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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q design is the power saving variant of the mobile RTX 2080 with reduced clock speeds and power consumption. Therefore, it is suitable for thin gaming laptops. It is based on the same TU104 chip is the desktop and mobile variant and offers 2,944 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 735 - 1095 MHz core clock and a faster 90 Watt variant with 990 - 1230 MHz core clock).

The clock is not the only difference compared to the regular RTX 2080 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 manufactures the TU104 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 2080 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 RTX 2080 Max-Q should be slightly faster than a regular mobile RTX 2070 and therefore a high end gaming graphics card. It should be able to run all demanding games in 4k 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 Super (Desktop) (compare) 3072 @ 1650 - 1815 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 15500 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop) (compare) 2944 @ 1515 - 1710 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile (compare) 3072 @ 1365 - 1560 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile (compare) 2944 @ 1380 - 1590 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q (compare) 3072 @ 975 - 1230 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 2944 @ 735-990 - 1095-1230 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop) (compare) 2560 @ 1605 - 1770 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop) (compare) 2304 @ 1410 - 1620 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile (compare) 2560 @ 1140 - 1380 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14002 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile (compare) 2304 @ 1215 - 1440 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop) (compare) 2176 @ 1470 - 1650 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop) (compare) 1920 @ 1320 - 1620 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q (compare) 2560 @ 930 - 1155 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q (compare) 2304 @ 885-1080 - 1185-1305 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 12000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile (compare) 1920 @ 960 - 1200 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 14000 MHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q (compare) 1920 @ 975 - 1185 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 11000 MHz
CodenameN18E-G3-A1 MAX-Q TU104
ArchitectureTuring
Pipelines2944 - unified
Core Speed735-990 - 1095-1230 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed12000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6
Max. Amount of Memory8192 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12_1
Transistor Count13600 Million
technology12 nm
FeaturesNVLink, DLSS, Raytraycing, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor, 650 Watt system power recommended
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement06.01.2019

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
58.7 pt (60%)
3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 6399     avg: 7609     median: 7484 (51%)     max: 8604 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 6464     avg: 7903     median: 7923 (53%)     max: 8844 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 364184     avg: 413236     median: 425550 (80%)     max: 444648 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 46938     avg: 220059     median: 167503 (23%)     max: 377016 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 25513     avg: 35405     median: 34287 (51%)     max: 50705 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 38256     avg: 111063     median: 117764 (60%)     max: 129506 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 15962     avg: 17836     median: 17504 (59%)     max: 22183.7 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 18048     avg: 20658     median: 20703 (51%)     max: 23032 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 69036     avg: 274353     median: 300340 (40%)     max: 419228 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 19220     avg: 21052     median: 21067 (55%)     max: 23774 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 23386     avg: 27852     median: 27973 (55%)     max: 30910 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
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 +
3ds Max (3dsmax-05) 1900x1060 +
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: 130     avg: 161     median: 161 (35%)     max: 185.8 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 915     avg: 1236     median: 1245 (65%)     max: 1455 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.

low 1280x720
156  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
140  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
138  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
134  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
184  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
134  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
121  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
121  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
121  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
120  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
117  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
121  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
102.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
72.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
45.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
med. 1920x1080
94.5  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
84.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
82.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.