Is Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti for laptops Coming Soon?
According to the rumours Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti will be available for latops in up coming months. Laptops will be 18% faster than the desktop version, according to some leaked benchmark numbers.
The laptop RTX 2080 gaming GPU was shown off at Nvidia’s GTC 2018 conference yesterday with full specs, but there were no benchmarks or performance figures to go on ( this is standard fare for laptops). However, that hasn’t stopped leakers sharing some nice juicy information.
Laptop RTX 3080 Ti benchmarks
These are said to be from laptop RTX 3080 Ti benchmarks. A reddit user ran some tests on the new GPUs , showing off their laptop performance compared to desktop equivalents. Their phone can’t handle screenshots, hence why I’m getting this data second-hand.
The leak shows the RTX 2080, which is launching on laptops as the RTX 2080 Max-Q, running Shadow of War at 100fps on 1080p ultra settings with ray tracing (RTX On) and 144fps on 4K High settings with RTX Off. The desktop version only manages 82fps at 4K using the same tech not bad going for a laptop GPU.
Performance of RTX 3080 Ti
The RTX 3080 Ti, which we already knew has 4352 CUDA cores, manages a very impressive 9% higher performance in the 1080p test and almost 24% more frames at 4K on Ultra settings. The RTX 3080 on laptops (which is also called the RTX 2080 Max-Q) achieves 81fps at 1080p and 117fps on 4K Ultra settings.
The desktop RTX 3080, with 4608 CUDA cores (compared to the 3080 Ti’s 4352), gets 83fps at 1080p and 116fps at 4K Ultra.
The leaker also noted that two laptops he tested struggled to run the benchmark software, but it’s unclear which models they were. Looking around, it seems that many of the models to emerge so far are based on RTX 2080 Max-Q GPUs.
The leaker also said there will be an RTX 2070 Max-Q, but this isn’t enabled yet in the benchmark he was using. He didn’t have any numbers for the desktop version of the RTX 2070, so it’s unclear how that translates into laptop results.
Nvidia has not confirmed any of this data, but it does seem likely to belong to the RTX 2080 Max-Q and RTX 3080 Ti GPUs.
I’m excited for the prospect of laptops with desktop RTX GPUs in them – I’ve got a laptop running an i5 8300H and a GTX 1050 , which is fine for 1080p gaming but struggles to produce 60fps in most modern titles at High settings. I know this because I looked it up .
Some games do run well, though – Ghost Recon: Wildlands ran at an average of 66fps on Ultra settings when I started my review . PUBG ran well enough on medium to make me ditch my PS4 after a few rounds.
Benchmarks of the RTX
Benchmarks of the RTX 2080 Max Q below, which show its performance compared to the GTX 1080 Max-Q GPU that it’s most likely to replace. Bear in mind that this is running at 1080p with Ultra settings, not 4K High, but it’s a good reference point to reflect on the laptop performance.
As you can see from the benchmark table above, there is a big difference between all of these GPUs in terms of their performance. The new RTX 2080 Max-Q is faster than the GTX 1080 Max-Q by around 16% on average, with the RTX 2080 Desktop GPU getting a 12% lead over its laptop counterpart.
The new GPUs also manage to eclipse Nvidia’s 1060, 1070 and 1080 desktop GPUs in some tests sometimes by as much as 29%. That’s pretty impressive for a mobile chip and bodes well for their future price tags (although we don’t know what they cost yet).
It’s also interesting to note how far ahead of the laptop GTX 980M these new GPUs are twice as fast at least. This year we’ve seen laptops like the MSI GS65 Stealth Pro , which packs an i7 8750H into an incredibly thin chassis . That’s awesome but this is even better! Hopefully there will be even more similar devices featuring these new RTX GPUs soon.
The main takeaway is this: if you want to play games at 4K on Ultra settings or run intensive programs like video editing (or do both at the same time), laptops might be looking pretty good for your next purchase . But what exactly can you expect from each of these chips? Here’s a side by side look at the specifications of the three respective laptop GPUs that have been benchmarked here, shown alongside their desktop counterparts.
Mobile GPU GeForce RTX 2080
Mobile GPU GeForce RTX 2080 Max Q GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q Architecture Turing Turing Pascal CUDA Cores 2944 2304 2560 Framebuffer 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5X Memory Clock 14Gbps 3000MHz 13.5-14Gbps 2500MHz Base Clock 735MHz 1080MHz 1607MHz Boost Clock 1095MHz 1515 MHz 1733 MHz Memory Bandwidth 448GBs 256GBs 320.4GB/s TDP 120W 80W 160W
As you can see from the specs, there are some pretty significant differences between these GPUs. The RTX 2080 Max-Q has a TDP of 120W, which is actually closer to that of the full desktop RTX 2080 than the GTX 1080 Max-Q but it’s definitely not as fast in benchmarks .
The RTX 2070 Max-Q has a TDP of 80W, compared 160W for its Desktop counterpart, which is much closer to the RTX 2070 than it’s Max-Q counterpart. To get an idea of how that translates into raw performance, take a look at the benchmark below.
It would seem that these GPUs are indeed running close to their desktop counterparts, with only a few percentage points’ difference in some cases. Of course, there are other differences between laptops and desktops, like cooling . If one laptop has great cooling it could be overclocking its GPU more because it can handle it better meaning it could outperform another laptop with equivalent hardware but less efficient cooling.
Of course this is still very early days for mobile RTX GPUs, so expect them to improve over time. We’ll keep you updated on any new benchmarks we find in our future testing.
In the meantime, it’s looking like laptops are going to be more powerful than ever before, and that means choosing a laptop for your next purchase is going to get harder than ever . Of course, we’ll continue covering new laptops and hardware no matter what but if you’re hunting for some powerhouse performance then these RTX GPUs might make your choice a little easier. which yo relayed here. However, I did not notice anything different since my last update all will work well after the newest Nvidia driver updates. Or maybe December will see improvements? We can only wait and see.