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How good is a RTX 2080 for gaming?

Is your PC not meeting your expectations for gaming? Does it take forever to load games, or crash completely when you’re playing one of the latest releases? If you can’t find the source of the problem, then it’s probably time to upgrade your hardware. Sometimes it’s something completely unexpected that is causing those unwanted bottlenecks. 

What exactly could it be? Novatech benchmarked the latest and most graphically-intensive games with and compared them with various graphics cards and processors to get to the bottom of what might be causing your unwanted bottlenecks and frame rate drops.

NVIDIA RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080 4K Gameplay Footage

The first video we did for our benchmarks was to compare the gameplay footage of the NVIDIA RTX 2080 versus the GTX 1080, both in the same system with an i5 processor, and running Apex Legends, Shadow of The Tomb Raider, Division 2, Final Fantasy and Ashes of the Singularity all at Ultra settings and in 4K.

As you can see, even the GTX 1080 - as powerful a card as it is – struggles to run the latest games at a decent framerate, and the gameplay is often polluted with lag.

Pay attention to the CPU usage, as both are still peaking around 100% that affects the RTX 2080’s gameplay.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti vs RTX 2080 4K Gameplay Footage

Next, we compared the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 against the RTX 2080 Ti. Both are still in a system with an i5 processor and it shows. The system is severely bottlenecked on Ultra settings and 4K, playing Apex Legends, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XV, and The Division 2.

The performance boost is notable, but the CPU still comes out at 100% in this system. Although these are high-end cards, there is something in the PC that is holding back the GPU, and to an extent your investment, from its full potential.

Intel i5 6th Gen Processor vs Intel i5 9th Gen Processor Gameplay Footage Comparison

We got to the source of the problem in our next video. Did you know that the average buying cycle for a gamer is 2.8 years? That means that many gamers are trying to run modern games on old generation processors, and the results show – just look at the other videos in this article. Even when they have their system powered with a graphics card as powerful as the 2080 Ti, it means nothing when it clashes with a redundant CPU that can seriously bottleneck your system.

In this video, we compare the 6th gen i5 -6400 against a new 9th gen i5-9400F. See the results for yourselves. The 9th generation works leaps and bounds beyond its predecessor, often producing double the frames at half the CPU usage of the 5th gen.

Upgrading your processor can be excellent for your PC system and is often overlooked when gamers upgrade their PCs.

Metro Exodus RTX Features (Ray Tracing) Comparison Gameplay Footage

For this video, we explored the key features that Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 boast: ray tracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling).

Ray tracing transforms in-game lighting to mimic the properties of realistic light sources and create photo-detailed reflections and shadows.

DLSS brings artificial intelligence to gaming; actively adjusting the resolution of your games to improve frame rates and maximise resolutions. This means that in moments where a high resolution isn’t necessary, DLSS will lower it to improve your performance, but if you stop in the middle of beautiful scenery, DLSS will boost you higher resolution.

Check out our benchmark results of ray tracing and DLSS below.

You can check out our full range of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Graphics Cards here.

Thanks for reading; check out the videos, and let us know your thoughts!

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Published on 24 May 2019

Last updated on 24 May 2019

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