The cheaper GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q can outperform some GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q laptop

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2020/06/28 22:53:44 (permalink)
A couple of months ago prior to the launch of the mobile GeForce Super Max-Q series, we warned that the performance gaps between mobile GeForce GPUs and GeForce Max-Q GPUs were already so minor that the GeForce Super Max-Q series would risk overlapping with existing SKUs. Sure enough, now that we've tested a handful of Super Max-Q laptops, some are already performing slower than their older non-Super counterparts. The most recent example is the 2020 Razer Blade Pro 17 which can be configured with either the RTX 2070 Max-Q or RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. Even the base RTX 2070 Max-Q, however, is able to marginally outperform most RTX 2070 Super Max-Q and RTX 2080 Super Max-Q laptops currently available including the Aorus 17G, Gigabyte Aero 17, or MSI GS66. The only exception thus far is the Acer Predator Triton 500 and its RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU, but the performance advantage is still merely a few percentage points over our RTX 2070 Max-Q according to 3DMark. If laptops with the older RTX 2070 Max-Q or RTX 2080 Max-Q have the potential to outperform their newer Super Max-Q variants, then it calls into question if the Super Max-Q series was ever needed in the first place. It's becoming clearer that the Super Max-Q series was designed to be Nvidia's stopgap before eventually launching the much more powerful Ampere family of GPUs.
Personally I believe NVIDIA should never have made any stopgap measures. 

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    Re: The cheaper GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q can outperform some GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q la 2020/06/29 17:28:55 (permalink)
    The whole “Max-Q” line makes absolutely no sense for GeForce gaming cards. For workstations with the quadro line - ecc and more memory - they make lots of sense. But for games where core frequency and power delivery is essential - doesn’t make any sense.

    Autocad doesn’t need 120hz refresh rates - but can make use of 16gb of dram (quadro 5000 rtx - “max-q”)

    That’s where the power gimp kills is in refresh rates.
    post edited by MasterMiner - 2020/06/29 17:35:55

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