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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 review: Say hello to 4K ray traced gaming

By Aaron Yip - 20 Dec 2020

More benchmark numbers

1080p 1440p, 4K benchmarks (no ray tracing, no DLSS)

 

Even at full settings for all of the games here, the RTX 3080 still tore through ahead of the previous generation cards here for all games. But there are interesting insights here.

For one, all cards except the GTX 1080 Ti have hit a performance ceiling with Hitman 2 running at 1080p with maximum graphics settings, and it looks there’s not much more you can get out this game beyond the RTX 2080 at this resolution.

Secondly, look at Red Dead Redemption 2 scores. The game is a crazy resource hog – with the RTX 3080 just inching at the high side of 60fps – even at 1080p resolution. And here’s the kicker; only the 1080 Ti and 2080 Ti cards with their larger 11GB frame buffer could run the game at 4K resolution with full settings! But on the realistic side, it’s near impossible to play the game even at 16fps with an RTX 2080 Ti. It will be interesting to see how the game can perform with the RTX 3090, with its eye-popping 24GB memory.

All in all, it’s no surprise to see the RTX 3080 outclassing all of the cards here. What’s impressive is how well the card performs at 4K, being able to churn out that resolution – with graphics settings at maximum – at more than 60fps with the exception card-breaking games such as Metro: Exodus and Red Dead Redemption 2.

9.5
  • Performance 9.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 9
The Good
Excellent 4K performance
Huge ray tracing performance improvement
Solid built
Great price point
The Bad
New approach to cooling may not appeal to some PC enthusiasts
Location of power point is understandable but awkward still
10GB may not be enough for 4K gaming at max settings for selected games
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