Nvidia RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080 Ti – Benchmarks & Comparisons

July 30, 2019 posted by

The Nvidia RTX 2080 and 1080 Ti are both powerful
gaming graphics cards, but which should you pick, and is it worth upgrading? In this video
we’ll check out a heap of game benchmarks at 4K, 1440p, and 1080p at all setting levels
to help you see the performance difference between them. For the testing I’m using the MSI 2080 Duke,
expect a full review on that in a future video. The 1080 Ti on the other hand was just a generic
Sapphire card that I borrowed from a prebuilt system. Let’s just quickly take a look at how the
2080 and 1080Ti actually differ in terms of specs, note that things like clock speed and
power will vary between specific cards, these are just the reference specs for each model.
Important differences to take note of are that the 1080Ti has more Cuda cores but lower
base and boost clock speeds out of the box. The 2080 has less memory, but has a higher
memory speed owing to it now being GDDR6 in the 20 series. Finally before we get into the gaming benchmarks
let’s check out the system that was used for testing. I’ve got an Intel i7-8700K
CPU overclocked to 5.1GHz on all cores in order to best attempt to remove CPU bottlenecking,
as well as 16GB of memory running at DDR4-2666 in dual channel. All tests were run with the
same Windows and game updates applied, however different Nvidia drivers were used, as the
RTX cards launched with a newer driver, at the time of testing however these were the
latest available for 10 and 20 series cards respectively. With all of this in mind let’s check out
the gaming results! Fortnite was tested with the same replay,
at 1080p we’re getting excellent frame rates with either card, although the 2080 is coming
out ahead at the higher setting levels, 3.8% better at epic settings on average. Moving
up to 1440p the frame rates drop down a bit at the higher levels, with the 2080 still
ahead for the most part, giving us a little more 4.5% improvement at epic settings. At
4K the differences between both cards is much less noticeable, perhaps a miniscule edge
to the 2080. Assassin’s Creed Origins was tested with
the built in benchmark, and again at 1080p the 2080 is coming out ahead at the higher
setting levels but performing slightly less at lower settings. At max settings the 2080
is just 2.4% ahead of the 1080Ti in average frame rates. At 1440p the frame rates drop
back a bit, and now the 2080 has pulled out ahead at all setting levels, with a larger
6.2% performance increase to average frame rates at max settings. The frame rates drop
back quite a bit in 4K with a 5.2% improvement at max settings with the 2080, but the difference
between the two rises as the setting level drops down. Far Cry 5 was also tested using the built
in benchmark, and at 1080p there are minimal differences in performance between this game
at the average frame rates, while the 1080Ti was actually slightly ahead in 1% lows. Stepping
up to 1440p the 2080 starts to pull out ahead, at ultra settings it’s now performing 6.7%
better than the 1080Ti with not much changes to differences in 1% low. At 4K the average
frame rates almost half, and at ultra settings the 2080 is performing 7.9% better here. Ghost Recon was also tested with the built
in benchmark, at 1080p the 2080 was giving me a 7.6% improvement over the 1080Ti in average
frame rates, and a 10% improvement to the 1% low. At 1440p things drop a bit but we’re
still seeing nice results with either card, but just a 5% performance improvement with
the 2080 at ultra settings this time around. As this game is pretty resource intensive
it doesn’t go too well at 4K at higher settings, there’s not much difference between the
two at all here and the results are fairly equalized now. Overwatch was tested in the training area
while running through the same route, at 1080p the settings are insanely good as expected,
the game caps out at 300 FPS and can be averaged at most setting levels. At 1440p we’re still
getting very high frame rates, even at epic settings, however the 1080Ti appears to be
around 3% ahead of the 2080 here, not too sure why that’s the case in this game, but
the same pattern was also seen in the 4K results, where the 2080 was just slightly behind, at
epic settings the 1080Ti was now 7.3% better here in the average frame rates. CSGO saw similar results at 1080p, with the
2080 slightly behind the 1080Ti. Going up to 1440p the gaps close a little between the
two cards, however the 1080Ti is still ahead for the most part. This doesn’t really change
at 4K, the 1080Ti is still slightly ahead, although the differences between the two at
this resolution are much fewer. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built
in benchmark, we’re getting crazy high frame rates regardless of setting level however
the 2080 was clearly ahead here, performing about 10.4% better than the 1080Ti at ultra
settings. At 1440p the frame rates are still quite high, again with the 2080 in front regardless
of setting level, a larger 17.6% improvement to average frame rate was seen with the 2080
here. At 4K the 2080 is still scoring around 19% better in average frame rates at ultra
settings, although both cards are still able to give us above 100 FPS in this title. PUBG was tested using the replay feature,
at 1080p we’re getting really high frame rates at all setting levels, with the 2080
performing around 4.6% better in the averages at ultra settings. At 1440p I was seeing a
larger 7.1% improvement to the average frame rate at ultra settings with the 2080, with
similar boosts seen at all setting levels, bigger differences than what we saw at 1080p.
At 4K the results are fairly close together, although the 2080 appears to be just slightly
ahead in average frame rates, just 1.4% better than the 1080Ti at ultra settings in this
test. Shadow of war was tested using the built in
benchmark, and at 1080p there was a 4.5% improvement when maxed out using the 2080. At 1440p the
2080 is again ahead in all tests, although rising up to 11.1% higher than the 1080Ti
at ultra settings this time. At 4K the results come a little closer together, a 7.3% improvement
with the 2080 at ultra settings this time. Watchdogs 2 is quite a resource intensive
game, but we’re getting great performance at 1080p with either card, although the 1080Ti
was ahead, performing 6.6% better than the 2080 at ultra settings. Frame rates drop down
a little at 1440p, but overall are still quite good. At ultra settings this time the difference
between the two is very close together. 4K was still pretty playable at most setting
levels, and again at max settings the differences between the two cards are extremely small
and realistically within margin of error ranges, however at all other setting levels it’s
a bit clearer that the 2080 was coming out slightly ahead at this resolution. I’ve also tested some benchmark tools, in
Unigine’s Superposition benchmark they both seemed to trade blows depending on the particular
test, and then a fairly similar story when we look at the various 3DMark tests, in either
case the results are quite good. In terms of improvement, over all the games
tested at max settings with a 1080p resolution on average the 2080 was performing just 2%
better than the 1080Ti, although as we can see there is quite some difference between
the different games. At 1440p on average over the same games the 2080 was now performing
5.4% better than the 1080Ti in these titles, but again it really seems to vary depending
on the specific game. At 4K the 2080 was on average 3.2% better than the 1080Ti, but again
this varies a fair bit between games, it would be nice if I could test more games but this
data already took 3 days to collect as is. It’s also worth emphasizing the differences
in my actual cards that I’m testing with, it would have been nice to have say an MSI
1080Ti Duke to test with to make the cards fairly similar as I was using a 2080 Duke,
but this is what I had available to test with, with a better 1080Ti I think the performance
gap could close a little more, realistically I think the differences in performance are
fairly small and for the most part are not too significant, but as shown it varies between
game. Overclocking wasn’t tested here for a couple
of reasons, firstly there simply just wasn’t time, and secondly the amount you’ll be
able to overclock will depend on the specific design of the card, and will therefore vary
anyway. Don’t worry though, I’ll check out overclocking in the full 2080 review,
so make sure you’re subscribed for that. I also haven’t actually been able to test
any RTX specific titles, as there aren’t any at the time of recording, so once RTX
is actually utilized more in the future, the 20 series may become more useful, I guess
the testing here makes the comparison more apples to apples though. Now for the final difference, the price. I
suggest checking updated prices using the links in the description, as they will change
over time and I’m currently working off pricing a day before the 2080 becomes available
to buy. At the time of recording, MSI’s 2080 Duke that I’m testing with goes for
around $830 USD, although the prices for a 2080 seem to range from $750 to $900. The
cheapest 1080Ti at the time of recording on the other hand, starts at $600 USD and most
go to around $800 or so, so overall in general the 1080Ti does seem to be a bit cheaper currently,
although it of course will vary quite a bit based on the specific model of card you’re
after. If we look specifically at MSI’s 1080Ti
Duke, it’s about $60 USD cheaper, or 6% cheaper, and when considering the performance
difference of the 2080 just being 3% at 4K, 5% at 1440p, and 2% at 1080p, in terms of
raw value the 1080Ti looks like a better deal at the moment. If you’ve already got a 1080Ti
there’s no real reason in upgrading to a 2080, maybe a 2080Ti if you really want to
have the best or if you really need ray tracing. So which graphics card would you pick? The
older but definitely still capable 1080Ti, or newer RTX 2080? As the results were so
close together personally I’d probably just go for whatever was cheapest at the time,
although keep in mind that if you do plan on taking advantage of RTX in the future then
the 2080 would be the best choice for you, we’ll just have to wait and see how well
the new technology is utilized in upcoming games and future updates before we really
know for sure. In any case I think it’s pretty cool that the 2080 is so close to the
1080Ti, it just makes me more interested to see how far ahead the 2080Ti is. Let me know which card you’d pick down in
the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe for the 2080 review as well as future tech
videos like this one.


100 Replies to “Nvidia RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080 Ti – Benchmarks & Comparisons”

  1. Igoris Buslovicius says:

    why you tested 1080ti FE ?
    why not choose one of 1080ti AORUS or 1080ti STRIX?

  2. Bigbacon says:

    best option, used 1080ti.

  3. Braggin Rites says:

    Every sentence you say sounds like a damn question :babyrage:

  4. Ale Kul says:

    Burger king foot lettuce

  5. Jack Garetto says:

    If I have a 1070 currently, should I upgrade to the 2080? Or even the 2080ti? Any suggestions anyone?

  6. n0rie9a says:

    every time a new technology is implemented for the first time in a generation of hardware that is the generation to skip because no sane person really upgrades at every new generation. rtx/gtx 20 series is the generation to skip here

  7. Not Nice says:

    if someone ALREADY has 1080ti then NO need to get 2080,.
    But if someone DONT have, then BETTER get 2080.

    10 series gonna survive this year or Maybe next.

  8. Kubyy Hayy says:

    Do you think it’s good idea to buy gtx 1080ti ? Price doesn’t matter

  9. Rubeeno80 says:

    Cant find 1080ti on mwave. So 2080 it is.

  10. Paul Phoenix says:

    But the puddle's!

  11. Auction Built says:

    Hey I’m looking to build a pc and I was wondering if I should buy the 1080ti or 2080 or 2080ti, 1080ti is about $500-600 used and the 2080 is around $640 new, 2080ti is $1100. I currently don’t have any pc and trying to spend no more than $2k, also I’m from Florida.

  12. Bas says:

    0:31 Did he say generic Sapphire card ? I thought Sapphire only made AMD Radeon cards

  13. AsianTryHard says:

    Hey I have a 1080ti but when I play overwatch it doesn't hit 200 fps on max settings. Is my you under performing? Or is it a bottleneck because I have an i5 6600k . Thanks

  14. Scrotum Monster says:

    1080 ti is best to stick with. If you EVER turn on raytracing you will bog your 2080 ti right out like it is a GTX 1030… 😒 Dumb

  15. Steve says:

    hardware unboxed rec amended you to watch and he was right so far so good so i subscribed,but you could have used a better 1080 ti,i have a asus strix 1080 ti and the scores were much closer.

  16. Neo says:

    Anyone using those cards for fortnite should be impaled at the foot of their pc

  17. Helmuth Sgakal says:

    super Video,danke, habe mich für 1080 Ti entschieden

  18. Shalin Dragon says:

    can you kinldy do on wow? how want know the fps differents.

  19. Christopher Anthony says:

    There are a lot of people who won't understand all these Different settings and different resolutions you should have showed some game play to see if there are any visual differences

  20. Robert Lewter says:

    I have a 980 should I get a 1080ti or a 2080???

  21. The SamsungExperiance says:

    now do a update with the new drivers lmao

  22. CrispyMuffin says:

    i currently have an old GTX 1070 and a limited budget. i can afford either the RTX 2080 or the GTX 1080 ti. which one should i get?

  23. Matt B says:

    Great review, but the question remains…. can they run Doom?

  24. Alex Fatal says:

    I can't believe I need to decode those stupid colors and theme u choose for the bencarks at 1:50

  25. Baris Güleç says:

    You'd but also ray tracing technology with rtx 208o dlss too i'd buy rtx 2080.better than 1080 ti

  26. thestiffmeister7 says:

    RTX is obviously the way to go of course . Game changer , especially when the DLSS supports land the numbers will increase for about 20 to 35 fps up in its tier.

  27. Andy Chia says:

    I don't see the slightest difference lol

  28. Omnipotat0 says:

    I'm upgrading from 970 and these both cost about the same so I'm considering these

  29. Manuel G says:

    i'll stick with my almost 2.1 Ghz 1080 Ti

  30. MrQkiz says:

    Great review! but I was annoyed of the way you end every sentence, the accent is just not for me 🙂

  31. Luqaz A says:

    Too much data, almost a mess like LTT, which make things very hard to keep track and confusing. My suggestion is you keep at only one, High/Epic settings which both cards are relevant for.

  32. Dannie Sørensen says:

    I’m looking to upgrade my gtx 970. Which of these cards would you recommend?

  33. lonewolf031 says:

    The Rtx series of cards are seriously disappointing.

  34. TwiTch says:

    Nvidia seriously fucked up on this generation…

    Look at the difference from previous generations TOP End card vs the newer gen 70 series cards. Example 980Ti vs 1070, a 1070 has a great performance advantage over the 980ti and they launched at $649 vs $399 MSRP…

    this generation we have the $699 1080ti vs the new $799 RTX 2080, they are nearly identical in performance, when we SHOULD Be getting closer to 2080ti performance on the 70 series for around $450 (not $1200)

  35. FrAsS BrAsS says:

    Lol cpu bottlenecking with 8700k hahaha it doesnt bottleneck at all with older cpu like 4770k lol

  36. dane brass says:

    I got the rtx 2080 and I love it.

  37. Darth Father says:

    Fairly similaaaaaa.

  38. Villy Zanej says:

    Really nice bench

  39. Aquatic says:

    okay im sorry dude but when you narrate your voice inflection is going up and down and up and down over and over again. it just sounds odd and doesnt make any sense, youre emphasizing random words but not other random words.

  40. xWolFang says:

    stop talking that way every phrase you say, not hating just an advice, it gets really annoying how you end your phrases , check the video and you will know what i mean.

  41. AfraidFire48887 says:

    6:42 doesn't look like shadow of war to me?..

  42. Di Saar says:

    Same as many here, I'd buy a 1080ti but I'm not paying current prices for an older card without warranty and used. I can pony up a little and get a newer gen with warranty. Warranty is priceless.

  43. Joe Shmoe says:

    How do you overclock a single CPU core?

  44. JuanXSama Gaming says:

    I have a 1070 and I’ve been looking to upgrade but I really didn’t want to spend the money…but I’ve save up and I’m good for the 2080ti but I’m being advised against that since it’s just to expensive(no for me but in general) so what does the YouTube comment section recommend me doing?

  45. vlad ### says:

    In my coutry 2080 is 70 euros cheaper, so should i buy it for gaming?

  46. Sinthela says:

    Should i buy RTX 2080? Currently i have GTX 960 and i planning to upgrade it for VR games. I wanted 1080ti but its no longer avaiable for manufaction and stores all ran out of stock so i only left here with 2080 with around the same price as 1080ti and as i can see from this video they are basiccly the same + RTX has raytracing( whihc i heard is kinda trash and i wont even need for VR so just mentioned..) Is 2080 really a scum or is it a scum for 1080 and 1080ti users? Should i buy it or wait for another card or untill 2080ti gets cheaper? Btw 2080ti is a scum too? Any toughts are welcome. 🙂

  47. Gasper Steve says:

    Who else finds the way they talk cringe, just talk normal lol

  48. Riva1er Plays says:

    Can you give me a summary?
    I don't really get it rip…

  49. Munqy [X] says:

    What about ultra wide though

  50. HuntaKiller says:

    Wow the current best used $400 card 1080ti from zotac vs the $800 2080

  51. :D :D says:

    1080 Ti is Still D.R.E and 1080 Ti compete with RTX 2080 non-Ti and GDDR5X (X) vs GDDR6 and more C.Core for 1080 Ti yes accepted 1080 Ti is still Rock for 3 yrs or 2 yrs

  52. The Greek Hijacker says:

    6:42 wrong game

  53. Stef Vans says:

    i think i keep my 1080ti oc strix a whille longer 🙂

  54. Gazooka says:

    Initially wanted to get a GTX 1080ti but after seeing prices for used 1080tis (£700 – £1200) and after seeing the comparison between RTX 2080 and GTX 1080ti I'm gonna go with RTX 2080 as the performance is awesome and the price is anywhere from £650 – £1000 brand new.

  55. DelireWeb says:

    In short: nothing really revolutionary here, just a marketing cycle..

  56. M44DL Mustang 5.0 says:

    This is not a fair test 11gb memory vs 8 GB 2080 it would flop if u put 2080ti vs 1080ti this test is b.s the 2080 beats the 1080ti that says it all it's not a 2080 ti and nowadays 1080ti costs u way more do a balanced test this is ridiculous

  57. M44DL Mustang 5.0 says:

    And now ray tracing is taking off let's test it in 6 months with rtx

  58. Tzvetan Tzvetanov says:

    I now too have a Gtx 1080 ti

  59. Marnus Alberts says:

    great review thx gives good comparison

  60. Udrea Marcel says:

    It's all about optimization drivers witch is better for 2080 but 1080 ti is the best choice for price /performance raport!

  61. timekillerB says:

    Yes 2080

  62. Freestyle says:

    Ryzen 9 3850x when ? I will wait build buy my pc : 2080 RTX , Ram 16 GB 4000mhz G.skill ,ryzen 9 3850x or i7 8700k .. I need have not lags fixed for streaming / pro Vegas 15 and I have monitor 1440p

  63. jahsh jahsh says:

    Please deliver this to all the world: Stop convincing people that companies should increase the price of each model year according to the performance increase you idiots! With your logic next year model will cost 2k $ and after 4k$ then 8k $ then 16k $ you idiots.

  64. John Evans says:

    with the 1080 ti I haven't had any issues with ray tracing. I don't know why this is a specific selling point for the RTX.

  65. Simon Davis says:

    I went with the 2080 I looked for a couple of weeks and I can't find a 1080ti for less than $900 I got my 2080 for $800.

  66. * NightWalker * says:

    I'm not going to subscribe because you talk in a super weird rhythm and intonation and frankly, it sounds a bit annoying after a while! Bye

  67. Albert karapetyan says:

    I have a 1080ti as well, paired with a R5 2600 3.9ghz but for some reason my frames are way lower than the benchmarks. my FC5 is running 70fps on avg on "high" not even ultra.. Am i bottlenecking because I do see my GPU at 50%-70% usage. and if so how can fix it

  68. DexPex says:

    Nvidia stop being a dick and reduce the price of 1080ti than increasing it!

  69. it's all good says:

    My Aorus 1080Ti would have beat them, it'a clocked at 1850 and overclocks at 2000mhz so I'm still good to save my money and see what the next gen cards look like.

  70. adam says:

    my 1080 ti hybrid card was stable 1980Mhz ~ 2040Mhz not sure if that makes a difference.

  71. John Aranjo says:

    cpu bottlenecking? really that seems unlikely my 8700k at 5.0 ghz never goes above 30 percent load. While my 1070 is maxed out at 99

  72. M44DL Mustang 5.0 says:

    Why cant u test 2080.vs 1080 this is ridiculous test 1080ti 1000$plus 2080 not a 2080ti when u compared a.2080 vs 1080 it was a 30plus % improvement for the 2080 a 1080ti was a top.of the market card this test is just useless and essentially now with an inflated 1080ti.market it's way more expensive

  73. happy curty says:

    dude. you talk funny…. stop talking like that… stop it now!!!

  74. plasmathunderdx says:

    I'm gonna be upgrading from an r9 290 to rtx2080. 1440p 144hz here I come!!!

  75. Zfast4you says:

    are u comparing coolers or gpu's??? i mean so much mistakes here. water block em, run at stock, run on same drivers ok? then post results.

  76. Paulobraveheart M says:

    i love my strix 1080 ti oc,no rtx here…

  77. XBox Void says:

    6:41 aight then

  78. MOLLY TWD says:

    I have msi 1080ti armor oc and it gave more fps than the msi ventus 2080 which means if you want your test to be fair you should compare this card to a suitable one not the founder edition if you chose the gtx 1080 strix or the aorus ,gaming x it would easily beat the 2080 Msi duke even the gaming x trio

  79. Arca İpekyün says:

    3:50 so Ubisoft optimization is sh*t I would say… just Far Cry 5 is OK but others suck.

  80. someonesomewhere says:

    CS GO is intressting…because its actualy a cpu bounded game. so you will run first into cpu problems than gpu

  81. TheOGKnight says:

    European austin evans

  82. Influence Ninja. says:

    600 $ vs 1200$ for only 5 fps different
    Really awesome Nividia I'm gonna switch to Amd

  83. NutKid 2 says:

    I currently have a laptop with 940mx 4gb ddr3.
    I want to upgrade and i have two options.
    1)alienware aurora r7 with two gtx 1080 tis 11gb.
    2)Hp omen 880-141nx with single rtx 2080 8gb.
    Please can you help in deciding which one to buy?
    Thanks in advance.

  84. Paul M says:

    You should have used a board partner 1080ti as the 2080 is overclocked out of the box , this would have given you a more accurate comparison and you would have found that the 1080ti is slightly better. The market proved this as the 1080ti holds its value better and is slightly more expensive ( if you can find one).

  85. David Hamilton says:

    Is the 2080 overclocked?

    Also will the ftw3 give better performance?

  86. Mr Pancake. says:

    When then epic 4K in overwatch is still better then your lowest setting in overwatch I get a constant 60 FPS

  87. Games TV says:

    Keep your 1080 , not worth the upgrade now.
    Wait for the next generation.

  88. Dimas nah says:

    lol 1080 beats it eny day

  89. AZUZ- says:

    so whats the bottom line do i buy 1080ti or 2080

  90. Seth Thomas says:

    I maybe crazy, but 2080s are cheaper then 1080 ti from what I'm finding.

  91. 3x0 ItzRoar says:

    69k subs lol

  92. Laids says:

    if i have a 1060 rn should i upgrade to 2080 or 1080ti

  93. TotoroCloud says:

    what about minecraft

  94. Richard De Santiago says:

    Should I buy an rtx 2080 for 600$ or a gtx 1080ti for 450$

  95. Amr Desuu says:

    Where is the benchmark of grand, you make a benshmark with a lot of games

  96. MahamTours El Eulma says:

    wt if 2080 costs littel bit more than 1080 ti Which one i should buy ……..and i'm asking abt the people who say ray tracing is just some lightning reflections which you won't even notice.Is that logic argument to aviod that card (2080) ?? Pls Answer me Jarrod

  97. M0rph3u5 says:

    I have never seen a benchmark that didn't include either Crysis, Metro, witcher or Tomb Raider!

  98. Tyreke Hetzel says:

    so i have a msi twin frozr 7 1660 Ti, i wanna upgrade but im been stuck on either getting 2080ti or 1080ti because the price is literally the same over 1000+ mark. but i was thinking 2080 will be alot cheaper. idk i dont know much about gpu but i would still want an upgrade

  99. Karl Walker says:

    I have a STRIX 1080ti and I see no need to buy a RTX2080!
    I will wait and miss this generation and buy the next graphics cards:/
    Thank you for your video, sir 🙂

  100. Cloud Beast says:

    What about the the rtx 2080ti is it way better than the gtx1080ti

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