Notebookcheck

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.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! Indian citizens welcome!

Currently wanted: 
News and Editorial Editor - Details here

3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9700K
5377 Points ∼100%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
4268 Points ∼79%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9700K
4114 Points ∼77%
Gigabyte Aero 15 X9 (Single Channel)
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
3259 Points ∼61%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9700K
3028 Points ∼56%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Intel Core i9-9900K, Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 9900K
11126 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9700K
9542 Points ∼86%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
7733 Points ∼70%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC 2018
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
7592 Points ∼68%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9700K
7422 Points ∼67%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
6977 Points ∼63%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
6101 Points ∼55%
Gigabyte Aero 15 X9 (Single Channel)
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
6028 Points ∼54%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9700K
5735 Points ∼52%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
5730 Points ∼52%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
4708 Points ∼42%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
3626 Points ∼33%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Intel Core i9-9900K, Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 9900K
28469 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9700K
24142 Points ∼85%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC 2018
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
22887 Points ∼80%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
21104 Points ∼74%
Acer Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
20703 Points ∼73%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9700K
19353 Points ∼68%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
18505 Points ∼65%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
17649 Points ∼62%
Gigabyte Aero 15 X9 (Single Channel)
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
16490 Points ∼58%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9700K
15389 Points ∼54%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
14724 Points ∼52%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11332 Points ∼40%

Source(s)

Read all 6 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > 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)
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.