Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC Review: Big, Custom Ampere

Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC: DirectX And Vulkan Game Tests

Crytek’s Neon Noir demo was created with an advanced version of CRYENGINE’s Total Illumination technology, which will be used in the upcoming Crysis Remastered to enhance the game’s visuals. Neon Noir was developed on a customized version of CRYENGINE 5.5., and is both API and hardware agnostic. It enables ray tracing to run on virtually any modern GPU, however, future integration of the technology will be optimized for the latest GPUs and APIs like Vulkan and DX12...

Crytek Neon Noir
API Agnostic Ray Tracing Test
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Crytek Neon Noir

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Please note that Neon Noir is using a proprietary ray tracing method, that does not require a GeForce RTX to function -- hence the Radeon results being present in the charts above. Here, the Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC traded victories with the Founder's Edition card, depending on the resolution.

Metro Exodus
With And Without RTX / DLSS
Metro Exodus is based on author Dmitry Glukhovsky's series of Metro novels that started with Metro 2033 back in 2005. The first installment in the series was Metro 2033, which was then followed by Metro Last Light (and later, Last Light Redux). Like other games in the series, Metro Exodus follows a post-apocalyptic story line that takes place in the former Russian Federation. The game features advanced graphics and visuals and also supports NVIDIA’s RTX and DLSS technologies.
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Metro Exodus

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Using the Ultra quality preset -- sans any ray tracing or DLSS -- the Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC and FE card were neck-and-neck, but head-and-shoulders ahead of every other GPU in the field.

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We also tested Metro Exodus with RTX and DLSS enabled, so no Radeons in the charts here. At 1440P, there's not much separating the high-end cards, but once we hit 4K, the Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC and FE jump out to a significant lead.

Red Dead Redemption 2
DirectX Gaming Blockbuster
Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is the third entry in the Red Dead series. The game’s storyline is set in 1899 and follows outlaw Arthur Morgan of the Van der Linde gang in a fictional wild-west type setting. The game features rich, detailed graphics, which can be taxing on high-performance GPUs, when cranked up to maximum image quality.
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Red Dead Redemption 2

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The Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC put up somewhat better minimum framerates than the NVIDIA Founder's Edition card, but ultimately trailed by just a touch in terms of average framerate at both resolutions.

Gears Tactics
DirectX Tactical Shooter
Gears Tactics is a turn-based tactical game spun-off of the popular Gears of War franchise. Technically, Gears Tactics is a prequel to the first game, but it was just recently released. Like Gears 5, Gears Tactics features a wide array of graphics options that can be tweaked and tuned to optimize performance on a given system.
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Gears Tactics

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Gear Tactics was somewhat CPU limited with the higher-end cards at 1440P, but things scaled more appropriately at 4K. Here, the Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC was able to outrun the Founder's Edition, with better minimum and average framerates.

Far Cry New Dawn
The Dunia Engine Lives On

Next up, we’ve got some benchmark scores from Far Cry New Dawn, the latest installment in the storied franchise. Like its predecessors, Far Cry New Dawn is a fast-action shooter set in an open world environment with lush visuals and high graphics fidelity. The game takes place in a fictional county in Montana, where a cult has taken over control of the area. We tested all of the graphics cards here at multiple resolutions using Ultra Quality settings to see how they handled this recently-released AAA title.
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FarCry New Dawn

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Like Gears Tactics, Far Cry New Dawn was CPU limited as well at 1440P. At 4K though, the Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC jumps into the pole position and outruns the FE by a small margin to lead the pack.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Vulkan Game Benchmarks
Wolfenstein: Youngblood lets gamers play as one of the Blazkowicz twins — Jess or Soph. The storyline follows the twins as they try to track down their Dad, BJ, in Paris during the '80s. The game has dark visuals and is one of the few titles on the PC currently to use the Vulkan API.
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Wolfenstein: Youngblood

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In our final game test, we see more of the same -- at both resolutions, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 FE just barely edges out the Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC in average framerate, but the Palit card put up the better minimum framerate at 4K.

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We've got one more data point to share as well. While we had Wolfenstein: Youngblood running, which offered relatively high framerates across all of the GPUs we tested, we used the LCAT device that's part of the new NVIDIA Reviewer Toolkit to capture some end-to-end latency characteristics. Note, this is NOT an NVIDIA reflex title, so there are no specific latency optimizations happening here. Framerates also directly correlate to end-to-end latency, so all other things being equal, the fastest cards should offer the best latency characteristics. And that's what we saw.

These numbers in the chart above are an average of 50 samples and the Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC ends up just a touch behind the NVIDIA Founder's Edition card. Don't read too much into this one, though. We're presenting the data as an interesting aside, since we captured it, but we're still experimenting and learning how to best incorporate LDAT data into our future reviews.

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