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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Review & 26 Games Mega Benchmark

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RTX 3080 vs. RX 5700 XT vs. GTX 1080 Ti vs. RTX 2080 SUPER vs. RTX 2080 Ti Performance Comparison

After examining RTX 3080’s performance in twelve PC titles in detail, the time has come to investigate the card’s overall performance compared to the graphics cards we have putted up against it. In the following sections you can see the relative performance of the RTX 3080 in other PC titles at QHD and UHD resolution, as well as its performance compared to the other cards.

Overall Performance at QHD (2560×1440)

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At 1440P resolution, the RTX 3080 offers massive performance boost compared to the RX 5700 XT, as it’s 68 percent faster on average than the AMD’s flagship Radeon card. The most significant performance boost is seen in Final Fantasy XV, where RTX 3080 is 127 percent faster than the RX 5700 XT. The one hundred percent performance boost is also seen in titles such as Control, Monster Hunter: World, Borderlands 3 and Fortnite, while 90+ percent performance boost is also seen in titles like DOOM Eternal and Red Dead Redemption 2. The only two games in which RTX 3080 wasn’t staggeringly fast compared RX 5700 XT were Far Cry 5 and Grand Theft Auto V,

When compared to the old Pascal champion, the GTX 1080 Ti, the RTX 3080 is on average 61 percent faster GPU. In newer titles like Final Fantasy XV, Red Dead Redemption 2, Horizon Zero Dawn and Control, the newer GPU outpaces the Pascal king by a margin of 100 percent. In games like GTA V, The Witcher 3 and Far Cry 5, the GTX 1080 Ti manages to keep up with RTX 3080, but the performance difference between two cards is still significantly large.

Compared to the RTX 2080 SUPER, the RTX 3080 is 42 percent faster on average. Given the fact that both cards share the same MSRP, the RTX 3080 is a clear winner, as its price-to-performance ratio is unmatched. In almost all games the RTX 3080 seems to be offering significantly better performance, except for The Witcher 3 and GTA V, in which RTX 2080 SUPER still seems to be performing very good, however, not as good as RTX 3080.

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Finally, there is the RTX 2080 Ti. Despite the fact that the RTX 3080 is “only” 25% faster than the former faster GPU in the world, it is also $500-$700 less expensive, which makes the RTX 2080 Ti a failed investment. Here again we see the Turing card performing really good in games like The Witcher 3, GTA V, and Microsoft Flight Simulator, however, the RTX 3080 seems to be offering significant performance gains in nearly all other PC titles. The most striking performance gains can be seen in games running on Vulkan API, which means that NVIDIA clearly optimized and engineered its new flagship card to utilize modern APIs, and run extremely efficient “close to the metal”.

Overall Performance at 4K (3840×2160)

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At 4K we can finally see the true nature of this monstrous graphics card. The RTX 3080 was obviously designed with 4K gaming in mind, so it is an impressive fact to state that this card is 93 percent, yes, ninety-three percent, faster than the Radeon RX 5700 XT at 2160P resolution. Here, we can see an absolute domination of the RTX 3080 over Radeon flagship GPU across all benchmarked games. The most impressive performance gains can be seen in Fortnite, Monster Hunter: World, and Control, however, gains in other games are still as impressive. At this resolution the CPU no longer presents a potential bottlenecking factor for the GPU, so the performance advantage of RTX 3080 over RX 5700 XT is purely graphics-related.

Regarding the GTX 1080 Ti, the RTX 3080 also completely obliterates its Pascal-based predecessor, by being 80 percent faster than it on average. The GTX 1080 Ti still seems to be catching up the new Ampere flagship in DirectX 11 games such as GTA V and The Witcher 3, however, in nearly all other cases, the RTX 3080 absolutely crushes it with its performance.

Compared to the RTX 2080 SUPER, the RTX 3080 is 42 percent faster than this card at 4K on average. In newer titles the RTX 3080 clearly smashes the RTX 2080 SUPER to pieces, however, the refreshed Turing flagship card still offers very impressive performance levels at 4K, and as such proves to be a well-paid investment for gamers who bought it a year ago.

Finally, we have the RTX 2080 Ti, a card which shows to be 30 percent slower on average compared to the new Ampere flagship GPU. The performance gains of the RTX 3080 are here a bit more modest then in other scenarios, however, they are still quite significant. The RTX 2080 Ti seems to be going toe-to-toe with RTX 3080 in games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Civilization VI, The Witcher 3 and Resident Evil 3, however, the RTX 3080 shows to be completely destroying the $1,200 GPU in most other titles by offering 30-45% performance gains. For the owners of RTX 2080 Ti this is some very unfortunate news, as RTX 3080 costs significantly less and offers stellar performance levels which RTX 2080 Ti owners thought wouldn’t be surpassed for at least a few years.

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