Which High-End Card to Get for 4K Gaming?
Two monstrous giants go to battle in open air against each other. The fight is inevitable, but the winner is only one, who will it be?
First, let’s enlist top pros and cons of each to give you a clearer picture so you have prior knowledge before purchasing any of these. Then we tackle the different features of each and in what way they are distinctive from each other.
When it comes to choosing the most appropriate card for your 4K PC gamer, it can get a bit tricky with the myriad of choices on the market. Even if you are tech savvy, not knowing what to expect from a graphics card might ruin the entire experience for you.
When it comes to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, it provides you with a chart-tapping performance for the price, a shedload of complimentary software features, state-of-the-art cooling system, whisper quiet operation, and of course an alluring shroud design. On the flip side, there is no DLSS 3.0 yet, not much overclocking headroom, and gains in 1080p and 1440p are less impressive than in 4k.
Regarding the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, it is heavily loaded with new features, it comes with lots of overclocking headroom, and beats its Nvidia GeForce counterpart in select benchmarks. However, it is reported that there are inconsistencies in many games, along with driver-stability issues and gets hotter than most GPUs.
Having discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each, it is important to shed light on the features of each and see where they clash.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 comes with a compellingly different tack with the company’s Founders Edition RTX 30 series. This edition is an experiment in itself and involves a redesigned PCB and an innovative cooling system. Nvidia was able to shrink the PCB of its card by 50%, and stuff the empty spaces with more heatsink, and more cooling with an innovative push/pull dual fan configuration. The AMD RX 6800 reference design is pretty much the same in terms of heatsink and general aesthetics. This give Nvidia
In terms of performance test, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT might seem like a pretty awesome deal considering its price of $699. However, it is crucial to pinpoint the inconsistency of results at all resolutions that didn’t give AMD the winner’s medallion this time.
Down below you will find a chart demonstrating how much Fps in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey using the AMD and RTX 3080
The chart clearly shows that both GPUs gave incredible results, and by far were the fastest especially at 4k resolution.
When it comes to drivers, AMD is not in a favorable position, especially having faced recurring problems that the company have had in the past years on its RDNA 2 cards. It seems that the Radeon RX 6800 XT in some games would stall out in certain resolutions; games like Far Cry 5, Total War: Warhammer II, Death Stranding, and AC: Odyssey.
Meanwhile, its counterpart continues to release more stable drivers that are free from problems across the 4 samples of the GeForce RTX 3080 card. The company always ensures consistent “Game Ready” driver updates whenever a new title is released for PC. Let’s not forget to mention its support for the GeForce experience software is analogously powerful.
If you are aiming for a 4K gamer, your best choice would be the GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. That is not to disregard the impressive and record-breaking results that the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT has achieved thus far in specific benchmarks. But the inconsistent frame rates and the drivers’ instability keeps it from winning this battle unfortunately.