Nvidia RTX 2070 vs 2080 – Benchmarks & Comparisons


The Nvidia RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 are both
good gaming graphics cards in terms of overall power, but which should you pick, and is it
worth upgrading? In this video we’ll test out a bunch of games at 4K, 1440p, and 1080p
to help you see the performance difference between them, and find out which is better
for the price. Let’s quickly take a look at how the RTX
2070 and RTX 2080 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 2080 has more CUDA cores, higher base and boost clock speeds, so an improvement
in most aspects, although the memory between them is the same. The 2070 also has no NVLink
capability, while the 2080 does. For the testing I’m using the Zotac RTX
2070 mini and the MSI RTX 2080 Ventus OC, so both cards are factory overclocked, however
overclocks generally only equate to a couple FPS here and there in most games, so expect
slightly different results with different cards. The system that I’m testing with has an
Intel i7-8700K CPU in an MSI Z390 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, so let’s get into the results. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark using high settings. In all of the upcoming graphs I’ve got the
RTX 2070 results shown by the green bars, and the RTX 2080 shown by the blue bars underneath,
with the 4K, 1440p and 1080p resolutions listed on the left. Starting down the bottom at 1080p
there was an 8% improvement in terms of average FPS with the 2080, a slightly higher 9% at
1440p, then 14% higher FPS at 4K. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode
rather than multiplayer, as it’s easier to consistently reproduce the test run, and
it seems to be more graphically intensive, as there were fairly big differences between
the two GPUs here. At 1080p the RTX 2080 was 16% ahead of the RTX 2070 for average frame
rate, 23% higher at 1440p, and then 25% higher average FPS at 4K, a fairly significant difference,
although at 4K there were no major differences in 1% low. I’ve also tested Battlefield 5 with RTX
on, and although overall the results don’t look great, granted I am playing with high
settings here. You could of course lower settings to boost frame rate, but in my opinion the
game looks better at higher settings with RTX off and performs better too. At 1080p
it was playable with both the 2070 and 2080, although the 2080 was scoring 22% higher average
FPS. At 1440p I’d say it was still playable, but I think for a first person shooter game
you generally want to target at least 60 FPS, anyway the 2080 saw a 23% improvement here,
while at 4K there was a 15% improvement. It’s also worth mentioning that at 1440p and 1080p
the 2080 had 1% low results higher than the average of the 2070, a nice improvement. Far Cry 5 was tested using the built in benchmark
with high settings. At 1080p there was just a 7% improvement to average frame rate with
the 2080, but a much larger 26% increase to the 1% low. At 1440p the 2080 was now seeing
22% higher average FPS, and then a massive 28.5% improvement at 4K, where the 1% low
of the 2080 at 4K was almost ahead of the average frame rate from the 2070. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested
using the built in benchmark with high settings. At the bottom of the graph with our 1080p
results the 2080 was getting 15% higher average FPS compared with the 2070. At 1440p this
rises to a 25% improvement with the 2080, and then up to 29% higher average FPS at 4K. Rainbow Six Siege was tested using the built
in benchmark at high settings. I’ve found this game to favour Nvidia’s turing graphics
cards over pascal, so we’re seeing nice performance here overall. In terms of differences
though, at 1080p the 2080 was getting around 11% higher average FPS compared to the 2070,
21% higher at 1440p, and finally a large 30% improvement at 4K, where yet again the 1%
low from the 2080 result was close to the average of the 2070. CS:GO was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark,
and at 1080p there was a 7% improvement to average frame rate with the 2080. At 1440p
there wasn’t really any change, with now a 6% increase, while at 4K there was a larger
12% boost to average FPS. Either way both are still providing extremely good performance,
I generally find this to be more of a CPU bound test anyway, so it’s a good example
of a game that makes less of a difference which you pick. Overwatch was tested in the practice range
as I can easily perform the same test run compared to playing with bots or other players
which will differ every time. The RTX 2080 only saw a 7% increase to average FPS at 1080p,
but then at 1440p this rose to 22%, and then 25% at 4K. At 4K even the 1% low was higher
than the average FPS of the 2070, although the game did still play well even with ultra
settings at 4K on either card, as this is a pretty well optimized game. PUBG was tested using the replay feature with
the exact same replay at high settings. At 1080p the RTX 2080 saw almost no improvement
to average FPS, but was a little better in 1% low. At 1440p there’s now more of a difference,
with a 17% boost to the average frame rate, and then a larger 26% improvement was seen
at 4K. Watch Dogs 2 is a resource intensive game,
and I can play it alright with a solid 30 FPS, so it was actually playing well on either
card at 4K with very high settings. This was another game where the 1% low of the 2080
was almost ahead of the average FPS the 2070 was able to provide. At 1080p the average
FPS from the 2080 was 11% better compared to the 2070, rising to 21% at 1440p then 25%
at 4K. In terms of overall improvement, over all
10 tests with a 1080p resolution on average the RTX 2080 is performing 10.6% better than
the RTX 2070 in average FPS. More CPU demanding games like CS:GO for instance are closer to
the bottom, while others like Battlefield 5 seem to really benefit from the increased
GPU power. At 1440p on average over the same games the
RTX 2080 was now scoring 19% higher average frame rates when compared with the RTX 2070,
so a nice increase to performance now as we step the resolution up, however we can see
the results can still vary a fair bit depending on the game. At 4K the RTX 2080 was now on average 23.2%
better than the RTX 2070 in these games. The average frame rate difference improves further
as we step up in resolution as we start becoming less CPU bound and really start to see what
these graphics cards are capable of. As we’ve seen before, the 2080 is close to a 1080 Ti,
so in lieu of the 2080 Ti it’s actually not a bad option for 4K gaming with higher
settings. I haven’t tested overclocking here, as results
aren’t guaranteed and will vary between hardware based on what overclocks you can
get, realistically it generally only makes a couple of FPS difference, but I’ll cover
overclocking in the full review videos for each of these cards, so get subscribed for
that. 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 Zotac RTX 2070 mini I’m testing with goes for
around $529 USD, while the MSI RTX 2080 Ventus OC is $729, so a $200 price increase, or 37.8%
more money to go from the 2070 to 2080. There are of course other priced 2070 and 2080 cards,
so you can do the math with my results to work out the difference based on the model
you’re looking at. I think for lower resolutions like 1080p,
the 2080 is less worthwhile, as there was just a 10% average performance gain with the
2080, however for higher resolutions like 1440p and 4K the 2080 was giving 19% and 23%
higher performance respectively, making it an easier pill to swallow. It does of course
depend on the game you’re playing though, in some cases like Overwatch I don’t really
think it would make a noticeable difference while playing, whereas with other games the
2080 can take you to a playable experience at 4K where the 2070 would be struggling. I think I’d pay more and just get the 2080
if I needed that level of power, but that’s only because as we saw in my recent 2060 vs
2070 video the 2070 is pretty bad value. The 2060 is much better, so if I was going to
be sticking to 1080p and maybe some 1440p I’d probably be looking there instead. You
then of course also have the 10 series cards which can be picked up on the second hand
market for an even better deal, but that’s an entirely different story. Let me know which card you’d pick down in
the comments, the 2070 or 2080, and don’t forget to subscribe for more comparisons and
future tech videos like this one.

62 thoughts on “Nvidia RTX 2070 vs 2080 – Benchmarks & Comparisons

  1. I'd rather go with a 2060 and save a few bucks while also having a lower power requirement. Save a buck or two on the electric like that 😂

  2. Its a shame 4K isn't viable for most mainstream consumers. I've been using 4K 40-43in monitors for years now and would never go back to having less screen real estate.

  3. Amazing video jarrod😊
    -However I would choose RTX 2070 over the 2080 for the price.
    -Is there any plans of reviewing The Acer predator triton 500?
    -Also can you make a thermal paste reapplying guide for laptops (especially for Triton 500).
    Thanks 🤗

  4. i still dont think that the 2080 is worth it, i mean cmon 8gb ram for an 800 dollar gpu? even the 2070 is way to expensive but at least it doesnt feel as big of a ripoff than the 2080 or 2080ti. the 2060 is a joke too. it runs into its ram limits pretty soon i guess. for 350 bucks you should at least get 8 gb. the 2070 should have some around 10 or higher. 2070 some like 12 and 2080ti 16gb.

  5. Hey Jarrod! I see you're replying to everyone! So first you're awesome n helpful and I want to buy a laptop under 1500$ I can spend a lil more.. But I like the Asus strix scar 2(gtx1070) it's 1500$ on newegg.. So first is newegg good? And is scar2 Good n can y suggest any other laptop? Thank you! 🙂

  6. None. If you must go team RTX then the 2060 is the way to go. If you don’t care about money and have a lot of cash then the 2080 ti is the way to go. Just my opinion.

  7. I have maybe 60-90tabs open in a browser (chrome/firefox/yandex/opera) and my laptop is usually at 7.8 or 7.9GB from my dual channel 8GB,so nearly full most of the times. I've also enabled memory compression:

    """Within a Administrator PowerShell command prompt type the following command to enable memory compression
    :

    Enable-MMAgent -MemoryCompression """

    Now,you could've easily get that free ram option with "advance system care iobit" and in speedup tab, turn on turbo boost and in that section,there is "game mode","economy mode" & "work mode", which all of them works..so, by turning on the modes,Now my ram get's to 4.6/4.9GB and it gives me 3/4GB free ram just by clicking this option …. and now I can play some game(mine pes2019 or tekken or …)

    ,so make sure to try & recommend low-ram laptop/pc users to install it(you may ask for sponsoring the video as well),HERE IS the shot of before and after in task manager :

    https://imgur.com/lsVE19F

  8. 700 dollars is a tough pill to swallow. Would a 2070 be enough to max out my 1440p 165hz monitor in BR games at ultra settings? or should i just save up some more money for the 2080?

  9. Would a rtx 2070 run gta 5 as good as a gtx 1080 ti and same with the gtx 1070 ti and also with the i5 9700k

  10. Jarrod/guys, could you help me out please?

    I am a total nobody when it comes down to laptops and their hardware/specs. I want to invest in a great laptop and therefore I have been watching a lot of channels, especially Jarrods' to collect some good advice on which one I should pick. Obviously I want 'the best one' out there but right now I'm afraid to choose one since RTX doesn't seem to be worth it, cooling is a problem and a lot of screens are 'only' full hd.
    I obviously don't want to invest and be sorry in a few weeks.

    Basically a lot of people told me I should get a Macbook pro since I want to create content and kind of develop and design as well aside from daily usage. Since I never used apple before I don't want to make the switch. Also I think apple is way too overpriced and I don't want to spend that much money on a laptop I can't even game well on if I wanted to.
    I never gamed a lot but I would if the system could handle great games.

    There are so many to choose but I was wondering if any of you could help me out a bit.
    My interest goes out to laptops like these;

    Razer blade pro 2019
    MSI GS65 or 75 stealth
    Asus rog zephyrus or Scar II
    Alienware area 51m

    Etcetera..

    Any thoughts?

  11. The 2070 and 2080 seem like they’re in weird spots right now. I say this because you can get the 2060 (or a really good OC’able 1660 Ti) which in some cases comes close to the 2070, then you have the 2080 which for the price doesn’t seem to be justifiable over the 2070 unless money isn’t a factor, and then you have the 2080 Ti which even base $1,000 US models should still completely stomp everything else below it.

    Nvidia’s really made a mess of their GPU lineup this generation…

  12. Bro , asus zephyrus s gx531 ( gtx 1060 ) or Acer predator triton 500 ( rtx2060) both price are similar, need some info , which one would you pick bro ?

  13. Thanks for the video! Upgraded my Strix 980 ti to Strix 2080 around new year and couldn't be happier. Managed to pull +140 core and +1420 memory with 9% average fps increase.

  14. Even with the large premium from 2070 to 2080, I would still pick the 2080 if you want to play 1440p 144hz 144+fps for competitive shooters like Seige, and 1440p ultra above 60fps at all times for story driven games like Witcher 3. 2080 can go in SLI via NVLINK whereas the 2070 can't, so its more future proof in the sense. 2080 is basically a 1080ti (sometimes slower, sometimes faster), but with ray tracing capabilities. I still pick the 2080 over the 1080ti due to better drive support (it's a newer card) and most of the time the 1080ti is still more expensive. Also, as games move towards 4k territory, 2080 would fare largely better in the long term.

  15. Hey Jarrod! I am currently struggling to decide between acer tuf 504 or acer nitro 5.Both with intel core i7 and 1050ti.I heard tufs cooling system is better,though nitro 5 seems to be fine too.What would you choose?Will a cooling pad help to reduce temperature?

  16. I need your help here M8
    Should I pick:
    Asus tuf AmD with a Ryzen 5 3550H and a rx560x with a freesync monitor
    OR
    Acer Predator Helios 300 with a i5 8th gen and a 1050ti

  17. My computer is almost identical and I feel like I get less fps with my 2080(gigabyte WF OC & i7 8700k stock 3200hz adata ram) than all of these benchmarks. What is the deal though

  18. For 1440p 60+ fps which is the better deal? There is a 300 buck difference between the two where I live. Worth it or not?

  19. so when you say high you mean high and not ultra? seems like these cards should do better than this at 1440p. so much money. the 2080 should get 2080 ti fps at 1440p. ill just wait for the 30 series if thats the best they can do right now. or a severe price drop

  20. Is I7 9700K, Aorus Z390, 64GB 3200 Ram, 250Gb M.2 ssd, 1GB Ssd, 2GB Wd Black HDD,RTX 2070, Seasonic 850w, Be Quiet Dark rock pro 4 an overkill for music production and video editing?

  21. excellent comparison review. keep up the good work and make more videos. I probably will purchase the rtx 2080 for 1440p gaming. I think that's where the sweet spot is right now.

  22. Bought my rtx 2070 amp extreme for 499$.
    Had to rma it and wondering if I should just get the 2080 for 650 ish $

    Setup
    I9 9900k
    16 gb 3600 ram
    Z390 aurous master
    850w psu
    280m aio
    256gb 970 plus
    1 tb 860 evo

  23. I have 2 x GTX1080's…. I'm figuring I could offload them and cover most of the cost of the 2080… but…. then comes updating the rest of the machine… I have a i7 7700k… I'd at least want i9 9900k…

  24. How would these cards compare against each other in terms of VR? Same results when looking at FPS differences?

  25. My tech enthusiast times are way behind me but it seems that for the huge gap of price (200quid) I'd rather buy the 2070 as there is no big mind blown difference in benchmarks. I've been reading about these graphic cards to decide between the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 2070 or 2080 with at least £800 difference in prize. I'm baffled, OK the 2080 version has access to the Max-Q and probably better rendering/texture and realism but for anyone who's not pro-gamer and has 3k to burn …

  26. I’m about to buy a pc with a 2080…. I’m actually scared of what this thing can do. 400+ frames per second…. how is that even possible xD that’s crazy.

    Thanks for the reviews btw dude, it really helped me definitely choose what things I wanted in my new pc esp with your great comparison of intel i7 vs it’s ryzen 7 counterpart (I chose ryzen). Gonna order the parts next week and then hopefully have it built by the end of the summer 🙂 if anyone’s interested I’ll let them know how it goes.

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