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    Default GTX 1080 Ti vs GTX 980 Ti Benchmarking Results

    Hey guys,

    Before the lock-down announcement I was in the process of upgrading my GPU from 980 Ti to 1080 Ti since I got a pretty sweet deal on it for 250$. Also sold my old unused RMA'ed ASUS AMD R9 280X card for 150$. So, a great upgrade for just 100$.
    Mainly motivation behind the move was to play Red Dead Redemption 2 and this game requires one helluva card. Back in 2015 Witcher 3 motivated me to purchase GTX 980 Ti & never regretted it. Both of the GTX cards are from MSI and it's my favourite brand now. Great customer support and trouble free hardware.

    So, I decided to compare these 2 cards in an ultimate showdown in 40 graphical intensive games and at first I was going to write a huge post based on comparison charts but then i decided to go the long mile made complete videos on them in 4 part series.

    If anyone is interested, you guys can check them out below:

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    If you're an old school like me and don't like watching youtube then here are the tables:
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    Spoiler for Benchmark 4

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    Default Re: GTX 1080 Ti vs GTX 980 Ti Benchmarking Results

    Nicely done!

    I'm a graph guy myself albeit my newschool age. I've got a 1070 myself, which should be around the equal of the 980ti.
    Odd to see the higher 0.1% framerates of the 980ti on some of the games, especially Exodus. What would cause that?
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    Default Re: GTX 1080 Ti vs GTX 980 Ti Benchmarking Results

    Yup, I'm a bit of a graph guy.

    Normally I don't have the patience to watch an entire video, but it can be demonstrative of what areas were tested and how they performed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Athelstan View Post
    Odd to see the higher 0.1% framerates of the 980ti on some of the games, especially Exodus. What would cause that?
    Yes I noticed that immediately as well and it has a very simple explanation and why benchmarkers also test the game on different resolutions.
    The 0.1% and 1% low dips depend upon the frametime between 1 frame to another. On lower resolutions with powerful graphics card you will see more difference in frametimes because the GPU load varies significantly.
    Like in one frame GPU is utilized 80-88% in 1080p giving us a frametime of about 8ms for example but in another graphically intense frame that comes next the load increases to 99% and framtime increases to like 20ms. This disparity between framtimes (8-20ms) causes the dip in FPS thus giving us varied 1% & 0.1% FPS.
    For a lower performance cards the frametimes will remain consistent to say like 20ms because the card is being utilized 99% throughout the level of area being tested.

    ^Above screenshot shows varied GPU load and 980Ti showing more consistent frametime spikes of about 24ms on avg. While 1080Ti varies from 8-24ms since GPU load varies.

    That is why gamers lock FPS and use V-Sync so that framerate remain consistent giving a more smooth gameplay throughout the game. Another possible cause is simply poor game optimization by developers or the Driver version of your graphics card. Ubisoft games are notorious for this. You can see this in TW: Three Kingdoms as well where the 1080Ti performs the same as 980Ti with the major difference being consistent frametimes by 980Ti due to 99% GPU usage throughout.

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    Default Re: GTX 1080 Ti vs GTX 980 Ti Benchmarking Results

    I see I see, makes all of the sense. Ubisoft may be bad, but if you'd like to take a look at awful optimization you should take a look at Bannerlord, or at least pre one of the latest updates. During sieges a pathfinding error made any gpu/cpu combo max out, no matter how powerful.

    It's the first game I've played beside fallen order that's making me think I might want to upgrade my cpu at one point
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    Oh lol yeah. Bannerlord is a complete mess right now but the game is freaking awesome never the less. Usually i wait for like 9 months until the game is fully patched, plus the reason to save bandwidth from downloading and patching it again and again.
    But some games are just too tempting and can't wait.

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    Default Re: GTX 1080 Ti vs GTX 980 Ti Benchmarking Results

    We've waited 8 years already, no way I'm waiting 8 months. And there's been a patch a day too, so they're really working on it. 67 hours played since release isn't too much, right? I don't have a problem, right? Send help haha right?
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    Oh yeah, almost a decade of wait so it's too hard to resist now. And right now with the whole bollocks corona has going on, so, one can find plenty of time to play games at home.

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    Default Re: GTX 1080 Ti vs GTX 980 Ti Benchmarking Results

    I feel this song is very applicable here, just replace a certain word with Bannerlord.
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    I wonder if some of these lows are due to lack of VRAM on the 980 TI.

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    No it's solely due to graphics processing required by titles. Supersampling and MSAA are the main culprits since they upscale to higher resolutions and then downscale them. VRAM consumption remains under 6GB since the native resolution is 1080p.

    Finally managed to stabilize Bannerlord as well. The new Beta patch 1.2.0 is very good and fixes most of the stuttering issues caused by AI and 1000 units on battlemap:

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