Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

Helen Dunmore Sep 17, 2020
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Nvidia’s Ampere-powered GeForce RTX 3080 chews the game

Nvidia’s Ampere-powered GeForce RTX 3080 chews the game and spit out the breakfast rack. As we discussed in depth in the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition comprehensive review. However, you need a pixel-intensive display to take full advantage of it, such as a 3440×1440 ultra-wide display.

Our preliminary tests on the GeForce RTX 3080 show that it does work at 4K resolution. Because the graphics workload is so heavy that your CPU is almost eliminating. On 4K, the performance of the RTX 3080 in certain games is up to 80% faster than its predecessor RTX 2080. At 1440p, the RTX 3080 continues to dominate. But not as high as at 4K, because, at lower resolutions, it is difficult for your CPU to feed frames to the ultra-fast graphics card fast enough. The 3440×1440 ultra-wide monitor can distinguish between the other two standard resolutions.

3440×1440 ultra-wide display

The curved 3440×1440 ultra-wide display reached a staggering 144Hz and attracted $550 on Amazon. In contrast, the price of a high-end ultra-wide display may be as high as $800 or more. Of course, it lacks some of the other advantages found in more expensive options-EDG34S uses a cheap plastic case, has no adjustability features. And lacks many software features-but if you just want to play games at a fast speed, then -Immersive ultra-wide screen, Nixeus EDG34S screams.

Officially, Nixeus only officially equipped the monitor with AMD FreeSync Premium support. However, don’t let this discourage you. Although EDG34S does not have an official G-Sync compatibility certificate. You can manually activate G-Sync in Nvidia’s control panel to turn on adaptive synchronization support for GeForce GPUs. I have confirmed that it can work like a charm. (However, you first need to use the monitor’s on-screen display to activate adaptive synchronization.) If you also plan to upgrade the display, then Nixeus EDG34S is an ideal partner for the excellent GeForce RTX 3080.

Bring the GeForce RTX 3080 3440×1440 ultra-wide benchmark test.

GeForce RTX 3080 3440×1440 ultrawide benchmarks

We benchmarked the ultra-wide performance of the GeForce RTX 3080 on the system used for the main GPU test. This is the quick information you need to know:

  • Intel Core i7-8700K processor ($300 on Amazon) overclocked to 5GHz full core
  • EVGA CLC 240 closed-loop liquid cooler ($105 on Amazon)
  • ASUS Maximus X Hero motherboard
  • 64GB HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 / 2933 ($355 on Amazon)
  • EVGA 1200W SuperNova P2 power supply ($352 on Amazon)
  • Corsair Crystal 570X RGB chassis, remove the front panel and top panel and install an additional rear fan to improve airflow
  • Two 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs ($70 each on Amazon)

Unless otherwise stated, the highest possible graphics presets of its in-game benchmarking games will be used. With vertical synchronization, frame rate caps, real-time ray tracing, or DLSS effects and disabling FreeSync/G-Sync. And any other manufacturer-like Specific technologies such as FidelityFX. We also facilitated temporal anti-aliasing (TAA) to push these cards to the end when they are ready.

We did not include the legendary GeForce GTX 1080 Ti because our previous benchmark tests showed that its performance in most games is comparable to the RTX 2080. As we have seen in the full RTX 3080 review, it is slower in properly optimized DX12 or Vulkan games. Similarly, there is currently no AMD Radeon graphics card, that matches the performance of the RTX 2080, so you cannot find them in the table below.

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Our analysis

After benchmarking the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition at 3440×1440 in three games, it is 50% to 70% faster than its immediate predecessor GeForce RTX 2080. Nvidia’s new flagship product also surpasses the previous generation RTX 2080 Ti flagship product, which cost $1,200. Although the price is $500 cheaper, it is only about 15% to 30% at ultra-wide resolution. The only exception is GTA V, but this is because the GeForce RTX 3080 is so powerful, even at such a high resolution, it continues to push the limits of the engine. If you are still using GTX 1080, it is a huge upgrade.

Yes, the absolute flight speed of GeForce RTX 3080 is 3440×1440. These leading advantages are not as good as the GeForce RTX 3080 can achieve in pure 4K resolution. But at this resolution, the margin of victory is expected to be lower because it is more susceptible to CPU constraints. This is still a huge victory.

Testing the GeForce RTX 3080 on 3440×1440 also made me re-aware of the majesty of a high refresh rate ultra-wide display. My main monitor is a 4K, 144Hz G-Sync monitor, which is excellent, but when benchmarked on Nixeus EDG34S, it feels like being immersive and not available on a standard panel. The wide screen pleasantly swallows your vision, and the soft curves Nixon used on the EDG34S only magnify the effect.

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Tests conducted at this resolution also showed some rough edges

Tests conducted at this resolution also showed some rough edges in ultra-wide games. We have to remove Borderlands 3 and F1 2020 from our test suite because these two games did not perform well on this panel. Borderlands support multiple ultra-wide resolutions but do not support 3440×1440. At the same time, F1 2020 ostensibly contains a 3440×1440 setting, but I can’t stick to it. Selecting it will make the game default to 4K “3840×2160 (custom)” resolution. It looks like an ultra-widescreen in a proper game, but for some reason, the actual performance is worse than what we see under proper 4K.

Ultra-wide displays are becoming more and more popular

Ultra-wide displays are becoming more and more popular, but they can still provide support for relatively niche resolutions. We are encouraged that 80% of our benchmark test kits work on Nixeus EDG34S, even on the best standard monitors or other graphics cards, you will not get this experience. 3440×1440 can be used with GeForce RTX 3080.

Check out our complete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition review for detailed information about Nvidia’s new flagship product. If you don’t want to filter through endless charts and technical data, check out what we need to know about RTX 3080. If you plan to upgrade to 144Hz 3440×1440 to work with it. Please take a closer look at the Nixeus EDG34S, which costs $550, but don’t want to spend more money on the monitor. Finally, if you need help with troublesome ultra-wide games, please visit the PC Games Wiki or “Widescreen Games Forum”. They are very valuable resources.

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