After the recent release of the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super, we have the last piece in Nvidia's Super Puzzle. The new RTX 2080 Super version is offered at the same price of $ 700 as its predecessor and offers some performance improvements. However, we suspect that given the specs proposed and the fact that Nvidia doesn't need to cannibalize, we won't see anything too dramatic selling the 2080 Ti, nor does it have any direct competition at that price.
The GeForce RTX 2080 Super adds two additional SM units to increase the cores by 4%. This means that this is now fully activated TU104 silicon. This is the same silicon used by both the standard RTX 2080 and 2070. There is also a 9% frequency increase for the base clock and a 6% increase for the boost clock. However, due to how the GPU boost works, we assume that this will be closer to a frequency increase of 3 to 4%.
GDDR6 memory is also being improved, and now we're seeing a maximum data transfer rate of 15.5 Gbps versus 14 Gbps, which is an 11% improvement in storage performance. These upgrades have increased the TDP by 16% from 215 watts to 250 watts.
According to Nvidia, the RTX 2080 Super offers a robust 4K experience and real-time ray tracing. In this review, we're going to take a look at the 4K gaming experience and skip ray tracing for the time being, since our opinion of the technology in its current state has not changed since we covered it many months ago.
However, we plan to re-examine the ray tracing function soon with the super graphics cards. So if you are interested in technology, this is undoubtedly worth reading.
We used our usual gaming rig for testing, which consists of an Intel Core i9-9900K with 5 GHz and 32 GB DDR4-3400 memory. The latest drivers that were available at the time of testing were used. We need to watch 13 games before we experience the usual performance degradation and cost per frame data.
The latest game in our series of benchmarks, F1 2019, provides that the 2080 Super delivers an average of 75 fps, which makes it – drum roll please – 4% faster than the standard 2080 and 17% slower than the 2080 Ti.
Fortunately, the margin in Battlefield V is a little more remarkable. Here the 2080 Super offered a performance increase of 8% compared to the older 2080, which basically equated it to the newly introduced Radeon VII.
Rainbow Six Siege sees a slight 3% increase in the average frame rate over the standard 2080, although we see a 6% improvement for the 1% low performance. This time the 2080 Super was 15% slower than the Ti model.
Can we interest you in 1-2 fps more performance? Good, because that's all you will get in Metro Exodus. This can be expected in view of the technical data.
A 6% increase in performance in Resident Evil 2 can be reason to celebrate (at the same price if we are absolutely fair) and can reach an average of 66 fps at 4K to achieve a nice, smooth gameplay.
We didn't quite reach 60 fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but that's not surprising given the 2080 Ti. The additional memory bandwidth allows the 2080 Super to beat the Vanilla 2080 by 11% in this title.
Memory bandwidth isn't that important in Fortnite, so a small 3% increase in performance over the standard 2080 for an average of 72 fps at 4 KB. Still, it was a nice, smooth, and very crisp-looking gaming experience.
When testing with The Division 2, the Super gave us a 4% increase in performance over the RTX 2080 standard.
DiRT Rally 2.0 gets a performance increase of 3 fps. Ignore the 1% low result and we see a breathtaking 4% increase in performance.
Like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon 4 is a game that benefits from an additional 4K memory bandwidth. Here we see a clear increase in performance of 7%, which brings the 2080 Super to an average of 92 fps.
We also see a 6% increase in performance in Far Cry New Dawn, which allowed the 2080 Super to just supplant the Radeon VII.
The 2080 Super improved its performance by 4% compared to the standard 2080 in World War II.
Finally, we have Assassin's Creed: Odyssey for a 3 fps increase in performance, although this corresponds to a 6% increase in frame rate.
Power consumption and temperatures
The RTX 2080 Super uses 5% more power than the standard 2080, which sounds right given the specs and performance we've just seen. This means that it uses 6% less power than the Radeon VII, but 24% more than the new 5700 XT.
We also measured the total system consumption on the wall and here we see that the faster 2080 super total consumption has increased by 12% compared to the standard 2080. There are several reasons for this increase: The GDDR6 memory will consume more power due to the 11% overclocking and the CPU will also work a bit harder in view of the performance increase. It is interesting that the 2080 Super drives system consumption higher than that of the Radeon VII.
We won't be overclocking as you are likely to expect ~ 10% performance boost from manual crafting on all Turing GPUs. The Founders Edition model we tested reached a maximum temperature of 72 degrees in a 21-degree room and maintained a core clock speed of 1905 MHz with a fan speed of 1820 rpm, which made this graphics card pretty cool and after a one-hour test makes F1 2019 quiet.
The RTX 2080 Super seems to be the least "super" graphics card from Nvidia, but before we finish this version, let's take a look at some performance breakdown graphs and cost per image.
RTX 2080 Super vs. RTX 2080 @ 4K
On average, the 2080 Super was 5% faster than the standard 2080. For testing, we used the MSI RTX 2080 Duke, which has a modest overclocking that maintains 1905 MHz under load, the same operating frequency as the 2080 Super FE -Map.
RTX 2080 Super vs. RTX 2080 @ 1440p
For those of you who play at 1440p on average, expect a 6% increase in performance, similar to 4K. Those of you who were going to jump the gun anyway will see some additional frames at the same price, so there is.
RTX 2080 Super vs. RTX 2080 Ti @ 4K
On average, the RTX 2080 Super was 16% slower than the 2080 Ti. This is not a big difference and around 30% cheaper. So if you're not looking for the best possible 4K experience, the 2080 Super is a great option.
RTX 2080 Super vs. RTX 2080 Ti @ 1440p
For games with 1440p, the 2080 Ti seems to be a waste, since the cheaper RTX 2080 Super was only 12% slower and, in the worst case, never more than 19% slower.
RTX 2080 Super vs. Radeon RX 5700 XT @ 4K
Compared to the new Radeon RX 5700 XT from AMD, the 2080 Super at 4K was on average 26% faster. Keep in mind that the 2080 is significantly more expensive (it costs 75% more), but the GeForce has never been more than 47% faster. The higher the price-performance ratio, the less value you get. So you have to decide whether it is worth paying this type of price premium for the opportunity to work with slightly higher quality settings.
RTX 2080 Super vs. Radeon RX 5700 XT @ 1440p
When playing at 1440p, the RTX 2080 Super is less attractive because it was only 17% faster on average than the 5700 XT.
Cost per frame and conclusion
Based on an MSRP comparison and using the 4K game data, we see that the RTX 2080 Super is available at a price of $ 9.85 per frame. Given the same MSRP of $ 700 as the original 2080, it's about 6% cheaper per frame. Compared to the 5700 XT, you pay 41% more per frame, which is a huge price premium, but that's exactly what you face when you get a higher level of performance.
The 1440p results are less favorable, which in turn affects the MSRP. We see that the 2080 Super costs $ 5.73 per frame or 5% cheaper than the standard RTX 2080. It is also 52% more expensive than the 5700 XT per frame unless you have to go from 106 fps to 122 on average change fps. The Radeon GPU is a more sensible purchase.
But what about the current market prices? The only major change in analysis would be that the RTX 2080 Super will keep its price, while the soon-to-be-erased RTX 2080 cards have dropped to $ 630 for some models. In this case, the standard 2080 offers a better value due to the small change in performance.
Earlier this month we got the RTX 2070 Super and the 2060 Super. The 2070 Super offers 12% more power than the standard model, and we liked the boost enough to kill most of the rivals at this price, although the Radeon RX 5700 XT's performance comes very close for less. The 2060 Super, on the other hand, didn't give us anything. It costs 18% more than the standard 2060 and was only 8% faster on average. We see a similar story with the RTX 2080 Super, where the increase in performance is even less significant.
Overall, the RTX 2080 Super is a solid GPU with a premium price, it just isn't that exciting. In our opinion, an official price reduction for the RTX 2080 at $ 600 would have been more exciting worldwide. In other words, the RTX 2080 Super is ~ 9% faster on average than the GTX 1080 Ti at 1440p and 4K. Almost two and a half years later, we receive a performance boost at exactly the same price. Without a doubt, GTX 1080 Ti owners can look forward to the news.