Today we're taking a fresh look at the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti because every time we do one of these GPU reviews, we get dozens of requests to test the 1080 Ti, so let's go. Fortunately, I really enjoy looking at these previous generation GPUs and running them through a few dozen games to see how they hold up.
As a brief refresher, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was released for $ 700 (see our original test) at the beginning of 2017, which was considered an enormous amount of money for a gaming graphics card at the time. Oh, how have times changed.
However, despite the price, the 1080 Ti still offered gamers impressive value, unparalleled performance, and a fat 11GB VRAM buffer.
If we look at our latest benchmark data used in our GPU tests, including the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3080 Ti, and Radeon 6600 XT, we see that the GTX 1080 Ti is at 1440p and 93. a high-performance gaming graphics card stays fps average of the 12 games used for the ratings on the first day.
That's 6% faster than the Radeon 5700 XT, but 18% slower than the 6700 XT. Compared to the current generation of what's called $ 700 parts, which include the RTX 3080 and 6800 XT, the 1080 Ti is over 60% slower, but that's to be expected four years later.
This data was recorded with our Ryzen 9 5950X test system with 32 GB DDR4-3200 CL14 dual-rank dual-channel memory. For this return visit, we will use the same test system, but it will cover 31 games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K.
This is a continuation of the Radeon RX 5600 XT, 5700 XT, and RTX 2060 Super reviews that we recently released.
We'll be using these GPUs for comparison and although it would have been nice to add a few more relevant pieces like the RTX 2070 Super and RTX 3080, for time efficiency reasons (it takes at least a few days to add a single one). GPU for this 31-game benchmark), we're releasing these now with more to be added in the coming weeks.
Now let's take a look at how these four GPUs compare in a dozen games before checking the average gaming performance of all 31 tested titles along with a few direct comparisons.
We'll start with Biomutant, which tends to favor GeForce GPUs. The game uses the Unreal Engine 4 and it seems like little has been tweaked for Radeons, so the 2060 Super and 5700 XT are comparable here and that means the GTX 1080 Ti was a massive 28% faster at 1440p and a completely different one Power level.
While the 2060 Super and 5700 XT fell below 60 fps at times, the 1080 Ti was good for well over 60 fps during our tests, so a great result for the old GeForce flagship.
In Red Dead Redemption 2, the 5700 XT performed significantly better and corresponded to the GTX 1080 Ti in all resolutions. With the "high" settings turned down slightly, the 1080 Ti had difficulty delivering 60 fps at 1440p and is therefore better with these quality settings suitable for 1080p.
The GTX 1080 Ti flexed its muscles in Hitman 2, delivering 98 fps at 1440p, making it 23% faster than the 5700 XT and 27% faster than the 2060 Super. Similar margins were seen at 1080p and 4K as well.
Resident Evil Village is a 2021 release and here the 5700 XT outperforms the GTX 1080 Ti, delivering 7-8% more performance at 1080p and 1440p. Even so, the 1080 Ti was still very impressive, rendering over 80 fps at all times when tested at 1440p.
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is another Unreal Engine 4 title, although the Radeon GPUs do a little better compared to Biomutant. Even so, the GTX 1080 Ti was 6% faster than the 5700 XT and a massive 21% faster at 1440p.
Days Gone also prefers the GTX 1080 Ti and this is another Unreal Engine 4 title. Although the 5700 XT and the GTX 1080 Ti were comparable at 1080p, the GeForce GPU outperforms at 1440p and is always 15% ahead in our test with over 70 fps.
Next up we have Cyberpunk 2077, and please note that we've updated our benchmark pass for this title from a densely populated area of NPCs. This is where these GPUs really struggled at 1440p and were certainly not able to deliver a 60 fps experience, you will have to go down to 1080p for that and please note that we are not using the maximum graphics either. Interestingly, the GTX 1080 Ti was slower than both the 2060 Super and 5700 XT, losing 13% over the Radeon GPU.
Moving to Flight Simulator 2020, we've all updated our results for this title after a new patch improved performance across the board. The game still doesn't run silky smooth on older hardware with the Ultra Quality preset, but we saw a huge improvement of more than 30% for all GPUs.
This enabled the 5600 XT to deliver a playable performance at 1080p and now the 5700 XT is very fluid at 51 fps. However, the GTX 1080 Ti was faster at an average of 56 fps at 1080p, which is sufficient for this simulator.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the older titles we're testing with, but it's still very challenging and looks pretty good. The GTX 1080 Ti delivered 90 fps at 1440p, while the 5700 XT was good for 80 fps, which made the GeForce GPU 13% faster.
F1 2021 is the newest game in this benchmark, and although it does support ray tracing and has it enabled by default on GPUs that support it, we disabled it on the RTX 2060 Super as it's the only RT-enabled GPU here and doesn't penalize us simply disabled it for a comparison of apples to apples.
The 5700 XT was 25% faster than the RTX 2060 Super at 1440p, and despite that wide margin, the GTX 1080 Ti was 6% faster than the 5700 XT. So a strong result for the Pascal GPU.
Unsurprisingly, the GTX 1080 Ti survives Rainbow Six Siege, averaging 193 fps at 1440p to match the 5700 XT, and is even capable of boosting around 100 fps at 4K.
Finally, let's take a look at Assassin's Creed Valhalla, which uses the AnvilNext 2.0 game engine and is well optimized for Radeon GPUs. The 5700 XT had no problem pushing the 1080 Ti aside, at least when looking at the 1080p and 1440p results, which were 14% and 11% faster, respectively.
Average performance of 31 games
Here's a look at the average performance of the 31 games tested. The GTX 1080 Ti stays 6% faster than the 5700 XT at 1440p, which is the same margin seen in our smaller 12-game sample used for day-one testing.
That means the GTX 1080 Ti is ~ 20% faster than the 2060 Super and still a very competent 1440p gamer with an average of 100 fps.
For those of you interested in how the 5700 XT and GTX 1080 Ti compare in the games we tested, here's a look at it.
The GeForce GPU is powered by massive wins in half a dozen of the games tested, including Valorant, PUBG, Biomutant, Hitman 2, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, and Resident Evil 3.
Of these games, four use the Unreal Engine 4. Opportunity to optimize for AMD hardware using this popular engine which continues to be a problem for Team Red.
If we look at the games where the 5700 XT does well and manages to beat the GTX 1080 Ti, you won't find any Unreal Engine 4 titles. Forza Horizon 4 uses the Forzatech engine, Assassin's Creed Valhalla uses the AnvilNext 2.0, Resident Evil Village uses the RE engine, Cyberpunk 2077 REDengine 4, Doom Eternal id Tech 7 and Dota 2 uses the Source 2 engine.
What we learned
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is holding up really well at the end of 2021. The GPU has aged well, thanks in part to its large 11 GB frame buffer, and will be able to use HD texture packets for some time to come.
Talks about the fact that Nvidia is giving up older architectures and not optimizing newer games, at least for the time being this was certainly not the case with Pascal, as the degree of optimization looks great for modern titles.
The only problem with the GTX 1080 Ti today is the same issue that all GPUs face: price and availability. The average retail price we've seen for the 1080 Ti over the past few months is around $ 600, which is only $ 100 less than the MSRP 4 years ago.
Basically, you're looking at GeForce RTX 2070 cash, with the 2070 Super typically selling for around $ 50 more, though it's worth that little premium when you get some really cool features like DLSS.
Therefore, it makes no sense to buy the GTX 1080 Ti used in 2021. It's certainly miles better for gamers than the 5700 XT, which sells for ~ $ 800, probably because that GPU is better for mining the XT.
The GTX 1080 Ti has been an interesting GPU over the years, especially in the used market. Even in times when the market was inundated with discounted 5700 XTs and readily available 2070 Supers, the GTX 1080 Ti held up its value well and never fell below ~ $ 400 in places like eBay.
Right now we can only dream of the $ 350 GTX 1080 Ti, but if the market returns to more normal conditions, expect the flagship Pascal GPU to fall in price in the second-hand market.
Right now, the 6600 XT looks like your best chance at getting GTX 1080 Ti-like performance, though pricing and availability still look chaotic depending on where you live. In the US, you can get one on eBay for just over $ 600. In Australia, we could buy an RX 6600 XT graphics card for around A $ 700, while the GTX 1080 Ti typically sells for well over A $ 800.
As much as we didn't like the 6600 XT in our first review, it turns out to be the better available option for those looking for that level of gaming performance.