NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q vs GTX 1070 Max-Q – battle of the Max-Qs
NVIDIA uses all possible tricks with their Max-Q technology. Its main aim is to reduce heat output, making it possible for smaller laptops to integrate more powerful graphics cards.
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Spec-wise both graphics cards are a bit different from each other – the newer one uses the 12nm manufacturing process of the Turing architecture, whilst the older Pascal GPU is built around a 16nm one. This helps the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q to use 60W of power, compared to the 80-90W of the GTX 1070 Max-Q. Additionally, the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q uses 1536 CUDA cores, compared to 2048 for the older GPU. In theory, this should provide the GTX 1070 Max-Q with a huge advantage, especially given the fact that both of the GPUs are working at similar clock speeds – 1140-1335 MHz for the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q and 1215-1379 MHz for the GTX 1070 Max-Q, respectively.
Not only that, but the latter features 8GB memory with a 256-bit bus and a Bandwidth of 256.3 GB/s, while the former has “only” 6GB of VRAM at a 192-bit bus and a Bandwidth of 192 GB/s.
Interestingly, the difference is below 10% in most of the benchmarks, except in Unigine Heaven 3.0, where it is a massive 25%.
Real life gaming showed similar results to the ones from the synthetic benchmarks.
|Far Cry 5||Full HD, Normal (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||88 fps||81 fps||76 fps|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q||88 fps||82 fps||79 fps|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)||Full HD, MAX (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||109 fps||55 fps||36 fps|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q||113 fps||63 fps||41 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 GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||70 fps||61 fps||40 fps|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q||77 fps||68 fps||45 fps|
Even though the difference between the two was small, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q managed to beat its opponent. It shows superior performance in both benchmarks and gaming. However, we are expecting the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q to be a lot more comfortable to work with, especially given it uses 25% less power than its competitor.
All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q (6GB GDDR6)
HP Pavilion Gaming 17
- Intel Core i5-10300H
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q (8GB GDDR5)