Nvidia GTX 1080 vs RTX 2070 – Benchmarks & Comparisons

The Nvidia RTX 2070 and older GTX 1080 are
both powerful gaming graphics cards, but which should you pick, and is it worth upgrading?
In this video we’ll check out a heap of game benchmarks at 4K, 1440p, and 1080p to
help you see the performance difference between them. As we saw in a previous video, the 2070 dominates
the 1070, but how does the 1080 hold up? Let’s 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 Nvidia’s 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 I’m 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 I’m 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 I’ve 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 let’s
get into the results. Fortnite was tested with the same replay file
at epic settings, and there wasn’t 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 it’s 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 weren’t too far ahead either, 12% better at 1080p and 1440p and then 14% better
at 4K when compared with the GTX 1080, and we’ll check out raytracing a bit later. CS:GO 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 we’re 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. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark, and the 1% lows at 1440p and 1080p didn’t 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 wasn’t 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 wasn’t 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 we’re 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 we’re looking
at with the 2070 with and without it enabled, so there’s quite a performance hit by having
it enabled, you’ll only really be able to play at 1080p or 1440p and lower settings. I haven’t tested overclocking here, as results
aren’t guaranteed and will vary between hardware based on what overclocks you can
get, although as both are pre overclocked cards we’ll 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 doesn’t appear to be for
sale anymore here, but most 1080s seem to be around $500 to $550 new, though of course
you’ve also got cheaper second hand options too, and pricing will vary between region. Based on the performance difference there’s
no real reason to upgrade from the 1080 to the 2070, it would make more sense to go to
the 2080 or 1080Ti. If you’re picking between them, both seem pretty good for 1080p and
1440p gaming, I wouldn’t 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 that’s
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 I’d 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 you’d pick down in
the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe for more comparisons and tech videos like
this one.

100 thoughts on “Nvidia GTX 1080 vs RTX 2070 – Benchmarks & Comparisons

  1. 1080 will still be a fantastic card through this new generation of RTX cards, having a nice sweat spot between the 2060 and 2070 in performance. I'll look to upgrade during the 30 series 🙂

  2. 6:55 '' … higher resolutios are more GPU bound'' Is that true? So if i have a 8700k and a 2070 will get same results as i5 8400 + 2070 playing 2k and 4k?

  3. Cant wait for my RTX 2070 to come in as I just ordered one just now. Planning to upgrade my Desktop over time and going to see how it likes my I5 4690 and 8gb of ram.

  4. I have both cards but in different rigs. My MSI Duke 1080 is still one hell of a performer paired with my 5930K CPU at 4.45 GHZ. My MSI Gaming Z 2070 is paired with AMD 2600X at 4.250 GHZ. I say they perform about the same at 1440P and lower given CPU tech. The MSI Duke hits 2065 MHZ on my 1080 on the regular compared to 1995 MHZ max (typically 1950-80)on the 2070. Now when it comes to 4K I noticed improvements in BF5, and the Evil Within 2 on the 2070. In BF 5 the 1080 is dipping below 45 FPS in 4K while the 2070 is hitting between 55-63 FPS the majority of the time. The Evil Within 2 dips below 30 FPS often in 4K while the 2070 only drops down to 38 FPS during those same scenes in 4K.Tekken 7 the 1080 can dip below 60 FPS in 4K with dynamic optimization off. The 2070 Tekken 7 never misses a beat. So 1080P and 1440P the 1080 is the better choice if cheaper new. 4K go with the 2070 as it's a 4K 50-60 card in the majority of titles I own.

  5. I went with a 2070 as i think this is the future and its new with warranty the 1080ti on eBay second hand is about the same price. And it works well in X plane with VR

  6. I just picked up a GTX 1080 on eBay for $269.99 (by far the most affordable I've seen yet with most going for about $350.00ish). The secondhand market is really driving the prices down considerably with lots of mining cards being recirculated back into the market and I suspect in a few months, the prices may dip even lower. If you're okay with a used or mining card and are careful with your purchase, you can save quite a lot of money over buying the current generation cards. Just make sure you go in with your eyes open knowing full well what you're paying for but given the savings, I went with a GTX 1080 over the RTX 2070.

  7. Should i buy the 1080 which is reduced in price right now in my country for around 400 euros. Or buy the RTX 2070 which bottom price is at 530 euros …. is it really that much better then a stock Asus 1080 ? .

  8. I’m gonna be upgrading to a 2060 or a 2070 depending on how much money I have after christmas because I still have a 1060 that cant run modern games because it only has 3gb vram

  9. just bought a new gtx1080 for only 370 euro (yes it was a lucky deal, warehouse sale), The cheapest rtx2070 in my region costs 530… Easy choice for me ^^

  10. If they're essentially the same price just get the 2070 bit much of a choice. Unless you've already built you PC and have the 1080.

  11. The 1080 is good or whatever, but then no RTX so no future compatibility. I already have a 1060 so I figure if I upgrade I might as well go for the 20 series right?

  12. I hate seeing comparison videos with 2 different brands of cards. When doing a comparison you have to try and eliminate as many variables as possible. The easiest being the brand.

  13. 1080 is still a beast of a gpu and i wouldnt upgrade but if you are coming from a 1070 or below, it is a worthwhile upgrade if you have the cash… most of the benefit of the 2070 is the great a-sync and possible future tech. RTX crap aside, at the lowest i was seeing 1080's around $650 (CAD) and i bought my 2070 for $729… so for the 12% cost increase i was getting what i was paying for.

  14. so when I compare the 1080 and the 2070 on userbenchmark.com I can see the 1080 has more gaming power than the 2070… ?!?!

  15. 1070ti around 300USD here, 1080 can be found for 350USD, so RTX2070 (600USD)makes ZERO sense no matter which way you look at it

  16. I have a EVGA GTX 1080 SC ! It is not worth the upgrade to RTX 2070 for 13 percent more power ,rather the RTX 2080 !

  17. I have a 1080 and with some spending money handy I was thinking of getting a 2080 but almost $800 for a 2080 just…. so I looked at the 2070 and the 2070 and 1080 are just too close to justify spending that money. I was gaming on a 1440p panel but its busted so for thr moment Im back on a 1080p panel. I may as well spend my money on a new 1440p panel and just keep the 1080 lol. Man what a let down this gen is cuz of this ray tracing gimmick. I remember seeing the first official benchmarks from the 10 series cards, my buddies and I were blown away, and the prices were fair. When we saw the 20 series cards it was a little meh, and once we saw the prices we laughed like it was a sick joke.

  18. I'll stick with my dual 1080's for now. Not a big enough difference to justify an upgrade. Same with ditching my duals for a 2080. Now the 2080Ti would be nice, but the price of those things is ridiculous at the moment.

  19. Just going to report that your benchmark on Rainbow Six Siege is incorrect. I'm running MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X with i7 9700k @ 4.9ghz Fullscreen @ 1440p w/ 144hz.
    "Overall Quality" set to ultra and AA: off. I'm not getting anywhere near your results, averaging 100 fps with low 1% somewhere around 70fps.
    Why? Probably because when you set "Overall quality" to Ultra, AA: T-AA is enabled which puts render scale at 50. Effectively making the game rendered resolution around 1800×992 upscaled to 1440p. Same thing happens when you run 1080p and set Quality to Ultra, it's effectively rendering at 1360×764.

    An understandable mistake to make, but It should be noted as to not confuse people looking to upgrade for increased fps in specific games, as running it native does not provide enough fps to maintain high refresh rates without lowering settings.

  20. i like how you test games people actually play btw. Subbed. I don't get the point of testing games no one actually plays half the time lmao.

  21. What killed this first line of RTX cards for me was the fact that with RTX on you lose half your frame rate for a minor visual upgrade. I’ll get a used 1080 (for 300 on most sites now) and just ride out a few years until the next rtx cards are out.

  22. I went from 1080 to 2080 on my pc
    And just got a 2070 laptop

    Wondering will 2070 be enough for 4k video editing

  23. and here i am still rockin the 1060 in 1080p like a common SCHMUCK….and not planning to switch any time soon

  24. I just ordered a custom built pc. I have an RTX 2070 going into it. Glad to have seen this video. Now im really looking forward to getting my pc when its built.

  25. I check ed the Nvidia website and could not find if this GPU can do multi-stream like the 1080. Does it do multi-stream?

  26. As much as a joke this sounds, I wanna see this card perform in Minecraft WITH Ray Tracing On (There are videos on youtube regarding this, basically a shader pack but with ray tracing enabled). It is something that no youtuber has actually tested yet but the topic is gaining a lot of popularity so you should take advantage of this.

  27. So the fastest AMD card in 2019 will be barely faster than the GTX1080 I bought three years ago in 2016?

  28. My rtx 2070 is underperforming massivly…. In R6S i only get an average framrate of 170fps even though the card is overclocked to about 1930MHz. I have an i7 6700k, so that could be the reason i guess?

  29. If you are using 144Hz screen, you dont benefit almost anything with 2070 if using 1080 at the moment.

  30. hi jarrods …Please, I want your advice in choosing the best graphics card. I work in 3d design, I work on 3ds max maya zbrush and I can play some games sometimes. I want to choose the best graphics card between gtx 1080 ti and gtx 2070 which serves my 3D business

  31. Timestamps:

    1:54 – Fortnite (Epic)

    2:19 – Overwatch (Epic)

    2:50 – Battlefield V (Ultra)

    3:14 – CS:GO (Max)

    3:40 – Rainbow Six Siege (Ultra)

    4:04 – Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Highest)

    4:24 – Far Cry 5 (Ultra)

    4:41 – Assassins Creed Odyssey (Ultra High)

    5:02 – PUBG (Ultra)

    5:20 – Watch Dogs 2 (Ultra)

    5:47 – The Witcher 3 (Ultra)

    6:07 – Shadow of War (Ultra)

    7:15 – Battlefield V (RTX ON)

    You're welcome.

  32. I’m planning on building a desktop with a budget of under $1500 excluding monitor. Right now, I know I want a 2070, possibly 32 ram, and 1tb ssd. I’m not sure about the motherboard or cpu. Can you give me some suggestions or lead me in the right direction? I usually buy pre built but I’m looking to gain some hands on experience

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