[FPS Benchmarks] The Witcher 3 on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3080 (85W) – the 130W rival is 32% faster on average

The Witcher 3 doesn’t need a special introduction because the game is a well-known title. It was released in 2015 but interestingly enough it still looks just fine for today’s standards. The game comes with a really long single-player story that includes many side quests and there are some additional DLC’s that add even more content to the base game.

As we said, visually the game looks decent even in 2021. In addition, it’s well-optimized and it runs even on iGPUs like the Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) – of course, on Low settings. It’s not a problem to play this game with low-end dGPUs like the GeForce MX250, again, on Low settings. For our comparison, we have two very powerful NVIDIA Ampere GPUs – GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3080 (85W).

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for The Witcher 3 list.

Contents

GeForce RTX 3080 variants

  GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] GeForce RTX 3080 [85W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA104
Shader units 6144 6144
ROPs 96 96
Base Clock (MHz) up to 1185 (+52%) 780
Boost clock (MHz) up to 1605 (+29%) 1245
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 (+17%) 1500
Memory size (MB) 8192 8192
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 256
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 130W 130W
DirectX version 12.1 12.1
Technology 8nm 8nm
RTX capabilities Yes  Yes
Release date 01.2021 01.2021
Detailed specs Link Link

Synthetic benchmarks

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

Verdict

At the end of the day, it looks like the 130W GPU is a lot faster at least when it comes to The Witcher 3. The bigger video card is 32% faster on average which is a big lead. On the other hand, the 85W GPU isn’t slow at all, it can show 117 FPS on Ultra quality which isn’t bad considering the reduced TGP and frequencies of this graphics solution.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [130W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [85W]

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