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 10 games at three different resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4k). Most of the games tested have been run at the highest detail setting and a mid-range detail setting to get a look at how turning things up hurts performance and to give an idea of if turning detail down from max will be beneficial for frame rates. In total, each video card is tested 54 times and that makes for a huge mess of results when you put them all together. To help with that I like to start with these overall playability graphs that take all of the results and give an easier-to-read 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 RTX 4090 Founders Edition do when we step back and look at our in game tests as a whole? Well, 1080p and 1440p testing for all of our results have everything in the 120+ FPS range and I’m being fair to say that we could easily have another category over 200 FPS as well with half of the results at both resolutions at or above that point. Really it is only at 4k do we see anything other than full 120+ results with 4k having two results in the 60-119 FPS range.

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Of course, I have all of the actual in game results as well for anyone who wants to sort through the wall of graphs below. The RTX 4090 results can only be viewed at 4K, both 1080p and 1440p results in nearly every test just show that even with an Intel i9-12900 K-based test bench we are CPU limited at 1080p and 1440p in basically every test. The same goes for 4k in some situations as well. There are a few results though where the 4090 at 1080p/1440p was a little slower than the 3080 Ti and the 3090 Ti which might be a driver issue. That is most noticeable in CS:GO where the 3090 Ti came in slightly faster at 4K as well with even 4K being CPU limited once we get past the 3080 Ti at 4K. But looking at the 4K results the RTX 4090 in just about every game is getting the same or better frame rate when playing at 4K than the RTX 3090 Ti and the RTX 3080 Ti at 1440p which is an impressive jump in performance, especially over the 3090 Ti which is a monster of a card in itself.

The performance gap between them is incredible. If we take the CS:GO results out because of the CPU-limited results across the board there below is what we have. The RTX 4090 is faster at 4K than the RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti are at 1440p. We can also see that on average in our in-game tests the RTX 4090 is 49% faster than the RTX 3090 Ti and 65% faster than the RTX 3080 Ti. With everything below 4K being CPU limited the possibility of DLSS 3 being able to double performance in those situations makes that an interesting thought and I will check out DLSS 3 more here soon as well.

1440p Average FPS (without CS:GO)

4K Average FPS (without CS:GO)

RTX 4090

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158

RTX 3090 Ti

153

106

RTX 3080 Ti

151

96

 

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