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First GeForce RTX 3080 benchmarks by NVIDIA showcase insane 100 percent performance gains over the GeForce RTX 2080: Control and Minecraft with RTX blaze past 4K/60 FPS

The GeForce RTX 3080 appears to genuinely deliver on NVIDIA’s promise of a 2x performance uplift, at least in Borderlands 3 (Image source: iGamesNews)
The GeForce RTX 3080 appears to genuinely deliver on NVIDIA’s promise of a 2x performance uplift, at least in Borderlands 3 (Image source: iGamesNews)
During the NVIDIA GeForce Ampere RTX 3000 series launch, NVIDIA unveiled benchmarks for the GeForce RTX 3080 which indicate that its claim of a 2x performance improvement wasn’t sleight of hand. The GeForce RTX 3080 appears to genuinely double the RTX 2080’s performance level, even in a game without ray-tracing or DLSS.

During its Ampere launch event, NVIDIA shared a performance benchmark slide giving us a clear picture of the GeForce RTX 3080’s capabilities. It appears that, as promised, the GeForce RTX 3080 will indeed deliver up to twice the performance of the Turing GeForce RTX 2080, meaning that NVIDIA’s new US$799 flagship will likely leave the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti behind as well and offer a true 4K/60 experience. 

In the benchmark slide, NVIDIA compares the GeForce RTX 3080 to the GeForce RTX 2080 as well as the Pascal GeForce GTX 1080 in three titles, Control, Minecraft RTX, and Borderlands 3

In Control and Minecraft RTX, DLSS is enabled. If NVIDIA had only shown titles that leverage RTX and DLSS in this performance comparison, it would have been hard for us to obtain a clear picture of raster performance since improved tensor and RT cores could skew the numbers. Fortunately, NVIDIA also shared performance figures for Borderlands 3, a title that supports neither RTX effects DLSS.

Remarkably, Borderlands 3 delivers that promised 2x performance uplift, from a framerate in the mid-30s to an average framerate above 60 FPS with all settings maxed out. In Control and Minecraft RTX, the GeForce RTX 3080 delivers a stunning 80 FPS at 4K, doubling the RTX 2080’s 40 FPS update. 

If Borderlands 3 signposts the GeForce RTX 3080’s rasterisation capabilities, gamers looking for a genuine 4K/60 experience sans compromise might just have found their match. We’re interested to see how AMD’s Big Navi will compete in the months to come. 

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The GeForce RTX 3080 appears to genuinely double the GeForce RTX 2080’s performance (Image source: NVIDIA)
The GeForce RTX 3080 appears to genuinely double the GeForce RTX 2080’s performance (Image source: NVIDIA)

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-09- 1 (Update: 2020-09- 6)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor - 416 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.