Synthetic Benchmarks

To start off my testing I always like to take a look at a few of the different synthetic benchmarks. Most of them don’t show actual in game performance, but they are very consistent and good for comparing from card to card. I especially like 3DMark for this with their Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmarks. With Time Spy we see DX12 performance and Fire Strike we get a good look at all three resolutions in DX11. The results in all four tests weren’t really a big surprise. When compared to the GTX 1080, the 1080 Ti completely blows it away in performance at all resolutions and in both DX11 and 12. In fact, the performance gap gets wider as the resolutions go up. The 1080 Ti ends up falling in below the GTX 1070 in SLI and above the GTX 980 in SLI. The GTX 1080 and the RX 480 in Crossfire aren’t even in the same range. That puts the 1080 Ti up at the top of the single card performance for our tests. Of course, these don’t include a Titan XP though.

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In Valley benchmark the last few times I have tested SLI it hasn’t supported it so here the GTX 1080 Ti comes in at the top. It runs 25 FPS faster than the GTX 1080 as well, pushing it up into the range of performance that people with high refresh rate monitors are looking to get.

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Next, I take a look again across three different resolutions but this time using Catzilla. The results are again similar to 3DMark. The 1080 Ti pulls ahead even more as the resolutions go up due to its higher frame buffer and the higher memory bus. The two 1080’s in SLI are still well ahead here though showing that the 1080 Ti is beatable, you just need two GTX 1080’s and working SLI support lol.

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For the last few tests, I take a look at VR performance. This and 4k is really what the GTX 1080 Ti is focused on. VR performance needs do have a big range, though. For the basic games we have these days, the 1080 Ti scores a full 11 like the GTX 1080 in SteamVR and the VRMark results are similar on the orange room test. In the blue room test where they are testing today's highest graphics in a VR environment the 1080 Ti still only gets 66FPS, lower than the 90 FPS requirement for smooth VR gameplay so there is still room for improvement needed before we get to photorealistic VR gaming.

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