In-Game Benchmarks

Now we finally get into the in game performance and that is the main reason people pick up a new video card. To test things out I ran through our new benchmark suite that tests 12 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 54 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. This covers all of the games tested except Final Fantasy XV that we have a score rather than an FPS because they like to be different.

So how did the Asus Strix RTX 2080 perform? Well at 1080p there wasn’t any surprise, even with the detail turned up to their max settings in every game the Strix RTX 2080 had a majority of games in the 120+ FPS range with the others still at or well above 60 FPS. At 1440p every game except one was in the 60 or higher range with a few still up over 120 FPS. Then at 4k, everything was playable, but just over half were in the 30-59.99 FPS range. This is where this general look at performance doesn’t show the whole picture though. Out of the 9 in that range, I counted 5 that were from 57 FPS and up and four that were all closer to 40 FPS. So the Strix was very close to having a 13/4 ratio there but we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. All in all high refresh rate gaming at 1080p is a great option on the card and you aren’t going to find anything that isn’t nice and smooth at 1440p. 4k you may want to turn the settings down from max just slightly, but not by much.

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Of course, I have all of the actual results for all of you crazy enough to sort through them like me. I also have the Final Fantasy XV results which aren’t in FPS results so they didn’t get included in the other compilation. In that test, the gap between the Strix and the Founders Edition is higher and both are well above the 1080 Ti FE. I also have Forza Horizon 4 which came out not long ago, I’m adding that into our testing in the future and will get some of the past cards retested as well. But for now, you can see that even at ultra detail the Strix RTX 2080 was playable at all resolutions. Diving into the numbers more, the Strix was out ahead of the FE 2080 and the 1080Ti in 13 of the graphs. The RTX 2080 FE beat the Strix four times (including when the 1080 Ti won) and the GTX 1080 Ti came out on top once. The gap between all three cards isn’t enough to worry about at all. In fact, they trade blows, even more, when you look at the 1080p results. 4k which I always sort these results favored the Strix more though as it was at least a few FPS faster in every test.

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