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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 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 1080 for laptops based on the cooling capabilities. The base frequency (1101-1290 MHz) is also much lower than on the regular GTX 1080 (1566 MHz, at least -18%) and the Boost (1278-1458 MHz) is also much lower compared to 1733 MHz (at least -16%) for the regular GTX 1080. The memory clock, however, is identical.

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).

The performance is nearer to the normal (Max-P) GeForce GTX 1070 than to then GTX 1080 (at least in the Asus Zephyrus). Therefore, most demanding games should be playable in full HD and maximum detail settings (see game benchmarks below).

Features

The GP104 chip is manufactured in 16nm FinFET process at TSMC and offers a range of new features. DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP), improved H.265 video en- and decoders (for PlayReady 3.0) are only some of the improvements. See our detailed Pascal architecture article for more details.

The power consumption of the Max-Q design is notably lower than the normal GTX 1080 for laptops and ranges between 90 and 110 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 1080 Max-Q 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) (compare) 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 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 @ 1506 - 1708 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (compare) 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) (compare) 768 @ 1493 - 1620 (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 (Notebook) (compare) 640 @ 1354 - 1493 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) (compare) 384 @ 1228 - 1670 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenameN17E-G3 Max-Q
ArchitecturePascal
Pipelines2560 - unified
Core Speed1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed10000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5X
Max. Amount of Memory8192 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12_1
Transistor Count7200 Million
technology16 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement30.05.2017

Benchmarks

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 27935     avg: 28242     median: 28375 (57%)     max: 28416 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 104506     avg: 111542     median: 114542 (70%)     max: 115579 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 13822     avg: 14274.2     median: 14287 (61%)     max: 14631 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 17151     avg: 18098.6     median: 18219 (45%)     max: 18505 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 251370     avg: 271726     median: 281682 (38%)     max: 282127 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 16333     avg: 16946.7     median: 16910.5 (59%)     max: 17829 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 21816     avg: 23357.8     median: 23540 (46%)     max: 24425 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
69346 Points (72%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
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 +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 427     avg: 432.5     median: 432.5 (79%)     max: 438 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 116     avg: 118     median: 118 (32%)     max: 120 fps
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 13701     avg: 13756     median: 13756 (62%)     max: 13811 Points
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 148     avg: 155.7     median: 159 (42%)     max: 160 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1430     avg: 1472.5     median: 1470 (81%)     max: 1520 MHz
- 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.

low 1280x720
206  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
144  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
128  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
107  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
35.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Ultra Preset 2560x1440
71
ultra 1920x1080
111  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
42.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
190  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
199  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
134  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
111  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
53.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Extra / On Filmic T2X SMAA 2560x1440
88