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AMD RX 7800 XT vs GTX 1080 Ti: What’s the generational gap?

How does AMD’s RX 7800 XT compare to the amazing 1080Ti?

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While comparing the RX 7800 XT vs the GTX 1080 Ti may not seem like a fair test, it brings things into perspective around this new GPU and can shed light for those on older hardware around possible upgrades. If you’ve been running a GTX 1080 Ti since its heyday, then chances are, you might be looking into something new but have been left with rather lackluster choices so far this year. 

The GTX 1080 Ti can still run games on respectable settings for the most part. This makes many gamers who haven’t upgraded in a while wonder if the RX 7800 XT is even worth it. It goes without saying the GTX 1080 Ti is a fabulous card, even now, however, how will it stack up against the latest from AMD?

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RX 7800 XT vs GTX 1080 Ti: Architecture & specs

The AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT is AMD’s latest graphics card as a part of its 7000 series lineup. This GPU is powered by the Navi 32 graphics processor–particularly the Navi 32 XT variant. Powered by RDNA 3.0, which boasts an overall smaller die size and improvements in power efficiency, the RX 7800 XT is capable of handling DirectX 12 Ultimate/

Diving into the technical aspects of the RX 7800 XT, we’re greeted with some powerful specs under the hood of the Navi 32 graphics processor. The GPU die boasts 3840 shading units, 96 ROPs, and 240 texture mapping units, along with a healthy abundance of 60 ray tracing acceleration cores in a small die area of just 346 mm².

AMD paired the RX 7800 XT with a decent 16 GB of GDDR6 memory; all of it connected via a 256-bit memory bus. As for clock speeds, the GPU operated at a base frequency of 1800 MHz, with the capability to ramp up to 2430 MHz. 

As for memory speeds, it chugs along at 2425 MHz, equivalent to a blazing-fast 19.4 Gbps. When it comes down to power specs, the RX 7800 XT needs power via a 2x 8-pin power connection, drawing in a maximum of 263 W.

On the other end of the spectrum, the GTX 1080 Ti is an older GPU that was released by Nvidia on March 10, 2017. Unlike the 7800 XT, the GTX 1080 Ti is built on the 16 nm process, packing the GP102 graphics processor. The GP102 supports DX12, allowing support for all modern AAA games. 

The GP102 chip features a larger die area of 471 mm² and packs nearly 11,800 million transistors. Similar to the RX 7800 XT, the GTX 1080 Ti features 3840 shaders, but Nvidia has disabled some of them, leading the overall shader count to come down to 3584 units. In addition, the GTX 1080 Ti boasts 88 ROPs, and 224 texture mapping units.

In contrast to the RX 7800 XT, the GTX 1080 Ti features 11 GB of last-gen GDDR5X memory, which are all interlinked via a 352-bit memory interface. As for the GPU itself, it operates at a base clock of 1481 MHz, which boosts all the way to 1582 MHz. The memory operates at 1376 MHz, which is the equivalent to an effective 11 Gbps.

Graphics CardRX 7800 XTGTX 1080 Ti
GPU NameNavi 32GP102
ArchitectureRDNA 3.0Pascal
Launch Price499 USD699 USD
Base Clock1800 MHz1481 MHz
Game Clock2124 MHz
Boost Clock2430 MHz1582 MHz
Memory Clock2425 MHz19.4 Gbps effective1376 MHz11 Gbps effective
Memory Size16 GB GDDR611 GB GDDR5X
Memory Bus256 bit352 bit
Memory Bandwidth620.8 GB/s432.0 GB/s
Shading Units38403584
TMUs240224
ROPs9688
Compute Units60
RT Cores60
TDP263 W250 W

The AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT features dedicated RT Cores along with standalone AI accelerators for improvements in FSR 3.0. Performance metrics in regard to FSR 3.0 are yet to be released for the RX 7800 XT and the RX 7700 XT.

Unlike its newer siblings, the GTX 1080 Ti does not feature any RT cores or AI cores. It does not feature support for ray tracing or any variation of DLSS. Keeping this in mind, the RX 7800 XT provides stronger performance across the board.

RX 7800 XT vs GTX 1080 Ti: TDP

The RX 7800 XT operated at a TDP of 263 watts compared to the GTX 1080 Ti which performs at 250 W. It’s pretty apparent that the GTX 1080 apparently wins out in this scenario, providing better electricity savings, but that’s not quite the whole picture. 

The RX 7800 XT wins out in this scenario as well, owing to its better performance per watt of energy. Therefore, the RX 7800 XT is expected to perform at a lower wattage, in similar scenarios as compared to the GTX 1080 Ti.

RX 7800 XT vs GTX 1080 Ti: Performance expectations

The RX 7800 XT provides insurmountable performance in comparison to the GTX 1080 Ti. But if you’re not convinced, here’s a little performance based on early data. Take this with a pinch of salt until further user benchmarks become available.

We have already seen the 1080 Ti go up against the RTX 4070 and as expected, the 4070 is far superior i every way. Early data from AMD shows that the RX 7800 XT could be close to the 4070s performance, leaving us to believe you can expect similar percentage gains over the 10880 Ti as that card.

RX 7800 XT vs GTX 1080 Ti: Price and affordability

The RX 7800 XT is making its way to shelves with a launch price of $499 USD. Customers will also get a free copy of Bethesda’s deal, bringing the overall value of the combo down to $449 USD.

On the other end of the spectrum, the GTX 1080 Ti is not available in the new market. Users can pick up a used card off eBay for roughly 180-200 USD. However, one thing to note here is that the GTX 1080 Ti has been sitting in PC builds for no more than 4 years now, decreasing the reliability of the card in the long run.

In summary

Comparing RX 7800 XT vs the GTX 1080 Ti may seem pointless, the generational gains of the latest GPUs destroy these old cards, however, it is good to see for those reluctant to upgrade what benefits await them. While the fabled 1080 Ti earns a place in the GPU hall of fame, it may be time to retire it.

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