Now we finally get into the in game performance that is the main reason people pick up a new video card. To test things out I ran through our recently updated benchmark suite that tests 10 games at three different resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4k). I also slipped in a few variations on the same games for comparisons like DX11 to DX12, OpenGL to Vulkan, and a couple of games are just tested at their highest setting and lower but still high detail options to show the performance difference when things are turned down slightly. In total, each video card is tested 41 times and that makes for a huge mess of graphs when you put them all together. To help with that I like to start off with these overall playability graphs that take all of the results and give an easier to read the result. I have one for each of the three resolutions and each is broken up into four FPS ranges. Under 30 FPS is considered unplayable, over 30 is playable but not ideal, over 60 is the sweet spot, and then over 120 FPS is for high refresh rate monitors.
So how did the MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X+ perform? Well, I don’t think it is any surprise at all that it plowed through the 1080p tests with the majority even running up over 120 FPS for those of you who love that buttery smooth 120+ Hz gameplay. At 1440p there were still a few games up past 120 FPS and just two that fell into the 30-59 range that will most likely require a little tweaking. Then at 4k, everything is still playable but about half of the games could use some tweaking to get them up into the 60+ FPS range for smooth gameplay. Overall though, short of picking up a 1080 Ti, this is looking like a great single card setup at all three resolutions.
As always I also have all of the individual results as well for all of the crazies like me to dig through the results. Like the synthetic benchmarks, the in game performance numbers put the 1080 Gaming X+ up above the GTX 1080 FE and up with the GTX 1080 Ti in some tests bridging the gap between the two cards a little bit. At 4k the Ti has just enough power to push a lot of those on the edge games up into the 60 FPS range though.