Graphics cards can be extremely complex to wrap your head around. But we think what a lot of people want to know right away is how well does my graphics card run the latest AAA games, or how many FPS will a GPU I'm looking to buy get. Which is why we've introduced the Game FPS benchmarks on every modern graphics card page, including Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 2070.
You may have seen it already on your travels, or you may not, but this is a new set of official game benchmarks for a massive range of modern AAA titles. The vast majority of graphics cards from the past three generations from both Nvidia and AMD are included and they will all be updated on the day of a major AAA release.
I’ve taken these game FPS benchmarks straight from the GeForce RTX 2070’s GPU page. They displayed average frame rates for the GeForce RTX 2070 in Battlefield V, Just Cause 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Hitman 2 and a bunch of other major modern games. They’re different from our analysis tools on our game system requirements pages, in that they’re specific FPS benchmarks that are built up from a number of real world FPS tests and will be accurate unless you have another component bottlenecking your system.
Benchmarks are available for both 1080p and 4K resolutions across the range of GPUs. There are two red vertical lines for each bar that indicate 30 frames per second and 60 frames per second. If a graphics card scores below 30fps in a benchmark it’ll be red, if it’s between 30 and 60 it’s yellow, and anything 60 frames per second or higher is green.
All of the 1080p charts have a maximum FPS of 200 while 4K benchmark charts go up to 100fps. This means all of the graphics card benchmarks are displayed on the same scale. This allows you to see at a glance exactly what gaming performance you can expect from any GPU.
What’s really neat is that not only can you instantly see how capable a GPU is, but you can also determine which games are going to most tax a graphics card. Even the mighty GeForce RTX 2070 struggles to hit a locked 60fps at 1080p/Ultra in Ghost Recon Wildlands, for example, while Wolfenstein 2 is incredibly well-optimized at 260 fps.
Likewise, those hoping to game at 4K can see the GeForce RTX 2070 may offer an unreliable gaming experience at 4K resolution. On Ultra the RTX 2070 can average above 60fps in just three of the benchmarked games. The RTX 2070 usually offers 4K frame rates from 30-60fps.
If you want to see how two graphics cards’ gaming performance compare to one another then you can do that as well. On the right-hand side of the GPU page and most of our GD pages there is a section to “Compare Any Graphics Cards”. Select any two and you can see exactly how their game frame rates compare.
You could also use our Graphics Card Performance Head to Head page to select any two GPUs and get the same results. This page also displays the graphics cards in a hierarchy of performance so you can see which GPU should be competitive with another.
For example, you could select the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and the GeForce RTX 2080 in order to see whether it’s worth paying an extra $400 for an RTX 2080 Ti. There’s too many GeForce RTX 2080 Ti vs GeForce RTX 2080 benchmarks to show in a single image, but you can see in the image how powerful these graphics card performance comparisons can be. Just follow the link through to see even more as well.
If you’re planning on gaming on a 1080p monitor, for example, you can clearly see the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is overkill in 2018. Nvidia’s flagship GPI only achieves a few more frames per second compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 so it probably wouldn’t be worth the 50% extra cost.
Taking Total War: Warhammer 2 as an example, this is a CPU-intensive game. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti achieves 114 frames per second at 1080p/Ultra, yet the GeForce RTX 2080 gets all the way up to 110fps. That's $400 dollars more for an extra 3% frame rate performance at 1080p. So if your games are mostly strategy style CPU intensive games then hopefully this sort of view might help you stop and consider that before dropping a tonne of extra bucks when its not needed.
So we hope you enjoy exploring this new GPU FPS data and as ever we’re really keen to hear if you’ve got any great suggestions for new features. Describe them below and we will take a look. GD is all about creating useful things for our community after all.