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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High/no AA 4K gaming performance

When you’re buying a graphics card that costs $800 or $1,200, you want to crank all the options to the max. That’s a great way to push graphics cards to their limit to test performance. But here’s the thing: That’s not really how most people play games at 4K resolution, including yours truly.

Dropping from Ultra down to High graphics usually provides a significant performance boost with little visual regression, while many people swear off anti-aliasing (AA) at 4K, because all those pixels look mighty fine without additional smoothing. Making those tweaks lets you achieve far higher real-world frame rates in games, a critical consideration now that 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR monitors like the Acer Predator X27 have arrived.

With that in mind, we decided to benchmark our games with their High graphics preset and AA disabled at 4K resolution, to see how much performance you can expect in more realistic high refresh-rate scenarios. We only did so with the GeForce RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti, and PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, as they’re the true 4K graphics cards. Spoiler: They’re all fast.

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At these more reasonable settings, the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2080 still trade blows, but both hit average frame rates in excess of 60 fps across all tested titles. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti far surpasses that, clearing 80 fps at 4K/High in its worst-case scenario. If you don’t mind tweaking a few settings, all of these cards will deliver solid 4K gaming performance. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti can definitely keep the new breed of faster 4K displays busy, although not maxed-out.

Next page: 4K HDR performance

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