The top-end enthusiast graphics card market is ruled by NVIDIA’s RTX 20 series cards, namely the GeForce RTX 2080 Super and the 2080 Ti. There isn’t a wide gulf between the performance figures of the two cards, but when you compare the prices the latter costs nearly twice as much. In this post, we look at how the RTX 2080 Super and the RTX 2080 Ti compare in modern AAA titles at 4K and whether the Ti is worth the extra investment.
|GeForce RTX 2080 Ti||RTX 2080 Super|
|Memory||11GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6|
|Price||Rs. 1,00,00+||Rs. 60,000|
The RTX 2080 Ti is essentially the elder sibling of the 2080 Super. Both have the same base specifications, except the former has a bit more: more memory, more cores, a wider bus and hence a higher bandwidth too. On paper, the 2080 Ti should retain a consistent lead over the 2080 Super across all titles. Let’s see how that translates in real-world performance.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
- GPU: GeForce RTX 2080
- Motherboard: ASRock Taichi X570
- Memory: Trident Z Royal 16GB @ 3600MHz
- PSU: Corsair HX1000i
- HDD: WD Black 4TB
- All titles have been tested at 4K Ultra unless mentioned otherwise
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super vs RTX 2080 Ti: 4K Gaming Benchmarks
On average, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is less than 20% faster than the RTX 2080 Super. The deltas vary from title to title with Assassins’ Creed Origins showing a gulf of a mere 6 FPS while in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, it grows to 13 FPS.
The peculiar thing to note is that the RTX 2080 Ti averages exactly 60 FPS across 7 titles at 4K while the 2080 Super lands just north of 50 FPS, almost as if both the cards were built for 4K. The only difference is that the 2080 Super *just* misses the 60 FPS mark at ultra. The 2080 Ti closes that very gap while costing almost twice as much. Seems rather deliberate, doesn’t it?
Conclusion: Super or Ti?
I’ve gamed on the RTX 2080 Ti as well as the 2080 Super and god help me, the Ti feels smoother at 4K ultra. The RTX 2080 Super however with just a few compromises with respect to the visual fidelity manages to reach the same level of fluidity.
The only notable difference is with respect to ray-traced games like Control and Metro Exodus. Here even, using the lowest RTX preset, it’s hard to get consistent 60 FPS using the RTX 2080 Super at 4K. The 2080 Ti, however, does manage that, of course with DLSS turned on. So unless you’re interested in getting those extra few frames in RTX titles and are willing to pay a big premium for them, I seriously wouldn’t recommend getting the 2080 Ti. The RTX 2080 Super does just fine, and it won’t be long before we see the next-gen Ampere cards with amped up ray-tracing capabilities.