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Is the 3080 Ti Overkill for 1440p?

Get the most out of your new Nvidia card by seeing the RTX 3080 Ti 1440p gaming potentials
Last Updated on April 27, 2023
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Building a gaming PC that will solely be used for gaming and some productivity work can be a daunting task. People tend to overspend thinking that higher is always better. We can’t blame people for wanting to get the highest FPS possible, but is it always necessary to spend so much to get those returns? In this article, we will discuss the RTX 3080 Ti 1440p capabilities and determine if the card is overkill for such gaming.

The RTX 3080 Ti was built with a 4K resolution in mind. The 12GB of memory and 912.4 GB/s of memory clock speed allow this card to run all titles at 4K resolutions quite easily. Having that in mind, we can determine that spending more the $850 for the 3080 Ti to play games at 1440p is overkill. And the proof lies in the fact that there is not much of a difference between the results achieved by the 3080 and the 3080 Ti at this specific resolution.

What resolution should I use for 3080 Ti?

In order to get the best result and the best bang for your buck, you’ll need to have a 4K monitor and a CPU that can back up the 3080 Ti’s power, otherwise, you’ll be losing a lot of the graphics card capacity. This is a GPU built to be used for 4K gaming.

BenchmarkRTX 3080RTX 3080 Ti
Microsoft Flight Simulator46 fps45 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider147 fps156 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DLSS)154 fps162 fps
CoD: Warzone124 fps140 fps
CoD: Warzone (DLSS+RT)133 fps144 fps
Fortnite160 fps167 fps
Fortnite (DLSS)181 fps173 fps
Gears 587 fps98 fps
Death Stranding163 fps164 fps
Death Stranding (DLSS quality)197 fps165 fps
Control124 fps134 fps
Control (DLSS quality + RT)126 fps134 fps
Metro Exodus56 fps64 fps
Metro Exodus (DLSS+RT)67 fps75 fps
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla73 fps84 fps
Watch Dogs: Legion79 fps86 fps
Watch Dogs: Legion (DLSS+RT)67 fps72 fps
Watch Dogs: Legion (RT)49 fps55 fps

In the table above, we can see how much of a difference we will get when scaling the ladder up to a 3080 Ti from a base 3080. As you can see, the difference won’t scale above 10-15 fps in the vast majority of games. In some cases, like Fortnite with DLSS on and Death Stranding (DLSS quality), we’ve even gotten higher FPS with the RTX 3080.

In conclusion, if you want to avoid overspending and get the actual best GPU for 1440p gaming, you might be better of with a 3070 or a 3060 Ti.

Does RTX 3080 Ti bottleneck at 1440p?

The RTX 3080 Ti will hold up fine at 1440p, as long as you have a powerful enough CPU to back it up. However, this is a GPU that candle higher resolutions, so it would be put to better use with a 4K monitor.

Camilo is a contributor for PC Guide. He's been into tech since he was a teen, surfing through the web and local stores trying to find the cheapest way to play the latest Half-Life on his old Windows