Everyone’s excited to get a hold of Nvidia’s new RTX line of cards in part because of the amazing promise that Nvidia’s ray-tracing technology holds. Once games start adopting the new possibilities offered by RTX cards we can expect to see some really stunning visuals. But those titles are not on the market yet, and for the foreseeable future Nvidia RTX’s appeal will be in its performance.

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Synthetic benchmarks: the RTX is king

Nvidia has packed a lot into the RTX 2080, and the question is whether the real-world performance of the card really shows the results. Synthetic benchmarks may be artificial, but it is a good way to analyse the capabilities of a card.
With 3DMark a single GTX 1080 Ti should score about 9,000 on the TimeSpy benchmark. First tests of the RTX 2080 Ti shows results of over 12,000 which is a solid gain. You can expect to see a real difference in-game.
SteamVR’s benchmark is another synthetic benchmark worth looking at. Here a GTX 1080 Ti should clear about 18,000. Yet the new RTX 2080 Ti just about reaches 25,000 on initial tests, a big improvement. As always driver refinement will eventually tap more performance out of a card, but this should give you an idea of how much faster the RTX series is.

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RTX: the road to smooth 4K?

If you’re already the owner of a GTX 1080 or 1080 Ti card you won’t struggle to play games at 1080p – even the most demanding titles will run with very high frame rates using a 1080 Ti card. But the challenge for GPUs lie with 4K. High-res gaming on a big screen, in 4K, is stunning but can really stress most cards.
Even a GTX 1080 Ti will struggle at 4K. For example, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will run at about 40fps on a GTX 1080 Ti. Though 40fps is playable, it is not exactly impressive and you may notice the frame rates dropping during action-packed scenes. A GTX 1080 won’t even reach 30 fps. Essentially you would need two cards to enjoy smooth 4K.
Enter the RTX 2080 Ti: this power-house of a card can deliver Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 70fps in 4K. You read that right, and it is plenty of frame rates for even the most demanding gamer. So, in effect, consider 4K solved with a single card when you invest in a RTX 2080 Ti.

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RTX 2080 Ti Benchmark

Should I buy a RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti?

If you want 4K gaming that just rocks a single RTX 2080 Ti will do the trick for you. But there’s also the ray-tracing future of the card which is worth looking forward to. It’s no doubt a great investment and should be at the top of your list if you are planning on upgrading.