NVIDIA GPU Generational Performance Part 2

In Part 2 of our NVIDIA GPU Generational Performance evaluation today we are going to cover the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. We will test all three video cards in fourteen games at 1440p and 4K to see how performance has evolved over the past five years from GPU to GPU.

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Crysis 3

Crysis 3 represents a popular game from February of 2013. This game was therefore already released when the GeForce GTX 780 Ti came out.


2560x1440 (1440p)

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In the graph above we are playing Crysis 3 at 1440p with the "Very High" system spec enabled with SMAA 4X. The "Very High" system spec is the game’s highest graphics settings. Turning on SMAA 4X also demands a lot of performance, while SMAA 4X looks great, it is graphically demanding on GPU performance.

These being the "Ti" variants, we would hope this very old game would be playable. However, this game is clearly not playable on the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, a $700 video card originally in a game that was released in 2013. Performance is really not very playable on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti either, a video card released in 2015. Now, disabling SMAA 4X and using the lesser SMAA 2TX is playable, but of course SMAA 4X looks a lot better.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is 32% faster than the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which sounds nice on paper. However, as you can see that doesn’t really equate to a lot of performance gain because we are starting at such a low place for the GTX 780 Ti. On the other hand, similar to Part 1, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is vastly superior in performance over the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. It is 73% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and not only playable, but we can increase the AA setting even more with so much performance headroom.


3840x2160 (4K)

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At 4K resolution we have kept the game at the same level of graphics quality (Very High) but lowered the SMAA value to 2TX which is less burdened. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is absolutely crushed at 4K, it cannot handle this game very well at all. In fact, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is also severely crushed and not able to provide any level of playable performance at 4K in this old 2013 game. In order to make these cards playable we would have to lower the game to its lowest or next to lowest settings to be playable.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti churns along quite well being able to provide a playable experience at 4K with the highest settings. Though the performance looks good on the GTX 1080 Ti, if we enable SMAA 4X the game does become unplayable, proving how forward-looking the graphics really were in Crysis 3.

Here GTX 980 Ti is 33% faster than GTX 780 Ti and GTX 1080 Ti is 70% faster than GTX 980 Ti.