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Nvidia Titan RTX is just 15 percent slower than a laptop with GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics

Nvidia Titan RTX is just 15 percent slower than a laptop with GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics
Nvidia Titan RTX is just 15 percent slower than a laptop with GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics
Can the fastest consumer desktop GPU available beat the fastest laptop with SLI graphics? Not quite, but it's at least 50 percent faster than any gaming laptop out there equipped with a single GeForce GTX 1080 GPU.

The Titan RTX is barely two months old and it has already proven itself to be one of the fastest consumer desktop graphics cards available. Final 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks reveal it to be 25 percent and 35 percent higher than the Titan X Pascal and GeForce RTX 2080, respectively. However, how does it compare to the fastest laptops currently in the market?

The current graphics champion in our database is the 17.3-inch Eurocom Sky X9C with GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics. Its Fire Strike Graphics score of 40582 points is just 17 percent higher than the Titan RTX as shown by our comparison chart below. In fact, it sits very comfortably between the GTX 1070 SLI and GTX 1080 SLI as far as raw horsepower is concerned. Actual gaming performance will likely be smoother on the Titan RTX simply because it suffers from no multi-GPU overhead and disadvantages.

Of course, the Titan RTX will indubitably have the upper hand once ray-tracing (RT) features are enabled. While we've yet to test it, the RT-focused 3DMark Port Royal benchmark scene will more than likely run significantly slower on a GTX-based machine.

An apples-to-apples performance-per-Watt comparison between desktop Titan RTX and laptop GTX is almost impossible due to the different hardware and CPUs involved. Even so, it's still interesting to compare the power demand between these enthusiast gaming systems. When running Witcher 3, our Titan RTX desktop would consume about 438 W compared to 455 W and 295 W on the Eurocom Sky X9C (GTX 1080 SLI) and Aorus X9 (GTX 1070 SLI), respectively. These are still some of the most demanding gaming systems all around regardless of form factor.

See our full review on the Titan RTX here for more performance numbers and details.

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3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Eurocom Sky X9C
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 8700K, 2x Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe (RAID 0)
40582 Points ∼100%
Nvidia Titan RTX
NVIDIA Titan RTX, 2700X
34780 Points ∼86%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
32640 Points ∼80%
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
22240 Points ∼55%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
20901 Points ∼52%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK, LiteOn CX2-8B256
18505 Points ∼46%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
17792 Points ∼44%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
16010 Points ∼39%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Eurocom Sky X9C
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 8700K, 2x Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe (RAID 0)
46773 Points ∼100%
Nvidia Titan RTX
NVIDIA Titan RTX, 2700X
43461 Points ∼93%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
41469 Points ∼89%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
28606 Points ∼61%
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
27966 Points ∼60%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK, LiteOn CX2-8B256
24425 Points ∼52%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
23414 Points ∼50%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
20573 Points ∼44%

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01-25 (Update: 2019-01-25)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.