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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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War ($50 on Humble) adds a strategic layer to the series’ sublime core gameplay loop, adapting the Nemesis system to let you create an army of personalized Orc commanders. It plays like a champ on PC, too.

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The RTX 2080 stays consistently ahead of the GTX 1080 Ti here, albeit by a slim margin, and the RTX 2080 Ti’s performance lead opens back up to around 33 percent at 4K resolution. It’s a whopping 45 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Ti. Interestingly, AMD’s Radeon Vega 64 noses ahead of the GTX 1080.

F1 2018

The latest in a long line of successful games, Codemasters’ F1 2018 ($60 on Humble) is a benchmarking gem, supplying a wide array of both graphical and benchmarking options—making it a much more reliable option than the Forza series. Confession time: It’s a lot of fun, too. Tinkering with this for testing reasons quickly turned into an “extended benchmarking session.” We test two laps on the Australia course, with clear skies.

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Everything lands where you’d expect after seeing the performance in the other games.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity ($40 on Humble) was one of the very first DX12 games, and it remains a flag-bearer for the technology to this day. With hundreds of units onscreen simultaneously and some serious graphics effects in play, the Crazy preset can make graphics cards sweat. Ashes runs in both DX11 and DX12, but we test only in DX12, as it delivers the best results for both Nvidia and AMD GPUs.

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This is another game where the RTX 2080 Ti’s lead dips, to about 18 percent compared to the runner-up, the 1080 Ti.

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