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The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is only 10 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Max-Q when running DX11 games

The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is only 10 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Max-Q when running DX11 games
The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is only 10 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Max-Q when running DX11 games
The findings are based on 3DMark Fire Strike averages taken from almost two dozen laptops equipped with GTX and RTX Max-Q graphics. The Turing series is better optimized for newer DX12 games where the performance benefits are much greater.

Now that the GeForce Turing Max-Q series is six months old, we have a better understand about how much of a performance boost users can expect over the last generation Pascal Max-Q series and between the different Turing Max-Q GPUs available.

First, let's compare the RTX 2080 Max-Q to the GTX 1080 Max-Q. 3DMark Time Spy results show an average 24 percent boost in performance when running DX12 titles compared to just 10 percent when running Fire Strike or DX11-based titles. Thus, users who intend on playing the latest DX12-enabled games will benefit the most from the new Turing GPUs.

When comparing the RTX 2080 Max-Q to the RTX 2070 Max-Q, however, the performance delta is slightly smaller than expected. Based on almost 18 different laptops equipped with the aforementioned GPUs, the average RTX 2080 Max-Q is only 17 percent faster than the average RTX 2070 Max-Q when running DX12 titles or 15 percent when running DX11 titles. In contrast, the average GTX 1080 Max-Q is about 21 percent faster than the average GTX 1070 Max-Q.

The results are notable because manufacturers tend to charge an extra $400 to $500 for the RTX 2080 Max-Q configuration for a smaller jump in raw performance when compared to the last generation GTX Pascal series especially if you plan on playing DX11-based games or older.

On the other hand, performance-per-Watt is the best it has been ever been for the Max-Q series. The MSI GS65 with RTX 2080 Max-Q, for example, consumes 143 W when running Witcher 3 compared to 148 W on the Asus Zephyrus GX501 with the GTX 1080 Max-Q while offering an average 24 percent boost in graphics performance for DX12-based titles.

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3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (3698 - 5148, n=14)
4402 Points ∼65%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
4275 Points ∼63%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (6464 - 8844, n=14)
7804 Points ∼55%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
7266 Points ∼51%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (18048 - 23032, n=14)
20417 Points ∼50%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
18962 Points ∼47%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
12732 Points ∼56%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (10230 - 12785, n=15)
11747 Points ∼52%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (23386 - 30910, n=15)
27454 Points ∼54%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
24926 Points ∼49%
3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
3640 Points ∼54%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (3240 - 3896, n=13)
3610 Points ∼54%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (5948 - 7105, n=16)
6521 Points ∼46%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
6503 Points ∼46%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (11563 - 20201, n=19)
17024 Points ∼42%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
16460 Points ∼41%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
12813 Points ∼57%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (9107 - 15962, n=18)
11830 Points ∼52%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (14723 - 25259, n=18)
21618 Points ∼42%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
21409 Points ∼42%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
6101 Points ∼43%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
  (5636 - 6101, n=2)
5869 Points ∼41%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
18505 Points ∼46%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
  (17151 - 18505, n=6)
18110 Points ∼45%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
9607 Points ∼42%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
  (8652 - 9607, n=5)
9083 Points ∼40%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
24425 Points ∼48%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
  (21816 - 24425, n=5)
23358 Points ∼46%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
16010 Points ∼39%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (14146 - 16165, n=16)
14910 Points ∼37%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
11407 Points ∼50%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (7458 - 12069, n=18)
9753 Points ∼43%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
20573 Points ∼40%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (17680 - 20829, n=18)
19016 Points ∼37%
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Allen Ngo, 2019-06- 7 (Update: 2019-06- 7)
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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.