Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti Evaluation

After a month of waiting since Nvidia launched the GeForce RTX 20 series, we can finally give you our performance review. As you all know by now, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has a new flagship graphics card with prices starting at $ 1,000 for partner cards and $ 1,200 for the Founders Edition version. We're talking about Titan X money.

Meanwhile, the Vanilla RTX 2080 lands at $ 700 for partner models and $ 800 for the Founders Edition. Later next month, we'll also get the RTX 2070 for $ 500 or $ 600 for the FE card. This means players are looking for $ 100-300 more for an equivalent model from the previous generation. In addition, the Founders Edition models offer another price premium of $ 100 to $ 200 and only know that from time to time these are the only models that are in stock.

However, it is worth noting that the price of graphics cards has dropped to a normal level. After a year of inflated prices due to indirect mining demand, the now two-year-old GTX 1080, which is currently sold for less than $ 500 MSRP, reached nearly $ 1,000 at the beginning of 2018. Fortunately for gamers, the madness is now over. We'll discuss the RTX 20 series pricing and availability in more detail towards the end of the test. First, let's get the technical data out of the way and then jump into the benchmarks.

Based on Nvidia's Turing architecture and as the name RTX suggests, ray tracing is all the rage right now. Basically, we have a kind of hybrid rendering that combines ray tracing with traditional screening. Together with the new tensor cores, we also get "RT cores".

According to Nvidia, the fastest GeForce RTX model can throw 10 billion rays per second, which means a 25-fold improvement in ray tracing performance compared to the unaccelerated Pascal. However, today's games do not use ray tracing because it is extremely slow on current hardware. Therefore, it is difficult to say exactly what advantages hybrid rendering offers. This largely depends on how future games implement the technology, which we'll discuss in more detail later in the report.

The flagship RTX 2080 Ti contains 4352 CUDA cores, an increase of 21% over the 1080 Ti. Together with the tensor and RT cores, the size of the GPU chip has increased by a massive 60%, which partly explains why this Part is so damn expensive. Although these new GPUs are manufactured using TSMC's 12nm "FinFetNvidia" process, they are basically only 16nm with a larger crosshair limit. In terms of performance, they are identical according to TSMC, which explains the clock rates.

Speaking of which, the 4352 cores are clocked at a base frequency of 1350 MHz with a boost clock of only 1545 MHz, which is comparable to the 1080 Ti. I should note that the FE model is overclocked to a 1635 MHz boost. When using 11 GB of GDDR6 memory with 14 Gbit / s on a 352 bit wide memory bus, the card has a memory bandwidth of 616.0 GB / s.

The GeForce RTX 2080 has 2944 CUDA cores, a base clock rate of 1515 MHz and a boost clock of 1710 MHz and 1800 MHz for the FE model. It uses the same 8 GB GDDR6 memory with 14 Gbit / s, but on a slimmer 256 bit wide bus for a bandwidth of 448.0 GB / s.

As already mentioned, the 2080 Ti offers 10 giga beams per second. This number has been reduced by 20% for the standard 2080 to 8 giga beams per second. The RTX 2070, which will be available later next month, offers 6 giga beams per second, which is a 40% reduction over the flagship. At this point, we have no idea what this means. Will 6 giga rays per second be useful? Only time can tell.

We use a Core i7-8700K with 5 GHz and 32 GB Vengeance DDR4-3400 memory for testing. I used the Radeon Adrenalin Edition 18.9.1 driver for the AMD GPUs and the GeForce 399.24 driver for Nvidia, while the new GeForce GTX 20 GPUs use the driver version 411.51. Overall, we have a dozen games ahead of us, along with a few other tests. Let's get to the results.

Benchmarks

Publisher's Note: Also check out our Mega 35 game benchmark feature for Day 2.

Based on the Battlefield 1 1440p results, we see that the RTX 2080 can deliver GTX 1080 Ti-like performance. At first, I feared that the 2080 would be slower than the 1080 Ti and would be between 1080 and 1080 Ti. Fortunately, it's better than that and here we see that it delivers 27% more power when you compare the average frame rate, 23% for the result of the frame time.

The 2080 Ti is an absolute beast here and beats both the 2080 and the 1080 Ti by more than 25%. Pretty incredible stuff, but let's move on to 4K. Here, the GTX 2080, like the 1080 Ti, could offer playable performance and, on average, render 24% more frames than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid.

But it was the 2080 Ti that once again blew us away in Battlefield 1 with the ultra quality settings at an incredible 100 fps at an average of 4K. The frame rate of the 2080 Ti was higher than the average frame rate of the 1080 Ti.

When we switch to Far Cry 5, we see that the RTX 2080 reflects the performance of the GTX 1080 Ti with an average of 112 fps, which is 27% faster than the GTX 1080.

As for the 2080 Ti, the average frame rate has been reduced to 132 fps, but we're clearly experiencing a system bottleneck here, as the frame rate is similar to that of the 1080 Ti.

Who would have thought that at 1440p with ultra quality settings a 5GHz 8700K would stop things.

The system bottleneck is eliminated by switching to 4K. Now the 2080 Ti is 28% faster than the 1080 Ti on average and 25% faster for the frame time result. The 2080 is also 30% faster than the GTX 1080. That said, while the 2080 averages 61 fps, you'll notice dips below it, of course it's still very playable, but for a silky smooth experience, the 2080 Ti is really breathtaking .

Next up is ARMA 3, a title that is always in high demand. At 1440p we are certainly not tied to the GPU. It's pretty clear that there is a system bottleneck or possibly even a game limitation. So we have to switch to 4K to see what the new RTX GPUs can offer there.

Right, at 4K we see a drop in performance for the 2080 Ti compared to the 1440p numbers. That means it's now ~ 11% faster than the 1080 Ti. Meanwhile, the 2080 is 27% faster than the GTX 1080 and that's a pretty serious margin right there.

As we progress, we have some Grand Theft Auto V results and again I know this is a seriously old title, but it's still very popular and you seem to be going mad if I don't include it to keep the peace here the results must be preserved. Please also note that the game including the advanced graphics settings is maximum.

Still, we see a fairly severe system bottleneck at 1440p, so these results are somewhat useless, though they let us know that the RTX series doesn't offer any notable performance if you're a big GTAV fan and only play Boost at 1440p.

Again, it's the 4K resolution that helps separate the RTXs from the GTXs. Here the 2080 Ti was 37% faster than the 1080 Ti, and that's a really nice win. We also see that the 2080 roughly corresponded to the 1080 Ti and placed it well in front of the Vanilla 1080. In fact, he was almost 50% faster, so an amazing result here.

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