[35 Gaming tests + videos] NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q – the maximum possible performance for thin gaming laptops

When it comes to thin and super powerful gaming notebooks, things are getting serious. The first “victim” is your wallet and after that, you’ll start to hesitate about which machine to pick and what video card suits your needs best. Today we’re going to show you the fastest possible mobile dedicated graphics solution for thin notebooks at the end of 2020 – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q.

The Max-Q tech allows this beast of a GPU to be fitted in laptops that offers good portability and gaming capabilities at the same time because of the fairly reduced frequency and TGP than the full-blown version. Yep, this means that some power has been stripped away compared to the “normal” version of this graphics card but gaming on a slim and fast gaming laptop needs some sacrifices.

Meanwhile, you can check out all available laptops with GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q here:

Contents


Benchmarks comparison

Lenovo Legion 7 / 7i (15" Intel, 2020) GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the Lenovo Legion 7 / 7i (15" Intel, 2020) models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Lenovo Legion 7 / 7i (15" Intel, 2020) model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.

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


Specs overview

The SUPER version of the RTX 2080 Max-Q brings more CUDA (3072) cores to the table and that leads to extra performance compared to the non-SUPER GPU that offers 2944 CUDAs. This is a Turing GPU that uses a TU104 chip. The SUPER GPU has three possible TGP variant – 80, 85, and 90W. In our case, we have the 90W solution.

The base frequencies start with 735 MHz for the 80W chip and they can go up to 975 MHz for the top 90W TU104 SUPER Max-Q. For the boost clocks, we have 1080 MHz to 1230 MHz for the 80W and 90W versions. The memory is clocked at 11000 MHz and it has a 256-bit bus.

GPU comparison table

  GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q
Architecture Turing
GPU chip TU104
Shader units 3072
ROPs 64
Base Clock (MHz) up to 975
Boost clock (MHz) up to 1230
Memory clock (MHz) 11000
Memory size (MB)  8GB
Memory type GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256
TGP (Total Graphics Power) up to 90W
DirectX version 12.1
Technology 12nm
RTX capabilities Yes
Release date 04.2020
Detailed specs Link

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 339 fps 317 fps 333 fps

 

 

DOTA 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 206 fps 172 fps 166 fps 143 fps

GTA-V-benchmarks

 

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) Full HD, Normal (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 184 fps 154 fps 87 fps 62 fps

For Honor Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 171 fps 163 fps 123 fps

 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 347 fps 250 fps 235 fps 209 fps

rise-of-the-tomb-raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) Full HD, Lowest (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 223 fps 165 fps 93 fps 64 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 109 fps 100 fps 87 fps 58 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Full HD, Lowest (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 142 fps 110 fps 107 fps 73 fps

Doom (2016) Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 200 fps 200 fps 200 fps

 

Doom Eternal Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, U.Nightmare (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 222 fps 208 fps 182 fps

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 113 fps 79 fps 45 fps 25 fps

Metro Exodus Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 138 fps 73 fps 35 fps

Gears 5 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 169 fps 123 fps 102 fps 95 fps

Hearthstone Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 481 fps 475 fps 60 fps

 

 

Minecraft Full HD, Minimum (Check settings) Full HD, Maximum (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 1711 fps 93 fps

League Of Legends Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, V.High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q- 341 fps

 

Rocket League Full HD, H.Performance (Check settings) Full HD, H.Quality (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 601 fps 355 fps

Overwatch Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 300 fps 300 fps 182 fps

 

PUBG Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 203 fps 177 fps 173 fps 151 fps

 

Darksiders Genesis Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Mid (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 165 fps 148 fps 139 fps 113 fps

 

Halo Reach Full HD, Performance (Check settings) Full HD, Original (Check settings) Full HD, Enhanced (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 297 fps 229 fps 194 fps

 

Borderlands 3 Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 122 fps 197 fps 80 fps 70 fps

Team Fortress 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 174 fps 164 fps

 

eFootball PES 2020 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 245 fps 215 fps

 

FIFA 20 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 300 fps 224 fps

 

The Witcher 3 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 234 fps 180 fps 154 fps 110 fps

Need For Speed Heat Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 100 fps 90 fps 82 fps

 

Apex Legends Full HD, Min. (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 273 fps 216 fps 162 fps

 

Battlefield V Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 189 fps 159 fps 139 fps 127 fps

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Normal (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 148 fps 130 fps 101 fps

 

ARK: Survival Evolved Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 153 fps 92 fps 77 fps 53 fps

 

Total War Three Kingdoms Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 238 fps 140 fps 93 fps 69 fps

 

 

Warframe Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 348 fps 295 fps

 

 

World Of Tanks Encore Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 666 fps 369 fps 179 fps

 

Resident Evil 2 Full HD, Performance (Check settings) Full HD, Balanced (Check settings) Full HD, Graphics P. (Check settings) Full HD, Max (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 211 fps 181 fps 164 fps 138 fps

 

 

Far Cry New Dawn Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 125 fps 112 fps 95 fps


Verdict

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q is a great GPU that can be paired with thin laptops. But that has its price – all laptops with this graphics card cost a small fortune and most of them aren’t very quiet. If you don’t mind these two things, well, cheers, probably you’ll have tons of fun with this fast GPU.

On the other side, don’t forget the fact, that this one has a lot of shaders, ROPs, and TMUs that are sucking power when you’re gaming but the best possible scenario here is the 90W version. This means that video cards like the GeForce RTX 2070 whit its 115 TGP aren’t too far away in terms of performance and on top of that the end price is much lower.

The downside is that you can’t find these 115W+ GPUs fitted in thin devices. So, if you need a crazy fast gaming laptop that isn’t too heavy and has a slim profile (and of course, if money isn’t a problem) the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q is the best and fastest possible solution.

All laptops equipped with the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q

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william blake
william blake
1 year ago

so, you say that according to your recent research, 2080s-mq is faster than 2070s-mq by 3-5%. therefore everybody who spent or will spend an extra 300-500 dollars for this, is incredibly dumb, nvidia and oems are thieves, and media across the world are helping them rob the customers?
i totally agree with you.

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