Benchmarks: Metro Exodus, Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020), RDR 2, RE3, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Next up we have Metro Exodus. This third installment in Metro series drifts away from the usual linear gameplay, and introduces new sandbox elements which give players a bit more freedom in their exploration of the game. Besides mixing the horror FPS elements with stealth tactics, Metro Exodus also brings a fresh new story in which Artyom, and his wife Anna, have to tackle new life challenges in the far east.
Here again we see the absolute domination of the RTX 3080. At 1080P the performance difference between RTX 3080 and RTX 2080 Ti isn’t too staggering, however, at the higher resolutions it becomes much more pronounced. Oddly enough, the old GTX 1080 Ti tends to be performing really well in this game, especially at 1440P resolution where it beats RTX 2080 SUPER by almost 10 percent. At 4K, however, the newer Turing cards are much more powerful, but not enough to pose a real threat to the new Ampere flagship graphics card.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is a new PC title which brought many current-generation GPUs to their knees. At 1080P the mighty RTX 2080 Ti barely manages to render 49 FPS on average, however, the new RTX 3080 is only 2 percent faster on average. At 1440P both cards render 1 to 2 frames less on average than at 1080P, which points out that the game is very badly optimized. This is quite unfortunate since Microsoft Flight Simulator features stellar virtual representations of our planet Earth, but is built upon ageing DirectX 11 API, despite being a game produced by Microsoft. Hopefully, the game will receive the DirectX 12 support in near future, so overall benchmark numbers should be much better then.
Ever since its release on PC platform, Red Dead Redemption 2 has attracted quite a lot of public attention due to its staggeringly realistic graphics. Running along with the Vulkan API, the RTX 3080’s performance in this game is mind-blowing. At 1080P the new card outpaces the RTX 2080 Ti by rendering 25 more frames per second on average, while at 4K it is the only card to surpass the 60 FPS mark running with all graphical settings set to ultra.
Resident Evil 3 is another title which show just how the RTX 3080 is stupendously powerful. At Full HD resolution, the new Ampere flagship card is almost 35% faster than the $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti, while being able to render 275 FPS on average with enabled maximum settings. At QHD and 4K resolution the performance gap between two cards becomes less pronounced, but still very impressive. The performance of the GTX 1080 Ti in this game is also very impressive as the card is able to provide pleasant performance levels despite being three years old now.
One of the most beloved games of our times, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a piece of cake for the RTX 3080 to handle. At 1080P resolution, the RTX 3080 is the only card able to render more than 200 FPS on average in this game, while at 1440P its performance almost matches the one from the RTX 2080 Ti. Still, at 4K the RTX 3080 proves to be a much more powerful card than the RTX 2080 Ti, but is only able to offer a 13% performance improvement. Here, yet again, we also see GTX 1080 Ti being faster than the latest AMD’s Radeon GPU, which just shows how performance of the RX 5700 XT is a bit too disappointing.
Finally we have Tom Clancy’s Division 2, the game which was built upon Snowdrop game engine, and which heavily relies upon DirectX 12 API. Here, at 1080P, the RTX 3080 outpaces the RTX 2080 Ti by almost 50 FPS more on average, while at 1440P the card provides enough frames for gaming at 120 Hz. At 4K, the new Ampere card is 27 percent faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, and is more than 75 percent than the GTX 1080 Ti. The RTX 2080 SUPER tends to be occupying the performance middle ground between the latest Ampere flagship and Pascal graphics cards, while the RX 5700 XT proves to be offering solid performance for the price it asks.