Best GPU to Upgrade From GTX 1080 (With New Options)

With GTX 1080 you can expect 60+ frame rates on 1080p on most of the new gaming titles.

But if you want better performance with ray tracing then you have to upgrade your GTX 1080 graphics card.

So I have mentioned the 5 best GPU upgrades for GTX 1080 including the new GPUS.

Let’s check these options.

Best GPU Upgrade from GTX 1080

Also, these GPUs can be a good upgrade from GTX 1080 ti.

1. MSI Geforce RTX 3080 Graphics card (should you upgrade to RTX 3080)

MSI Geforce RTX 3080 Ti Graphics Card


Bus clock1.71 GHz
Boost clock1.44 GHz
Maximum digital resolution7680×4320
Maximum GPU temperature93
Recommended Power Supply750
Graphics card power Requirement320

Geforce RTX 3080 is a good performing graphics card for gaming on 4k resolution. Also, the current price of this graphics card is quite affordable.

Before some time the same graphics card price reached 1600$ (₹150000). For better value consider RTX 3080 ti if the price gap from RTX 3080 is under 100$ (₹10000).

Gaming performance

RTX 3080 gives you a good 40 to 50 frame rate gaming experience with ray tracing on 4k resolution while playing new and high-end games.

Also, this graphics card can be used for high frame rate gaming and a better live streaming experience.

Moreover, for the latest generation graphics cards consider the next option.

1. Decent looking1. High power consumption
2. Performs almost similar to RTX 30902. Bulky
3. Great 4k Performance3. No USB-c
4. Supports PCI-E 4.0
5. Good For ray tracing

Questions? Drop a Comment Below and We’re there for You.

2. MSI GEFORCE RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X (Best 4k Experience on new games)


Specification of RTX 4080

Bus clock2.51 GHz
Boost clock2.21 GHz
Maximum GPU temperature90
Recommended Power Supply750W
Graphics card power Requirement320W

Geforce RTX 4080 is a newly launched graphics card with almost a 40 to 50 percent performance increase as compared to RTX 3080 ti.

Also, it has 16 Gb video memory which is more in comparison to RTX 3080 graphics card. This graphics card gives you better ray tracing performance as well.

Gaming performance

Basically, you can expect the latest generation graphics cards always performs better in gaming.

Currently, the graphics card performance is not available on our end. We will try to upload the exact gaming performance of the RTX 4080 soon.

However, according to Nvidia RTX 4080 performs 2x faster than RTX 3080 ti. Which is something around 40 to 50 percent.

3. Gigabyte Geforce RTX 3070 Graphics card (2k Gaming)

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming OC Graphics Card

Specification of this graphics card

Bus clock1.73 GHz
Boost clock1.50 GHz
Maximum digital resolution7680×4320
Maximum GPU temperature93
Recommended Power Supply650
Graphics card power Requirement220

Geforce RTX 3070 is a good and powerful graphics card as compared to RTX 2080 ti. Also, you can play most of the games on 1440p resolution with ray tracing.

The video memory in this graphics card is 8 Gb. Which is slightly less for some new games to play at 4k resolution. But enough for 1440p resolution.

1. 4k Gaming possible1. Currently price is high.
2. Triple fan variant available2. 12 Pin Connector required
3. Overclockable3. Less Vram for 4k Gaming
4. Ray tracing possible
5. RGB options are also available

Gaming Performance

For gaming performance, you can expect average frame rates of 80 fps on 1440p (2k) resolution with maximum gameplay settings.

However, in old games like a shadow of the tomb raider, it gives smooth 4k gameplay.

Also, consider that you must have a 1440p capable monitor before buying this GPU. For a 1080p monitor consider the upcoming next option.

4. Asus Tuf Gaming Geforce RTX 3060 ti (Best 1080p gaming)

Asus Tuf Gaming Rtx 3060 ti

Specifications of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 ti

Bus clock1.67 GHz
Boost clock1.41 GHz
Maximum digital resolution7680×4320
Maximum GPU temperature93
Recommended Power Supply600
Graphics card power Requirement200

Rtx 3060 ti is a decent graphics card for playing games on 1440p and 1080p resolution. However, it has only 8 Gb of video memory which can be less for some new games.

In the RTX 3060 ti the dual fan version is more than enough. Only required to consider the triple fan version if you want to do extreme overclocking with your GPU.

1. 4k medium gaming possible1. Currently price is high.
2. Triple fan variant available2. 12 Pin Connector required
3. Overclockable
4. Great for ray tracing
5. RGB options are also available

Gaming Performance

You can expect around 103 frame rates on newly launched games while playing on 1080p resolution. Also, for 1080p gaming, this GPU is the best upgrade.

However, you can expect 4k 60 fps gaming on RTX 3060 ti while playing the Shadow of the tomb raider.

5. Asus dual Geforce RTX 3060 (Budget-Friendly Ray tracing)

Asus Dual Geforce RTX 3060

Specifications of RX 6600 XT graphics card

Compute Units32
Stream Processors2560
Game clock2589 MHz
Boost clock1968 MHz
Memory Speed14 Gbps
Recommended Power Supply160 W
Graphics card power Requirement500 W

Note: RTX 3060 performs almost similarly to GTX 1080. However, if you want a big video memory and ray tracing feature then you can check this GPU.

Geforce RTX 3060 is a good graphics card for high frame rate gaming on 1080p resolution. Also, this graphics card has 12 Gb of video memory which is enough for most games.

For RTX 3060 the dual fan variant is more than enough. This graphics card has ray tracing performance with DLSS compatibility.

1. Idle for 2k and some 4k Gaming1. No Great for Ray tracing
2. Good for VR gaming2. Not for 4k Ultra Gaming
3. Overclockable3. Over Priced
4. Affordable

Gaming performance

For gaming performance, you can expect that this graphics card is compatible with giving an average of 79 frame rates on 1080p resolution with maximum gameplay settings.

Also, with old games like Shadow of the tomb raider, you can expect 100+ frame rates on 1080p resolution.

You Should Upgrade To RTX 3000 series or RTX 4000 Series

The main difference between both series is the ray tracing performance and more video memory.

So basically, if you can afford to pay for RTX 4080 something around 1200$ (₹119000) then you can wait for it and it will give you better value.

However, if you are happy with 60 fps 4k gaming for 800$ (₹80000) then the RTX 3080 is more than enough.

But still, you can wait maybe after the good availability of RTX 4080 the price of RTX 3080 decreases.

The RTX 4080 is known for 60+ frame rates on 4k resolution which is not required on part of some gamers.

Also, most gamers have 4k 60 fps or 1440p 75hz monitors. For these monitors, the RTX 3080 is more than enough.

Bottom line!

Currently, RTX 4080 is 50% more expensive than the price of RTX 3080 and offers an average increase in performance of 45 to 60 percent. If you want that performance increase with the higher pricing then it is a decent option.

Why you should not upgrade from GTX 1080

You have purchased a GTX 1080 for some 4k gaming performance. But currently, it is capable of 1080p gaming only.

You can expect around 80 average frame rates on most of the games without ray tracing.

Therefore, you should not purchase a graphics card like RTX 3060 because it will perform almost similarly to the gaming performance of GTX 1080.

For minimum, you should consider RTX 3060 ti graphics card. However, if you can wait for some time you can consider the following information.

Lastly, for any of the above-mentioned graphics cards, you need a higher power supply. Because your GTX 1080 graphics card requires 500 Watt power supply only which is not enough for new graphics cards.

Benefits of waiting for upcoming GPU.

Lower Pricing

Whenever a new graphics card has been launched from Nvidia it offers you much better performance with good pricing.

Also, it beat the good pricing tag of every earlier-generation graphics card as well.

So if you like the performance of the RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060 ti then you can wait for the upcoming RTX 4070, RTX 4060, RX 7800, and RX 7700  graphics card.

These graphics card may be less expensive and also gives a decent performance in your games.

Lastly, the price of low earlier graphics cards may be decreased.

Better performance

With every new generation of graphics card launched they give a 20 to 40% performance increase as compared to the earlier generation.

So if you want the best performance you can wait for RTX 4080, RTX 4070, and RX 7800 XT graphics cards’ good availability.

Low power consumption

In new generation graphics cards, you may get lower power consumption for similar gaming performance.


GTX 1080 is a good graphics card for gaming on 1080p resolution. However, if you want some ray tracing and high-resolution gaming experience then you can consider the latest generation RTX 4080 or RTX 3080.

Lastly, for a budget-friendly option, RTX 3060 ti is a decent option.

So here’s the guide on the best GPU upgrade from GTX 1080.

Now let me know in the comments which of the graphics card is perfect according to your need. Also, feel free to ask any questions.


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