NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1101 - 1290
  • Max video memory 8 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5X
  • Memory clock speed 10000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2017
Performance 34.39

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q sales 30 May 2017. This is Pascal architecture notebook card based on 16 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 8 GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 10 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 320.3 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Power consumption is at 90 - 110 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

34.39%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating134
Value for money13.53
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)
GPU code nameN17E-G3 Max-Q
Market segmentLaptop
Release date30 May 2017 (5 years ago)
Current price$1008 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores2560of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1101 - 1290 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1278 - 1468 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors7,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology16 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)90 - 110 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate234.9of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance7,516 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelarge
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectorsNone

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5X
Maximum RAM amount8 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed10000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth320.3 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs
G-SYNC support+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

VR Ready+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131
CUDA6.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1080 Max-Q 34.39
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Maya

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 10207

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 39562

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 23540

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 114542

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 14274

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 18192

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 387951

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 197

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 97

SPECviewperf 12 - Maya

This part of SPECviewperf 12 workstation benchmark uses Autodesk Maya 13 engine to render a superhero energy plant static scene consisting of more than 700 thousand polygons, in six different modes.

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 1080 Max-Q 122

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD102
1440p66
4K50
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Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 78
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 133
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 91
Far Cry New Dawn 84
Forza Horizon 4 124
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 93
Watch Dogs: Legion 66
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 71
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 121
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 89
Far Cry New Dawn 81
Forza Horizon 4 122
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 31
Metro Exodus 64
Red Dead Redemption 2 16
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 83
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 118
Watch Dogs: Legion 59
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 54
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 108
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 85
Far Cry New Dawn 70
Forza Horizon 4 106
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 64
Watch Dogs: Legion 48
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Metro Exodus 37
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 45
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 43
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 82
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 66
Far Cry New Dawn 67
Forza Horizon 4 84
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Metro Exodus 23
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 45
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 26
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 45
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 34
Far Cry New Dawn 38
Forza Horizon 4 55
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q from AMD is Radeon RX 6800M, which is slower by 4% and lower by 8 positions in our rating.

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