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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 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 1060 for laptops based on the cooling capabilities. The base frequency (1063-1265 MHz) is also much lower than on the regular GTX 1060 (1506 MHz, at least -16%) and the Boost (1341-1480 MHz) is also much lower compared to 1708 MHz (at least -13%) for the regular GTX 1060. The memory clock, however, is identical.

The clock is not the only difference compared to the regular GTX 1060 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

The GP106 chip is produced in 16nm FinFET at TSMC and offers a range of new features, like DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and improved H.265 video de- and encoding (PlayReady 3.0). A list of improvements and features can be found in our article on the Pascal architecture.

The power consumption of the Max-Q design is notably lower than the normal GTX 1060 for laptops and ranges between 60 and 70 Watt (TGP) according to Nvidia.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
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) (compare) 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 (compare) 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 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 Max-Q (compare) 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) (compare) 768 @ 1290 - 1392 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 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
CodenameN17P-G1 Max-Q
ArchitecturePascal
Pipelines1280 - unified
Core Speed1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed8000 MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory6.144 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12_1
Transistor Count4400 Million
technology16 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement30.05.2017

Benchmarks

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 3271     avg: 3415     median: 3415 (31%)     max: 3559 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 287286     avg: 346663     median: 367999 (69%)     max: 384095 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 71289     avg: 105162     median: 96536 (13%)     max: 156285 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 16358     avg: 24166.6     median: 24154.5 (41%)     max: 32658 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 42781     avg: 71376.4     median: 74101 (40%)     max: 81720 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 8292     avg: 9158.9     median: 9148.5 (34%)     max: 9936 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 9992     avg: 10659.3     median: 10430 (26%)     max: 11366 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 80051     avg: 144686     median: 118989 (16%)     max: 265343 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 10176     avg: 11973.5     median: 11973 (38%)     max: 13296 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 12970     avg: 13581.1     median: 13333.5 (26%)     max: 14487 points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 +
Tcvis 1920x1080 +
SolidWorks 1920x1080 +
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 +
Maya 1920x1080 +
Lightwave 1920x1080 +
Ensight 1920x1080 +
Catia 1920x1080 +
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 +
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 +
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 +
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 +
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 +
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 +
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 +
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 7555     avg: 7747.4     median: 7653 (34%)     max: 8202 Points
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 89     avg: 105     median: 101.9 (22%)     max: 123.1 Watt
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

2018
low 1280x720
110  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
70  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
65  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
48  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
20  fps    + Compare