RTX 3090 vs GTX 1080

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1607
  • Max video memory 8 GB GDDR5X
  • Memory type GDDR5X
  • Memory clock speed 10 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1400
  • Max video memory 24 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6X
  • Memory clock speed 19500
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 1734$
Games supported 100%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating7311
Place by popularity73no data
Value for money33.2414.19
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)Ampere (2020−2022)
GPU code namePascal GP104Ampere GA102
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date6 May 2016
(6 years old)
24 September 2020
(2 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$599 $1,499
Current price$352 (0.6x MSRP)$1734 (1.2x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores256010496
CUDA cores2560no data
Core clock speed1607 MHz1400 MHz
Boost clock speed1733 MHz1700 MHz
Number of transistors7,200 million28,300 million
Manufacturing process technology16 nm8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)180 Watt350 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature94 °Cno data
Texture fill rate277.3556.0
Floating-point performance8,873 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 3.0no data
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16
Length10.5" (26.7 cm)313 mm
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)no data
Width2-slot3-slot
Recommended system power (PSU)500 Wattno data
Supplementary power connectors8-pin1x 12-pin
SLI options+no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5XGDDR6X
Maximum RAM amount8 GB24 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit384 Bit
Memory clock speed10 GB/s19500 MHz
Memory bandwidth320 GB/s936.2 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsDP 1.42, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Multi monitor support+no data
HDMI++
G-SYNC support+no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GPU Boost3.0no data
VR Ready+no data
Ansel+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.46.5
OpenGL4.54.6
OpenCL1.22.0
Vulkan1.2.1311.2
CUDA+8.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1080 39.17
RTX 3090 68.20
+74.1%
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 1080 15422
RTX 3090 26854
+74.1%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 74% in Passmark.

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 1080 53598
RTX 3090 120950
+126%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 126% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 1080 29263
RTX 3090 61518
+110%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 110% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1080 119971
RTX 3090 231612
+93.1%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 93% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1080 16623
RTX 3090 38539
+132%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 132% in 3DMark Fire Strike Score.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1080 21409
RTX 3090 47241
+121%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 121% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GTX 1080 54453
RTX 3090 204921
+276%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 276% in GeekBench 5 OpenCL.

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 1080 421474
RTX 3090 779348
+84.9%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 85% in 3DMark Ice Storm GPU.

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1080 65453
RTX 3090 138637
+112%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 112% in GeekBench 5 Vulkan.

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1080 51531
RTX 3090 238123
+362%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 362% in GeekBench 5 CUDA.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1080 141
RTX 3090 301
+114%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 114% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1080 61
RTX 3090 105
+72.2%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 72% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1080 8
RTX 3090 16
+100%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 100% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1080 34
RTX 3090 85
+147%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 147% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1080 76
RTX 3090 168
+120%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 120% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1080 54
RTX 3090 93
+70.8%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 71% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1080 9
RTX 3090 26
+198%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 198% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01.

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

Benchmark coverage: 3%

GTX 1080 98
RTX 3090 262
+168%

GeForce RTX 3090 outperforms GeForce GTX 1080 by 168% in SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01.

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce RTX 3090. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 1045 Mh/s no data
Decred / DCR (Decred) 3.09 Gh/s no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 27.63 Mh/s no data
Siacoin / SC (Sia) 2.28 Gh/s no data
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight) 0.48 kh/s no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 470 Sol/s no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD128
−46.1%
187
+46.1%
1440p79
−74.7%
138
+74.7%
4K58
−70.7%
99
+70.7%

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70
−211%
205
+211%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 92
−50%
138
+50%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 65−70
−71.2%
113
+71.2%
Battlefield 5 166
−3.6%
172
+3.6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 134
−32.1%
177
+32.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70
−164%
174
+164%
Far Cry 5 118
−71.2%
202
+71.2%
Far Cry New Dawn 111
−51.4%
168
+51.4%
Forza Horizon 4 140
−25%
175
+25%
Hitman 3 120−130
−60.5%
199
+60.5%
Horizon Zero Dawn 80−85
−133%
191
+133%
Red Dead Redemption 2 96
−79.2%
172
+79.2%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 108
−128%
246
+128%
Watch Dogs: Legion 70−75
−84.3%
129
+84.3%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 83
−45.8%
121
+45.8%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 65−70
−53%
101
+53%
Battlefield 5 142
−11.3%
158
+11.3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 113
−49.6%
169
+49.6%
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70
−129%
151
+129%
Far Cry 5 113
−71.7%
194
+71.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 108
−49.1%
161
+49.1%
Forza Horizon 4 137
−27.7%
175
+27.7%
Hitman 3 120−130
−58.1%
196
+58.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 80−85
−104%
167
+104%
Metro Exodus 74
−136%
175
+136%
Red Dead Redemption 2 53
−149%
132
+149%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 98
−134%
229
+134%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 74
−397%
368
+397%
Watch Dogs: Legion 70−75
−65.7%
116
+65.7%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 63
−46%
92
+46%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 65−70
−36.4%
90
+36.4%
Battlefield 5 123
−18.7%
146
+18.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70
−97%
130
+97%
Far Cry 5 104
−70.2%
177
+70.2%
Far Cry New Dawn 98
−46.9%
144
+46.9%
Forza Horizon 4 112
−48.2%
166
+48.2%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 81
−122%
180
+122%
Watch Dogs: Legion 70−75
−50%
105
+50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 74
−101%
149
+101%
Hitman 3 70−75
−147%
178
+147%
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
−171%
141
+171%
Metro Exodus 45
−156%
115
+156%
Red Dead Redemption 2 35
−163%
92
+163%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 64
−163%
168
+163%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 49
−67.3%
82
+67.3%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 40−45
−85.7%
78
+85.7%
Battlefield 5 98
−32.7%
130
+32.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−33
−200%
90
+200%
Far Cry 5 77
−121%
170
+121%
Far Cry New Dawn 82
−68.3%
138
+68.3%
Forza Horizon 4 93
−76.3%
164
+76.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−170%
89
+170%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 42
−129%
96
+129%
Hitman 3 35−40
−205%
119
+205%
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
−218%
89
+218%
Metro Exodus 28
−171%
76
+171%
Red Dead Redemption 2 21
−205%
64
+205%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 32
−200%
96
+200%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 56
−173%
153
+173%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 33
−97%
65
+97%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
−133%
56
+133%
Battlefield 5 53
−113%
113
+113%
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
−283%
46
+283%
Far Cry 5 42
−157%
108
+157%
Far Cry New Dawn 47
−123%
105
+123%
Forza Horizon 4 65
−126%
147
+126%
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20
−228%
59
+228%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 39.17 68.20
Recency 6 May 2016 24 September 2020
Cost $599 $1499
Memory bus width 256 384
Pipelines / CUDA cores 2560 10496
Memory bandwidth 320 936.2
Chip lithography 16 nm 8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 180 Watt 350 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
GeForce RTX 3090

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 1080 by AMD

According to our data, the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1080 by AMD is Radeon RX 6600, which is slower by 3% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

AMD Radeon RX 6600 Radeon RX 6600
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Competitors of GeForce RTX 3090 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 3090 from AMD is Radeon RX 6900 XT, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Radeon RX 6900 XT
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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 3090:

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