Unfortunately, @dmel642 didn’t benchmark ED (might be, he doesn’t have it)
I am having some ED nostalgie in the last weeks, too, spending 1-2 hrs in avg. per day in my Asp’s cockpit
The 2080 Ti (Gaming OC from Gigabyte) performs quite well there with my 8K-X: “normal” FOV, 100% SS, PiTool-SS 1.0, no brainwarp/smart smoothing, no FFR (still doesn’t work properly with PP, creates artifacts), almost all in-game graphics options maxed out (without knowing them by heart right now), and I am getting up to
- flying in space: constant 75 FPS
- system scan mode: constant 75 FPS
- galaxy map: 40-60 FPS outside nebulas; down to 25-40 FPS in nebulas and high-density star areas
- planet approach/landing: 35-60 FPS
- driving in SRV: 30-50 FPS (apparently depending on the planet’s surface)
… so ED is quite well playable and enjoyable.
But nevertheless, I’d appreciate “a bit” more power, too - as you can see, there are quite a lot of situations where the VR experience could be better, smoother and more fluent. And I doubt, a 3080 (Ti/Super) or even a 3090 resolves this - certainly better, but probably not satisfyingly enough (means: constant 75 FPS everywhere or even more for non-native upscaling mode up to 114 FPS - although I prefer native mode due to superior image quality).
On the other hand, it might well be that I’ll take even that little bit of performance gain if one day I’d get a 3080/3090 (Ti/Super) for ~75% of its original price as described above. Being VR enthusiast, sometimes one cannot be too particular and hesitant