[FPS Benchmarks] Cyberpunk 2077 on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (165W) and RTX 3080 (130W) – a super close call

Cyberpunk 2077 is still popular in 2022 especially because the Phantom Liberty expansion is on its way. Nowadays, the game is in a good (and playable) state while the initial release version of the title was a nightmare for some people. Still, the game offers a pretty long single-player campaign and good graphics.

Speaking of graphics, Cyberpunk 2077 supports some goodies like DLSS and ray-tracing. When the latter option is enabled, the game become heavy on system resources, especially if you want to play with greatly increased visual quality. In this situation, DLSS will definitely help. However, the title isn’t that heavy when ray-tracing is turned off. So, let’s see what is the actual difference in terms of performance between two powerful NVIDIA Ampere GPUs with hefty TGPs – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (165W) and RTX 3080 (130W).

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for Cyberpunk 2077 list.


GeForce RTX 3080 variants

  GeForce RTX 3080 [165W] GeForce RTX 3080 [130W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA104
Shader units 6144 6144
ROPs 96 96
Base Clock (MHz) 1350 (+14%) 1185
Boost clock (MHz) up to 1710 (+7%) 1605
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 1750
Memory size (MB) 8192 8192
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 256
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 165W (+27%) 130W
DirectX version 12.2 12.2
Technology 8nm 8nm
RTX capabilities Yes  Yes
Release date 01.2021 01.2021
Detailed specs Link Link

Synthetic benchmarks

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

Cyberpunk 2077 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3080 [165W] 167 fps (+3%) 139 fps (+2%) 112 fps (+1%) 95 fps
GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] 162 fps 136 fps 111 fps 95 fps


Well, at least when it comes to Cyberpunk 2077 the difference between the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (165W) and RTX 3080 (130W) is really small no matter the fact that the 165W GPU has a 27% bigger TGP. On the bright side, the GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) performs well and this could save you some bucks because the 165W version of the GeForce RTX 3080 can be found in high-end laptops.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [165W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [130W]

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