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The performance of RTX 2080 Max-Q laptops may vary substantially depending on TDP

Performance depends on the version
Performance depends on the version
If you plan on purchasing an RTX 2080 Max-Q laptop, you should pay special attention to the TDP version. The reason: According to our benchmarks, the performance gap can be quite substantial.
Florian Glaser (translated by Marius S.),

As it turns out, there are not only two versions of the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q (detailed here), but there are also two versions of the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, which vary primarily in TDP and clock rates. While the 80-watt edition is rated for 735 to 1095 MHz (for example in the Acer Predator Triton 500), the 90-watt edition clocks at 990 to 1230 MHz (for example in the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GX). In the following extended series of tests, we evaluate the performance impact of these differences.

Synthetic benchmarks

3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
4655 Points ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
4268 Points ∼92%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
8512 Points ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
7733 Points ∼91%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
21515 Points ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
20703 Points ∼96%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
29453 Points ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
27863 Points ∼95%

Gaming benchmarks

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
78 (42min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
71 (39min) fps ∼91%
2560x1440 Highest Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
61 (41min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
57 (37min) fps ∼93%
3840x2160 Highest Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
37 (19min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
33 (17min) fps ∼89%
Battlefield V
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
122 (87min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
116 (88min) fps ∼95%
2560x1440 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
98.2 (77min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
91.6 (72min) fps ∼93%
3840x2160 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
57.8 (46min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
52.5 (42min) fps ∼91%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset DXR
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
62.4 (47min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
59.5 (45min) fps ∼95%
FIFA 19
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
248 (232min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
219 (192min) fps ∼88%
2560x1440 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
237 (213min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
211 (187min) fps ∼89%
3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
188 (157min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
161 (135min) fps ∼86%
Star Wars Battlefront 2
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
117 (105min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
110 (103min) fps ∼94%
2560x1440 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
80.9 (75min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
76.5 (70min) fps ∼95%
3840x2160 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
42.7 (39min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
39.3 (36min) fps ∼92%
Need for Speed Payback
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
115 (73min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
104 (79min) fps ∼90%
2560x1440 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
95.6 (72min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
88.2 (66min) fps ∼92%
3840x2160 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
54.3 (40min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
47.2 (34min) fps ∼87%
Fortnite
1920x1080 Epic Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
136 (95min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
121 (90min) fps ∼89%
2560x1440 Epic Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
105 (94min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
97.7 (64min) fps ∼93%
3840x2160 Epic Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
50.4 (48min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
46.7 (42min) fps ∼93%
Call of Duty Black Ops 4
1920x1080 Very High / On
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
131 (104min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
128 (94min) fps ∼98%
2560x1440 Very High / On
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
91.4 (67min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
83.8 (62min) fps ∼92%
3840x2160 Very High / On
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
41.6 (27min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
40.4 (30min) fps ∼97%
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
59 fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
53 (27min) fps ∼90%
2560x1440 Ultra High Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
48 fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
46 (19min) fps ∼96%
3840x2160 Ultra High Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
32 fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
30 (15min) fps ∼94%
Far Cry 5
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
100 (80min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
93 (73min) fps ∼93%
2560x1440 Ultra Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
79 (64min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
72 (58min) fps ∼91%
3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
44 (39min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
40 (35min) fps ∼91%
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
99 (34min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
93 (30min) fps ∼94%
2560x1440 Ultra Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
72 (31min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
66 (28min) fps ∼92%
3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
44 (23min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
40 (22min) fps ∼91%
F1 2018
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
102 (82min) fps ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
102 (83min) fps ∼100%
2560x1440 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
87 (76min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
86 (60min) fps ∼99%
3840x2160 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
56 (50min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
51 (47min) fps ∼91%
Darksiders III
1920x1080 Epic
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
112 (79min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
103 (74min) fps ∼92%
2560x1440 Epic
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
82.6 (71min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
75.2 (64min) fps ∼91%
3840x2160 Epic
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
42.7 (37min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
37.8 (32min) fps ∼89%
ELEX
1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
99 (90min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
92.7 (86min) fps ∼94%
2560x1440 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
68.1 (64min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
63.2 (59min) fps ∼93%
3840x2160 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
35.7 (34min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
33 (31min) fps ∼92%
Just Cause 4
1920x1080 Very High / On AA:SM AF:16x
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
101 (93min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
98.1 (89min) fps ∼97%
2560x1440 Very High / On AA:SM AF:16x
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
69.9 (64min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
67.6 (62min) fps ∼97%
3840x2160 Very High / On AA:SM AF:16x
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
39.9 (37min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
39.5 (36min) fps ∼99%
Monster Hunter World
1920x1080 Highest Preset (Image Quality High)
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
90.9 (72min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
84.8 (68min) fps ∼93%
2560x1440 Highest Preset (Image Quality High)
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
58.4 (49min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
52.5 (45min) fps ∼90%
3840x2160 Highest Preset (Image Quality High)
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
29.7 (25min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
27.1 (23min) fps ∼91%
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
68.4 (50min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
64.9 (42min) fps ∼95%
2560x1440 Ultra High Preset
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
52.2 (41min) fps ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
50.2 (37min) fps ∼96%
3840x2160 Ultra High Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
27.5 (23min) fps ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
26.7 (23min) fps ∼97%

GPU-Z screenshots

RTX 2080 Max-Q 80 Watt TDP (Acer Triton 500)
RTX 2080 Max-Q 80 Watt TDP (Acer Triton 500)
RTX 2080 Max-Q 90 Watt TDP (Asus GX701GX)
RTX 2080 Max-Q 90 Watt TDP (Asus GX701GX)
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Florian Glaser, 2019-02-26 (Update: 2019-02-28)