If taking the geometric mean of all those runs and sorting by performance, here is how the positioning is looking for NVIDIA from Maxwell through Turing RTX graphics cards. The OptiX back-end for Blender opens up a whole new realm for speedy rendering that an RTX 2060 with OptiX can even outperform the GTX 1080 Ti with CUDA. Mighty fine showing aside from the regression with the barbershop scene, but considering this is first-cut support in Blender 2.81, we're excited to see how the performance will evolve for Blender 2.82.
Those wanting to look at these Blender 2.81 benchmark numbers in more detail can see the complete result file with all of the individual data points. Via OpenBenchmarking.org are also more CPU and GPU benchmark results for Blender.
This is one of many reasons for the high price of the RTX cards.
which reminds me, why do freelancers NOT rent a high end VM from MS or Amazon over building a stupidly expensive local machine? (leaving aside the answer that most software is stolen. I mean legit freelancers, not kids in high school)
R.I.P. Zawarudo, may you OC angels' wings in heaven.
As a long time Blenderhead the only thing I can say is that GPU rendering is for kids. Once you get half serious there is no GPU out there with enough VRAM for your projects.
I've seen a shift to GPU rendering in animation studios and vehicle renders. It's no surprise considering how quick they are compared to CPUs. There is a reason why nvidia created a lineup of laptops and desktops labeled studio.