Overclocking Showdown – the RTX 2080 vs. the GTX 1080 Ti

Overclocking Performance Charts & Conclusion

The Summary Chart & Conclusion

Here are the summary charts of 36 games and 2 synthetic tests. The highest settings are always chosen and the settings are listed on the charts.  All benches were run at 2560×1440, and at 3840×2160.

Game performance results show average framerates and higher is always better. Minimum framerates are next to the averages in italics and in a slightly smaller font.  A few games benched with OCAT show average framerates, but the minimums are shown in frametimes that are expressed in ms where lower numbers are better.

The first column represents stock RTX 2080 performance which should be compared with the GTX 1080 Ti’s results in the fourth column.  The overclocked RTX 2080 results are presented in the second column which should be compared with the overclocked GTX 1080 Ti results in the third column. “Wins” for stock values are expressed in yellow text, and overclocked wins are presented in orange.  If both cards are equal, each set of results are given in colored text.

We generally see good scaling with our maximum overclock of each card over stock settings.  In some cases, the framerate increase makes a difference to the playability of some of the games.  Overall, the RTX 2080 gains a few more “wins” than the GTX 1080 Ti does from overclocking, and the Turing card remains faster than our Pascal card overall.

Let’s head to our conclusion


We would highly recommend overclocking the RTX 2080 with Precision X1.  Overclockers will enjoy its new features which fully unlock Turing’s GPU Boost 4.0, and auto overclocks are a lot easier to set than manually.  Our manual overclock took a couple of hours to find and it was barely faster than the automatic scan which found stability in less than 20 minutes!

Compared with the original buggy beta Precision XOC that was released with Pascal, the beta Precision X1 for Turing GPUs is stable and we had very few issues with it.  It’s recommended for all overclockers as a great beginning – or end – for any overclock which can also be fine-tuned manually.

For several games in our benching suite, overclocking either card brought noticeable gains, sometimes making a difference in having more fluid performance especially in borderline situations.

The Verdict

We find that the Founders Edition of the RTX 2080 overclocks and scales very well and it maintains its overall performance advantage over the GTX 1080 Ti at stock speeds or overclocked.  We like this new and powerful Turing RTX card and we look forward to testing out its new anti-aliasing features with DLSS and with ray tracing in games.  If the RTX 2080 is priced similarly to the GTX 1080 Ti, we would highly recommend it over the older generation card.

We have a lot of interesting upcoming evaluations planned for our readers.  Next up is the Vive Pro benchmarked by FCAT-VR using the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 and compared with the GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080, and Vega 64.

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