Originally Posted by mouacyk
Never considered paying more than $650 for a gaming GPU, but DL/AI is changing the landscape drastically, on top of realizing real-time ray tracing. Just recently got into AI-based upscaling and de-noising of compression artifacts, and I'm now questioning why I still have a 1080TI when I can get better performance with a 2080 TI or RTX Titan. This is madness... but can now justify to wives how 8K TVs are useful and what else are needed to realize such dreams. Didn't hear it from me.
A few corroborating points to share.
1. I've grown fond of a piece of editing software called Avidemux that is free and extremely powerful. It allows for editing sections of video out of a file and then rejoining them and also changing the resolution, the latter ability I only recently discovered. Say you have a 7GB 3840x2160, ahem, adult video for example, but like the first 40% is just something you would otherwise skip right over, or the latter half or whatever, with Avidemux you can just delete that 40% and youre left with a 4-5GB file that is just like the best part of the scene. Better, I can take said 8GB 3840x2160 file and because I am at 1440p and can't even see the additional pixels I can convert it to 2560x1440 with Nvidia H264 and I'm left with a file that is now like 2GB in size with zero quality difference. But converting 3840x2160 takes forever. An 8GB file takes like 2 hours with a 1080 Ti but with 2080 Ti it's literally half that. This is a way I appreciate 2080 Ti that I wouldn't have expected.
2. Mining crypto 2080 Ti has around a 50% higher hash-rate. I was making around $1 a day before upgrading to 2080 Ti, up until the morning I pulled the 1080 Ti out and put the 2080 Ti in. That afternoon I was making $1.50 a day, same wattage drawn from the wall (160W).
DLSS, man it's amazing. Like it's really lived up to the hype with DLSS 2.0. Huge, massive performance difference in Shadow of the Tomb Raider between 2080 Ti and 1080 Ti @ 3440x1440. My FPS is actually HIGHER with RT on High in conjunction with DLSS than my 1080 Ti with RT off. Using DLSS is a 25% performance boost, taking my FPS from 60 to 72 FPS in demanding areas. For example, I see around 70-80 FPS running around Paititi with everything maxed and RT on High in conjunction with DLSS with lows of 70 FPS. With the 1080 Ti it dips all the way down to 60 FPS same area. If I turn RT off I see 90 FPS with 90% GPU utilization (yes, seeing a CPU bottleneck in a DX12 title with an 8700k @ 5.0 GHz and 32GB - 3600 MHz 17-20-20-38). Without CPU bottleneck it would be like 60 vs 100+ FPS and 90 FPS is already a 50% performance difference.
I know the latter kind of isn't related to non-gaming usage but it's an expensive part of the core that is only now starting to have it's potential realized so I feel that it deserves mention.
Is it worth $1200?