1080 Max-Q vs 1660 Ti Mobile

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.45
 
2.14
Architecture
Pascal
 
Turing
GPU code name
N17E-G3 Max-Q
 
N18E-G0
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Launch date
30 May 2017 (4 years ago)
 
23 April 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
 
$229
Price now
$1008
 
$682

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2560
 
1536
Core clock speed
1101 - 1290 MHz
 
1455 MHz
Boost clock speed
1278 - 1468 MHz
 
1590 MHz
Number of transistors
7,200 million
 
6,600 million
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
150 Watt
 
80 Watt
Texture fill rate
234.9
 
152.6
Floating-point performance
7,516 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 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 size
large
 
medium sized
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
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Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5X
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
6 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
10000 MHz
 
12000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
320.3 GB/s
 
288.0 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

VR Ready
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
6.4
 
6.5
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
1.2
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.2.131
CUDA
6.1
 
7.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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 38.43 +0.3%
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 38.32

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.

GTX 1080 Max-Q 114542 +17.5%
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 97517

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1080 Max-Q 14274 +8.6%
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 13140

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.

GTX 1080 Max-Q 18192 +22.8%
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 14818

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.

GTX 1080 Max-Q 23540 +17%
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 20119

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.

GTX 1080 Max-Q 39562
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 49309 +24.6%

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.

GTX 1080 Max-Q 387951
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 419800 +8.2%

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

GTX 1080 Max-Q 97 +31.1%
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 74

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.

GTX 1080 Max-Q 10207 +0.3%
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 10176

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Both graphics cards satisfy the 100% minimum and 97% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%

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

 
GTX 1080 Max-Q
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
1080p
 
103 +3%
100 −3%
1440p
 
66 +11.9%
59 −11.9%
4K
 
50 +38.9%
36 −38.9%

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
78 −2.6%
 
80 +2.6%
Battlefield 5
 
133 +19.8%
 
111 −19.8%
Cyberpunk 2077
 
56 −1.8%
 
57 +1.8%
Far Cry 5
 
91 −2.2%
 
93 +2.2%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
84 −4.8%
 
88 +4.8%
Forza Horizon 4
 
124 −8.1%
 
134 +8.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
93 +12%
 
83 −12%
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
66 −24.2%
 
82 +24.2%

1920x1080
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
71 +2.9%
 
69 −2.9%
Battlefield 5
 
121 +17.5%
 
103 −17.5%
Cyberpunk 2077
 
46 −2.2%
 
47 +2.2%
Far Cry 5
 
89 +0%
 
89 +0%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
81 −4.9%
 
85 +4.9%
Forza Horizon 4
 
122 −2.5%
 
125 +2.5%
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
61 −6.6%
 
65 +6.6%
Metro Exodus
 
64 +18.5%
 
54 −18.5%
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
31 −32.3%
 
41 +32.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
83 +13.7%
 
73 −13.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
59 −20.3%
 
71 +20.3%

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
54 +1.9%
 
53 −1.9%
Battlefield 5
 
108 +14.9%
 
94 −14.9%
Cyberpunk 2077
 
38 −2.6%
 
39 +2.6%
Far Cry 5
 
85 +2.4%
 
83 −2.4%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
70 −8.6%
 
76 +8.6%
Forza Horizon 4
 
106 +7.1%
 
99 −7.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
48 +45.5%
 
33 −45.5%

2560x1440
High Preset

Metro Exodus
 
37 +23.3%
 
30 −23.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
45 −2.2%
 
46 +2.2%

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
43 +19.4%
 
36 −19.4%
Battlefield 5
 
82 +18.8%
 
69 −18.8%
Cyberpunk 2077
 
24 +0%
 
24 +0%
Far Cry 5
 
66 +10%
 
60 −10%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
67 +11.7%
 
60 −11.7%
Forza Horizon 4
 
84
 
no data

3840x2160
High Preset

Metro Exodus
 
23 +21.1%
 
19 −21.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
27 +12.5%
 
24 −12.5%

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
26 +18.2%
 
22 −18.2%
Battlefield 5
 
45 +18.4%
 
38 −18.4%
Far Cry 5
 
34 +9.7%
 
31 −9.7%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
38 +18.8%
 
32 −18.8%
Forza Horizon 4
 
55
 
no data

Competitors of GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q from AMD is Radeon RX 580 Mobile, which is slower by 11% and lower by 22 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q:

Competitors of GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile from AMD is Radeon RX 580 Mobile, which is slower by 11% and lower by 21 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q

0.3% better performance in benchmarks

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)

More pipelines (2560 vs 1536)

Higher memory bandwidth (320.3 vs 288 GB/s)

VR Ready

G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile

Much newer (23 April 2019 vs 30 May 2017)

Cheaper ($682 vs $1008)

Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 16 nm)

Lower power consumption (80W vs 150W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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