Considering that it’s a relatively new card and plenty of gamers have been unsure of what to think of it, we wanted to see just how well real RTX 2080 gameplay stood up.
Playing no less than seven of the hottest PC titles was a great way to see how the GPU performs in a real-world situation. While we were keeping a close eye on the frame rate counter, these tests are much closer to what it’d be like to play on one of these cards than the benchmarks that the developers ran.
Since the MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio has some impressive stats on paper, turning down the graphics options to make things easy on it wouldn’t make any sense.
We only ran tests at a full 1440p resolution on a 144Hz display. While it’s not quite 4K video, this is still pretty demanding.
RTX 2080 gameplay tests were run on no less than seven games. We tried the GPU with all of the following AAA-rated titles:
• Battlefield 1
• Forza Horizon 4
• Shadow of the Tomb Raider
• Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
• Far Cry 5
Our usual i7 8700K-powered behemoth of a gaming rig provided more than enough power, so the GPU only had to take care of the heavy lifting. This gives us a better picture of how well the RTX 2080 can take on the kinds of games that most people who’d be willing to spend over £700 for one would want to play.
One of the big things that make watching natural RTX 2080 gameplay so interesting is the fact that the drivers are sort of always in flux.
While it’s been around for a few years now, code jockey-types haven’t been able to optimise many of these games for the GPU yet. This means that everything you see here is running relatively raw and showcasing what the 2080 has to offer without any special extra software tricks helping it out.