More Like The Ultimate RTX 2080 Ti Benchmark

Hey gamers—CES has come and gone, and NVIDIA has announced the RTX 2060, the $349 budget card that’s making next-gen power accessible to everyone. So, you know what time it is—it’s time to overclock your 2080 Ti as much as you can, so you can put the maximum distance between yourself and the poor, uneducated 2060 masses as possible. To help in this noble cause, Nerfwire is uncovering some tricks that will help you damage your card’s longevity as much as possible. You listening, you gangly fuck? Good—now fire up Google Chrome and head right on over to, because we’re not here to play games.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is avoid the optimized games that have been released to Miniclip recently, as these won’t contain the level of graphical torment we’re looking for. Ignore Squadd Royale and the various games ending with “.io,” because we’re heading right to the good stuff—we’re talking XGen’s 2013 flash-based masterpiece Motherload.

Making sure you’ve got RTX enabled, boot up the game. You’ll be prompted to enable Flash—an ancient Mayan technology so unoptimized it’s guaranteed to force your card to grow new CUDA cores just to handle the load. Make sure any appliances connected to the same circuit as your computer are turned off, and continue.

When you load into the game, you may want to disable “exhaust trail,” “dirt chunks,” and “Sun/Moon” in the graphics options. Nerfwire has benchmarked with these settings both on and off—if you’re comfortable with your electric bill for the month, feel free to keep them on and push your card to the absolute limit. If not, throw a nice heavy blanket on top of your computer for the same effect.

At this point, we advise caution. For the uninitiated, Motherload is a very fun game about mining for different minerals on a foreign planet. It’s easy to get engrossed in the game and play for a few minutes; however, you’ll find that this may permanently damage your card.

Good luck with your benchmarks, gamers! Motherload is very tricky for modern GPUs to play, as the card is forced to emulate the entire operating system of an iMac G3—those big round ones that had the colored backs—in order to play it, and it has to do the entire thing while the teacher isn’t looking.