Since the GTX 1080 graphics card was released on June 1, it’s heralded a new benchmark for games on the PC with better graphics and a higher framerate. Now, Batman: Arkham Knight and Grand Theft Auto 5, two of the most graphics-intensive open-world games on the market right now, have been shown to be running at nearly 60 FPS in 4K. And that’s just with a single card.
The fact that Batman can run at such a high framerate, especially on a PC, is especially notable: the Batman: Arkham Knight PC port was by and large panned as abysmal, and all of Warner Bros’s attempts to fix it failed and only made the situation worse. The fact that the GTX 1080 can make it run at a good framerate consistently and with such high graphics probably makes the card one of the best on the market.
Granted, there are PC games out there that are even more graphics intensive, such as The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, which has an absolutely massive game world that requires top-of-the-line computers to run smoothly. But as mentioned before, if Batman can be made to run fairly smoothly with the GTX 1080 despite its various PC issues, the card has most likely proved itself then and there.
However, there are still problems: the GTX 1080 can’t hold a consistent 60 frames per second framerate, and also isn’t a 4K card. However, considering that both Batman: Arkham Knight and Grand Theft Auto 5 are both also DX11 games the release of DX12 might help with bringing the games closer to 4K.
In the meantime, until a better graphics card is released or you can straight-up find a better one, you might want to skip on the GTX 1080 if you’re looking for a graphics card that will run at a smooth 60 frames per second at 4K.