4K Gameplay Performance

Now we will look at 4K gameplay performance on both video cards. DLSS and FSR will be used as necessary and supported in each game, along with Ray Tracing under each game.

Forza Horizon 5

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card Forza Horizon 5

In Forza Horizon 5 we are running the game at the “Extreme” preset which automatically enables Ray Tracing at “High” and 2X MSAA. Even with Ray Tracing at High and at 4K this game performs really fast on the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING video card. At 4K we are enjoying 75FPS which is amazing with Ray Tracing enabled. Overclocking the video card improves performance by 5%.

Far Cry 6

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card Far Cry 6

In Far Cry 6 we are running the game at 4K with “Ultra” quality preset and HD Textures turned on. In addition, we are also looking at how FSR (AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution) performs on both video cards and what it adds to the performance. In this game, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT seems to perform very well, so well that it is actually faster than the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING video card even at 4K. It’s faster by 7% with the card not overclocked and then when it’s overclocked it is on par with the EVGA RTX 3080’s performance. Overclocking the EVGA RTX 3080 improves performance by 5%.

FSR helps both video cards here at 4K to improve performance even further. FSR adds 32% more performance to the EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING video card, bringing it to nearly 100FPS at 4K. FSR adds 33% more performance to the Radeon RX 6800 XT bringing it over 100FPS at 4K.

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card Far Cry 6

In this second graph, we have now enabled DXR reflections and shadows so that Ray Tracing is enabled at 4K. In addition, FSR is also enabled with DXR, so these results above are with FSR ENABLED. This shows that with FSR, things like DXR can be very playable in Far Cry 6 at 4K on both video cards. In fact, the Radeon RX 6800 XT is on top again by 6%. Overclocking does help the EVGA RTX 3080 by adding 5% more performance and bringing it in line with the 6800 XT.

Cyberpunk 2077

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card Cyberpunk 2077

In the graph above in Cyberpunk 2077, we are running in 4K at “Ultra” but there is no Ray Tracing here. Without DLSS performance is not playable at 4K in this game in “Ultra” settings on either video card. The EVGA RTX 3080 is faster than the 6800 XT by 12%, but it still isn’t fast enough to play and even overclocked it isn’t. However, enabling DLSS makes a big difference, it improves performance by 57% which is a pretty large difference.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Game Of The Year Edition

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card Microsoft Flight Sim 2020 Game of the year Edition

We did not see much separation at 1440p, but at 4K there is more of a defined difference. The EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING video card is faster than the Radeon RX 6800 XT at 4K by 7%. Overclocking also helps and improves performance by 4%.

Watch Dogs Legion

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card Watch Dogs Legion

At 4K this game is also challenging at “Ultra” settings without any Ray Tracing at all. The EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING video card is 7% faster than the Radeon RX 6800 XT, and overclocking has improved it by 5%. Enabling DLSS is the real kicker, bringing performance up 34% to 78FPS. That makes 4K very playable.

Metro Exodus Enhanced

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card Metro Exodus Enhanced

4K pretty much kills performance in this game at the “Extreme” quality setting with Ultra Ray Tracing. None of the video cards are playable without DLSS. The EVGA RTX 3080 is 38% faster than the Radeon RX 6800 XT. Turning on DLSS though improves performance by 53% and with the card overclocked makes that over 60FPS and very playable.

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  1. Thanks [USER=3]@Brent_Justice[/USER] for another awesome review. A truly impressive card. I’m constantly at ends in deciding if I want to mod, and then invest in everything it takes to get a top-end custom loop setup going but things like this make it easy for people, when they can get one. Now granted once done most parts can be reused for future upgrades but it is a bit of money and time to do so. I priced around a $1K to upgrade my Strix 3090 to full block, and all the other parts, and never committed to it.

    In terms of the power limitations it’s an unfortunate common design choice that I’ve noticed with most manufacturers to use reference, or similar, PCBs and not include a BIOS that will allow for greater adjustments. I couldn’t tell you how much time I spent looking for a 3090 with a factory loop that also included one of the custom PCBs that allowed for increased power. Other than the Kingpin and FTW3 Ultra Hydro, and some mythical things from overseas, I never did find anything else. Pretty much everything I saw had the standard 2x 8-pin connectors.

    However the FTW3 Hydro 3090 appears to use the same 240mm radiator as the 3080 and I have doubts if it would still perform as well as what you saw with the 3080 when fully overclocked. Really seems like they should’ve used a 360mm with the 3090 but can’t say I’ve read any in-depth professional reviews like yours to examine it in-depth.

    In either case I’m on the list for one of the FTW3 Ultra Hydro and who knows, maybe when the 4090s come around someone will offer one and it’ll be accessible.

    Bottom line though is that these 3080s look to be the cream of the crop and if someone can get at MSRP they’ll be in for a treat.

  2. I have a standard FTW3 Ultra Gaming, no doubt it is a good card.

    I have a custom loop and a EKWB block on the GPU.

    Even running the standard stock cooler, I had no need to overclock the GPU.

    The stock cooler is very quiet. I had to really convince myself it was worth the time to put a block on.

    At any rate, I think it would be interesting to run an air cooled Ultra vs this watercooled Ultra and see if there was any real advantage to paying extra for it.

  3. [QUOTE=”magoo, post: 46125, member: 244″]
    I have a standard FTW3 Ultra Gaming, no doubt it is a good card.
    I have a custom loop and a EKWB block on the GPU.
    Even running the standard stock cooler, I had no need to overclock the GPU.
    The stock cooler is very quiet. I had to really convince myself it was worth the time to put a block on.

    At any rate, I think it would be interesting to run an air cooled Ultra vs this watercooled Ultra and see if there was any real advantage to paying extra for it.
    [/QUOTE]
    In reading other reviews on similar things, on other sites, generally the performance is very similar when using stock clocks. The big difference comes down to noise levels and when overlocking it.

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