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Mobile GeForce RTX 2060 is 20 to 25 percent slower than desktop version: A closer look at mobile RTX and desktop RTX

Mobile GeForce RTX 2060 is 20 to 25 percent slower than desktop version: A closer look at mobile RTX and desktop RTX (Image source: Nvidia)
Mobile GeForce RTX 2060 is 20 to 25 percent slower than desktop version: A closer look at mobile RTX and desktop RTX (Image source: Nvidia)
Don't buy a laptop with GeForce RTX 2060 graphics if you want to maximize performance-per-dollar. The cheaper mobile GTX 1660 Ti is only about 5 percent slower than the mobile RTX 2060 while retailing for hundreds less. The mobile RTX 2060 can be up to 25 percent slower than the desktop RTX 2060 compared to "only" 10 to 15 percent between the mobile RTX 2070 and desktop RTX 2070.

(September 17, 2019 update: Nvidia has confirmed that the mobile GeForce RTX 2060 is performing as expected and the headline has been updated to reflect this. The performance delta between mobile RTX 2060 and desktop RTX 2060 remains wider than anticipated.)

Prior to Nvidia Pascal, GeForce GPUs for laptops had the suffix "M" to distinguish themselves from the desktop GeForce series. The mobile GeForce GTX 880, for example, would be called the "GeForce GTX 880M".

Nvidia have since dropped this naming convention for their mobile GeForce GPUs starting with the Pascal series and so the latest mobile GeForce GPUs have been sharing the exact same names as their desktop counterparts. This wasn't really an issue with Pascal GPUs because the mobile GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 were only within 5 to 15 percent of their respective desktop GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 counterparts on average.

For this latest RTX Turing series, however, things have gotten more complicated for the worse because the performance differences between mobile RTX Turing and desktop RTX Turing are wider. As shown by our 3DMark comparisons below between dozens of RTX gaming laptops, the average performance of the mobile RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and RTX 2080 is 20 to 25 percent slower, 14 to 18 percent slower, and 8 to 10 percent slower, respectively, than their desktop RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and RTX 2080 counterparts. The performance deficit between mobile RTX 2060 and desktop RTX 2060 in particular is so much wider that the less expensive mobile GTX 1660 Ti is within just a few percentage points of the mobile RTX 2060 sans any ray-tracing or DLSS features.

The last generation Pascal series had our hopes up for a more leveled playing field between mobile and desktop GeForce GPUs. Unfortunately, it looks like RTX Turing has gone the opposite direction with wider performance gaps between mobile and desktop GPUs akin to Nvidia's early mobile "M" days.

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3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), 2700X
7732 Points ∼53%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (5735 - 6586, n=14)
6053 Points ∼41%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
5913 Points ∼40%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), 2700X
19338 Points ∼48%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (14768 - 17119, n=16)
15851 Points ∼39%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
15696 Points ∼39%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
9236 Points ∼63%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (7006 - 8000, n=11)
7569 Points ∼52%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
7294 Points ∼50%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
22999 Points ∼57%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (18169 - 21138, n=12)
19796 Points ∼49%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
19230 Points ∼47%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
11294 Points ∼77%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (9480 - 10992, n=11)
10134 Points ∼69%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
9816 Points ∼67%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
27620 Points ∼68%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (22820 - 27319, n=12)
25328 Points ∼62%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
25203 Points ∼62%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 KFA2 GTX 1060 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4
4158 Points ∼28%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
3626 Points ∼25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (3396 - 3790, n=20)
3601 Points ∼25%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 KFA2 GTX 1060 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4
12648 Points ∼31%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (10708 - 12298, n=77)
11547 Points ∼28%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11332 Points ∼28%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
5896 Points ∼40%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
5689 Points ∼39%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
  (5145 - 5743, n=21)
5464 Points ∼37%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
18408 Points ∼45%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
17792 Points ∼44%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
  (15718 - 19059, n=56)
17228 Points ∼42%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
7494 Points ∼51%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
  (6867 - 7592, n=5)
7227 Points ∼49%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
7166 Points ∼49%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
22555 Points ∼56%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
21366 Points ∼53%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
  (15834 - 22887, n=6)
20727 Points ∼51%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
6131 Points ∼42%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
5699 Points ∼39%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
  (5335 - 5931, n=15)
5620 Points ∼38%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
16024 Points ∼39%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
15343 Points ∼38%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
  (14186 - 15482, n=17)
14727 Points ∼36%
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Allen Ngo, 2019-09-15 (Update: 2019-09-18)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.