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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce RTX 2060 3GB GDDR6 GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 27% 36%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27% 36%
Cyberpunk 2077 0% 13%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 67% 71%
FIFA 20 61% 66%
The Outer Worlds 39% 47%
Borderlands 3 23% 33%
Need For Speed Heat 27% 36%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 0% 13%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 32% 41%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 3GB GDDR6.

The GTX 1080 has a 343 MHz higher core clock speed and 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the RTX 2060. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 109.5 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 1080 has a 343 MHz higher core clock speed and 17 more Render Output Units than the RTX 2060. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 45.1 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RTX 2060 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 1080, and so the RTX 2060 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 1080.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 1080 has 5120 MB more video memory than the RTX 2060, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 1080 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 1080 has 35.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RTX 2060, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1080 is noticeably better than the RTX 2060.

The GeForce RTX 2060 3GB GDDR6 has 1920 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the RTX 2060 is 3226 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 1080 is 6383. The GTX 1080 having 3157 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1080 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RTX 2060.

The RTX 2060 transistor size technology is 4 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 1080. This means that the RTX 2060 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 1080.

The GeForce RTX 2060 3GB GDDR6 requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RTX 2060 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 1080. The GTX 1080 requires 30 Watts more than the RTX 2060 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 1080 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the RTX 2060.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Grand Theft Auto V

75.1 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

86.1 FPS

The Witcher III

95.4 FPS

The Witcher III

109.3 FPS

Crysis 3

112.8 FPS

Crysis 3

129.3 FPS

Just Cause 4

79 FPS

Just Cause 4

90.5 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

68.7 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

78.7 FPS

Borderlands 3

57.2 FPS

Borderlands 3

65.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

69.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

80.1 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

92.5 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

106 FPS

Battlefield 1

119.3 FPS

Battlefield 1

136.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

87.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

100.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

74.9 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

85.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

53.3 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

61.1 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

74.5 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

85.4 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

88.6 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

101.5 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

88.5 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

101.4 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

213.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

244.9 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

54.5 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

62.5 FPS

Metro: Exodus

62.1 FPS

Metro: Exodus

71.1 FPS

Far Cry 5

98.9 FPS

Far Cry 5

113.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

120.2 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

137.8 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

57 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

65.3 FPS

Battlefield V

118.9 FPS

Battlefield V

136.3 FPS

The Division 2

70.3 FPS

The Division 2

80.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

95.2 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

109.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

54.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

62.5 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

130 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

149 FPS

Gears 5

60 FPS

Gears 5

68.8 FPS

Control

50 FPS

Control

57.3 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

76 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

87.1 FPS

F1 2019

108 FPS

F1 2019

123.8 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

71 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

81.4 FPS

The Witcher III

61.1 FPS

The Witcher III

70.1 FPS

Crysis 3

82.1 FPS

Crysis 3

94.1 FPS

Just Cause 4

53.8 FPS

Just Cause 4

61.6 FPS

Borderlands 3

54.2 FPS

Borderlands 3

62.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

38.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

44.6 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

108.1 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

123.8 FPS

Battlefield 1

91.1 FPS

Battlefield 1

104.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

54.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

62.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

39 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

44.7 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

67.9 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

77.9 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

72.9 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

83.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

99.8 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

114.4 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

54.2 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

62.1 FPS

Metro: Exodus

42 FPS

Metro: Exodus

48.1 FPS

Far Cry 5

93.5 FPS

Far Cry 5

107.1 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

70.3 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

80.5 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

43.5 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

49.9 FPS

Battlefield V

91.3 FPS

Battlefield V

104.7 FPS

The Division 2

74.5 FPS

The Division 2

85.4 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

68 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

77.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

48.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

55.2 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

91 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

104.3 FPS

Gears 5

51.8 FPS

Gears 5

59.3 FPS

Control

30 FPS

Control

34.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

74.3 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

85.2 FPS

F1 2019

86 FPS

F1 2019

98.6 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

27.7 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

31.8 FPS

The Witcher III

41.9 FPS

The Witcher III

48 FPS

Crysis 3

35.3 FPS

Crysis 3

40.5 FPS

Just Cause 4

27.3 FPS

Just Cause 4

31.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

30.4 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

34.8 FPS

Borderlands 3

13.3 FPS

Borderlands 3

15.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

41.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

47.9 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

27.7 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

31.8 FPS

Battlefield 1

55.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

32 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

36.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

34.6 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

39.7 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

24.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

28.2 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

35.1 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

40.3 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

30.5 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

35 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

33.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

38.8 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

55.8 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

64 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

26.1 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

29.9 FPS

Metro: Exodus

22.5 FPS

Metro: Exodus

25.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

33.3 FPS

Far Cry 5

38.1 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

41.6 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

47.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

19 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

21.8 FPS

Battlefield V

54.9 FPS

Battlefield V

62.9 FPS

The Division 2

30.5 FPS

The Division 2

35 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

51.8 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

59.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

26.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

30.7 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

45 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

51.6 FPS

Gears 5

23.1 FPS

Gears 5

26.5 FPS

Control

15 FPS

Control

17.2 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

39.8 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

45.6 FPS

F1 2019

48 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1365 MHzvs1708 MHz
Boost Clock1680 MHzvs1847 MHz
ArchitectureTuringPascal P104-400-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date15 Jan 2019vs27 May 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs green tick
10
2560x1440
9.2
vs green tick
9.7
3840x2160
7.1
vs green tick
7.7

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1263 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6vsGDDR5X
Memory Bandwidth288GB/secvs323.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1920vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology12nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units120vs160
Texture Rate163.8 GTexel/svs273.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units47vs64
Pixel Rate64.2 GPixel/svs109.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Wattsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL4.6vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview GeForce RTX 2060 3GB GDDR6 is a mid-range GeForce 20 Series graphics card and considered a great price to performance graphics card based on the Turing architecture. Architecture The Turing architecture represents a process shrink down to 12nm compared to 14nm Pascal. The Turing architecture provides the world's first consumer support for real-time ray-tracing technology, or RTX. The GeForce RTX 2060 does support real-time ray-tracing and excels at 1080p screen resolution. GPU It equips a Turing GPU codenamed TU106 which has 1920 Shader Processing Units, 120 TMUs and 47 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1365 MHz and goes up to 1680 MHz, in Boost mode. Memory The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of first-gen GDDR6 memory running through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory clock operates at 1500MHz, or 14GHz effective. The limited video memory available means the RTX 2060 3GB will struggle at 1440p resolution. Power Consumption With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with an 8-pin power connector. System Suggestions GeForce RTX 2060 3GB GDDR6 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920 x 1080. We recommend a mid-range Processor and at least 16GB of RAM for optimal performance.Overview
GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 1080, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1607MHz to 1708MHz, whereas the Boost Clock can now achieve 1847MHz, instead of 1733MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 1250MHZ to 1263MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Liquid cooling for the GPU and air cooling for the memory and VRMs.

Performance
At 1920x1080, Benchmarks Indicate a 5% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 1080. This goes up to 7% at 3840x2160.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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