Nvidia RTX 3080 vs 3080 Ti: which GPU is greatest?

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With the launch of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti this month, the vanilla model of the RTX 3080 is now not Nvidia’s flagship gaming GPU. Historically, Nvidia’s Ti fashions have supplied considerably extra efficiency than their non-Ti siblings, as we noticed final era with the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti, and the era earlier than that with the GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti. However can the identical be stated of Nvidia’s RTX 30 sequence? Is the RTX 3080 Ti actually the greatest graphics card for 4K gaming, or does the vanilla RTX 3080 nonetheless handle to carry its personal towards its costlier Ti sibling? Let’s discover out by way of the medium of some pretty graphs.

To check the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti, I used Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Founders Version and the Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP Holo version that I utilized in my RTX 3080 Ti evaluate. I ran each playing cards at their default clock speeds, and I’ve saved ray tracing and DLSS switched off for this explicit comparability take a look at as nicely.

As for the remainder of my PC specs, I paired each playing cards with my standard Intel Core i5-10600K processor and 16GB of Corsair Vengeance Professional RGB RAM and put them face to face in my suite of graphics benchmarks, taking a mean body charge from their very own built-in benchmarking instruments or from my very own repeatable guide gameplay checks. These video games embody a mixture of blockbusters from the final couple of years: Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Whole Warfare: Three Kingdoms, Closing Fantasy XV, Monster Hunter: World, Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, The Witcher 3, Metro Exodus and Cyberpunk 2077.

Since these are Nvidia’s flagship RTX gaming GPUs, I’ve centered totally on how they carry out taking part in video games at 4K on this article, however I’ve additionally included some 1440p outcomes with some added RTX 3070 figures so you possibly can see precisely how a lot additional efficiency you are getting over Nvidia’s second-tier of GPUs. I have not included any 1080p outcomes right here as a result of, let’s be sincere, you should not be shopping for both of those playing cards for 1080p gaming. There are many different, often less expensive graphics playing cards on the market, such because the RTX 3060, that provide greater than sufficient efficiency at 1080p, and I might additionally suggest sticking with an RTX 3070 or AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT for enjoying video games at 1440p, too, as something extra is simply plain outdated overkill. With all that in thoughts, then, let’s check out some pretty bar charts.

RTX 3080 vs 3080 Ti: 4K benchmarks

Beginning with how the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti carry out at 4K on Extremely / Max settings in at present’s largest blockbusters, we will see that, normally, the RTX 3080 Ti is barely a fraction forward of its vanilla sibling. Older video games, resembling The Witcher III, give the RTX 3080 Ti an avearge lead of round 10fps, however in newer titles is way smaller, usually solely reaching round 5-6fps in my benchmark outcomes or, within the case of Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, a lead of simply 2fps.


It is the type of distinction you would be unlikely to truly spot in your moment-to-moment gameplay, and also you’d additionally solely ‘see’ that 10fps in The Witcher III in case you had a 4K monitor with a excessive refresh charge, too. Most of at present’s greatest 4K gaming screens do have excessive refresh charges, admittedly, however extra reasonably priced screens are often capped at an everyday 60Hz. In the event you’ve obtained one in all these 60Hz screens, you are actually not getting a lot profit from the RTX 3080 Ti in any respect, as each playing cards will really feel utterly an identical for something at 60fps or above.

That is very true when you drop the settings all the way down to Excessive, the place each the RTX 3080 and 3080 Ti can hit at the least 60fps on practically each recreation going – except for Cyberpunk 2077. I have not included Shadow Of The Tomb Raider or The Witcher III on this graph, as each playing cards have been already able to hitting nicely over 60fps within the latter, and have been just about there within the former, too (and may actually get nicely over the 60fps mark when you knock Tomb Raider’s anti-aliasing settings down a peg).


A graph showing 4K benchmark figures for the Nvidia RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti on High settings

As soon as once more, although, the RTX 3080 Ti is not that far forward of the conventional RTX 3080. At greatest you are a lead of round 8fps, however at worst you are solely going to get round half of that – as we will see in Cyberpunk 2077. In fact, throw DLSS into the combination with Cyberpunk and also you’re nicely over 60fps on max settings in each situations, though my benchmark outcomes truly had the common RTX 3080 forward of the Ti in my guide gameplay take a look at. Solely by a few frames, thoughts, nevertheless it simply goes to point out that with a comparatively modest PC like mine, the RTX 3080 Ti is not all the time going to provide the quickest outcomes.

In brief, I consider the vanilla RTX 3080 has greater than sufficient oomph for enjoying video games at 4K in the meanwhile, as you are simply not getting that a lot additional by choosing the Ti.

RTX 3080 vs 3080 Ti: 1440p benchmarks

As I stated earlier, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti aren’t actually meant for enjoying video games at 2560×1440 – they are much too highly effective for that – however I assumed it will be fascinating nonetheless to see how they stack as much as Nvidia’s subsequent GPU down, the RTX 3070 (which is their huge 1440p GPU).


A graph showing 1440p benchmark figures for the Nvidia RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 on Ultra settings

On Extremely / Max settings, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti are clearly greater than able to hitting 60fps at this decision, usually hitting averages between 90-100fps. Even a few of at present’s hardest video games, resembling Murderer’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077, are nicely into the 70s on these two playing cards – though as you possibly can see, the distinction between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti is quite a bit smaller than you would possibly count on, typically ranging between as little as 4-6fps. Equally, within the case of Cyberpunk 2077, it was the RTX 3080 that was as soon as once more the sooner card, not the RTX 3080 Ti.

Nevertheless, the distinction you are getting versus the RTX 3070 is way starker, in lots of circumstances boosting efficiency by round 20fps. As all the time, there are some video games which are a lot nearer, resembling Closing Fantasy XV and Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, however on the entire you are getting considerably extra efficiency at this decision with one of many RTX 3080 playing cards. Which may make the RTX 3080 extra tempting for these with excessive refresh charge 1440p gaming screens (of which there are actually an rising variety of floating round nowadays), however in case you’re not so fussed about taking part in video games on max settings, then the RTX 3070 will do you simply effective.

RTX 3080 vs 3080 Ti: which is greatest?

As I concluded in my RTX 3080 Ti evaluate, Nvidia’s new flagship GPU could technically provide the quickest speeds this facet of their Titan-class RTX 3090, however you are actually not lacking out on a lot by choosing the common model, both at 4K or 1440p. As such, the RTX 3080 stays my prime advice for these after the perfect 4K graphics card.

In fact, because of the ongoing graphics card scarcity in the meanwhile, neither GPU is definitely available for purchase proper now, and any RTX 3080s that do get placed on sale usually go for far more than their advisable beginning value of £649 / $699. Certainly, you may possible discover many are simply as costly because the RTX 3080 Ti’s beginning value of £1049 / $1199, which is frankly simply loopy cash in case you ask me. As such, I might strongly suggest not shopping for a brand new GPU in case you may also help it simply now, as you may possible find yourself paying massively via the roof for it. Alas, the graphics card scarcity is not more likely to resolve itself till subsequent yr, so typically wants should. I might nonetheless suggest choosing the RTX 3080 if you will discover it, however when each playing cards are roughly of an identical value proper now, you could resolve it is price getting the Ti as a substitute.

In a really perfect world, although, the RTX 3080 can be palms down the higher selection for 4K gaming, as I simply do not consider the Ti’s efficiency justifies its greater value.

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