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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 vs RTX 2070 – TU104 is 50% faster but costs much more money

Today is the day when we are going to compare two monstrous mobile video cards – RTX 2080 and RTX 2070. They are suitable for 144Hz monitors, they both can deliver high FPS results in the newest titles, and you can find them in high-end laptops with mind-blowing price tags.

The RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 are the dream of the hardcore gamers. We all know that the RTX 2080 is faster but the question is how much and is it worth it over the GTX 2070 price/performance. Our test will show it. Let’s go.

See all configurations with: GeForce RTX 2080 / GeForce RTX 2070

Contents

Specs overview

Both GPUs are based on the Turing architecture. The RTX 2080 is based on the TU104 chip while RTX 2070 is a TU106 GPU.

The RTX 2080 is a monster of a GPU. It features 2944 shaders, 64 ROPs, 150 TGP, 1380 MHz / 1590 MHz base/boost clock, 14000 MHz memory frequency, 8GB GDDR6 memory, and а 256-bit memory bus. As we already said, a true monster, the fastest mobile GPU right now (December 2019).

Hey, don’t forget that the RTX 2070 isn’t slow by any means – it’s a fast GPU too. TU106 has some identical specs to TU104 – the same ROPs count (64), the same memory size and type (8GB GDDR6), and the same memory bus – 256 bit. Not bad, spec-wise the RTX 2070 looks like a great GPU even when it is compared to RTX 2080. Of course, there are some cut-downs – lower base and boost clocks (1215 MHz/ 1440 MHz), lower memory frequency (1200 MHz), and lower TGP – 115W. This means that in heavy game loads the GPU will throttle its frequencies to stay in the 115W range.

Ok, enough talking, let’s go straight to our benchmarks.

GPU comparison table

 RTX 2080RTX 2070
ArchitectureTuringTuring
GPU chipTU104TU106
Shader units2944 (+45%)2034
ROPs6464
Base Clock (MHz)1380 (+14%)1215
Boost clock (MHz)1590 (+10%)1440
Memory clock (MHz)1400012000
Memory size (MB)81928192
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)256256
TGP (Total Graphics Power)150W (+30%)115W
DirectX version12.112.1
Technology12nm12nm
RTX capabilitiesYesYes
Release date01.201901.2019
Official pageLinkLink

Synthetic benchmarks

 

RTX 2080 over RTX 20703Dmark Fire Strike (G)Unigine Heaven 3.0Unigine Heaven 4.0Unigine SuperpositionAverage difference %
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080+22%+16%+21%+18%~19%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070

In synthetic benchmarks, the RTX 2080 is around 19% faster than RTX 2070. The “real deal” is in the gaming tests with realtime gameplay statistics so let’s jump to them.

Gaming tests

The moment of the truth. Yes, RTX 2080 is like a hypercar, but we will analyze every test to see how much the RTX 2070 falls behind. It will be interesting to see if both cards can deliver 60 FPS on Max settings.

GTA-V-benchmarks

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080144 fps (+46%)88 fps (+34%)70 fps (+25%)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 207099 fps68 fps56 fps

In GTA V, the RTX 2080 delivers top performance no matter the settings, as expected. We have 70 FPS score for the RTX 2080, which means a bit smoother gameplay than RTX 2070, with no dips below 60 FPS. For example, the RTX 2070 is 25% slower on Max settings and the result is under 60 FPS with a score of 56 FPS. Not bad.

Far Cry 5Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080129 fps (+55%)128 fps (+58%)118 fps (+51%)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 207083 fps81 fps78 fps

In Far Cry 5, both GPUs deliver smooth performance even when the settings are maxed-out. But boy, RTX 2080 is 51% faster on Max settings. Yes, 71 FPS is a great result for the RTX 2070, but RTX 2080 delivers 121 FPS – if your machine is configured with a 144Hz panel the gameplay will be smooth as butter.
rise-of-the-tomb-raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080163 fps (+63%)106 fps (+34%)96 fps (+71%)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070100 fps79 fps56 fps

Rise Of The Tomb Raider has a beautiful engine that is heavy too. It isn’t a problem for RTX 2080 with a whopping 96 FPS on Max settings. RTX 2070 is again, a notch below 60 FPS – “only 4 FPS under the barrier”. If you look closer at the results here, you may notice that RTX 2080 has almost the same score on Max settings that RTX 2070 has on Medium settings.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080121 fps (+64%)108 fps (+61%)73 fps (+52%)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 207074 fps67 fps48 fps

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is one of the heaviest games in our tests. RTX 2080 result is very strong (Max settings) – 73 FPS. RTX 2070 has a decent result too – 48 FPS. Every GPU below RTX 2070 will struggle much more here.

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080112 fps (+34%)117 fps (+58%)81 fps (+53%)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 207076 fps74 fps62 fps

In Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, the trend is maintained as the benchmarks above. RTX 2080 has 53% better result on Max settings. RTX 2070 has nothing to hide with a 62 FPS score – a nice one too.

Performance summary (gaming tests)

RTX 2080 over RTX 2070Full HD, HighFull HD, Very HighFull HD, MAX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080+52%+49%+50%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070

So, before the verdict, let’s make a quick summary of all tests – no matter the setting the RTX 2080 is around 50% faster! The RTX 2070 is a good performer too and it is always close to the 60 FPS mark. Maybe if you drop one or two settings down (shadow quality for example) you will get better frame times (above 60 FPS).

Verdict

Well, both GPUs are performance monsters. Even the performance of RTX 2070 is enough for heavy games with eye-candy quality settings. RTX 2080 is 50% faster but a configuration with it will empty your wallet (or maybe your savings too). The RTX 2070 is the smart choice – great performance (especially for a mobile GPU) at a much lower price tag.

The RTX 2080 is the best mobile GPU that money can buy. If the money isn’t a problem go for it – you will not be disappointed. The higher shader count, the higher frequencies, and the 35W higher TGP are its “horsepower”. We can recommend the TU106 configured with a fast high refresh rate monitor – you will have the best of both worlds, high FPS and smooth gameplay.

Don’t forget that both GPUs require good cooling because of the higher heat dissipation and the devices equipped with them are a bit thicker than the ones with the Max-Q versions (which are slower).

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070