[FPS Benchmarks] Need For Speed Heat on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3080 (85W) – a close call

Need For Speed Heat is one of the good games that belong to the popular series. Sure, it’s not a blockbuster like the Most Wanted installment but it offers decent gameplay, nice graphics, a good soundtrack, and of course – pursuits with cops.

The game is based on the Frostbite 3 engine and yes, it looks good no matter the visual quality (it looks fine even on Low details). The title isn’t too heavy but if you want more than 30 FPS on Low, you’re going to need at least something like the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6 / 25W). On the other hand, we have prepared the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3080 (85W) for today’s comparison.

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for Need For Speed Heat list.


GeForce RTX 3080 variants

  GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] GeForce RTX 3080 [85W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA104
Shader units 6144 6144
ROPs 96 96
Base Clock (MHz) up to 1185 (+52%) 780
Boost clock (MHz) up to 1605 (+29%) 1245
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 (+17%) 1500
Memory size (MB) 8192 8192
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 256
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 130W 130W
DirectX version 12.1 12.1
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)

Need For Speed Heat Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] 110 fps (+7%) 97 fps (+3%) 89 fps
GeForce RTX 3080 [85W] 103 fps 94 fps 90 fps (+1%)


Actually, it looks like that both GPUs are pretty close in terms of performance when it comes to Need For Speed Heat. On Low, the 130W GPU is 7% faster but on Medium the difference is reduced to just 3%. And finally on Ultra the smaller GPU is 1% faster so we can call that an almost identical performance.

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

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [85W]

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