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Why is there no Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q? The new GTX 1660 Ti may be responsible

Why is there no Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q? The new GTX 1660 Ti may be responsible (Image source: Nvidia)
Why is there no Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q? The new GTX 1660 Ti may be responsible (Image source: Nvidia)
The GTX 1660 Ti is designed with a graphics subsystem power of 60 W to 80 W compared to 80 W to 90 W on the mobile RTX 2060 to suggest that the GTX 1660 Ti is already an "RTX 2060 Max-Q" is several ways. We take a closer look at their performance numbers to find out how these GPUs compare to each other.

The Nvidia Pascal Max-Q series officially consists of the GTX 1050 Max-Q, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, GTX 1060 Max-Q, GTX 1070 Max-Q, and GTX 1080 Max-Q. As of this writing, the Nvidia Turing Max-Q series officially consists of the GTX 1650 Max-Q, GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, RTX 2070 Max-Q and RTX 2080 Max-Q. So, where has the RTX 2060 Max-Q gone?

Nvidia is remaining tight-lipped on the whereabouts of the supposed RTX 2060 Max-Q, but we have our suspicions as to why such a GPU has yet to come to fruition. More specifically, the recent launch of the Turing GTX 16 series for laptops gives us clues as to why the RTX 2060 Max-Q may not even be necessary. Early performance results of the mobile GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti as shown below suggest that these two GPUs are essentially performing at where we expect the RTX 2060 Max-Q would be. In other words, the RTX 2060 Max-Q already exists as the GTX 1660 Ti albeit without the ray-tracing or DLSS features.

When looking at the 3DMark results, a GTX 1060 Max-Q is slower than a standard mobile GTX 1060 by just a few percentage points and the same can be observed between the RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti. Even if the RTX 2060 Max-Q were to be slower than the GTX 1660 Ti, the planned GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q will further diminish the need for an RTX 2060 Max-Q.

The biggest reason for offering an RTX 2060 Max-Q option is subsequently for its ray-tracing and DLSS capabilities. The problem, however, is that these advanced features require an already beefy GPU to be useful in the first place. Nvidia may have determined that the RTX 2060 Max-Q would not be up to its performance standards to show off RT or DLSS at acceptable frame rates.

Of course, Nvidia may still launch the RTX 2060 Max-Q in the near future to prove us wrong, but it would indubitably have a hard time competing against the already price-aggressive GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti in both performance-per-dollar and performance-per-Watt.

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3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Aorus 15 X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
7754 Points ∼53%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 Turing
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
6368 Points ∼43%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
5783 Points ∼39%
Nvidia official Geforce GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
5669 Points ∼39%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
3626 Points ∼25%
Nvidia offcial Geforce GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 8750H
3525 Points ∼24%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
3510 Points ∼24%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
2536 Points ∼17%
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
Aorus 15 X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
4596 Points ∼45%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 Turing
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
3894 Points ∼39%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
3351 Points ∼33%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
2553 Points ∼25%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
2424 Points ∼24%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
1822 Points ∼18%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Aorus 15 X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
20227 Points ∼50%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 Turing
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
16989 Points ∼42%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
15731 Points ∼39%
Nvidia official Geforce GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
14883 Points ∼37%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11332 Points ∼28%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
10970 Points ∼27%
Nvidia offcial Geforce GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 8750H
9146 Points ∼23%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
7791 Points ∼19%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Schenker XMG Neo 15 Turing
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
11811 Points ∼52%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
9099 Points ∼40%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
8788 Points ∼39%
Aorus 15 X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
8716 Points ∼39%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
8540 Points ∼38%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
6839 Points ∼30%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Aorus 15 X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
26645 Points ∼52%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 Turing
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
21723 Points ∼43%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
20157 Points ∼40%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
13871 Points ∼27%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
12620 Points ∼25%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
9466 Points ∼19%

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Allen Ngo, 2019-04-24 (Update: 2019-04-24)
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.