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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Grand Theft Auto V

We’re going to wrap things up with a couple of older games that aren’t really visual barn-burners, but still top the Steam charts day-in and day-out. These are games that a lot of people play. First up: Grand Theft Auto V ($30 on Humble) with all options turned to Very High, all Advanced Graphics options except extended shadows enabled, and FXAA.

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Now here’s a surprise. The GTX 1080 Ti thoroughly stomps the RTX 2080 in performance, and while the RTX 2080 Ti still comes out ahead, it’s only by a miniscule 11.5 percent over the GTX 1080 Ti at 4K. (It’s at the expected 33-percent advantage over the RTX 2080.) What gives? We’re not sure, and we re-ran the tests multiple times to ensure these results are accurate. I wanted to blame the RTX 2080’s far lesser ROP and texture unit count than the GTX 1080 Ti at first, but the RTX 2080 Ti is loaded for bear and still turns in a comparatively ho-hum performance. GTA V simply doesn’t like the revamped Turing architecture as much as it does Pascal, for some reason.

Rainbow Six Siege

Finally, let’s take a peek at Rainbow Six Siege ($40 on Humble), a game whose audience just keeps on growing, and one that still feels like the only truly next-gen shooter after all these years.

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Things get back to normal here, though the RTX 2080 Ti opens up a larger-than-usual lead over the GTX 1080 Ti at 4K, delivering 45 percent more performance. Vega 64 also holds an edge over the GTX 1080, so it’s probably due to the Turing GPU’s improved compute handling. The RTX 2080 Ti’s lead over the RTX 2080 shrinks back down into the 23-percent range at 4K resolution, but that’s not really a surprise considering how fast Rainbow Six Siege runs on all of these graphics cards.

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