do you really need a gtx 1080 for gaming 1080p?

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    No, a gtx 1080 is not overkill for 1080P, especially at high refresh rates. If you are playing the latest games maxed out at 1080P, a GTX 1080 will still sweat. Better to have the power and not need it than needing the power and not having it. For a notebook that is rarely upgradeable these days, always go for the best your wallet can afford. And for high refresh rates at 1080p, make sure you have a good CPU, or you will see your GPU usage tank due to bottlenecking when trying to hit that 120 frame target


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    I personally find the 1080 a solid 1080p card and I know for a fact that maxing games out at 1080p on a single 1080 right now will roughly net you in the high 80s to low 100s on many newer games. It's clearly game dependent... Black Ops 4 is not a great example because it maxes (as in 100% on all 8 threads) my 7700K at max graphics at 1080p on a single 1080N and doesn't give me close to 120fps at any given moment. An 8750H would fare lots better but realistically it's a bad example of what a GPU is good for.

    A better example would be Fortnite on Epic, due to its Ray-traced shadows (no, not RTX, it's been in there since game launch) where even overclocked holding 120fps is completely impossible on a 1080 (you will drop to the high 90s to low 100s in places like tilted towers). Or trying to get 120fps+ in Dragonquest XI (it doesn't hold). Games that aim for 60fps on consoles like COD and Battlelfield tend to be more CPU heavy than GPU heavy these last two years I'd say.

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    I agree, that’s why I said the CPU is very important when paired with the 1080. New gen games kill the CPU and many times I find myself being bottlenecked by the CPU, which holds back the gtx 1080 a lot when playing at 1080P. My 9700K @ 4.8ghz gets taxed hard in BF5, BO4, and destiny 2. Same with forza horizon 4.


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    Exactly. People tend to use high CPU, low GPU games to say weaker GPUs are good, and high GPU, low CPU games to say that CPU/RAM matters little. I'll always think that it's better to find a good balance, unless someone REALLY only cares about 30/60fps (but that's less and less common these days)

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    Yep, you are better off with a GTX1070 and good cpu than a GTX1080 and mid range CPU, believe it or not. I see many laptops stuffing GTX1080s in them with the 7700hq cpus; gaming is actually worse than a gtx 1070 system with an 8750H when trying to hit higher frames.


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    yeah but i cant see him going for anything less than a 8750h with a 1080
     
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    Yes, exactly. I'll always say that. Even when I do desktops and I pair 2700X or 8700K with a 1070 instead of like an 8400 and a 1080 people flip their cows and I'm like "yeah no, this is better balance".

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    Interesting. I game on a 1060 with an 8750H and it runs amazing. BO4 with med/high settings at 100-120 frames per second, depending on how many people are in my view. Good to know that this is a better setup than a 1070 with a lower end CPU.
     
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    Yeah I see many gaming laptops with a single 16GB stick. Big difference running single channel versus dual channel on CPU performance in real world applications and gaming. I see that Even the default build settings for the Clevo and sager laptops come with a single stick. I always tell people to make sure to pay the extra for the 8GB x 2 option or install a second 16GB stick.


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