RTX and DLSS

Being an RTX card I also like checking out the performance of some of Nvidia’s features. Namely the ray tracing performance and the performance improvements you can see by using DLSS combined with the tensor cores. In most of the tests, I’m really only comparing a few of the RTX cards as well as a GTX 1080 Ti for comparison. But in the 3DMark Port Royal test, I have been tracking ray tracing performance in all of the RTX cards as well as a few of the GTX cards introduced into the mix as well. Here the RTX 2080 Ti is still faster and the RTX 3080 is WAY out ahead of that even. But the RTX 3070 does well, coming in third and closer to the 2080 Ti than the 2080 SUPER.

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I also tested in a few of the titles that support RTX and DLSS. Metro Exodus is a game I benchmark with already. Only here I have tested performance at 4K with the Ultra detail setting to see what performance difference you will see with and without RTX and with and without DLSS. The 2080 Ti and the 3070 came in basically the same in only RTX performance which is right on the edge of playable but not smooth. Turning DLSS helped a lot with a 50% increase getting 43 FPS. DLSS only of course was even faster at 55.98 FPS. For reference, the RTX 3070 tested at 48.12 FPS when doing the same test without RTX or DLSS. So turning DLSS on with RTX nearly matched the non-RTX performance.

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In Wolfenstein: Youngblood I tested at 4K with the highest detail setting. Here RTX was on and I just compared the difference between no DLSS and running the balanced DLSS setting. There is a quality and a performance DLSS setting as well, but this fell in the middle. The RTX 3070 did well even without DLSS coming in over 60 FPS but turning it on speed things up to 107 for a 67.2 % increase in performance.

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Using the Boundary Benchmark I was again testing at 4K and with RTX turned on. Here I took a look at all of the DLSS settings including having it off altogether. The RTX 3070 came out ahead of the RTX 2080 Ti here in all of the tests. But with DLSS off 14.5 FPS is going to be unplayable. The performance DLSS setting reached 37.4 FPS which is playable and balanced was also playable at 31 FPS. Then the quality setting was 25.4. None were super smooth, but overall, it was the difference between not being able t play at all and being able to play.

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My last test was using the Bright Memory game benchmark. These were RTX focused so I had DLSS set to the balanced setting and was at 4K. I then tested at RTX low, Normal, High, and Very high-quality levels. The RTX 2080 Ti did better here at the very high detail but the RTX 3070 was ahead in the other three. Overall all four were in the playable range with the lowest at 30 FPS. But you can see how playing with the RTX settings can make a big difference, especially when going to the low setting.

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