GTX 1080 Max-Q vs RTX 2080 Super

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1101 - 1290
  • Max video memory 8192 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5X
  • Memory clock speed 10000
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1650
  • Max video memory 8192 MB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 15500
  • Maximum resolution
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Games supported 100%
Graphics card Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super

General info

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

Place in performance rating12317
Value for money13.5035.68
ArchitecturePascalTuring
GPU code nameN17E-G3 Max-QTuring TU104
Market segmentLaptopDesktop
Release date30 May 2017 (4 years ago)2 July 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)no data$699
Price now$1008 $1113
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative prices.

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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 cores25603072
Core clock speed1101 - 1290 MHz1650 MHz
Boost clock speed1278 - 1468 MHz1815 MHz
Number of transistors7,200 million13,600 million
Manufacturing process technology16 nm12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)150 Watt250 Watt
Texture fill rate234.9348.5
Floating-point performance7,516 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce RTX 2080 Super compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility). 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 sizelargeno data
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
Lengthno data267 mm
Supplementary power connectorsNone1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin

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 typeGDDR5XGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount8 GB8 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit256 Bit
Memory clock speed10000 MHz15500 MHz
Memory bandwidth320.3 GB/s495.9 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 ConnectorsNo outputs1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
HDMIno data+
G-SYNC support++

Technologies

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

VR Ready++

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)12 Ultimate (12_1)
Shader Model6.46.5
OpenGL4.64.6
OpenCL1.21.2
Vulkan1.2.1311.2.131
CUDA6.17.5

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 38.28
RTX 2080 Super 73.08
+90.9%
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Maya
  • Passmark

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
RTX 2080 Super 140388
+22.6%
GTX 1080 Max-Q 14274
RTX 2080 Super 23364
+63.7%

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
RTX 2080 Super 27398
+50.6%

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
RTX 2080 Super 40963
+74%

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
RTX 2080 Super 515887
+33%
GTX 1080 Max-Q 97
RTX 2080 Super 144
+47.9%

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.

GTX 1080 Max-Q 122
RTX 2080 Super 135
+10.2%

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
RTX 2080 Super 19485
+90.9%

Gaming performance

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

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

1080p102
−39.2%
142
+39.2%
1440p66
−54.5%
102
+54.5%
4K50
−48%
74
+48%

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 78
−26.9%
99
+26.9%
Battlefield 5 133
+9%
122
−9%
Cyberpunk 2077 56
−69.6%
95
+69.6%
Far Cry 5 91
−19.8%
109
+19.8%
Far Cry New Dawn 84
−16.7%
98
+16.7%
Forza Horizon 4 124
−15.3%
143
+15.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 93
−24.7%
116
+24.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 66
−72.7%
114
+72.7%

1920x1080
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 71
−22.5%
87
+22.5%
Battlefield 5 121
+10%
110
−10%
Cyberpunk 2077 46
−80.4%
83
+80.4%
Far Cry 5 89
−18%
105
+18%
Far Cry New Dawn 81
−17.3%
95
+17.3%
Forza Horizon 4 122
−16.4%
142
+16.4%
Horizon Zero Dawn 61
−70.5%
104
+70.5%
Metro Exodus 64
−45.3%
93
+45.3%
Red Dead Redemption 2 31
−148%
77
+148%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 83
−38.6%
115
+38.6%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 118
−65.3%
195
+65.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 59
−67.8%
99
+67.8%

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 54
−25.9%
68
+25.9%
Battlefield 5 108
−21.3%
131
+21.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 38
−89.5%
72
+89.5%
Far Cry 5 85
−24.7%
106
+24.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 70
−32.9%
93
+32.9%
Forza Horizon 4 106
−25.5%
133
+25.5%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 64
−70.3%
109
+70.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 48
−56.3%
75
+56.3%

2560x1440
High Preset

Metro Exodus 37
−70.3%
63
+70.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 45
−104%
92
+104%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24 no data

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 43
−34.9%
58
+34.9%
Battlefield 5 82
−31.7%
108
+31.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 24
−104%
49
+104%
Far Cry 5 66
−51.5%
100
+51.5%
Far Cry New Dawn 67
−34.3%
90
+34.3%
Forza Horizon 4 84
−39.3%
117
+39.3%

3840x2160
High Preset

Metro Exodus 23
−73.9%
40
+73.9%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27
−81.5%
49
+81.5%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 45
−75.6%
79
+75.6%

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 26
−57.7%
41
+57.7%
Battlefield 5 45
−51.1%
68
+51.1%
Far Cry 5 34
−79.4%
61
+79.4%
Far Cry New Dawn 38
−65.8%
63
+65.8%
Forza Horizon 4 55
−47.3%
81
+47.3%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 38.28 73.08
Novelty 30 May 2017 2 July 2019
Pipelines / CUDA cores 2560 3072
Memory bandwidth 320.3 495.9
Chip lithography 16 nm 12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 150 Watt 250 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super

since it shows better performance.

Be aware that GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q is a notebook card while GeForce RTX 2080 Super is a desktop one.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q from AMD is Radeon RX 580 Mobile, which is slower by 10% and lower by 20 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of GeForce RTX 2080 Super by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 2080 Super from AMD is Radeon RX 6700 XT, which is slower by 4% and lower by 9 positions in our rating.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 2080 Super:

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User rating

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
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