - 284, n=9)
247 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (204 - 292, n=20)
232 fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (192.7 - 259, n=15)
226 fps ∼91%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (154 - 250, n=12)
222 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (144.9 - 254, n=18)
206 fps ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (152.2 - 215, n=24)
185.1 fps ∼75%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 high
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (126.1 - 194.4, n=15)
170.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (117.3 - 179.9, n=19)
143.6 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (81 - 186.8, n=26)
141.4 fps ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (115.7 - 160.8, n=17)
140.1 fps ∼82%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (86.5 - 151.4, n=22)
121 fps ∼71%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (74.4 - 131, n=33)
111.3 fps ∼65%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 ultra
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (82.2 - 105, n=16)
95.6 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (65.7 - 92.7, n=22)
79.2 fps ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (58.2 - 91.5, n=32)
75.9 fps ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (64 - 82.1, n=21)
74.3 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (56 - 83.8, n=31)
66.3 fps ∼69%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (50.6 - 74, n=40)
61.1 fps ∼64%
Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 Dota 2 Reborn low
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (123 - 184, n=32)
150.2 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (126.5 - 164, n=13)
146.8 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
 
144.9 fps ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (129.7 - 153, n=9)
144.4 fps ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (134.8 - 152.8, n=3)
144.3 fps ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (103.8 - 149, n=18)
132.8 fps ∼88%
1366x768 Dota 2 Reborn med
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (114 - 168, n=32)
138 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (125.5 - 144.7, n=3)
135.2 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (117.4 - 141, n=13)
133 fps ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
 
132.2 fps ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (120.7 - 140, n=9)
131.3 fps ∼95%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (94.7 - 135, n=18)
122.1 fps ∼88%
1920x1080 Dota 2 Reborn high
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (106 - 161, n=32)
128.3 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (109 - 140.7, n=3)
126.7 fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (111.4 - 135, n=13)
126.5 fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
 
126.4 fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (104.1 - 131, n=9)
122.3 fps ∼95%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (85.4 - 128, n=18)
112.9 fps ∼88%
1920x1080 Dota 2 Reborn ultra
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (90.7 - 153, n=32)
121.2 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (103.9 - 133.8, n=3)
120.8 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
 
119.6 fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (105.8 - 126, n=13)
119.2 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (98.4 - 124, n=9)
115.9 fps ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (81.3 - 124, n=18)
107.3 fps ∼89%
1920x1080 Dota 2 Reborn med 1080
X-Plane 11.11
1280x720 X-Plane 11 low 720p
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (96.1 - 128.4, n=8)
107.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (83.6 - 153, n=31)
107.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (84.6 - 116, n=11)
104.9 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (98.2 - 114, n=3)
104.7 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (82.9 - 108, n=4)
96 fps ∼89%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (69.9 - 108, n=18)
95 fps ∼88%
1920x1080 X-Plane 11 med 1080p
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (85 - 114.1, n=8)
94.8 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (73 - 136, n=31)
94.2 fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (70.2 - 104, n=11)
93.2 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (86.2 - 102, n=3)
92.4 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (68.9 - 97.4, n=4)
84 fps ∼89%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (63.5 - 95, n=18)
82.7 fps ∼87%
1920x1080 X-Plane 11 high 1080p
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (71.9 - 92.5, n=8)
79.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (61.6 - 85.3, n=11)
79 fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (73.1 - 84.7, n=3)
77.6 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (61.9 - 107, n=31)
77 fps ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (55.6 - 79.9, n=18)
70.7 fps ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (55.8 - 81.6, n=4)
69.9 fps ∼87%
Strange Brigade
1280x720 Strange Brigade Low AF:1
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (265 - 398, n=23)
337 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
313 fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (236 - 287, n=2)
262 fps ∼78%
1920x1080 Strange Brigade Medium AA:medium AF:4
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (159 - 232, n=23)
188.8 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
183 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (148 - 149, n=2)
148.5 fps ∼79%
1920x1080 Strange Brigade High AA:high AF:8
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (129 - 185, n=25)
153.1 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
149 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (122 - 124, n=2)
123 fps ∼80%
1920x1080 Strange Brigade Ultra AA:ultra AF:16
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (113 - 160, n=27)
134.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
125 fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (104 - 109, n=2)
106.5 fps ∼79%
Far Cry 5
1280x720 Far Cry 5 low AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
147 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (102 - 168, n=18)
138 fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (94 - 160, n=5)
130.6 fps ∼89%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (123 - 123, n=2)
123 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (114 - 123, n=3)
119.7 fps ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (95 - 128, n=5)
113 fps ∼77%
1920x1080 Far Cry 5 medium AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (119 - 125, n=2)
122 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (88 - 130, n=19)
111.7 fps ∼92%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (94 - 109, n=6)
103.8 fps ∼85%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (72 - 130, n=3)
102 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (73 - 113, n=6)
98.3 fps ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (85 - 105, n=6)
94.3 fps ∼77%
1920x1080 Far Cry 5 high AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (110 - 115, n=2)
112.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (85 - 124, n=22)
105.3 fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (84 - 123, n=3)
101.3 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (68 - 106, n=7)
93.4 fps ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (70 - 105, n=6)
91.5 fps ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (81 - 96, n=6)
88.8 fps ∼79%
1920x1080 Far Cry 5 ultra AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (103 - 109, n=2)
106 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (80 - 118, n=24)
99.8 fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
  (73 - 115, n=3)
94.7 fps ∼89%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (66 - 100, n=7)
89 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (67 - 101, n=7)
88.7 fps ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (76 - 90, n=9)
83.3 fps ∼79%
1920x1080 Far Cry 5 low 1080 AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (128 - 129, n=2)
128.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (108 - 141, n=13)
124.5 fps ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (91 - 107, n=3)
101.3 fps ∼79%
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Allen Ngo, 2021-03-16 (Update: 2021-03-15)