NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6) vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Max-Q) (8GB GDDR6) – how close is Max-Q to the real deal

Have you ever wondered, why do manufacturers put Max-Q versions of some video card in their devices? Well, the answer is obvious – they generally produce less heat and can provide headroom for more exotic designs. This is exactly what the device we are going to use to represent the RTX 2080 Max-Q is built around. It is called the Acer Predator Triton 500 and it has a slim and light form factor, comparable to some ultrabooks. On the other side of the pitch, however, stays a rather larger laptop, member of the same family – the Predator Triton 900. It also has something revolutionary about its design, but this has nothing to do with this article, so you can read our full review if you are interested.

You can have a look at our Top Laptop Graphics Ranking to see these cards and even more.

Specs overview

NVIDIA uses basically the same chip for either of the GPUs, utilizing 2944 CUDA cores inside of it. However, since the TDP of these graphics cards is very different – 150W for RTX 2080 and 90W for RTX 2080 Max-Q, they work at very different clock speeds. Expectedly, the GeForce RTX 2080 has a higher base and Turbo frequency than its Max-Q version – 1380 MHz to 990 MHz Base and 1590 MHz to 1230 MHz in Turbo mode. Additionally, the memory frequency takes a hit with 1751 MHz for the RTX 2080 and 1500 MHz for the RTX 2080 Max-Q. They also differ in their ray tracing capabilities, however, we don’t know exact numbers yet. Otherwise, as we said, the graphics cards are the same – 12nm manufacturing process and a 256-bit memory bus.

Benchmarks

Here we’re going to test the pure performance of these GPUs. Our chart below shows how sheer power is helping the RTX 2080 perform better than its Max-Q opponent.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)


Gaming tests:

Expectedly, the gaming tests proved the results we got from the benchmarks, rendering the RTX 2080 the clear winner in this showdown.

GTA-V-benchmarks

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 144 fps 88 fps 70 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 113 fps 61 fps 49 fps

 

Far Cry 5 Full HD, Normal (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 129 fps 128 fps 118 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 116 fps 107 fps 101 fps

 

rise-of-the-tomb-raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 163 fps 106 fps 96 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 150 fps 83 fps 56 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 116 fps 111 fps 80 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 102 fps 98 fps 65 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 121 fps 108 fps 73 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 97 fps 85 fps 57 fps

Conclusion

There is no second thought on this – GeForce RTX 2080 is the clear winner in this one. However, this is not to undervalue the performance of its Max-Q sibling. Especially given the fact that it revolutionises the market, providing an opportunity for way thinner and lighter gaming laptops.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6)

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6)

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
2 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Superguy
Superguy
3 years ago

Would have been interesting to see 2070 (non-Max-Q) in there for comparison. Given the premium even for the Max-Q 2080, it’d be cool to see how that compares to see if it’s worth the money of the 2070.

BEST LAPTOPS FOR GAMES

Top 100 Best Laptops for Apex Legends Top 100 Best Laptops for GTA V Top 100 Best Laptops for Red Dead Redemption 2 Top 100 Best Laptops for ARK: Survival Evolved Top 100 Best Laptops for AC: Odyssey Top 100 Best Laptops for AC Valhalla [AnvilNext 2.0] Top 100 Best Laptops for Battlefield 5 Top 100 Best Laptops for Borderlands 3 Top 100 Best Laptops for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Top 100 Best Laptops for CS:GO Top 100 Best Laptops for Cyberpunk 2077 Top 100 Best Laptops for Darksiders Genesis Top 100 Best Laptops for DOOM Top 100 Best Laptops for DOOM Eternal Top 100 Best Laptops for DOTA 2 Top 100 Best Laptops for PES 2021 Top 100 Best Laptops for Far Cry 5 Top 100 Best Laptops for Far Cry New Dawn Top 100 Best Laptops for FIFA 19 Top 100 Best Laptops for FIFA 20 Top 100 Best Laptops for FIFA 21 Top 100 Best Laptops for For Honor Top 100 Best Laptops for Fortnite Top 100 Best Laptops for Gears 5 Top 100 Best Laptops for Halo: Reach Top 100 Best Laptops for Hearthstone Top 100 Best Laptops for League of Legends Top 100 Best Laptops for Metro Exodus Top 100 Best Laptops for Minecraft Top 100 Best Laptops for Need For Speed Heat Top 100 Best Laptops for Overwatch Top 100 Best Laptops for PES 2020 Top 100 Best Laptops for PUBG Top 100 Best Laptops for Resident Evil 2 [RE Engine] Top 100 Best Laptops for Rise of the Tomb Raider Top 100 Best Laptops for Rocket League Top 100 Best Laptops for Shadow of the Tomb Raider Top 100 Best Laptops for Team Fortress 2 Top 100 Best Laptops for The Witcher 3 Top 100 Best Laptops for TC: Wildlands Top 100 Best Laptops for TC: Six Siege Top 100 Best Laptops for Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Top 100 Best Laptops for Warframe Top 100 Best Laptops for World of Tanks