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Nvidia claims RTX 2080 Max-Q is faster than PS5, Xbox Series X

Jensen Huang made a big claim about the RTX Series' capabilities (Image source: Nvidia)
Jensen Huang made a big claim about the RTX Series' capabilities (Image source: Nvidia)
Nvidia head Jensen Huang claimed that the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is faster than ninth-gen console GPUs at GTC China 2019. The claim raises questions about exactly how fast the PS5 and Xbox Series X really are.

At the GTC China 2019 conference, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang compared a Maxwell 980M-equipped Lenovo Y900 with a Lenovo Y740, powered by an RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. The presentation showcased how Max-Q technology enabled substantially thinner, lighter, and longer-lasting laptops to perform much faster than earlier models. The 980M obviously didn't look that great in the comparison.

However, the real eyebrow-raiser was a slide that then claimed that the 2080 Max-Q was faster than the upcoming ninth-gen consoles' GPUs. The Xbox Series X and PS5 are set to be powered by GPUs that use AMD's RDNA architecture. Nvidia's claim that the 2080 Max-Q is faster raises questions about the expected performance of the consoles. The evidence so far points to the ninth-gen consoles having GPUs that are at least as fast, if not faster, than the RX 5700 XT. Notebookcheck benchmarks indicate that the RTX 2080 Max-Q is only slightly faster than the GTX 1080, a notable step down from the 5700 XT. Either the ninth-gen consoles are a lot weaker than is widely expected, or Nvidia's playing fast and loose with the truth.

Less controversially, Huang stated that notebook gaming is one of the fastest-growing segments and that while most of the 200 million Geforce users worldwide are on desktop, notebook user counts are increasing every day.

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2019-12-26 (Update: 2019-12-26)