Another mysterious chart breaks cover.
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At GTC Japan this week Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed a bit more about the company’s all-new Turing architecture, showing a slide that indicates its relative performance compared to the last two generations of GPUs from Nvidia. According to the slide, which unfortunately has no frame rate numbers or labels on the Y axis, we can see Nvidia is claiming the RTX 2080 is indeed faster at 4K gaming than the similarly-priced GTX 1080 Ti; a question that is on the mind of many gamers eager to upgrade. Obviously, the big question now is “how much faster?” Sadly, the chart doesn’t give us the answer to that question.
The slide also seems to indicate the RTX 2080 is pretty much guaranteed to hit 60fps at 4K in any game, which is something the current GTX 1080 cannot do. That’s not a terribly huge surprise as the RTX 2080 costs over $300 more. As far as the RTX 2080 Ti goes, it could be capable of 80 or 90 frames per second, but it’s hard to say. It’s also worth pointing out that there’s no indication of what settings are being used here, or what games are being tested, so your guess is about as good as mine as far as what it means other than a ballpark estimate.
It’s also notable that Nvidia is releasing charts like these without any labels showing what the chart is displaying in exact numbers. Everyone knows Nvidia has numbers for specific games at specific resolutions and settings, and it’s not clear why they can’t just release a chart like that. When I asked them about this the last time they did something similar (see below) they said that was the point of reviews, so we’ll have to be filling in that Y-axis on our own, hopefully soon.
It’s also interesting that Nvidia seems to think the GTX 1080 Ti can’t hit 60fps at 4K, as my own testing has shown it can in many games. In fact, after Nvidia released the slide below I ran Far Cry 5 on Ultra settings on a GTX 1080 Ti and was able to hit 79fps, but that was with HDR disabled so maybe that’s what Nvidia is in leaving out of this equation; that these are numbers with HDR factored in.
For now, this is all we have to go until reviews are published. I know it’s not much but at this stage I figured any little bit of information was worth sharing. Let me know what you think in the comments, and stay tuned for full reviews of both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti.