So, the big question on many customer’s minds is: is it worth it to pay the premium to go up to the RTX 2070 Max-Q from the RTX 2060?

Well, that’s a bit of a complicated question. In current games, right now, results seem pretty well even. In the future? Who knows if the extra 2 GB will be necessary.

These results were taken on the Lenovo Legion Y740:

  • 256 GB NVMe drive
  • 16 GB RAM clocked at 2667 MHz
  • i7-8750H hexacore CPU
  • 144 Hz IPS display with G-Sync enabled
  • Undervolt of -125mV applied (no undervolt had thermal throttling in about 10 minutes of gameplay)
  • Nvidia 419.35 latest drivers

BENCHMARKS

Looking at benchmarks you get a weird picture. Firestrike scores put it low in the graphics department but once again, reality shows a promising card that far surpasses the 1060 that preceded it.

RTX 2060
RTX 2070 Max-Q

One of the more reliable benchmarks is userbenchmark.com where both cards take to overclocking quite well. By coincidence, both could be overclocked through MSI Afterburner by the same amount (+100 Core, +350 Memory). The 2070 Max-Q scores considerably higher and benches it above 100% at UFO standing.

RTX 2060
RTX 2070 Max-Q

COMPARISON IN GAMES

Apex Legends [Very High 1080p (4x ani)]
Anthem [Ultra/Very High 1080p (medium PP and vegetation)]
GR Wildlands [Very High/Ultra 1080p (16x ani)]
Overwatch [Epic (1080p120*)]
PUBG [Ultra Settings]
Witcher 3 [Ultra, Nvidia Hairworks On]

Now for the main attraction: the reality between the 2 cards in games *drum roll*

Looks pretty similar to me. Outliers include Overwatch and PUBG.

Okay, well then it must be that the thermals are so much better with the Max-Q GPU right?

Hmm nope, those results are all over the board too!

VERDICT

Framerates and temperatures all seem about the same. Apex Legends and Anthem seem to favour the 2070 Max-Q but the differences are not going to be all that perceptible. The 2060 operates at a slightly higher base frequency than the 2070 Max-Q, while the 2070 Max-Q has the extra 2 GB of GDDR6. It really does seem to be a wash between the two of them. As it stands, I cannot really recommend spending the extra money on the 2070 Max-Q unless benchmarks matter to you (they do to me). I ended up spending only $150 CAD more on the upgrade so the value is there for me with a little bit of futureproofing. If you wind up with the RTX 2060 though, you’re going to be very happy while gaming.

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