Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti review: Changing the game

These graphics cards are built for the future. What does that mean today?

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider ($60 on Humble) concludes the reboot trilogy, and it’s utterly gorgeous—so much so that even the state-of-the-art GeForce RTX 2080 Ti barely manages to average 60 fps with all the bells and whistles turned on at 4K resolution. Square Enix actually optimized this game for DX12, and recommends DX11 only if you’re using older hardware or Windows 7, so we test with that.

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Again, the RTX 2080 and GTX 1080 Ti are neck-and-neck, while the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition stays out in front by about 30 percent at 4K. Three distinct tiers of GPUs are starting to emerge: The GTX 1080 and Vega 64 trade blows around $500, the RTX 2080 and GTX 1080 Ti duke it out in the $700-to-$900 tier, and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti stands all on its own at $1,200-plus.

Far Cry 5

Finally, a DirectX 11 game! Far Cry 5 ($60 on Humble) is powered by Ubisoft’s long-established Dunia engine. It’s just as gorgeous as its predecessors—and even more fun. The game also supports HDR. More on that later.

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The same performance trends we’ve seen before continue here. Note that if you’re using a 1080p, 144Hz monitor, the RTX 2080 and GTX 1080 Ti keep up with the RTX 2080 Ti at that resolution, though the flagship maintains a wider lead in other games.

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Move over, Crysis. If you crank all the graphics options up to 11, like we do for these tests, Ghost Recon Wildlands ($50 on Humble) absolutely melts GPUs. Even the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti can’t come close to 60 fps at 4K resolution. Fear not, though: Later on, we’ll also test these cards with the games tuned for more realistic scenarios.

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The RTX 2080 and GTX 1080 Ti are neck-and-neck yet again, but the gap between them and the RTX 2080 Ti closes significantly in this game. While the RTX 2080 Ti pulled ahead by around 30 to 33 percent in the other games we’ve tested so far, in Ghost Recon Wildlands at 4K, that lead drops to around 23 to 25 percent.

Next page: More benchmark results

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