NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 And RTX 2080 Ti Benchmark Review: Turing Is A Beast

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti: Test Setup And Shader Performance

How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards represented in this article on a Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 7 Pro motherboard powered by an Intel Core i9-7980XE 16-core processor and 32GB of G.SKILL DDR4 RAM clocked at 2666MHz. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's clock was manually dialed in to ensure optimal memory performance at the processor's maximum supported speed of 2666MHz (without overclocking), and the solid state drive was then formatted and Windows 10 Professional x64 was installed and fully updated. When the Windows installation was complete, we installed all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

msi 2080 installed
We should note that the AMD Radeon RX Vega card was tested in its default "Balanced" power mode throughout. Power Saver (slower) and Turbo (faster) power modes are also available with Vega, which would affect performance, noise output, and peak power consumption.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i9 Powered
Hardware Used:
Intel Core i9-7980XE
(2.6 - 4.2GHz, 18-Core)

Gigabyte X299 Gaming Pro 7
(Intel X299 Chipset)

Radeon RX Vega 64
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1080
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Titan Xp
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
GeForce RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

32GB G.SKILL DDR4-2666
Samsung SSD 860 Pro
Integrated Audio & Network
Relevant Software: 
Windows 10 Pro x64

NVIDIA Drivers: v411.51
AMD Drivers: Crimson v18.9.1

Benchmarks Used:
LuxMark v3.1
Unigine Superposition
3DMark "Fire Strike"
3DMark "Time Spy"
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Wildlands
Strange Brigade
Final Fantasy XV
FarCry 5

SiSoft SANDRA 2018
Video Shader Performance Test

First up, we have the Video Shader Compute and GPGPU Shader Processing benchmarks built into SiSoft SANDRA 2018. These tests performs a series of floating point operations on the GPU and reports the average speed of calculations. The Shader Compute test uses DirectX, while CUDA or OpenCL is employed for the NVIDIA GeForce or Radeon cards, respectively, in the GPGPU Shader Processing tests...

sader compute 1

sader compute 3

sader compute 2

The Turing-based GeForce RTX 2080 cards finish about on par with previous-gen Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 here. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is significantly more powerful, however, it trails the Titan XP and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Note the strong performance of Vega 64 in the Double-Precision test.

shader processing 1

shader processing 2

shader processing 3

The scales tip in favor of Turing and the GeForce RTX cards versus the previous-gen GeForce GTX cards, when using CUDA in the GPGPU Shader Processing benchmark, though the Radeon RX Vega 64 put up the best aggregate and Double-Precision numbers by far.

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