As per our full review of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition
– NVIDIA’s latest card is a 4K powerhouse and a massive generational leap over the RTX 2080. With anywhere from 50-100% improvement depending on the game. Although the higher end boosts are mostly reserved for games with ray-tracing enabled, non-RTX efforts like Horizon Zero Dawn
also see improvements in the 80%+ range.
The RTX 3080 Founders Edition also arrives in a stylish design that packs revolutionary new cooling alongside the latest Ampere architecture. It can handle DOOM Eternal
at 4K at 144fps no problem. Control
with all ray-tracing effects at over 60-fps too. And with crisp image quality thanks to DLSS.
But, what happens when you put it head-to-head versus the Turing flagship, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
? NVIDIA’s previous generation beast that was out of the reach of most consumers thanks to its near $2,000 AUD price-tag.
In pre-release and even review materials provided NVIDIA highlighted the like-for-like RTX 3080 versus the RTX 2080. Which makes sense as their price ranges are roughly the same. As it turns out the RTX 3080 easily outperforms RTX 2080 Ti too – with a substantially lower price tag. Especially when it comes to 4K gaming.
What happens when you put it head-to-head versus the Turing flagship, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition? NVIDIA’s previous generation beast that was out of the reach of most consumers thanks to its near $2,000 AUD price-tag.
But, no two games or engines or releases are ever alike -- there are some anomalies. 1440p performance gains for a start aren’t quite as big – which could be a case of bottlenecking somewhere. And as you’ll see – Microsoft Flight Simulator
is a PC killer on Ultra settings no matter the card. A DirectX 11 title that would do well to implement some of the more advanced features that DirectX 12 Ultimate can bring to the table, performance-wise. For that test I flew over Sydney, a very demanding in-game location to really push both cards.
On the other end of the spectrum I did the same for DOOM Eternal, by running the same intense section in the Cultist Base Master Level over and over to really stretch the limit of what either card could do. That said, I made sure not to pick locations where a Marauder could show up. That would have been, well, a problem.
For housekeeping, here’s the hardware setup.
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founder’s Edition
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
- Motherboard: MSI MEG X570 UNIFY
- Memory: HyperX FURY DDR4 RGB (32GB at 3600 MHz)
Without further ado, here’s all the RTX 3080 vs. RTX 2080 Ti data. Split into sections, with summaries. Oh, and each game has its detail settings cranked to its face-melting limit.
1440p QHD Game Performance
- Against the 2080 Ti the average performance increase at 1440p across all games tested is 25%.
- This drops as low as 2% in Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, which interestingly shows a massive 43% improvement in 4K. Far Cry New Dawn is a different story as its 4K performance gains was one of the lowest.
- The Division 2 shows a bigger improvement in 1440p than in 4K, at 47%. No doubt this is related to its DirectX 12 implementation.
- That said Gears 5, which also leveraged DirectX 12 features only shows a single-digit improvement.
- DOOM Eternal, running on Vulkan, is another highlight with a 50% improvement. As beastly as the demons we had to slay to get these results.
4K Game Performance
- Against the 2080 Ti the average performance increase at 4K across all games tested is 36%.
- The standout titles showing the biggest gains are DOOM Eternal at 51% and Horizon Zero Dawn at 48%.
- Outside of Flight Sim, 4K 60 gaming with all details cranked is doable on the RTX 3080. Even previous PC killers like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey keep up.
- Compared to 1440p the performance gains in 4K are just about steady across the board, and higher too.
- Here’s where we get to see what the second generation of RT Cores in the Ampere architecture can do, with full path-traced games like Quake II RTX and Minecraft with RTX showcasing a 58% and 61% improvement over the 2080 ti in 4K
- These performance gains carry across both 1440p (30% on average) and 4K (47% on average)
- With the RTX 3080 4K 60fps Control with ray-tracing on high is possible thanks to DLSS
3D Mark Performance
- 3D Mark test are interesting in that they cover all based. DirectX 11 and 1080p, DirectX 12 and 1440p/4K, and ray-tracing.
- And the performance gains increase accordingly, with the Port Royale RTX test performing 34% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti and FireStrike being the lowest at 17%
So there you have it. In the Founders Edition Showdown, the RTX 3080 wins big. Also it means I can finally close this spreadsheet. For now.