The Nvidia RTX 2080 was recently announced at Gamescom 2018, it seemed a bit fishy that while Nvidia did talk a lot about Ray Tracing technology, the keynote did not mention anything about FPS and the performance that we can expect to see in games. That is pretty odd keeping in mind that it was Gamescom and players are interested in the performance that they are getting.
Right now the pre-orders for the Nvidia RTX 2080 and other graphics cards are live and most of them are already sold out. This means that the general consumer has bought GPUs without actually knowing what they are getting for their money.
Nvidia RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080 Gaming Benchmarks
Now Nvidia has revealed some official benchmarks regarding the Nvidia RTX 2080 and while we still do not have any performance numbers in FPS, we do have a comparison between the new Nvidia RTX 2080 and the old pascal based GTX 1080 and from the numbers we can see that in games that provide proper support for the graphics card, the performance boost is up to twice, as compared to the older GPU. You can check out the benchmarks below:
Moving on, we are going to look at the individual titles and the kind of boost in performance the Nvidia RTX 2080 has to offer as compared to the previous GTX 2080. Nvidia has claimed that this graphics card will be able to pull of 4K 60 FPS in modern titles, so we are going to see how well the Nvidia RTX 2080 performs as compared to the previous model at 4K, in modern AAA titles.
Final Fantasy XV
FFXV is one of the most the many demanding AAA games that we have seen come out recently and there was no single GPU on the market that could run this game at 60 FPS at 4 resolution with at the max settings. Here we are going to see how well the GTX 1080 was able to run the game and how much of a boost in performance the new Nvidia RTX 2080 is able to provide.
From the numbers, we can see that while the previous generation GPU was able to run the game at 30 FPS, the new Nvidia RTX 2080 is able to almost double that and you can run the game at 4K 60 FPS, most of the time.
Hitman is not a game that is known to play well with Nvidia GPUs but the Nvidia RTX 2080 should be able to provide some performance boost as compared to the previous generation GPUs and here we are going to look at what that is.
We can see that while the GTX 1080 was able to run the game at 47.7 FPS at 4K the Nvidia RTX 2080 is able to go beyond that and run the game at 73 FPS. That is almost double the performance that you get when you switch to the new Nvidia Turing based GPU.
Call of Duty: WW2
Call of Duty: WW2 is another AAA game that came out recently and there is a huge following for Call of Duty games. If you are going to play games then it is highly likely that you will be playing a few games in the franchise. Here we are going to see how well the Nvidia RTX 2080 is able to run this game at 4K resolution and what kind of boost it has to offer as compared to the previous generation GTX 1080.
The optimization for the game is pretty decent so the previous generation GPU is able to run the game at well above 60 FPS but the new Nvidia RTX 2080 is able to take that to another level. This means that there is plenty of wiggle room and you will not be dipping below 60 FPS even at 4K.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
It is safe to say that the fans were not too pleased with this game but we are not going to go into the technicalities we are here to see the performance advantages that you get when you upgrade to the Nvidia RTX 2080.
At 4K the GTX 1080 is able to get close to 60 FPS at 4K and if you tweak the settings a little bit then you will be able to hit that sweet spot but the Nvidia RTX 2080 gives you much more power and you get 67 FPS on average without those tweaks that you would have needed to make with the previous generation GPU.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
EA had a rough time with this one and there was a tremendous backlash because of the progression system and loot boxes. But that turned out to go pretty well for the consumer as other developers and publishers learned from this and did not take the same route. Talking about the performance of the Nvidia RTX 2080 when it comes to this specific game, the numbers speak for themselves.
We can see that the GTX 1080 is capable of getting close to that 60 FPS sweet spot yet again, but the Nvidia RTX 2080 gives you that extra push and takes you above that mark. This benchmarks might not be a great selling point for the Nvidia RTX 2080 but there is a point that has been made here.
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7 was a great game and is a great game. The fans loved it and here we are going to take a look into what kind of performance benefits the new Turing based GPU has to offer as compared to the old GTX 1080 that is based on the Pascal architecture. With a new architecture you expect to see a leap in performance and keeping in mind that Pascal has been around for more than 2 years now, fans want to see significant boosts in performance. Having that said, you can check out the benchmark below:
While the GTX 1080 does pretty well, PC gamers need to hit that 60 FPS sweet spot and that is where the Nvidia RTX 2080 comes into play. The Nvidia RTX 2080 is able to deliver what the previous graphics card would not. While the performance is not double, it is a major jump up and I am sure that with better drivers and support, players will get even better performance out of the box. Also, the Nvidia RTX 2080 can also be overclocked. If that is something that you are interested in then you will be able to get even better performance for your money.
This is a F1 simulator and you can imagine that rendering all those details so fast is pretty complicated and it takes a powerful graphics card to render all those pixels at 4K. Here we are going to see how well the Nvidia RTX 2080 does just that, as compared to the GTX 1080. You can check out the F1 2017 4K benchmark below:
The GTX 1080 just needs a little nudge to hit 60 FPS at 4K but the Nvidia RTX 2080 delivers much more than that. It is able to deliver more than 70 FPS even at such a high resolution. That is some serious performance.
Destiny 2 was designed for PC from the ground up, so it is very well optimized for PC. Even entry-level graphics cards can run the game at 60 FPS at decent settings. Here we are going to see how well the Nvidia RTX 2080 is able to run the game as compared to the previous GTX 1080.
While the game is very well optimized, the GTX 1080 is not able to run the game at 60 FPS without lowering the settings. That is where the Nvidia RTX 2080 shines as it is able to run the game at above 60 FPS, without tinkering with the settings. Something that you would have needed to do with the GTX 1080. That is the performance boost that you are getting when you switch to the new Turing architecture.
Battlefield 1 was a huge success and the game is also pretty well optimized for PC. This is a beautiful game from a graphics point of view so you can imagine how taxing it can be on a graphics card, especially at 4K. Here we are going to see what kind of a boost in performance you can get by switching from the GTX 1080 to the Nvidia RTX 2080.
Here we can see that while the previous generation card is able to hit 4K 60 FPS just fine, the new GPU is able to go a step further and deliver even better performance. While the GTX 1080 is able to deliver 64 FPS the Nvidia RTX 2080 takes it to another level by delivering 84 FPS instead. That is a boost of 20 FPS, which is significant keeping in mind that this is 4K resolution that we are talking about here.
Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5 is another great AAA game. While Ubisoft is not known for optimizing games for PC, this one was not all that bad. Here we can see what kind of boost in performance the Nvidia RTX 2080 has to offer as compared to the GTX 1080 at 4K.
The performance boost that the Nvidia RTX 2080 has to offer is pretty dramatic. A 30 FPS boost is pretty huge considering this is at 4K resolution. This is the kind of performance that you can expect to get from the Nvidia RTX 2080 when playing games at 4K.
RTX Does Not Mean Ray Tracing For All Games
While the Nvidia RTX 2080 is a decent upgrade, it is worth mentioning that it does not mean real-time ray tracing in all games. Ray tracing was a major part of the announcement but it is worth noting that many of the games that are supported by the new graphics cards do not come with ray tracing features. They come with DLSS enhancements instead.
Out of all the games that have been mentioned, 16 games supporting DLSS while 11 support Ray Tracing. The following are the games that actually come with ray tracing capabilities:
- Assetto Corsa Competizione
- Atomic Heart
- Battlefield V
- MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
- Metro Exodus
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The following are the games that support Nvidia DLSS but not ray tracing:
- Ark: Survival Evolved
- Atomic Heart
- Final Fantasy XV
- Fractured Lands
- Hitman 2
- Islands of Nyne
- Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries
- Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
- Remnant: From the Ashes
- Serious Sam 4: PLanet Badass
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- The Forge Arena
- We Happy Few
Having that said, it is possible that when it comes to performance in terms of actual FPS, Nvidia Turing might not be as big of a leap in perfomrance as compared to Pascal. If you are interested in getting the Nvidia RTX 2080 or any other graphics card in the new generation in order to get support for Ray Tracing then you might want to wait and see how many games actually support the new technology.
As developers will need to provice support for this new tech, I am not sure whether or not many developers will jump on the bandwagon. Nvidia does have partnerships with some major studios so you can expect to see major AAA titles featuring this technology, but we still have to wait and see how much of a hit in performance these graphics cards take by turing RTX on.
As of right now, we have seen the graphical benefits that RTX has to offer but we have not seen the hit in performance. I am sure that there will be a trade-off and a significant one. So if you are interested in buying these new GPUs then you should wait for more information as well as third party reviews before making a purchase decision.