Let’s start with the 3DMark Timespy benchmark. You can run tests on your machines at home to compare with ours.
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
Optimal Power and Prefer Maximum Performance are dead even on the overall 3DMark score. However, the Adaptive option does pull ahead, but it is less than 1% difference, therefore naturally within the margin of error.
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
This result on the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is a bit more significant and hard to ignore. This one is more meaningful. It seems both Adaptive and Prefer Maximum Performance are faster than Optimal Power by 3%. For competitive 3DMark benchmarking this can make all the difference. In the real world though, it doesn’t really mean much.
What it means for gamers is that there is potentially some indication that on this midrange level video card there is potential for slight variances in some way. What way, we don’t really know though. 3DMark, of course, takes the whole system into account for the 3DMark score.
What it means to us is that there might be, in some cases, a potential for slight advantages with Adaptive or Maximum Performance Option. Even if a game was 3% faster or slower though it’s not enough to actually notice it in a game. It would only be revealed in a benchmark.
Let’s see what real games do.