Comparing All RTX 4060 Variants: 45W vs. 80W vs. 105W vs. 120W vs. 140W – Power Limits Don’t Matter Anymore???

Not all laptops are created equal. Some are bigger and thicker, while others are smaller and thinner. Therefore, you cannot expect them to deliver similar frame rates in gaming, even when equipped with the same GPU model. Previously, NVIDIA offered both high-powered laptop graphics and their Max-Q counterparts, which operated at lower power limits to avoid the need for extensive cooling and high wattage.

However, the Max-Q branding has been discontinued, and now laptop GPUs come with varying power limits. After testing numerous laptops powered by the 40-series GPUs, we have found that even the Total Graphics Power (TGP) isn’t sufficient to accurately predict a GPU’s real performance. For instance, many laptops feature 140W GPUs that fail to reach their advertised power limits.

Your best option is to consult independent reviews, preferably those focusing on laptops available from online retailers rather than cherry-picked review samples. In a word—LaptopMedia.

Let’s now examine the RTX 4060 models that differ on paper.

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Contents


GPU specs, contestants

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Specs

SpecificationValue
Manufacturing Process4 nm
ArchitectureAda Lovelace
Base frequency1470 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Frequency2000 MHz
Memory bandwidth266 GB/sec
ReleasedQ1 2023
Power consumption40 – 140W
Cores3072
Maximum frequency2370 MHz
Memory Capacity8 GB
Memory bus128-bit
Driverswww.nvidia.com
Supported technologiesDLSS 3 (Super Resolution + Frame Generation), NVIDIA Reflex, PCI Express Gen 4, Resizable BAR, NVIDIA GPU Boost, Vulkan 4.6, 5th Generation NVIDIA Decoder, DirectX 12 Ultimate

Meeting the Contestants:
MSI Cyborg 15
45W RTX 4060
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i – 80W
RTX 4060
ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 – 105W
RTX 4060
HP Victus 16 – 120W
RTX 4060
Legion Pro 5i – 140W
RTX 4060

As you see, we have chosen five very different laptops with five very different GPU variants of RTX 4060: the 45W, the 80W, the 105W, the 120W, and the 140W.

The 45W model is represented by the MSI Cyborg 15, which carries a Core i5-12450H, and the 45W RTX 4060.

Almost doubling the power limit is the 14-inch Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i, with an 80W GPU.

Next is the 105W version, which sits inside the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED. It has a beefy Core i9-13900H, so there’ll be no bottlenecking at all.

We also have the HP Victus 16 which has a 120W RTX 4060 with a Core i7-13700H.

Lastly, we have a total of 11 laptops with the 140W RTX 4060, all of which we’ve reviewed and tested thoroughly. To represent this variant, we’ve picked the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i, which pairs the 4060 with a 14-core Intel Core i5-13500HX.


GPU benchmarks

We have three synthetic benchmarks prepared, after which we’ll show you some gaming tests so you can get a broader picture.

Comparing the 45W RTX 4060 to the rest in 3DMark Time Spy, we see that the 80W version is only 28% faster and the 105W version is 32% faster. The 120W model breaks the 10000-point barrier, being 41% more powerful.

Lastly, the 140W version, which has 95W more TGP headroom (enough to power a second GPU), is just 45% faster. However, this is just a synthetic benchmark, so unless you plan on running TimeSpy all the time for your enjoyment, let’s go into the gaming tests and see how things look.

Gaming tests

Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 80W)145 fps103 fps80 fps
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 105W)145 fps104 fps (+1%)81 fps (+1%)
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 120W)169 fps (+17%)118 fps (+15%)89 fps (+11%)
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 140W)156 fps (+8%)117 fps (+14%)90 fps (+13%)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 105W)125 fps111 fps73 fps
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 140W)138 fps (+10%)120 fps (+8%)77 fps (+5%)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 105W)149 fps129 fps95 fps
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 140W)166 fps (+11%)158 fps (+22%)103 fps (+8%)

Assassin’s Creed ValhallaFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 80W)158 fps135 fps113 fps97 fps
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 120W)169 fps (+7%)143 fps (+6%)118 fps (+4%)102 fps (+5%)

Far Cry 6Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 80W)148 fps116 fps102 fps
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 120W)168 fps (+14%)134 fps (+16%)116 fps (+14%)

Gears 5Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 80W)234 fps165 fps141 fps113 fps
RTX 4060 (Laptop, 120W)268 fps (+15%)195 fps (+18%)161 fps (+14%)130 fps (+15%)

Conclusion

The TGP of the GPUs doesn’t always tell us the real performance. Yes, it’s a good indicator but sometimes the results are pretty surprising. In most cases, a quick look at the laptops’ cooling systems gives us a good idea of what we could expect from its GPU. We’ve covered this topic in this article:

Cooling the Competition: How Top-Tier Laptop Cooling Systems Outperform the Rest

Of course, manufacturers rarely show us the internals of the laptop, so again – you should rely on the reviews.

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