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We benchmark the mobile RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Max-Q and compare them to the desktop RTX 2080 and GTX 1080

We benchmark the mobile RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Max-Q and compare them to the desktop RTX 2080 and GTX 1080
We benchmark the mobile RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Max-Q and compare them to the desktop RTX 2080 and GTX 1080
Check here to see how much of a performance gain you can expect over the GTX 1060, 1070, and 1080 Pascal series if you purchase a rand new laptop with GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics.

Mobile Turing laptops are finally here after waiting more than two years since the launch of mobile Pascal. The mobile RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080, RTX 2070 Max-Q, and RTX 2080 Max-Q are all now available across a range of laptops starting at $1500 USD all the way up to $3000+.

So, what kind of raw performance benefits will users see over Pascal and how do they compare to a desktop GeForce RTX 2080?

In short, the mobile RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Max-Q are about 15 percent and 30 percent slower than the desktop RTX 2080 according to 3DMark benchmarks. The deltas are somewhat similar to - if not just slightly wider than - the deltas between mobile GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Max-Q to the desktop GTX 1080 by about 5 percentage points each.

Meanwhile, users can expect the mobile RTX 2080 to perform about the same as a desktop GTX 1080 or anywhere between 15 to 35 percent over the mobile GTX 1080 depending on the resolution. The biggest reasons to own a laptop with RTX 2080 graphics are subsequently for its ray-tracing capabilities and for gaming at higher resolutions where the GTX 1080 begins to struggle sooner.

It's important to keep in mind that the TDP of the RTX 2080 Max-Q is actually lower than the base TDP of the GTX 1080 Max-Q (80 W vs. 90 W). Thus, it's perhaps not surprising that the performance deltas between RTX Max-Q and regular RTX non-Max-Q GPUs are ever-so-slightly larger. Furthermore, these benchmarks were performed on the first batch of sample RTX laptops to hit the market. More mature RTX laptops set to appear later this year with potentially updated drivers will likely show different results. In fact, we fully expect certain models from Alienware and Asus to run the same GPU at higher clock rates and thermal envelopes for faster performance.

See our overview on the mobile RTX Turing GPUs series here for more gaming benchmark comparisons. As our database of RTX gaming laptops continues to grow, we'll be able to compare more characteristics outside of just raw GPU performance including power consumption and fan noise.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Intel Core i9-9900K, Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
28469 Points
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9700K
24142 Points
Notebookcheck Desktop PC 2018
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
22887 Points
SCHENKER XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-8700
21104 Points
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
20703 Points
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9700K
19353 Points
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, i7-7820HK
18505 Points
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, i7-8750H
17649 Points
Gigabyte Aero 15 X9 (Single Channel)
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-8750H
16490 Points
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9700K
15389 Points
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, i7-8750H
14724 Points
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GM
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
11332 Points
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Intel Core i9-9900K, Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
11126 Points
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9700K
9542 Points
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
7733 Points
Notebookcheck Desktop PC 2018
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
7592 Points
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9700K
7422 Points
SCHENKER XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-8700
6977 Points
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, i7-7820HK
6101 Points
Gigabyte Aero 15 X9 (Single Channel)
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-8750H
6028 Points
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9700K
5735 Points
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, i7-8750H
5730 Points
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, i7-8750H
4708 Points
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GM
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
3626 Points
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9700K
5377 Points
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-8750H
4268 Points
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9700K
4114 Points
Gigabyte Aero 15 X9 (Single Channel)
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-8750H
3259 Points
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9700K
3028 Points

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2019 01 > We benchmark the mobile RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Max-Q and compare them to the desktop RTX 2080 and GTX 1080
Allen Ngo, 2019-01-31 (Update: 2019-01-31)