Is the gtx 1080 still good?

Now that the RTX 3000 series came out the prices of used RTX 2000 series will drop, which in turn means that second-hand gtx 1080 will drop too, as a lot of gamers are upgrading and selling it. But is it worth the GTX 1080 in 2020? Let's review its value/performance, benchmarks and power consumption. Also we will compare it to the RTX 2060 and other graphics cards.

Is the GTX 1080 worth it in 2020?

The GTX 1080 is capable of running modern titles at 1080p and 1440p smoothly. Nevertheless buying a GTX 1080 in 2020 makes sense only if you're buying second-hand because retail prices are too high. Buying used implies risks and no warranty, therefore if you don't fully trust the seller, buying a retail RTX 2060 is a much better option. A graphics card that performs slightly worse but has warranty and more features.

 

GTX 1080 Specifications

 
Released Date May 27th, 2016
TDP 180 W
Suggested PSU 450 W
Power connector 1 x 8 pin
Core Speed 1607 - 1733 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width 256 Bit
Memory Type GDDR5X
Regular memory size 8 GB
Max memory size 8 GB
Architecture Pascal
Process size 16 nm
Transistors 7,200 million
Shading units 2560
Features G-SYNC, Vulcan Multi Monitor, VR Ready.
Ports 1 x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3 x Displayport 

The GTX 1080 was released in 2016 as a high-range graphics card for desktop PCs that can run all games in 1080p and 1440p. It is based on the Pascal architecture and 16 nm process. As of 2020 it is still more than capable of running modern titles at 1080p Ultra presets 60+ FPS.

The GTX 1080 is being sold for $800 retail, which is way too expensive and not worth it. After the RTX 3000 series release, the GTX 1080 is being sold for around $300 (used) on Ebay.

 

GTX 1080 gaming benchmarks

 
Game Average FPS at 1080p Ultra Presets
Anno 1800 Anno 1800 47
Anthem Anthem 94
Battlefield Battlefield 5 123
Borderlands 3 Borderlands 3 70
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Call of Duty Modern Warfare 102
Control Control 63
Far Cry New Dawn Far Cry New Dawn 97
Final Fantasy XV Final Fantasy XV 63
Ghost Recon Breakpoint Ghost Recon Breakpoint 71
Grand Theft Auto 5 Grand Theft Auto 5 85
Just Cause 4 Just Cause 4 102
Minecraft Minecraft 239
Metro Exodus Metro Exodus 58
Shadow of the tomb raider Shadow of the Tomb Raider 93
The Division 2 The Division 2 92
The Witcher 3 The Witcher 3 77
Total War Three Kingdoms Total War: Three Kingdoms 68

The graphics card performs well in modern titles, achieving more than 60 FPS while rendering games at 1920x1080 ultra presets. The only exception is Anno 1800, which runs smoothly at 60+ FPS if you lower the graphics to high-presets.

 

GTX 1080 eSports performance

 
Game Average eFPS at 1080p Ultra presets
Apex Legends Apex Legends 116
CS: GO Counter Strike: Global Offensive 198
Dota 2 Dota 2 163
Fortnite Fortnite 140
League of legends League of Legends 215
Overwatch Overwatch 124
PUBG PUBG 95

 

Frequently asked questions about the GTX 1080

Is a GTX 1080 good for 1440p 144hz?
No, the GTX 1080 is not capable of rendering 144 FPS consistently in newer games at 1440p, but it easily achieves 60+ FPS. However, the graphics card is capable of running 1440p 144+ FPS on most eSport titles such as League of Legends or Fortnite.
 
GTX 1080 or RTX 2060?
Retail GTX 1080 is much more expensive. Assuming we're comparing second-hand GTX 1080 against retail RTX 2060, then buying a RTX 2060 is better because not only you get a warranty and know that the card has not been used for mining, but also performance is very similar and it has features such as Ray tracing, TURING NVENC and DLSS.
 
How long will a GTX 1080 last?
At the current rate the GTX 1080 is expected to keep being capable of rendering new demanding games until 2022 and keep being 'usable' past 2025. As of 2020 the GTX 1080 still pulls more than 60 FPS in new titles at 1080p. However, driver support is becoming worse as NVIDIA is busy with the 2 generations they released since the GTX 1080 came out. 
 
Does GTX 1080 support 144 Hz?
Yes, although the graphics card doesn't render 144 FPS in all modern AAA titles, it does so in most eSports in high to ultra settings. League of Legends, Dota 2, Overwatch all run in 144+ FPS. However, the graphics card is capable of supporting 144 Hz at 1080p resolution, not 1440p or higher.
 
Does GTX 1080 have Turing NVENC?
The GTX 1080 does not support Turing NVENC.
 
Can the GTX 1080 run VR?
Yes, the GTX 1080 satisfies VR recommended requirements.
 
 
Pros and cons of buying a GTX 1080 in 2020

Pros:

  • Runs all modern games at 1080p resolution, high presets and good frame rates
  • Runs most games at 1440p resolution 60+ FPS

Cons:

  • Lacks newer NVIDIA technologies such as Ray tracing or Turing NVENC
  • High power consumption
  • Is 4 years old, there are newer graphics cards that cost the same, consume less power and perform better

 

Best CPUs to pair with a GTX 1080

Nowadays you should only get a GTX 1080 if you're getting a good deal for it, as a used card. Selling for around $300 the graphics card should be paired with a CPU that is half its price and it won't bottleneck.

Ryzen 3 3100: I just don't get tired from talking about this CPU. It will absolutely be more than enough, it won't bottleneck your GTX 1080 and it also won't break your bank account. The Ryzen 3 3100 costs around $100. However, we expect huge performance gains when the Ryzen 4000 desktop series comes out.

The Ryzen 3 3100 is really all you need, even if you want to upgrade your GPU in the future to say... a RTX 2080. The Ryzen 3100 still won't bottleneck it. Nonetheless if you still need more CPU performance, we recommend the Ryzen 5 3500X, which sells for around $250.

 

i3 10100: The Intel option offers a performance close to that of the Ryzen 3 3100, but with a price tag a bit higher, around $122.

 

GTX 1080 compared to other graphics cards

Buying a GTX 1080 for $700 retail doesn't make sense, that is why we are using its second-hand price of $300 to $350. Always keeping in mind that a used graphics card has no waranty and could be damaged, therefore having a lower 'value' than a retail model bought for the same price.

 
Graphics card Price Performance compared to the GTX 1080 TDP [W]
GTX 1080 $300 to $350 (used) +0% 180
GTX 1070 $250 (used) -18% 75
GTX 1650 SUPER $170 -53% 120
GTX 1660 SUPER $230 -29% 125
RTX 2060 $314 -11% 160
RTX 2060 SUPER $420 +1% 175
RX 580 $159 -63% 185
RX 590 $218
-49%
175
RX 5700-XT $400 -1% 225

In terms of performance, price and power consumption the GTX 1080 most fair competitor is the RTX 2060 SUPER, which costs $420 and performs very slightly better. Buying either the RTX 2060 or its SUPER version (retail) is better than buying an used GTX 1080 because:

  • Warranty
  • Used cards could have been used for mining, making them partially damaged
  • Features: The RTX 2060 has Ray tracing, Turing NVENC and DLSS
  • Better future proof

 

Final thoughts

The biggest problem for people when buying an used GTX 1080 is the state of the GPU. It could had been under constant mining stress or it could fail anytime. If you don't trust the seller or you didn't personally benchmarked the GPU before buying, it is much better to pay a little extra for a RTX 2060. Not only will you get a new graphics card, but also performance is very similar and it has features like Ray tracing, Turing NVENC and DLSS.

If you got a good deal on the card the next big problem is future proofing. Even at 4 years old the GTX 1080 is still great and runs new games smoothly. Imagine there are people today playing fine with a GTX 570 in their computers, a graphics card that was released in 2010, and even back then it wasn't thought of as a future-proof GPU. It is a statement on how good NVIDIA cards retain their value over time. If the GTX 570 lasted this long, the GTX 1080 will keep being usable past 2026.