Intel seemingly compares a 90W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q laptop with 60W RTX 2060 Laptop to highlight Comet Lake S i7 performance gains over Renoir
Tipster @_rogame was recently spotted highlighting a rather strange marketing incident: on a slide from Intel’s Partner Connect presentation, the MSI GL65, a Comet Lake S i7-10750H laptop with a 90W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q with the ASUS Zephyrus G14, an AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS laptop with a 65W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q to highlight “up to 20 percent better” performance in titles like Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and Rainbow Six Siege.
Ironically, despite the Intel machine’s 90W GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q enjoying a 38 percent TDP advantage relative to the 65W RTX 2060 Max-Q in the Ryzen 9 4900HS machine, performance gains were muted at “up to 20 percent.”
The slide appears to confirm that a 90W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q is indeed measurably faster than the 65W variant. Worryingly, a small note at the bottom of the slide states that “frequencies and performance of non-CPU components may vary from system to system, meaning the slide acknowledges that any performance delta might not be because of a performance differential between the Ryzen 9 4900HS and the i7-10750H.
While the claim that an Intel-powered platform, the MSI GL65, offers “superior gaming performance at a lower price” than the AMD-powered ASUS Zephyrus G14 is technically true, it appears mostly down to the difference in GPU configuration. After all, the US$630 Acer Swift 3, powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, also delivers better gaming performance than the Intel Ice Lake-powered US$1474 Lenovo Yoga C940-14.