GTX 1070 Max-Q (laptop) Specs
|Model||GTX 1070 Max-Q (laptop) (Pascal)|
|Core||GP106, 2048 cores @ 1.1GHZ - 1.379GHZ|
|VRAM||8GB GDDR5 @ 2GHZ (8GHZ eff.), 256-bit.|
|GFLOPS (w/Boost)||5648 (FP32)|
|Memory bandwidth||256 GB/s|
The Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q is a mid-top-tier gaming GPU, based on the Nvidia Pascal architecture and the GP104 core. The GTX 1070 MQ can be found in laptops for as low as $1200 with a typical price of around $1300-$1500. Cost effectiveness is relatively good and 1080p/1440p gaming performance is adequate, being enough for almost all heavy 3D demanding games.
- GTX 1060 6GB (laptop)
- GTX 1070 Max-Q (laptop)
- GTX 1070 (laptop)
As seen in the above chart, the GTX 1070MQ has an advantage of around 15-25% on the GTX 1060 6GB (non Max-Q), on average, with differences ranging from as low as 0% (Thief, 1080p) to 36% (Ashes Of Singularity). This is probably due to nature of the more TDP limited Max-Q GPU – the performance is not consistent due to stronger TDP limitations. So, the cost effectiveness of the GTX 1070 MQ is around the cost effectiveness of the GTX 1060 6GB for the lower end of its price range, but for $1500 – which 50-60% increase over the typical GTX 1060 6GB price – the cost effectiveness is not as good. Moreover, a full GTX 1070 GPU equipped laptop can be purchased for around $1400-$1500 in some cases, which generally results in higher performance/price ratio.
Saying that, it’s important to remember that performance0wise, the Max-Q design is meant to squeeze more performance from a GPU while not getting too hot. The 1070MQ is used in many thin & lightweight performance gaming laptops like the Clevo P950/P955. It should be considered more as a small performance bump for this kind of laptops over the GTX 1060 6GB, while not getting too hot.
The Pascal based GPUs, are about to be replaced with next generation Nvidia GPUs, starting at the end of 2018. I would suggest waiting until then, unless it can be bought for a significantly low price.