NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Max-Q) vs GTX 1060 (Laptop) – performance, gaming and temperatures

Not long ago NVIDIA announced its new series of notebook graphics cards – Max-Q which is set to forever change the mobile gaming world. The goal of Max-Q is to make powerful yet slim, light and quiet gaming notebooks. This is accomplished through precious engineering and lots of hours of development.

The first notebooks to feature a Max-Q graphics card are already on the market and one of them is the HP Omen 15 latest version. It features a Max-Q version of the GeForce GTX 1060 and falls into the category of mid-range gaming devices. Its rival today will be the Lenovo Legion Y720 equipped with a standard GTX 1060 – Lenovo’s most profound gaming notebook to date.

But a thin notebook usually has problems with the cooling system. Is the Max-Q as reliable as a normal GPU and does it perform adequately? We are going to answer these two questions today.


The HP Omen 15 equipped with a Max-Q GTX 1060 isn’t the lightest nor the thinnest notebook out there but measures a fairly small footprint for a gaming laptop. It weighs 2.62 kg and has a profile of 24.8 mm. Nothing like the ASUS Rog Zephyrus with it 17.9 mm but still thin.The Lenovo Y720 isn’t much thicker – 25.8 mm but it is considerably heavier with its 3.094 kg.

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