Most iconic graphics card of last decade is undisputed Nvidia flagship GTX 1080 Ti from Pascal architecture. For nearly two years this GPU never had any rival to compete. Eventually, AMD caught up with Radeon VII flagship last year winning and losing on some triple A game titles. Enormous 3584 Cuda Core count and 11GB GDDR5 VRAM of GTX 1080 Ti make it infallible even after 3 years since the release during crypto craze. Nowadays, it’s still available in second hand market between $450 and $600 in eBay. But is it worth in 2020?
Legit YouTube reviewer channel Hardware Unboxed or some viewers say funny name Harbor Unboxed or Hammer On Box, has revisited legendary GTX 1080 Ti to see how it stacks up into nowadays gaming performance compared to RTX 2070 Super and Radeon RX 5700 XT counterparts. Obviously, Steve is the most trusted and accurate GPU and CPU performance reviewer in YouTube for over 4 years. Results were amazingly satisfying due to GTX 1080 Ti being a 3 year old fine aging GPU. Without further ado, let’s jump into results of every GPU paired with Intel Core i9-9900K at 5 GHz all cores setup done by Steve from Hardware Unboxed.
Most recently released triple A first person shooter is Doom Eternal with finest PC port optimization. This game utilizes full asynchronous compute from any GPU to remove CPU overhead therefore it uses Vulkan API to give little advantage to RTX 2070 Super card by showing 198 fps on average at 1080p and 144 fps on 1440p resolution. Whereas, GTX 1080 Ti comes second by scoring 171 fps at 1080p and 126 fps at 1440p on Ultra Quality with RS off.
Long awaited remake of Resident Evil 3 is storming the internet through online streamers’ gameplay showdown. Here, GTX 1080 Ti beats all GPUs including RTX 2070 Super and 2060 Super by 10-20% respectively. Lowest score goes to RTX 2060 Super only scoring 137 fps at 1080p and 87 fps at 1440p. Resident Evil 3 is by far having good optimization without bugs.
In popular esports title Fortnite Chapter 2, you may notice all Nvidia GPUs enjoy much playable performance by reaching 120 fps above at 1080p and 80 fps above at 1440p. This third person shooter is created on unreal engine which is well optimized for Nvidia GPUs even playing on Epic Quality settings.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds or another popular name for it is PUBG delivers biggest surprise to GTX 1080 Ti by providing 203 fps on High preset 1080p and 145 fps at 1440p. Despite being buggy game for many people, PUBG battle royale shooter is still top choice for many gamers who avoid playing Fortnite and Apex Legends.
Another strategic online first person shooter Battlefield V is generously distributing 100 fps results at 1080p for any GPU but RTX 2070 and 2060 Super fall behind others by getting below 100 fps at 1440p resolution. GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2070 are evenly matched at 1080p but GTX 1080 Ti is a bit faster GPU than RTX 2070 Super at 1440p.
First game with Ray Tracing shadows might be only Shadow of the Tomb Raider with DirectX 12 API. Amazingly, three competing cards GTX 1080 Ti, RTX 2070 Super and RX 5700 XT are almost evenly holding up the average fps performance similarly with margin of error given to RX 5700 XT and RTX 2070 Super with up to 2-3 fps.
Best game to walk-through over various missions is Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare that runs on any modern hardware providing silky smooth gaming experience. All three main reviewed GPUs GTX 1080 Ti , RX 5700 XT and RTX 2070 Super got 180 fps above at 1440p and 100 fps above at 1080p Full HD resolution.
Best RTX On Ray Tracing feature implementation of Metro Exodus is the most genuine graphical achievement in history of gaming after many titles failed to implement it effectively. However, GTX 1080 Ti doesn’t come with Ray Tracing Cores like RTX 2070 Super and here gamers must choose between two GPUs. Anyway, GTX 1080 Ti prevails with faster fps performance by beating RTX 2070 Super up to 10-15% in 1080p and 1440p. Surprisingly, RX 5700 XT is faster than any Nvidia RTX Super GPUs here due to RTX off testing results.
In ultra quality settings of Vulkan API enabled Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, anyone might witness the great results for most GPUs scoring above 60 fps performance but one single king here is RTX 2070 Super getting extra 5-7% performance over RX 5700 XT and GTX 1080 Ti. Vulkan API is now getting mainstream for triple A titles because it may provide great cross platform capacity environment for game developers and Nvidia Turing architecture cards are enjoying this advantage.
Lastly, Gears 5 is another smooth game title for online shooters empowered by DX 12 API, as a result, it gives advantage towards latest GPUs with Asynchronous Compute engines but raw performance capability of GTX 1080 Ti getting 115 and 91 fps can’t be ignored here at 1080p and 1440p results. The rest Nvidia RTX 2060 Super and vanilla 2070 are not looking impressive at 1440p result both barely passing 60 fps barrier.
At last, 35 game mega benchmark is done by Steve from Hardware Unboxed which is fantastic method to measure GTX 1080 Ti vs RTX 2070 Super GPUs overall performance. So, only 2% performance advantage is taken by GTX 1080 Ti from RTX 2070 Super despite being a latest Ray Tracing card. Nevertheless, buying GTX 1080 Ti is not a good option in 2020 when you have two decent choices in price wise category. Either latest RT and Ai cores enabled RTX 2070 Super card costing around $550 or a new AMD Radeon cheaper option like ASRock RX 5700 XT Challenger card with only 11% slow performance but costs only $450
Big enormous thanks to Hardware Unboxed team for releasing great content in YouTube. By far, this channel is the only one providing in-depth latest PC gaming and productivity hardware benchmarks including price to performance and upgrade path recommendations compared to other channels or websites.
Source: Hardware Unboxed Via YT
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A hardcore tech enthusiast and computer expert Uson Abdilazhanov who holds a degree in communications started writing in his personal blogs since 2012. That time he was interested in the technical part of the computer. But now the software aspect plays an important role in his career. Currently, he runs a PC building and repairing shop which helps a lot of designers and gamers who always like to try new things.