GTX 680M vs RTX 2060 Max-Q

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)
GPU code name
N18E-G1 MAX-Q TU106
Market segment
Launch date
4 June 2012 (9 years ago)
6 January 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
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Price now
$293 (0.9x MSRP)

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
CUDA cores
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Core clock speed
720 MHz
975 MHz
Boost clock speed
758 MHz
1185 MHz
Number of transistors
3,540 million
10,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
100 Watt
65 Watt
Texture fill rate
80.6 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
2,038 gflops
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 680M and GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 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
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
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MXM-B (3.0)
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
SLI options


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
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
6 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
1800 MHz
11000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
115.2 GB/s
264.0 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


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

VR Ready
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API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

12 API
12 Ultimate (12_1)
Shader Model

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 680M 11.31
RTX 2060 Max-Q 36.73 +224.8%

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 680M 27684
RTX 2060 Max-Q 58890 +112.7%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 680M 3763
RTX 2060 Max-Q 13716 +264.5%

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 680M 4049
RTX 2060 Max-Q 14910 +268.2%

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 680M 5898
RTX 2060 Max-Q 19779 +235.4%

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 680M 21534
RTX 2060 Max-Q 50957 +136.6%


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 680M 3015
RTX 2060 Max-Q 9789 +224.7%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 680M and GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
100 Mh/s
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Gaming performance

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

GTX 680M satisfies 85% minimum and 72% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


RTX 2060 Max-Q satisfies 100% minimum and 97% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


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

GTX 680M
RTX 2060 Max-Q
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64 −42.2%
91 +42.2%
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Competitors of GeForce GTX 680M from AMD

The nearest GeForce GTX 680M's AMD equivalent is Radeon R9 M380, which is faster by 1% and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 680M:

Competitors of GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q from AMD is Radeon RX 580 Mobile, which is slower by 7% and lower by 18 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M

Cheaper ($293 vs $1680)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)

Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)

PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q

224.8% faster (about 3 times) in synthetic tests

Much newer (6 January 2019 vs 4 June 2012)

More pipelines (1920 vs 1344)

Higher memory bandwidth (264 vs 115.2 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)

Lower power consumption (65W vs 100W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.



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)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, since it shows better performance.

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

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