The GeForce GTX 1080 was the first Pascal generation Nvidia card to hit the market and offers a significant performance increase over the previous Maxwell era along with a host of new features and technologies. Today, it remains one of the most powerful graphics cards for PC gaming at high resolutions, particularly 1440p and 4K, and also works well with high refresh rate monitors and VR.
However, the former GPU king costs more than the GTX 1070 Ti, if you can find either card at retail that long after launch, and the GTX 1080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti offer more performance. rough. The RTX 2070 is perhaps the GTX 1080’s closest contemporary competitor, as the new Turing graphics card offers slightly better RTX and DLSS features and performance levels, all for a lower price in many regions.
We’ll look at benchmark results from nine recent games to give you a good idea of what kind of performance you should expect when the GTX 1080 is paired with a suitable processor at very high or ultra graphics settings. We don’t usually recommend anything faster than a GTX 1070 for 1080p gaming, as the CPU becomes the bottleneck and here you’re leaving GPU performance on the table. But if you’re gaming at 1080p with a GTX 1080 on a high refresh rate display, we recommend pairing it with an Intel Core i7 8700K or higher for the highest frame rates possible.
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For this benchmark roundup, we’ll compare the GTX 1080 to the new RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and the old GTX 1080 Ti; We will also include AMD’s high-end Vega 64 GPU. Towards the end of the page, we’ll also show you how the GTX 1080 compares to previous generations of Nvidia cards and the entire Nvidia GeForce 10 series, including the lower-end models, so you can get a better idea of on-screen power up here .
Our GTX 1080 benchmarks are based on the Founders Edition shown here. Third-party versions with more powerful coolers are usually equipped with factory overclocking, which can increase performance by five to seven percent.
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Each playtest uses our in-house system, comprised of a YouTube video with synchronized telemetry below. Click on the video to start playback and you can see how each card handles the scene in real time. You can add or remove different cards from the comparison, as well as switch between 1440p and 4K resolutions to suit your needs. (This is only available on the desktop version of Eurogamer at this time; apologies to mobile users.)
For example, if you had a 4K monitor, you could choose to select only the 4K results, while if you already had the GTX 1080 and were considering a monitor, you could see how performance differs between 1440p and 4K. In addition to the live stats, there’s also a summary below of each card’s average performance across the scene.
In addition to the average frame rate, you can also mouse over different cards on the chart to see the best and worst results: best one percent, best five percent, worst five percent, worst one percent, It can be helpful to see how the cards handle the easier or more difficult parts of each scene. In addition to seeing the frame rates for each of these figures, you can also click on the bar graph to switch between frame rates and relative performance, the latter of which may be more useful for comparing performance.
This benchmarking system is exclusive to Digital Foundry and offers as much or as little data as you want. For more information, you can see how Digital Foundry’s benchmarking system works here. Now that we’ve covered the preamble, let’s set some benchmarks!
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
We start with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the latest game built with Ubisoft’s AnvilNext 2.0 engine. The game’s wide views are challenging even at 1080p, with the GTX 1080 barely managing an average 60fps result, well ahead of the struggling Vega 64 but well behind the GTX 1080 Ti, RTX 2070 and RTX 2080. At 1440p, the GTX 1080 is 25 percent behind the GTX 1080 Ti and 15 percent behind the RTX 2070. The RTX 2080 is the fastest card in the field, with a nearly 30 percent lead. percent with the same resolution. At 4K, the GTX 1080 still manages a cinematic 30fps average, closely followed by the Vega 64.
AC Odyssey: Ultra High, TAA
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Next up is Assassin’s Creed Unity, a 2014 title that showcases the grandeur and chaos of Revolution-era Paris. The GTX 1080 is 15 percent ahead of AMD’s best card, the Vega 64, at 1440p. However, the GTX 1080 Ti shows its dominance with a result that is 19 percent ahead of the GTX 1080 and 14 percent ahead of the RTX 2070. At 4K, the GTX 1080 delivers 35 fps, suggesting A G-Sync display may be required. for a properly smooth experience. Also note the wide variation in performance with AMD – the Radeon hardware struggles every time the game’s depth of field effect is rendered.
AC Unit: Ultra High, FXAA
Next up on our alphabetical tour of modern video games is Battlefield 1 from 2016. The game lacks a built-in cue feature, so we use a tank driving scene that features a small number of close-range explosions that momentarily reduce the tank performance. That means frame-time spikes can be safely ignored, but it still gives us a good idea of the performance you can expect. The Vega 64 barely beats the GTX 1080 here, around two percent at 1440p and 4K. Regardless, the 61 frames per second the GTX 1080 gets in 4K is fully playable and ties the performance of the RTX 2070. If you’re curious about Battlefield 5’s results, expect to get about two-thirds the frame rate in the Title newer, so around 40fps at 4K.
Battlefield 1: Ultra, TAA
2013’s Crysis 3 is our oldest benchmark, but it’s far from the easiest. As we review the benchmark at each resolution, the GTX 1080 leads the Vega 64 by about 13 percent. However, only the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2080 are capable of close to 60 fps in 4K, with an average frame rate of just 54 fps. To get a GPU capable of running Crysis smoothly in ultra HD, you’ll need to turn to Nvidia’s flagship RTX 2080 Ti card, which averages 68 fps.
Crysis 3: very high, SMAA T2X
Very far away 5
Far Cry 5’s use of fast math (FP16 double speed) allows AMD hardware to perform better than usual, with the Vega 64 tying the GTX 1080 at 1080p and slightly ahead at higher resolutions. At Nvidia, the GTX 1080 is outperformed by the newer RTX 2070 at all resolutions, with the RTX 2080 taking the overall performance crown.
Far Cry 5: Ultra, TAA
Ghost Recon Wildlands
We have now reached the most challenging (and newest) section of our benchmark suite. Ghost Recon Wildlands delivers an extreme workload on its ultra preset settings, and you can see that even the GTX 1080 Ti barely manages to hit 60 frames per second at 1440p. The GTX 1080 is 18 percent behind the 1080 Ti at 1440p, but a few frames ahead of the Vega 64. At 4K, performance falls back to console level at just 30 frames per second for the GTX 1080. We recommend lowering some settings if you’re gaming at 4K or investing in a G-Sync monitor to smooth out any variations in frame rate.
Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ultra, TAA
The Rise of the Tomb Raider
Action heroine Lara Croft continued her origin story in the 2016 game Rise of the Tomb Raider, which includes an interesting three-part built-in waypoint in her settings menu. We’re using the DX12 rendering route here and the game runs a little better on Nvidia hardware, with the GTX 1080 leading the Vega 64 by two percent at 1440p and just one percent at 4K. At almost 50 frames per second, the game is quite playable in 4K without sacrificing too many detail settings.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Very high, SMAA
The shadow of the Tomb Raider
The GTX 1080 faces a tougher task in the 2018 sequel Shadow of the Tomb Raider, barely managing to deliver 34 frames per second at 4K resolution. That’s slightly slower than AMD’s top graphics card and almost 20 percent behind the GTX 1080 Ti. The new RTX cards also impress here in 4K, with scores between 10 and 25 percent faster than the GTX 1080.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Taller, TAA
The Witcher 3
Our penultimate test is the 2015 title The Witcher 3, one of the most popular games of its time. The GTX 1080 outperforms the Vega 64 at 1080p, but the two cards are roughly equivalent at 4K, although the AMD card shows some slowdown not experienced by its GeForce equivalent. The GTX 1080 Ti opens up a convincing 44 percent lead over the GTX 1080 in 4K to win the group.
The Witcher 3: Ultra, Post-AA, no hairstyles
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Due to incompatibilities between this game and our video capture software, performance for Vega 64 is not available in Wolfenstein. However, that gives us room to bring in the RTX 2060, which shows an interesting point of comparison with the GTX 1080 in this newer game. All measurements here are taken with variable rate shading technology disabled and even without it, the RTX 2060 is faster than the GTX 1080 at all resolutions except 4K. VRS at its most aggressive setting also provides an additional 15 percent performance on the RTX 2060, which is pretty impressive.
Wolfenstein 2 Vulkan: Uber, TSSAA 8X
In this special benchmark, we have the GTX 1080 compared to its historical predecessors, going back to the 700 series that debuted in 2013. It’s worth noting that we’ve replaced the usual resolution controls to the right of the video. with generational controls, allowing you to compare within or between the Pascal, Maxwell and Kepler cards included here.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
We’ll conclude with a comparison of the entire Nvidia Pascal line, where the GTX 1080 performs closer to the GTX 1070 Ti than the GTX 1080 Ti.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
With that, we have completed our tour of the GTX 1080 benchmark results. We hope you found this article useful!
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