NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming At 4K, Ultrawide & With RTX On

NVIDIA GeForce RTX Ampere Side View
by Rob Williams on September 18, 2020 in Graphics & Displays

We were left impressed with our look at NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080 in creative applications, so now it’s time to turn our attention to gaming! In this article, we’re going to take a look at 4K and ultrawide performance in a selection of current games, as well as explore some RTX titles, including Fortnite, Minecraft, and Control.

Page 3 – UL 3DMark & Unigine Superposition

3DMark: DX11 & DX12 Performance

UL 3DMark - 1080p Fire Strike Graphics Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080)
UL 3DMark - 4K Fire Strike Graphics Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080)
UL 3DMark - 4K Time Spy Graphics Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080)

3DMark tends to be a great solution for showing the best-case scenario of a GPU, and that doesn’t change with the RTX 3080. Across these DX12 and DX11 tests, the RTX 3080 performs at least 50% better than the 2080 SUPER. With Time Spy’s 4K test, the 3080 proves 26% better than the TITAN RTX.

3DMark: RT, DLSS & VRS Performance

UL 3DMark - Port Royal Ray Tracing Graphics Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080)
UL 3DMark - NVIDIA DLSS Off vs On FPS (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080)
UL 3DMark - Variable Rate Shading (Tier 1) Off vs On FPS (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080)
UL 3DMark - Variable Rate Shading (Tier 2) Off vs On FPS (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080)

As mentioned before, we’re planning to dive into more RTX-specific testing down the road, having focused primarily on ray tracing on the previous page. 3DMark still gives us a great way to test specific features on their own, though.

With the Port Royal test, the RTX 3080 leaps 63% ahead of the 2080S, and 24% ahead of TITAN RTX. The DLSS test gives us similar gains, with RTX 3080 proving 59% better than 2080S, and places 22% ahead of TITAN RTX.

The VR tests show the biggest gains gen-over-gen here. The Tier 1 test shows a staggering 87% improvement over the 2080 SUPER, and 34% over the TITAN RTX. The Tier 2 test shows reduced gains, but they’re still really impressive: 3080 scores 53% higher than 2080 SUPER.

Superposition: 1080p & 4K Performance

Unigine Superposition - 4K Optimized Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080)
Unigine Superposition - 1080p Extreme Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080)

We probably didn’t need another synthetic benchmark to tell us what we already know, but it’s good to be thorough, right? In Superposition, the RTX 3080 outperforms the 2080 SUPER by 54% with both these 1080p and 4K profiles.

Wfrapping our gaming review, on the next page we look at power and temperature, as well as our closing thoughts on the RTX 3080 launch.

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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