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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 MHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) compare 5120 @ 1556 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) compare 3840 @ 1506 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) compare 4096 @ 1443 - 1645 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1607 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile compare 2560 @ 1566 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) compare 2432 @ 1607 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1443 - 1645 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q compare 2048 @ 1101 - 1215 - 1265 - 1379 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) compare 1280 @ 1506 - 1708 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile compare 1280 @ 1404 - 1670 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q compare 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile compare 768 @ 1493 - 1620 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) compare 768 @ 1290 - 1392 MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q compare 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) compare 640 @ 1354 - 1455 MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile compare 640 @ 1354 - 1493 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q compare 640 @ 999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) compare 384 @ 1228 - 1670 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

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
52.2 pt (54%)
3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 5390     avg: 5591.5     median: 5591.5 (118%)     max: 4738 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 5636     avg: 5868.5     median: 5868.5 (134%)     max: 4378 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
252862 Points (69%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 27935     avg: 28242     median: 28375 (72%)     max: 28416 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 104506     avg: 111542.3     median: 114542 (133%)     max: 86193 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 13822     avg: 14268.8     median: 14273.5 (119%)     max: 11956 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 17151     avg: 18109.5     median: 18191.5 (132%)     max: 13827 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 251370     avg: 271726.3     median: 281682 (38%)     max: 282127 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 16333     avg: 16946.7     median: 16910.5 (97%)     max: 17450 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 21816     avg: 23357.8     median: 23540 (124%)     max: 18967 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
69346 Points (72%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD DirectX 1920x1080
min: 84.8     avg: 84.8     median: 84.8 (104%)     max: 81.69999694824219 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 197     avg: 197     median: 197 (135%)     max: 145.89999389648438 fps
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 (106%)     max: 408.3999938964844 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 116     avg: 118     median: 118 (43%)     max: 120 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
min: 294     avg: 294     median: 294 (135%)     max: 217 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
116 fps (76%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
2094 Samples/s (21%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
4618 Samples/s (43%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 13701     avg: 13756     median: 13756 (142%)     max: 9659 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest 9 - 3D Graphics Mark
min: 10968     avg: 10968     median: 10968 (1711%)     max: 641 Points
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 148     avg: 155.7     median: 159 (74%)     max: 160 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1430     avg: 1472.5     median: 1470 (84%)     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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding

2020
ultra 1920x1080
94.6  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
67  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
36  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2020

F1 2020

2020
ultra 1920x1080
107  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
76.1  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
46.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Valorant

Valorant

2020
high 1920x1080
203  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
194  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
185  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

2020
med. 1920x1080
153  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
93.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
78.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
128  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
96.6  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
51.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
high 1920x1080
100  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
50.7  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
23.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Hearthstone

Hearthstone

2020
high 1920x1080
119  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
119  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
ultra 1920x1080
31.4  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
GRID 2019

GRID 2019

2019
ultra 1920x1080
58  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
91  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
82  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
68  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
55.2  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
39.2  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
20.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Control

Control

2019
low 1280x720
201  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
71  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
53.6  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
32.6  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
16  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
ultra 1920x1080
145  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
144  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
55.5  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
38  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
18.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Rage 2

Rage 2

2019
low 1280x720
202  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
97.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
82.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
80.6  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
50.8  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
24.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 1800

Anno 1800

2019
low 1280x720
78.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
73.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
65  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
33.5 34.6 ~ 34 fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
29.5  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
17.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
143  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
113  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
91  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
73 74 fps