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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q design is the power saving variant of the mobile RTX 2070 graphics card with reduced clock speeds and power consumption. Therefore, it is suitable for thin gaming laptops. It is based on the same TU106 chip with 2,304 shaders and 8 GB GDDR6 memory connected by a 256 bit interface (12 GHz).

Currently it looks like there will be two variants, a low power 80 Watt variant with 885 - 1185 MHz core clock and a faster 90 Watt variant with 1080 - 1305 MHz core clock). Both clock the memory at 6 GHz versus 7 GHz of the normal RTX 2070 (115 Watt TDP).

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).

Features

NVIDIA manufacturers the TU106 chip on a 12 nm FinFET process and includes features like Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Real-Time Ray Tracing (RTRT), which should combine to create more realistic lighting effects than older GPUs based on the company's Pascal architecture (if the games supports it). The RTX 20870 is also DisplayPort 1.4 ready, while there is also support for HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and H.265 video en/decoding (PlayReady 3.0).

Performance

The Max-Q version of the RTX 2070 should perform a bit slower than the mobile RTX 2070. Therefore, it should be able to run all demanding games in 2560x1440 with maximum details. Raytracing features however may reduce framerates a lot.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce RTX 2000 Series
NVIDIA Titan RTX (compare) 4608 @ 1350 - 1770 (Boost) MHz384 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop) (compare) 4352 @ 1350 - 1545 (Boost) MHz352 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop) (compare) 2944 @ 1515 - 1710 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop) (compare) 2944 @ 1380 - 1590 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (compare) 2944 @ 735-990 - 1095-1230 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop) (compare) 2304 @ 1410 - 1620 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop) (compare) 2304 @ 1215 - 1440 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 2304 @ 885-1080 - 1185-1305 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop) (compare) 1920 @ 1320 - 1620 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop) (compare) 1920 @ 960 - 1200 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q (compare) 1920 192 Bit
CodenameTuring TU106
ArchitectureTuring
Pipelines2304 - unified
Core Speed885-1080 - 1185-1305 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed12000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6
Max. Amount of Memory8192 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12_1
Transistor Count10800 Million
technology12 nm
FeaturesDLSS, Raytraycing, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor, 550 Watt system power recommended
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement06.01.2019

Benchmarks

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 5989     avg: 6445.8     median: 6508.5 (50%)     max: 6901 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 5948     avg: 6513.3     median: 6525 (46%)     max: 7105 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 359107     avg: 396787     median: 400414 (75%)     max: 452989 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 91578     avg: 166344     median: 149966 (21%)     max: 291678 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 24876     avg: 33280.4     median: 33509 (57%)     max: 37594 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 39014     avg: 87520.7     median: 89768 (49%)     max: 112480 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 10797     avg: 14966.4     median: 15224.5 (57%)     max: 16197 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 11563     avg: 16709.6     median: 16956 (42%)     max: 18443 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 92084     avg: 167448     median: 151382 (20%)     max: 344715 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 13166     avg: 17546.7     median: 18171 (58%)     max: 19440 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 14723     avg: 21391.7     median: 21860 (43%)     max: 23819 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 13 Solidworks (sw-04) +
Siemens NX (snx-03) +
Showcase (showcase-02) +
Medical (medical-02) +
Maya (maya-05) +
Energy (energy-02) +
Creo (creo-02) +
Catia (catia-05) +
3ds Max (3dsmax-06) +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 120     avg: 145.2     median: 145.8 (32%)     max: 161.7 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1005     avg: 1190     median: 1260 (30%)     max: 1305 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.

League of Legends

League of Legends

2019
low 1280x720
216.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
206.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
201  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
182.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Rage 2

Rage 2

2019
low 1280x720
193.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
95.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
80.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
78  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 1800

Anno 1800

2019
low 1280x720
91.4 92 ~ 92 fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
82.1 84.5 ~ 83 fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
58.6 68.1 70.6 ~ 66 fps    + Compare