[FPS Benchmarks] NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) vs RTX 3080 (85W) – both are fast but the 130W GPU wins

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is the most powerful mobile GPU (at least for now, in the middle of 2021). It can be found in a lot of different TGP versions – we are starting with the 80W variant and we can go as high as 165W (and maybe even higher). You’ll find this graphics card inside expensive devices with decent cooling solutions. NVIDIA already dropped the Max-Q and Max-P naming but you can assume that the low-powered versions (like the 80W or 85W GPUs) can be considered ex-Max-Q variants.

In most cases, the majority of these GPUs are fitted in a bit thicker devices due to the higher amount of dissipated heat which required significant cooling. Only the low-power version can be found in more compact machines but don’t expect a silent gaming experience from these particular devices.

So, we have GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) vs RTX 3080 (85W) benchmarks for you. Let’s compare the two rivals and we’ll see how much FPS is taking away the reduced TGP from the RTX 3080 [85W] when it’s directly compared to the 130W sibling.


GeForce RTX 3080 variants

 GeForce RTX 3080 [130W]GeForce RTX 3080 [85W]
GPU chipGA104GA104
Shader units61446144
Base Clock (MHz)up to 1185 (+52%)780
Boost clock (MHz)up to 1605 (+29%)1245
Memory clock (MHz)1750 (+17%)1500
Memory size (MB)81928192
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)256256
TGP (Total Graphics Power)130W85W
DirectX version12.112.1
RTX capabilitiesYes Yes
Release date01.202101.2021
Detailed specsLinkLink


Synthetic benchmarks

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)


At the end of the day, the GeForce RTX 3080 (85W) is 14% slower overall when compared to the bigger 130W GPU. If we have to be honest, this kind of gap isn’t that big while the 85W GPU can offer better comfort during gaming (at least in most cases and if it’s fitted in a well-cooled device) because of its modest TGP that leads to lower heat dissipation and power consumption.

If you only care about pure performance and your laptop will be placed mostly on your desk, well, the GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) sounds like a logical choice (if you have to choose between the two GPUs in this comparison) if your wallet is wide enough.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [130W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [85W]

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