Notebookcheck

Early NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Geekbench OpenCL benchmarks show that it is a powerhouse, but perhaps not a very efficient one

Geekbench OpenCL has offered another look at the RTX 3080 before its general release. (Image source: NVIDIA)
Geekbench OpenCL has offered another look at the RTX 3080 before its general release. (Image source: NVIDIA)
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 may offer considerably more performance than the RTX 2080, but it comes at the cost of efficiency, according to recent Geekbench OpenCL benchmarks. Still, the popular benchmarking website has shown once again that a mid-tier Ampere card can outperform Turing's flagship GeForce card.

The RTX 3080 has been popping up on several benchmarking websites lately, and now we can add Geekbench to that ever-growing list. There have been some conflicting results so far, with early results from Digital Foundry suggesting that the RTX 3080 significantly outperformed the RTX 2080 in many games. By contrast, Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks published by @_rogame suggested that the RTX 3080 is around 26% more powerful than the RTX 2080 Ti. With that said, the latter benchmarks were not standardised, nor was the RTX 3080 compared against a stock RTX 2080 Ti. Hence, these benchmarks may have been a touch harsh on the RTX 3080.

3DCenter has poured over initial Geekbench listings though and has determined that the RTX 3080 has a handy performance lead over its predecessors. The RTX 3080 leads the RTX 2080 by 86% in Geekbench 5 OpenCL, for example, while it is a way ahead of the RTX 2080 Ti, too. According to 3DCenter, the RTX 3080 requires almost three times the computing power to achieve these results, making the RTX 2080 the more efficient card, at least in Geekbench 5 OpenCL anyway.

@TUM_APISAK has also highlighted a Geekbench 4 OpenCL benchmark listing for the RTX 3080 where it scored 468,948 points. This puts the mid-tier Ampere card much closer to the RTX 2080 Ti, with the two cards separated by around 25% when benchmarked in the same machine. We should point out that this is only one synthetic benchmark, and the RTX 3080 is significantly cheaper than the RTX 2080 Ti. We would expect the RTX 3090 to achieve an even bigger lead over the RTX 2080 Ti, not least because of its huge price tag. 

Sale off now on Amazon - NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition Graphics Card

(Image source: Geekbench)
(Image source: Geekbench)
Read all 6 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2020 09 > Early NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Geekbench OpenCL benchmarks show that it is a powerhouse, but perhaps not a very efficient one
Alex Alderson, 2020-09- 9 (Update: 2020-09-10)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.