GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q: specs and benchmarks


Aggregate performance score

GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 35.95% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.


NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q sales 6 January 2019. This is a laptop graphics card based on a Turing architecture and made with 12 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamers. 8 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 12 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 384.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Power consumption is at 80-90 Watt.

Primary details

Some basic facts about GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking124
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation23.86
ArchitectureTuring (2018−2021)
GPU code nameN18E-G3-A1 MAX-Q TU104
Market segmentLaptop
Release date6 January 2019 (5 years ago)
Current price$1268 of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores2944of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed735-990 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1095-1230 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors13,600 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1070 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology12 nmof 4 (Radeon 780M)
Power consumption (TDP)80-90 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate201.5of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Form factor & compatibility

Information on GeForce RTX 2080 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

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount8 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed12000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth384.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
Shared memory-

Connectivity and outputs

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs
G-SYNC support+

Supported technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

VR Ready+

API compatibility

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_1)
Shader Model6.5

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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 2080 Max-Q 35.95


This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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%

RTX 2080 Max-Q 13894

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%

RTX 2080 Max-Q 27973

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%

RTX 2080 Max-Q 51930

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 made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 2080 Max-Q 20703

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%

RTX 2080 Max-Q 117764

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%

RTX 2080 Max-Q 425550

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 2080 Max-Q 96

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%

RTX 2080 Max-Q 153

SPECviewperf 12 - 3ds Max

This part of SPECviewperf 12 benchmark emulates work with 3DS Max, executing eleven tests in various use scenarios, including architectural modeling and animation for computer games.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

RTX 2080 Max-Q 175

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 2080 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.

Average FPS across all PC games

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

Full HD118

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 60−65

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 81
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 60−65
Battlefield 5 142
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 95
Cyberpunk 2077 60−65
Far Cry 5 117
Far Cry New Dawn 139
Forza Horizon 4 110−120
Hitman 3 90−95
Horizon Zero Dawn 130−140
Metro Exodus 137
Red Dead Redemption 2 95
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 120−130
Watch Dogs: Legion 65−70

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 72
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 60−65
Battlefield 5 130
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 105
Cyberpunk 2077 60−65
Far Cry 5 71
Far Cry New Dawn 95
Forza Horizon 4 110−120
Hitman 3 90−95
Horizon Zero Dawn 130−140
Metro Exodus 91
Red Dead Redemption 2 84
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 43
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 145
Watch Dogs: Legion 65−70

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 56
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 60−65
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 71
Cyberpunk 2077 60−65
Far Cry 5 67
Forza Horizon 4 110−120
Horizon Zero Dawn 130−140
Metro Exodus 82
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 78
Watch Dogs: Legion 65−70

Full HD
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 82

High Preset

Battlefield 5 88
Far Cry New Dawn 80−85
Hitman 3 45−50
Red Dead Redemption 2 27−30

Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 47
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 76
Forza Horizon 4 70−75
Horizon Zero Dawn 75−80
Metro Exodus 65−70
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 85−90
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 50−55
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35

High Preset

Far Cry 5 44
Far Cry New Dawn 36
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 53

Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 31
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 21−24
Battlefield 5 53
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Metro Exodus 36
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20

Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35

Closest competitors

GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q's performance relative to its closest rivals among notebook graphics cards.

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is RTX 2000 Ada Generation Mobile, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our ranking.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q:

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q according to our statistics.

Community ratings

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