Choosing a GPU is the most exciting and most divisive decision among experienced gamers running AAA titles. The diversity in the market doesn’t make the decision any easier. The decision starts by choosing one of the several brands in the market. This shouldn’t be hard for most gamers considering Nvidia has a clear lead over most brands in the GPU market.
Among the top GPU contenders in the Nvidia, stable is the RTX 2080 Super and the RTX 2080Ti. If you’re thinking of an upgrade, these two are excellent contenders. This comparison will help you pick the one that suits your gaming exploits best.
The 2080 Super is a revamped and improved version of the 2060 and the 2070 GPUs. The Super delivers around 30% better performance than the 1080Ti. It’s a premium option for gamers looking for the best performance and isn't shy of shelling out the accompanying price tag.
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The 2080 Super is a slightly more advanced GPU than the 2080Ti gaining about 10 – 15% in most synthetic and real-world benchmarks but attracts a 40% higher price tag.
- Base Clock – 1650MHz
- Boost Clock – 1860MHz
- Base Clock – 1350MHz
- Boost Clock – 1650MHz
Both GPUs are built on the new Nvidia Turing architecture. Essentially, both options are practically brothers. They carry the same common features on the same architecture save for a few tweaks.
The Turing architecture uses dedicated cores to complete different applications. Turing GPUs have Tensor cores that deliver AI to cut down on the GPU workload when dealing with hardcore machine learning.
This architecture also uses RT cores to give more distinct and realistic images compared to what other GPUs would offer. The Turing NVENC features also save casual streamers the need to use a dedicated streaming PC when gaming. It saves you money while ensuring you put out quality streams to your viewers.
If you’re an overclocker, cooling will be an essential consideration. Even without overclocking, the GPU still needs enough cooling to keep it running longer without overheating.
The 2080 Super has a dual axial open-air cooler. It keeps the noise levels down, and the temperatures never go past 75 degrees. If you pair the GPU with liquid cooling, you can take down the temperatures 10 to 20 degrees lower.
The 2080Ti uses the same cooling fans. It has comparable results out of the box with the same temperature readings as the 2080 Super. The only difference is that the Ti has a higher scope for overclocking. It allows you to push the GPU harder with the same cooling results.
When choosing a GPU, its dimensions determine if it’s the right size for your PC build. The dimensions of the RTX 2080 Super and Ti are as follows:
- Length – 10.5”
- Width – Dual Slot
- Length – 10.5”
- Width – Dual Slot
In terms of size, both GPUs are relatively equal. There's not much to choose from. Finding the right size shouldn't be a problem because the size is standard unless you have your sights set on a mini-rig.
The slight change between both options comes in the power connectors. The 2080 Super takes six and eight-pin connectors, while the Ti takes two eight-pin connectors.
There’s no better pedestal to hold GPUs to than the resolution or the FPS they deliver. For the Nvidia RTX series, this is the bottom line and the best tie-breaker in case you're still hung up on which of the two best suits your rig.
The overall effective 3D speed for the 2020 Super is 138%, while the 2080Ti puts in a blistering 176%. And that’s even before overclocking.
The 2080Ti also does an excellent job in other aspects like lighting effects, NBody calculation and multi-rendering. The GPU delivers 20% extra effective speed in up to 30% more in some cases.
When overclocked, the Ti pulls further away because of its ample space for effective use of its overclocking. The 2080Ti GPU can deliver 46% faster in NBody calculations over the 2080 Super.
In terms of gaming FPS, the 2080Ti doesn't have much of an advantage. Most of the AAA games in the market haven't had the time to utilize the technology on these GPUs, which erases most of the potential benefits.
On Fortnite, the 2080 Super gets you an FPS rate of 185, while the Ti gets you 197. In GTA V, the Super gets you 121 while the Ti comes in at 140 FPS.
There’s enormous untapped potential in these GPUs. It’s only a matter of time before the gaming world catches up. Still, both options are an excellent gateway to 4K gaming at the moment. They will soon be the way to go in gaming once developers start to take advantage of the architectural technology.
Both GPUs can kick your gaming experience p a notch in terms of Ray tracing. The Super has a higher-level ray tracing because of the RT cores and Turing architecture. It’s able to deliver impeccable results on most games.
The Ti has a higher overall FPS and better resolution score. Coupled with the RT cores, the Ti delivers even better results down the line.
When deciding with regards to ray tracing, you're essentially choosing between whether you want impressive results now at the expense of a limited future (which is what the Super offers) or futureproofed ray tracing now and in the future, with the downside of paying extra for the convenience (which is what the Ti provides).
For gamers chasing the dream of gaming at 1080p resolution, you need a minimum VRAM of about 8GB. The 2080 Super comes with a minimum of 8GB. But it uses a clever technology that allows it to operate above its capacity. It has a 256-bit memory bus strictly for the card. That gives you some wiggle room on the 8GB.
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The Ti completely blows the roof off with 11GB of VRAM and a 352-bit memory bus. That’s more than you need for 1080p gaming. If your budget allows, it doesn’t hurt to go all out.
In terms of the memory clock, the story is slightly different. The 2080 Super comes in 15.5GBps GDDR6, while the 2080Ti comes in at 14GBps GDDR6.
Price and Value
After looking at the technical aspects of each of the GPUs, it's time to consider how landing one of the premium options will affect your finances and if both options are worth the money.
There's not much competition in the high-end GPU market. Nvidia is downright dominant on this end, and as you would expect, the prices are slightly inflated.
Of the two, the RTX 2080Ti is slightly overpriced. It comes in at significantly higher prices than the Super but only offers a performance boost of somewhere in the range of 10 to 20% depending on the game’s resolution.
The Super has a better performance to price ratio. The downside is that it works better at lower resolutions and is slightly compromised at high resolutions.
Which One is the Better GPU?
From the benchmark results and the technical features of both GPUs, the best option depends on the purpose of the GPU. The Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti is the better performer. It comes as no surprise given its higher price tag.
However, if you’re only purchasing the GPU for the purpose of gaming, the Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Super is the better pick. This is only because most games haven’t fully capitalised on the features of the Ti. Hence, you will be investing money for features you can’t use at the moment.