Simple question, simple answer: GTX 1080 Ti or RTX 2080 for gaming

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Hey all, the topic states the decision. Main usage gaming at 2560x1440p 144hz. From benchmarks I can see that the RTX 2080 is better but by not so much though (~5fps). The price difference is $180 up to $227 depends on the manufacturer.
 

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GTX 1080ti all day long. The 2080 is more of a side-grade to the 1080ti, and you would need to go up to the 2080ti for any real difference in today's games.
 

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You know in a year or two's time the same people recommending the 1080Ti will be ranting at Nvidia for "nerfing" it's performance as the 2080 pulls further and further ahead.
 

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If sensible & interested in newer games, maybe worth waiting a little bit to see how good DLSS turns out in practice.

That could effectively give the 2080 a decent (30-40%) lead on games using it. Or be a bit of a wash out, we'll find out.
 
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Then the asnwer is not so simple as I can see.
 

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An AIB 1080Ti will be just as fast as a 2080 and much cheaper. As others have said though, it's probably worth waiting a little to see what DLSS brings to the table.
 

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The 1080Ti and 2080 are basically the same speed in regular rasterization, but the 1080Ti are way cheaper, so for traditional rendering it's a no brainer, the 1080Ti wins.

Only get the 2080 if you care about the new RT features, just beware that no games support them yet, and not many will in the early years. And most likely the games that do make use of them are going to be restricted to 1080p because performance above that will be terrible.

DLSS early doors looks like it's really no better than current post processing AA techniques, too much blur and loss of IQ, it runs better than MSAA but looks worse, FXAA is already so cheap that the performance impact is basically negligible so if you're happy to eliminate jaggies with blur then DLSS really doesn't bring anything to the table, it was just an attempt to keep the new RT cores busy.
 

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RTX cards are better in DX12 and Vulcan games, so will have an edge in future titles with these APIs.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pag..._graphics_performance_benchmark_review,4.html

Forgot to include, Wolfenstein (Vulkan)...

https://www.anandtech.com/show/1334...tx-2080-ti-and-2080-founders-edition-review/9
https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/geforce-rtx-2080-ti-founders-review,21.html

*IF I had to choose*... would choose a 2080 over 1080ti, despite how disgusted I am at its price.
Exactly. If you are upgrading from a 9xx or lower tier 1xxx it's in your best interest to get a 2080 over the 1080 Ti. You get much improved DX12 and Vulkan performance and can try Ray Traced games when they come out. You get none of this with the 1080 Ti. I don't get trying to save a couple hundred for an inferior last generation card. This is assuming a person is buying retail and not used.

With that said I'd never side grade to a 2080 if I owned a 1080 Ti. The 2080 Ti is your only obvious choice and it's an expensive card to be sure.
 

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Exactly. If you are upgrading from a 9xx or lower tier 1xxx it's in your best interest to get a 2080 over the 1080 Ti. You get much improved DX12 and Vulkan performance and can try Ray Traced games when they come out. You get none of this with the 1080 Ti. I don't get trying to save a couple hundred for an inferior last generation card. This is assuming a person is buying retail and not used.
The only place the 1080Ti is inferior right now is RTX and DLSS support. If those two options turn out to be duds, than spending a couple hundred more dollars would seem very foolish. That's the point people are trying to make. Just because it's newer doesn't automatically mean it's worth a substantial amount more money.

Besides that fact, you can get used 1080Ti's for almost half of what the 2080's are going for. That to me is an excellent bargain. If raytracing and DLSS turn out to be the bees knees in the future, you can always sell the 1080Ti and buy a shiny new 2080. You could recoup most of what you paid for the 1080Ti so it wouldn't cost you much to go that route unless prices go bonkers in the future (more bonkers than they already are that is).
 
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Well retail 2080 is aprox. $181 - $227 more expensive than 1080Ti where I live. I cannot get used 1080Ti for half the price of 2080 ever. So now the question is whether is worth it.
 

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You know in a year or two's time the same people recommending the 1080Ti will be ranting at Nvidia for "nerfing" it's performance as the 2080 pulls further and further ahead.
Then in 2 years performs drops back to baseline when nvidia stops supporting turing...
 

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Then in 2 years performs drops back to baseline when nvidia stops supporting turing...
Only if they have something "better" to sell.

Too bad there is no competing product that would be sufficient for QHD ...
 
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Well retail 2080 is aprox. $181 - $227 more expensive than 1080Ti where I live. I cannot get used 1080Ti for half the price of 2080 ever. So now the question is whether is worth it.
This really depends on your upgrade pattern. How often do you upgrade video cards? If it's only once every 3yrs or more then get a 2080 now, just don't expect to play any RTX games for another 2yrs. If you upgrade every year or 2 then get a 1080Ti now and a 3080 later.
 

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Currently I haven't found any evidence that would show me that kind of price hike is worth it. It would really depend on the games you play and if they support any of the new features RTX would offer. I don't believe there is much support out there yet and the performance between the two is comparable.
 

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Well retail 2080 is aprox. $181 - $227 more expensive than 1080Ti where I live. I cannot get used 1080Ti for half the price of 2080 ever. So now the question is whether is worth it.
I would not pay anything more than $50-75 more for a 2080. It's just not that much better. RTX is too weak even on 2080 Ti to turn it on in Battlefield. DLSS still has not appeared, and given they hid the details on RTX until after launch in the same way, my guess is DLSS also will be subpar. The only reason I'd even spend the $50-75 would be more the improved full DX12 and Vulkan support and slight bump in performance. I would definitely buy a 1080 Ti comparing your prices.
 
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