Nvidia GTX 1080 vs RTX 2070 – Benchmarks & Comparisons
As we saw in a previous video, the 2070 dominates the 1070, but how does the 1080 hold up? Lets quickly? Take a look at how the 2070 and 1080 actually differ in terms of specs note that things like clock, speed and power will vary between specific cards. These are just the reference specs for each model.. The RTX 2070 is based on Nvidias, newer, turing architecture. However, the Pascal based GTX 1080 does have more Cuda cores and higher base and boost clock. Speeds.. Both cards also have 8GB of memory. However, the 1080 uses GDDR5X, while the 2070 uses GDDR6. For the testing Im using the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z and the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2, both of which come overclocked out of the box, so expect slightly different results with different models.. The system that Im testing with has an AMD Ryzen 2700X CPU in an MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard running at stock speeds, along with 16GB of T Force Night. Hawk CL16 memory from Team Group running at DDR4 3200 in dual channel. Check the links in the description for details on all of the components as well as for up to date, pricing. The same Windows version and Nvidia drivers were used for the testing and with all Games Ive only tested at max settings as for most titles. These should be more GPU bound and help us see the differences. So with that in mind, lets get into the results.. Fortnite was tested with the same replay file at epic settings and there wasnt that big of a practical difference between the 2070 and 1080.
Here, for instance, they both played perfectly fine at 1440p with epic settings no problems. With a 1080p resolution. The RTX 2070 was getting average frame rates 11 higher than the 1080 and very similar results at 1440p and 4K. Overwatch was tested in the practice range. As this lets me easily reproduce the same test run, and I was seeing massive differences with this game. Out of all the games tested. It was by far getting the biggest performance boost with the RTX 2070 graphics, with the 1 lows from the 2070 beating the averages from the 1080 at all resolutions. At 1080p, the 2070 was getting 42 better average FPS than the 1080 46 better at 1440p and 42. Better at 4K. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode rather than multiplayer as its easier to consistently reproduce the test. Run., The 1 low results were very close together in this game and the average frame rates from the 2070 werent too far ahead, either 12, better at 1080p and 1440p and then 14 better at 4K. When compared with the GTX 1080 and well check out raytracing a bit, later. CSGO was tested with the ulletical benchmark and there was less of a difference between the 1080 and 2070 in this game.. Interestingly, the 1080 was actually performing better in terms of 1 low performance. At 1440p and 1080p, with better frame times. With a 1080p resolution, the 2070 was just 3 ahead of the 1080 in terms of average frame rate, then 6, better at 1440p and 9, better at 4K.
, Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark and even At ultra settings, both graphics options are still giving us pretty good frame. Rates.. This game saw the second highest improvement behind Overwatch out of all games tested with the 2070 and at 1080p the 2070 was getting 19 better average frame rates 24 better at 1440p and 28. Better at 4K., Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with the built in benchmark, and both cards were able to get above 60 FPS at 1440p, even with ultra settings.. At 1080p there was a 10 improvement to average frames per second with the 2070. A 12 improvement at 1440p and a 15 improvement at 4K., Far Cry 5 was tested with the built in benchmark and even at ultra settings were seeing decent frame rates at 1440p from either card. At 1080p. The 2070 was just 4 better than the 1080. In terms of average FPS 10 better at 1440p and 11, better at 4K. Assassins, Creed, Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark and the 1 lows at 1440p and 1080p didnt really see much difference between the two.. The average frame rates saw the 2070. Give us an 8 improvement over the 1080 at 1080p, just a 2 improvement at 1440p and then a 16 boost at 4K. PUBG was tested using the same replay and both were again able to average above 60 FPS at 1440p, even with ultra settings.. The 2070 was giving me an average frame rate 8 above the 1080 at 1080p and then around a 10 improvement at 1440p and 4K.
Watch. Dogs 2 is a fairly resource intensive game, but I can play it perfectly. Fine, with a solid 30 FPS average. So 4K was actually playable for me with either card, even with ultra settings.. There wasnt that much of a difference between the 1 low results and in terms of average FPS. The 2070 was 7 ahead of the GTX 1080 at 1080p and a 5 improvement at both 1440p and 4K.. The Witcher 3 was tested with Hairworks disabled, but ultra settings are still pretty intensive compared to the other settings in this game.. There wasnt much difference between 1 low and then when comparing average frame rates at 1080p, there was a 15 improvement with the RTX 2070 14 at 1440p and 12 at 4K.. Shadow of War was tested with the built in benchmark at ultra settings, and there were some fair improvements here compared to other games tested a 13 improvement with the RTX 2070 at 1080p, 20, better at 1440p and 24 better at 4K.. In terms of overall improvement. Over all of the games tested at max settings with a 1080p resolution on average, the RTX 2070 is performing 13 better than the GTX 1080. Although we can see, there is quite a big difference between the various games. At 1440p, on average over the same games, the 2070 was now performing just under 15, better than the GTX 1080 in these same titles. But again, it really varies depending on the specific game.
On average, we expect the performance gap to widen at higher resolutions, because higher resolutions are more GPU bound. At 4K. The 2070 was now on average, just under 17, better than the 1080 in these games. But again, this really varies based on the specific game and were seeing the biggest difference here as 4K gaming is much less CPU dependent.. The 20 series does, of course, also have the option of playing games with ray tracing on, and here are, the frame rates were looking at with the 2070 with and without it enabled so theres quite a performance hit by having it enabled youll only really be able To play at 1080p or 1440p and lower settings., I havent tested overclocking here as results, arent guaranteed and will vary between hardware based on what overclocks you can get, although, as both are pre overclocked cards, well likely only see a small difference of a few FPS.. Now. For the final difference, the price. I suggest, checking updated prices using the links in the description, as prices will change over time. At the time of recording the 2070 Gaming Z tested here goes for around 600 USD, but there are of course, cheaper 2070s available. That will only realistically perform a few FPS lower., This model of GTX 1080. On the other hand, doesnt appear to be for sale anymore here, but most 1080s seem to be around 500 to 550 new, though, of course, youve also got cheaper, second hand.
Options too, and pricing will vary between region., Based on the performance difference, theres, no real reason to upgrade from the 1080 to the 2070. It would make more sense to go to the 2080 or 1080Ti. If youre picking between them both seem pretty good for 1080p and 1440p gaming. I wouldnt go for either for 4K and, of course the 2070 has the option of raytracing, which in theory will be supported in more games going forward but thats yet to be seen. So which graphics card. Would you pick The older but definitely still capable GTX 1080 or newer RTX 2070, When it comes down to it? Both are very capable of providing a good gaming experience.. It really comes down to what sort of games you want to play. What resolutions you want to play at and what frame rates you want to target. Personally Id probably go the 2070 for 1440p gaming and also have the extra features like ray tracing and DLSS on the off chance that they actually get good. But if I found a nice second hand deal on a 1080, then that could make more sense for 1080p or 1440p gaming.. Let me know which card youd pick down in the comments and dont forget to subscribe for more comparisons and tech.