RTX 2060 Max-Q vs RTX 3090 Ti

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 975
  • Max video memory 6 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 11000
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1560
  • Max video memory 24 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6X
  • Memory clock speed 21000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 1348$
Games supported 100%

General info

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

Place in performance rating1411
Place by popularityno data3
Value for money6.9112.76
ArchitectureTuring (2018−2021)Ampere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameN18E-G1 MAX-Q TU106Ampere GA102
Market segmentLaptopDesktop
Release date6 January 2019 (3 years ago)27 January 2022 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)no data$1,999
Current price$1680 $1348 (0.7x MSRP)
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 cores192010752
Core clock speed975 MHz1560 MHz
Boost clock speed1185 MHz1860 MHz
Number of transistors10,800 million28,300 million
Manufacturing process technology12 nm8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)65 Watt450 Watt
Texture fill rate142.2625.0

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 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 4.0 x16
Lengthno data336 mm
Widthno data3-slot
Supplementary power connectorsNone1x 16-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 typeGDDR6GDDR6X
Maximum RAM amount6 GB24 GB
Memory bus width192 Bit384 Bit
Memory clock speed11000 MHz21000 MHz
Memory bandwidth264.0 GB/s1,008 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 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
HDMIno data+
G-SYNC support+no data

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.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_1)12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.56.6
OpenGL4.64.6
OpenCL1.23.0
Vulkan1.2.1311.3
CUDA7.58.6

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.

RTX 2060 Max-Q 33.11
RTX 3090 Ti 100.00
+202%
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU

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: 26%

RTX 2060 Max-Q 9755
RTX 3090 Ti 29507
+202%

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%

RTX 2060 Max-Q 19779
RTX 3090 Ti 69481
+251%

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%

RTX 2060 Max-Q 58890
RTX 3090 Ti 246319
+318%

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 2060 Max-Q 13716
RTX 3090 Ti 36563
+167%

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: 14%

RTX 2060 Max-Q 14910
RTX 3090 Ti 53110
+256%

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%

RTX 2060 Max-Q 308872
RTX 3090 Ti 564087
+82.6%

Gaming performance

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

Average FPS

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

Full HD91
−132%
211
+132%
1440p44
−223%
142
+223%
4K37
−170%
100
+170%

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
−564%
219
+564%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 79
−26.6%
100−105
+26.6%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−385%
160
+385%
Battlefield 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
−509%
201
+509%
Far Cry 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Far Cry New Dawn 75
−33.3%
100−105
+33.3%
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Hitman 3 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 87
−205%
265
+205%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−418%
171
+418%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 65
−53.8%
100−105
+53.8%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−318%
138
+318%
Battlefield 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
−424%
173
+424%
Far Cry 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Far Cry New Dawn 70
−42.9%
100−105
+42.9%
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Hitman 3 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Metro Exodus 57
−212%
178
+212%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 75
−235%
251
+235%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 105
−275%
394
+275%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−367%
154
+367%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45
−122%
100−105
+122%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−273%
123
+273%
Battlefield 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
−361%
152
+361%
Far Cry 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Far Cry New Dawn 63
−58.7%
100−105
+58.7%
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 57
−239%
193
+239%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−294%
130
+294%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Hitman 3 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Metro Exodus 30−35
−279%
125
+279%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
−458%
184
+458%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 30−35 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−227%
108
+227%
Battlefield 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
−215%
104
+215%
Far Cry 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−227%
108
+227%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Hitman 3 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Metro Exodus 30−35
−155%
84
+155%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 20
−430%
106
+430%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 35
−394%
173
+394%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−121%
73
+121%
Battlefield 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
−60.6%
53
+60.6%
Far Cry 5 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
−203%
100−105
+203%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−112%
70
+112%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 33.11 100.00
Novelty 6 January 2019 27 January 2022
Memory bus width 192 384
Memory bandwidth 264 1
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1920 10752
Chip lithography 12 nm 8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 65 Watt 450 Watt

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

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

since it shows better performance.

Be aware that GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q is a notebook card while GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is a desktop one.


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Competitors of GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q from AMD is Radeon Graphics (Ryzen 7000), which is slower by 3% and lower by 8 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of GeForce RTX 3090 Ti by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 3090 Ti from AMD is Radeon RX 6950 XT, which is slower by 4% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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