The 2019 GPU Benchmark Suite & The Test

As we’re kicking off a new(ish) generation of video cards, we’re also kicking off a new generation of the AnandTech GPU benchmark suite.

For 2019 most of the suite has been refreshed to include games released in the last year. The latest iteration of the Tomb Raider franchise, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, is 2019’s anchor title and is the game used for power/temperature/noise testing as well as game performance testing. Also making its introduction to the GPU benchmark suite for the first time is an Assassin’s Creed game, thanks to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s extra-handy built-in benchmark.

For 2019 Ashes of the Singularity has been rotated out, so we’re empty on RTSes at the moment. But as an alternative we have Microsoft’s popular Forza Horizon 4, which marks the first time a Forza game has been included in the suite.

AnandTech GPU Bench 2019 Game List
Game Genre Release Date API
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Action/TPS Sept. 2018 DX12
F1 2019 Racing Jun. 2019 DX12
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Action/Open World Oct. 2018 DX11
Metro Exodus FPS Feb. 2019 DX12
Strange Brigade TPS Aug. 2018 Vulkan
Total War: Three Kingdoms TBS May. 2019 DX11
The Division 2 FPS Mar. 2019 DX12
Grand Theft Auto V Action/Open world Apr. 2015 DX11
Forza Horizon 4 Racing Oct. 2018 DX12

All told, I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of DirectX 12-enabled AAA games available this year. More than half of the benchmark suite is using DX12, with both AMD and NVIDIA cards showing performance gains across all of the games using this API. So this is a far cry from the early days of DX12, where using the low-level API would often send performance backwards. And speaking of low-level APIs, I’ve also thrown in Strange Brigade for this iteration, as it’s one of the only major Vulkan games to be released in the past year.

Finally, I’ve also kept Grand Theft Auto V as our legacy game for 2019. Despite being released for the PC over 4 years ago – and for game consoles 2 years before that – the game continues to be one of the top selling games on Steam. And even with its age, the scalability of the game means that it’s a heavy enough load to challenge even the latest video cards.

As for our hardware testbed, it too has been updated for the 2019 video card release cycle.

Internally we’ve made a pretty big change, going from an Intel HEDT platform (Core i7-7820X) to a standard desktop platform based around an overclocked Core i9-9900K and Z390 chipset. While we’ve used HEDT platforms for the GPU testbed for the last decade, HEDT is becoming increasingly irrelevant/compromised for gaming; while the extra PCIe lanes are nice, these platforms haven’t delivered the best CPU performance for games as of late.

By contrast, desktop processors with 8 cores now provide more than enough cores, and they also provide far better clockspeeds, delivering more of the single/lightly-threaded performance that games need. Furthermore, as SLI and Crossfire are on the rocks, the extra PCIe lanes aren’t as necessary as they once were.

On a side note, I had originally hoped to cycle in a Ryzen 3000 platform at this point, particularly for PCIe 4.0. However the timing of all of these hardware launches meant that we needed to go with an established platform, as it takes a week or so to build and validate a new GPU testbed. Plus with Ryzen 3000 not launching for another week, we wouldn’t have been able to use it for this review anyhow.

Otherwise the rest of our 2019 GPU testbed is relatively straightforward. With 32GB of RAM and a high-end Phison E12-based NVMe SSD, the system and any video cards being tested as well-fed. Enclosing all of this for our real-world style testing is our trusty NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition case.


CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K @ 5.0GHz
Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Taichi
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200i
Hard Disk: Phison E12 PCIe NVMe SSD (960GB)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3600 2 x 16GB (17-18-18-38)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition
Monitor: Asus PQ321
Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2070 Super Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 Super Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2070 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 Founders Edition
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Video Drivers: NVIDIA Release 431.15
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.3
OS: Windows 10 Pro (1903)
Meet the GeForce RTX 2070 Super & RTX 2060 Super Shadow of the Tomb Raider
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  • MadManMark - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    First, I don't know why anyone even cares what the name is, and frankly it's not like "2080 RTX" or "5700 XT" is hardly a "fantastically inspiring" name either. Seriously, if that's all you can find to complain about, then you must really REALLY like these cards?

    Second, even when I force myself to consider your point seriously, I still don't get it. "Super" is directly from Latin, and literally means "above" or "beyond" or "in additon." How is this not an appropriate description of the way these cards alter their previous namesakes, exactly? What woul YOU call it, oh wise one Pino?
  • Peter2k - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    K, err
    People are used to number monikers I'm guessing
    Like 780, 980, 1080, 2080

    The thing to keep in mind is that partner cards are already using long and stupid names, adding OG several X's, Extreme, II, ...
    They get really long names, throwing a super in there is not going to be that easy for people not tech savvy

    Also regarding the Latin "super", but in today's world wouldn't it have been better to use:
    Ultra rare

    And so on?
  • Peter2k - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    Should also be colored accordingly to rarity, err performance lvl
    And so on
  • Gastec - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - link

    PINK! According to trends ;)
  • Orange_Swan - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    I think the worse named one I have seen was the
  • tamalero - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - link

    Problem with the numericals is thtat Nvidia shat on that with the 2000 series.
    the XX70X segment was shifted up and replaced the XX80 slot in price.

    So 2070 replaced the 1080, the 2080 replaced the TI, and the 2080TI replaced the TITAN slots of the older generations.
    If you take the models out and check just the price point, the performance boost is minimal in that generation.
  • Pino - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    Jezzz, some serious fan boys here. Get a life dude! I never said it's a bad product, I have a RTX 2080 btw and love it.
    And the bad marketing remarks goes for both Nvidia and AMD, they both suck.
    They should just make it easier for the average Joe who wants to enjoy some gaming.
    There is no easy way for an average consumer to get a VGA without reading a bunch of articles trying to figure out the difference between GTX 1660, GTX 1660TI, RTX 2060, RTX 2060 super.
    It could be as easy as RTX 2083, RTX 2085, RTX 2087 instead of RTX 2080, RTX 2080 super and RTX 2080 TI
  • Threska - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    Any votes for "Super Expensive" which will certainly ease the "who cares what it's called" meme.
  • philehidiot - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    I'd take the cooler off, slowly, bit by bit, screw by screw, fan blade by fan blade and call it the XXX edition. It'll be fucked after that so seems appropriate.
  • twtech - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - link

    They should have brought back the "Ultra" naming.

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