The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was perhaps the first graphics card that could truly handle 4K gaming without accepting chronically slow frame rates or greatly decreased graphics settings. The card was 25 to 30 percent faster than its closest rival, the GTX 1080, and is only matched on the Red Team side by the recently released Radeon 7. With strong demand for used GTX 1080 Ti cards , this innovative card can still be a viable option in the RTX era if you can find one at a fair price.
With such a degree of power at your fingertips, there’s little you can’t do with the GTX 1080 Ti. 4K gaming at 60 frames per second is a given for most titles, but this graphics card is also capable of driving VR headsets like the HTC Vive Pro, high-resolution ultrawide monitors, and even high refresh rate displays. up to 240 Hz (although in that case, be sure to pair your GTX 1080 Ti with a fast Intel Core i7 or Core i9 processor). All things considered, it ranks only behind the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti in our ranking of the fastest graphics cards on the market.
To give you a good idea of what to expect from the GTX 1080 Ti, we’ll be testing its performance on a variety of titles released in recent years, as well as some older titles. In each case, you should expect similar levels of performance when using the same very high or ultra settings with a suitable high-end processor and other components.
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For this benchmark roundup, we’ll be comparing the GTX 1080 Ti to its little brother, the GTX 1080, as well as two new Turing cards, the RTX 2080 and 2070. We’ll also include AMD’s new Radeon 7 GPU to give you an idea. of how the Red Team compares to the Green Team. It’s worth noting that the RTX 2080 and 2070 cards we tested are factory-overclocked Founders Edition models, while the GTX 10 series cards had reference clocks.
While the RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 offer better performance in most games, the GTX 1080 Ti is still a great performer up to 4K.
|RTX 2080||RTX 2070||GTX 1080Ti||GTX 1080||Radeon 7|
|VRAM||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||11GB GDDR5X||8GB GDDR5X||16GB HBM2|
|memory bus||256 bit||256 bit||352 bit||256 bit||4096 bits|
For each game, you’ll see our new custom Digital Foundry benchmarking system if you’re viewing the desktop version of this page. A YouTube video will show you the scene in which we tested each card, with live frame rate and frame time data embedded below.
This system is more customizable than “embedding” this information into the video itself, as you can use the controls to the right of the video to add or remove different cards and resolutions depending on your needs. For example, you could see how one card handles 1440p and 4K runs, or see four different cards tackling the 4K benchmark simultaneously.
Below the real-time telemetry, you can find summary results for the entire run, including the incredibly useful bottom one percent and bottom five percent figures, which give you an idea of the minimum frame rates offered by each GPU. To see these different statistics, hover your mouse over the image and watch the readings change accordingly. You can also click on the bar chart to change the absolute numbers to percentages and click again to change them back to absolute values.
Now that we’ve covered the benchmarking tool, let’s get straight to the results.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The GTX 1080 Ti performs well in the first benchmark we’re looking at, Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed Odyssey. This game’s large, detailed open world makes it a challenge to render, and we can see that with the 1440p results here: only the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2080 manage to maintain 60fps or more on average. The RTX 2070 is here nine percent behind the GTX 1080 Ti, while the RTX 2080 is three percent ahead of the flagship Pascal card. At 4K, we see the GTX 1080 Ti come back in second place with a playable 31fps, although we definitely recommend using G-Sync to smooth out any frame-time variations from scene to scene.
AC Odyssey: Ultra High, TAA
Assassin’s Creed Unity
We move on to a classic title that still threatens modern cards, Assassin’s Creed Unity from 2014. The 1080 Ti stays close to the RTX 2080 here at 1440p and 4K, with only a few frames per second separating the two cards. This shows that a 1080 Ti (used) could be a better value purchase if you can find one at a lower price than the next-gen hardware, at least in some titles. The Radeon 7 still has issues with the depth of field effect, which cripples its performance.
AC Unit: Ultra High, FXAA
The 2016 title Battlefield 1 is our next test. Since the game lacks a specific landmark, we’ve created a repeatable section of the game’s short but engaging campaign mode. Unlike our previous test, the RTX 2080 outperforms the GTX 1080 Ti here, with a margin of about four percent at 1440p and closer to six percent at 4K. The Radeon 7 shows its best performance here, well ahead of the RTX 2080 at both resolutions.
Battlefield 1: Ultra, TAA
Crysis 3 remains a popular benchmark in Digital Foundry dungeons, thanks to its notably high system requirements when played in 4K at very high settings despite coming out over five years ago in 2013. The GTX 1080 The Ti outperforms the RTX 2080 and Radeon 7 here, delivering around 54 fps at 4K.
Crysis 3: very high, SMAA T2X
Very far away 5
Far Cry 5, released in 2018, is the first of three new benchmarks that will debut alongside our RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti reviews, so we’ve also included it in this new version of our GTX 1080 Ti benchmarks. The 1080 Ti falls slightly behind the RTX 2080 in this newer title, although the difference is just three frames per second in 4K. Meanwhile, the GTX 1080 is far behind, down 22 percent in 4K.
Far Cry 5: Ultra, TAA
Ghost Recon Wildlands
2017’s open-world shooter Ghost Recon Wildlands remains the most stressful test we have right now, with an absolutely devastating ultra detail quality preset that’s capable of handling the new RTX cards, let alone the GTX 1080 Ti. Still, Nvidia’s card performs reasonably well here with an average result of 38fps in 4K, just a little behind the RTX 2080. Of course, the ultra preset is not a requirement to play this game, and we recommend switching to high or very high to achieve a result of 60 fps. Another option would be to enlist the help of a G-Sync monitor, to make the near 40fps frame rate a little smoother and more consistent on the GTX 1080 Ti.
Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ultra, TAA
The Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider comes with an interesting three-way benchmark, although it’s not as demanding as the game itself. The GTX 1080 Ti beats the newer, more expensive RTX 2080 in 4K here, although the difference is only a couple of frames per second. Expect a 20 percent gap from the RTX 2080 Ti, although it’s not shown here.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Very high, SMAA
The shadow of the Tomb Raider
Our second new benchmark is the 2018 Tomb Raider game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. In addition to being more representative of in-game performance, the benchmark is also, unsurprisingly, more challenging. The RTX 2080 card outperforms the GTX 1080 Ti here, as the newer game can take better advantage of the new architecture. It’s also worth keeping in mind that these results on RTX cards could be further improved with DLSS, which could see even the RTX 2080 hit 60 frames per second in 4K, leaving the GTX 1080 Ti completely outclassed.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider DX12: Higher, TAA
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3, released in 2015, remains a favorite for system testers and gaming fans alike. Our tour of the capital city of Novigrad shows the GTX 1080 Ti achieving an average of over 64fps in 4K. That’s around 20 frames per second faster than the GTX 1080, which may need to adopt lower settings or use a variable refresh rate monitor to smooth out the process.
The Witcher 3: Ultra, POST-AA, no hairstyles
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Our third and final point of reference for a new game is Wolfenstein’s 2017 outing, The New Colossus. We’ve selected a section of the game’s campaign that shows BJ riding the Panzerhund on the streets of New Orleans, giving the in-game footage a chance to put our test rigs to the test. There’s a pretty even gap between each of the five cards we’ve tested here, with the GTX 1080 Ti falling neatly between the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 at an average of 66fps in 4K. At 1440p, you’re looking at almost 120fps on average for the 1080 Ti, more than enough to take advantage of a high refresh rate monitor.
Wolfenstein 2 Vulkan: Uber, TSSAA 8x
In this special benchmark, we have the GTX 1080 Ti up against its historic predecessors, going back to the 700 series that debuted in 2013, plus the four RTX cards released so far. 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 lineup, where the GTX 1080 Ti shows its place at the top of the Pascal stack.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: 1080p, Ultra High, FXAA
With this, our look at the GTX 1080 Ti’s benchmark results has come to an end.
For more information on the GTX 1080 Ti, check out our full GTX 1080 Ti review. The new GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review might also be of interest! Finally, you can see how the GTX 1080 Ti compares to the new RTX 2080.
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