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[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.

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
ArchitectureTuring
GPU chipTU104
Shader units3072
ROPs64
Base Clock (MHz)up to 975
Boost clock (MHz)up to 1230
Memory clock (MHz)11000
Memory size (MB) 8GB
Memory typeGDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)256
TGP (Total Graphics Power)up to 90W
DirectX version12.1
Technology12nm
RTX capabilitiesYes
Release date04.2020
Detailed specsLink

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GOFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q339 fps317 fps333 fps

 

 

DOTA 2Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q206 fps172 fps166 fps143 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-Q184 fps154 fps87 fps62 fps

For HonorFull HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q171 fps163 fps123 fps

 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeFull 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-Q347 fps250 fps235 fps209 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-Q223 fps165 fps93 fps64 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull 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-Q109 fps100 fps87 fps58 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-Q142 fps110 fps107 fps73 fps

Doom (2016)Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q200 fps200 fps200 fps

 

Doom EternalFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, U.Nightmare (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q222 fps208 fps182 fps

 

Red Dead Redemption 2Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q113 fps79 fps45 fps25 fps

Metro ExodusFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q138 fps73 fps35 fps

Gears 5Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q169 fps123 fps102 fps95 fps

HearthstoneFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q481 fps475 fps60 fps

 

 

MinecraftFull HD, Minimum (Check settings)Full HD, Maximum (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q1711 fps93 fps

League Of LegendsFull 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 LeagueFull HD, H.Performance (Check settings)Full HD, H.Quality (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q601 fps355 fps

OverwatchFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q300 fps300 fps182 fps

 

PUBGFull 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-Q203 fps177 fps173 fps151 fps

 

Darksiders GenesisFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Mid (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q165 fps148 fps139 fps113 fps

 

Halo ReachFull HD, Performance (Check settings)Full HD, Original (Check settings)Full HD, Enhanced (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q297 fps229 fps194 fps

 

Borderlands 3Full 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-Q122 fps197 fps80 fps70 fps

Team Fortress 2Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q174 fps164 fps

 

eFootball PES 2020Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q245 fps215 fps

 

FIFA 20Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q300 fps224 fps

 

The Witcher 3Full HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q234 fps180 fps154 fps110 fps

Need For Speed HeatFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q100 fps90 fps82 fps

 

Apex LegendsFull HD, Min. (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q273 fps216 fps162 fps

 

Battlefield VFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q189 fps159 fps139 fps127 fps

Call Of Duty Modern WarfareFull HD, V.Low (Check settings)Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q148 fps130 fps101 fps

 

ARK: Survival EvolvedFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q153 fps92 fps77 fps53 fps

 

Total War Three KingdomsFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q238 fps140 fps93 fps69 fps

 

 

WarframeFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q348 fps295 fps

 

 

World Of Tanks EncoreFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q666 fps369 fps179 fps

 

Resident Evil 2Full 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-Q211 fps181 fps164 fps138 fps

 

 

Far Cry New DawnFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q125 fps112 fps95 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