ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 12GB review

We carried out the benchmarks with the 511.23 driver that supports the 12GB card. It is a full release of the driver so the results we got should be indicative of true performance. The 3080 is a powerhouse so we tested the games at max settings, at three resolutions, and tested ray tracing performance as well. This shows us how much the extra clusters in this card help over the 10GB. We carried out the same tests on the setup with the 10GB card to compare the performance.

Our test bench is made up of 

CS:GO

Not the most intensive of games but a great esports title for high refresh rate gaming. Through all the resolutions, the cards never dipped below 300 FPS, and at 1080p and 1440p, the one frame difference will just be from variation. It’s’s only at 4k where you can see a more significant difference between the two cards. It’s only on average six frames (2%) so nothing significant, especially at high framerates already. So the cards are more limited by the game not utilizing them fully but that is the nature of the title.

Dirt 5

A more graphically demanding title with the option for ray tracing. Without ray tracing the performance is fairly comparable between the two cards, with the 10GB losing out but not significantly. The biggest difference comes at 1440p with an eight frame (6%) average difference.

The same variance is seen in the ray tracing performance with the biggest hitting 10% at 4k, but there are still only seven frames in it. It becomes more significant with the lower framerates at the higher resolutions.

Doom Eternal

Fast-paced and also graphically intense, Doom Eternal also features ray-tracing to test out the capabilities of the cards. Both of the graphics cards perform well and comparatively. Even at 4k without ray tracing, both achieve above 144 FPS but with the biggest difference between them at 14FPS (10%). Ray tracing is a similar situation with lower frame rates so the difference is magnified between the two GPUs. At 4k the 10GB 3080 reaches 99 whereas the 12GB gets 115, giving a difference of 16 frames but at lower frame rates equating to 16%.

Evil Genius 2

A similar situation here, with the 12GB 3080 slightly ahead in performance but with not much more than 5% difference between the two cards. At 1080p there is some variation with the 10GB model taking a slight advantage but this is likely due to some test variation.

Far Cry 6

With the game cranked to ultra settings the two cards performed very similarly. At 1080p and 1440p they both perform at the same level, with the 12GB version outperforming the 10GB card at 4k. Even then, it’s only 4 FPS, equating to a 5% difference, and certainly nothing to change your card over.

Fortnite

Fortnite is also similar with only up to 8% difference between the cards and not a significant amount of change. The difference is variable especially for a battle royale game, and even at the highest settings they manage to keep up the performance.

Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege has great performance similar to CS:GO. And the comparison between the 12 and 10GB cards is also similar. The 10GB falls behind only by a couple of FPS but it is only at 4k where it’s above a 1% difference. This is still only less than 5% with 12 FPS.

Resident Evil Village

We saw a similar performance in the game with both cards reaching over 140 FPS in all no RT resolutions. The 4k ray tracing saw the bigger struggle. Comparatively, they also don’t have too much difference. The biggest is in 4k RT where the 12GB gets eight more FPS on average.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The same performance comparison is in SOTTR, with the biggest deviation of 10% at 1440p with ray tracing, which is still only nine frames.

Warzone

In the last game in our roundup, Warzone shows a very similar performance between the cards. The biggest difference was only 7% at 4k. This equates to just seven FPS, so not a significant amount overall.

3dMark

Throughout all of the benchmarks, the 12GB version of the card outperformed the 10GB card. This is expected with the higher specs of the newer GPU, with the synthetic benchmarks providing a more stable ground for it to prove itself.

Blender

The benchmark also shows the slight advantage of the 12GB card. Rendering the bmw27 scene only took 19 seconds compared to 21 seconds for the 10GB. A similar situation occurred with the classroom benchmark. The 12GB took 1m:27s compared to the 1m:32s for the 10GB.

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