Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080: 3440×1440 ultrawide benchmarks

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080: 3440×1440 ultrawide benchmarks

Nvidia’s Ampere-powered GeForce RTX 3080 chews up games and spits out frames for breakfast, as we covered in-depth in our comprehensive Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition review. You need a pixel-packed monitor to get the most out of it, though—like a 3440×1440 ultrawide display.

Our initial tests of the GeForce RTX 3080 showed it really flexing its muscles at 4K resolution, where the graphics workload is so heavy that your CPU is pretty much taken out of the equation. At 4K, the RTX 3080 performed up to a whopping 80 percent faster than its RTX 2080 predecessor in some games. Stepping down to 1440p, the RTX 3080 continues to dominate, but not quite as much as at 4K, because at the lower resolution your CPU struggles to feed frames to the ultra-fast graphics card fast enough. A 3440×1440 ultrawide monitor splits the difference between the two more standard resolutions.

Enter the fantastic Nixeus EDG34S.

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The 3440×1440, 144Hz Nixeus EDG34S.

I’ve had the Nixeus display in my office since last winter, and while I haven’t had time to properly review it, it’s a wonderful value. The curved 3440×1440 ultrawide hits a blistering 144Hz and nails the fundamentals for an enticing $550 on Amazon, compared to higher-end ultrawide displays that can cost $800 or more. Sure, it lacks some extra goodies found in pricier options—the EDG34S comes in budget plastic casing with no adjustability features, and it lacks many software features—but if you’re just looking to game at a fast rate on an oh-so-immersive ultrawide screen, the Nixeus EDG34S screams. (Check out Hardware Unboxed’s deeper review if you want to know more.)

Officially, Nixeus has equipped this monitor only with AMD FreeSync Premium support formally. Don’t let that dissuade you though. While the EDG34S lacks official G-Sync Compatible certification, you can activate G-Sync manually in Nvidia’s control panel to turn on adaptive sync support for GeForce GPUs. I’ve confirmed it works like a charm. (You’ll need to use the monitor’s on-screen display to activate adaptive sync first, however.) That makes the Nixeus EDG34S a fantastic partner for a monstrous GeForce RTX 3080 if you’re planning to upgrade your display, too.

But don’t take my word for it. Bring on the GeForce RTX 3080 3440×1440 ultrawide benchmarks.

GeForce RTX 3080 3440×1440 ultrawide benchmarks

We benchmarked the GeForce RTX 3080’s ultrawide performance on the same system used for our primary GPU testing. Here’s the quick-hit info you need to know:

  • Intel Core i7-8700K processor ($300 on Amazon) overclocked to 5GHz all-core
  • EVGA CLC 240 closed-loop liquid cooler ($105 on Amazon)
  • Asus Maximus X Hero motherboard
  • 64GB HyperX Predator RGB DDR4/2933 ($355 on Amazon)
  • EVGA 1200W SuperNova P2 power supply ($352 on Amazon)
  • Corsair Crystal 570X RGB case, with front and top panels removed and an extra rear fan installed for improved airflow
  • 2x 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs ($70 each on Amazon)

Each game is tested using its in-game benchmark at the highest possible graphics presets unless otherwise noted, with VSync, frame rate caps, real-time ray tracing or DLSS effects, and FreeSync/G-Sync disabled, along with any other vendor-specific technologies like FidelityFX. We’ve also enabled temporal anti-aliasing (TAA) to push these cards to their limits when it’s available.

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