I’ve mentioned it before but I enjoy playing some VR when I can and my wife is especially a huge fan. While everything we play has run well on the mid-range cards, I’ve really been looking forward to VR graphics to catch up to what we see in some of the newer games. To do that though we need the power to push it all at the crazy resolutions that VR needs and the high FPS that keeps you from getting sick. So I have been including VR tests in our reviews for a while now. I’m looking forward to more VR tests being available soon.
The first test I run is SteamVR, this is a basic performance test to let you know if your hardware can handle VR that steam provides. It is basic and doesn’t tell us too much. It might if they didn’t have it capped at 11, just like spinal tap. So no shocker here, the RTX 2080 FE got an 11, like the Ti did and like any of the high-end cards did.
Then we have VRMark, now this test is more like it. We have three tests with three different focuses. The orange room test is a modern day performance test. Blue room is their idea of what VR should be in the future. Then the new cyan room test is a DX12 VR test that sits in between with more modern day focus but with more detail. All three have target FPS to let you know when you are in the “green” like SteamVR. Orange and Blue rooms are both 109 FPS and Cyan is 88.90 FPS, an odd number to pick lol. So like the 2080 Ti, the 2080 FE did really well in the Cyan and Blue room tests. Here it came in well above the 1080 Ti in blue room with 76.5 FPS, not at that target just yet though. The Cyan result was especially impressive, with 241.33 FPS it wasn’t up with the 2080 Ti but over 60 FPS over the 1080 Ti. The orange room results were weird again, like with the 2080 Ti but this card did do a little better than the Ti. I still think there is a driver or program issue that will need to be worked out there.