The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 laptop video card and its lower-power RTX 2080 Max-Q version are top-tier graphics processors for notebooks. Besides top-notch game rendering performance, these RTX cards provide real-time ray tracing as the most important new graphics processing technology. In games supporting real-time ray tracing, the technology enables more realistic lighting, shadows and effects than on the previous-generation GeForce GTX and other graphics processors. However, running games with ray tracing turned on requires additional computing power, so it can negatively affect gameplay smoothness.
As opposed to the full-blown Nvidia GeForce video card versions, their Max-Q variants are more power efficient and run cooler. On the negative side, Max-Q delivers somewhat weaker graphics processing power. The RTX 2080 is no exception to the rule.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Benchmarks
User Benchmark results confirm the lead of the GeForce RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Max-Q laptop video card over its competitors. They are currently the most powerful video cards for notebook computers.
On YouTube, there are many videos showcasing performance of the GeForce RTX 2080. Here are playlists of the best gameplay videos recorded on Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Max-Q-equipped laptops.
RTX 2080 (Full) Laptop Gameplays
RTX 2080 Max-Q Laptop Gameplays
Here’s a side note. If your laptop’s gaming performance is important to you, make sure you use dual channel RAM instead of single channel (two RAM modules instead of one, like 2 x 8GB instead of 1 x 16GB). Single channel RAM may noticeably cripple performance in games, depending on a title. Processor-intensive games are more affected by this than graphics processor-intensive games.
It’s also worth noting that gaming performance of laptops with the same graphics processor slightly varies depending on a cooling solution of each laptop. With everything else being the same, laptops with better cooling usually deliver better performance.