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GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition: Hail to the King! 

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition is right here, claiming the highest spot on our GPU benchmarks hierarchy, and rating because the greatest graphics card at present obtainable — offered you are after efficiency first, with value and energy being lesser issues. After months of ready, we lastly have unbiased benchmarks and testing information. Nvidia has thrown down the gauntlet, clearly difficult AMD’s Big Navi to try to match or beat what the Ampere structure brings to the desk.

We’re going to carry off on a ultimate verdict for now, as we’ve got different third-party RTX 3080 playing cards to evaluation, which is able to start as quickly as tomorrow. That’s excellent news, because it means clients will not be restricted to Nvidia’s Founders Edition for the primary month or so like we had been with the RTX 20-series launch. Another piece of excellent information is that there isn’t any Founders Edition ‘tax’ this time: The RTX 3080 FE prices $699, direct from Nvidia, and that is the bottom value of RTX 3080 playing cards in the intervening time. The dangerous information is that we absolutely count on provide to be inadequate to maintain up with what we count on to be exceptionally excessive demand.

The backside line, if you happen to do not thoughts spoilers, is that the RTX 3080 FE is 33% sooner than the RTX 2080 Ti, on common. Or, if you happen to choose different factors of comparability, it is 57% sooner than the RTX 2080 Super, 69% sooner than the RTX 2080 FE — heck, it is even 26% sooner than the Titan RTX!

But there is a catch: We measured all of these ‘p.c sooner’ outcomes throughout our check suite operating at 4K extremely settings. The lead narrows if you happen to drop all the way down to 1440p, and it decreases much more at 1080p. It’s nonetheless 42% sooner than a 2080 FE at 1080p extremely, however that is very a lot a card made for larger resolutions. Also, you may want a sooner CPU to get the complete 3080 expertise — try our companion GeForce RTX 3080 CPU Scaling article for the complete particulars.

Nvidia GPU Specifications
Graphics Card RTX 3080 FE RTX 2080 Super FE RTX 2080 FE
Architecture GA102 TU104 TU104
Process (nm) Samsung 8N TSMC 12FFN TSMC 12FFN
Transistors (Billion) 28.3 13.6 13.6
Die measurement (mm^2) 628.4 545 545
GPCs 6 6 6
SMs 68 48 46
FP32 CUDA Cores 8704 3072 2944
Tensor Cores 272 384 368
RT Cores 68 48 46
Boost Clock (MHz) 1710 1815 1800
VRAM Speed (Gbps) 19 15.5 14
VRAM (GB) 10 8 8
VRAM Bus Width 320 256 256
ROPs 96 64 64
TPCs 34 24 23
TMUs 272 192 184
GFLOPS FP32 29768 11151 10598
Tensor TFLOPS FP16 (Sparsity) 119 (238) 89 85
RT TFLOPS 58 26 25
Bandwidth (GBps) 760 496 448
TDP (watts) 320 250 225
Dimensions (mm) 285x112x38 267x116x38 267x116x38
Weight (g) 1355 1278 1260
Launch Date Sep-20 Jul-19 Sep-18
Launch Price $699 $699 $799

Meet GA102: The Heart of the Beast 

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We have a separate article going deep into the Ampere structure that powers the GeForce RTX 3080 and different associated GPUs. If you need the complete rundown of the whole lot that is modified in comparison with the Turing structure, we advocate beginning there. But here is the spotlight reel of a very powerful adjustments:

The GA102 is the primary GPU from Nvidia to drop into the one digits on lithography, utilizing Samsung’s 8N course of. The normal consensus is that TSMC’s N7 node is ‘higher’ general, but it surely additionally prices extra and is at present in very excessive demand — together with from Nvidia’s personal A100. Could the patron Ampere GPUs have been even higher with 7nm? Perhaps. But they could have value extra, solely been obtainable in restricted portions, or perhaps they’d have been delayed a couple of extra months. Regardless, GA102 continues to be a giant and highly effective chip, boasting 28.Three billion transistors packed right into a 628.4mm sq. die. If you are questioning, that is 52% extra transistors than the TU102 chip utilized in RTX 2080 Ti, however in a 17% smaller space.

Ampere finally ends up as a break up structure, with the GA100 taking over information heart ambitions whereas the GA102 and different shopper chips have vital variations. The GA100 focuses way more on FP64 efficiency for scientific workloads, in addition to doubling down on deep studying {hardware}. Meanwhile, the GA102 drops a lot of the FP64 performance and as a substitute contains ray tracing {hardware}, plus another architectural enhancements. Let’s take a better have a look at the Ampere SM discovered within the GA102 and GA104.

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Nvidia GPUs encompass a number of GPCs (Graphics Processing Clusters), every of which has some variety of SMs (Streaming Multiprocessors). Nvidia splits every SM into 4 partitions that may function on separate units of knowledge. With Ampere, every SM partition now has 16 FP32 CUDA cores, 16 FP32/INT CUDA cores, a third-gen Tensor core, load/retailer items, and a particular operate unit. The entire SM has entry to shared L1 cache and reminiscence, and there is a single second-gen RT core. In whole, meaning 64 FP32 cores and 64 FP32/INT cores, 4 Turing cores, and one RT core. Let’s break that down a bit extra.

The Turing GPUs added assist for concurrent FP32 (32-bit floating level) and INT (32-bit integer) operations. FP32 tends to be a very powerful workload for graphics and video games, however there’s nonetheless an honest quantity of INT operations — for issues like deal with calculations, texture lookups, and numerous different forms of code. With Ampere, the INT datapath is upgraded to assist INT or FP32, however not on the identical time.

If you have a look at the uncooked specs, Ampere seems to be a far larger leap in efficiency than the 70% we measured. 30 TFLOPS! But it typically will not get anyplace close to that top as a result of the second datapath is an both/or scenario: It cannot do each forms of directions on the pipeline in the identical cycle. Nvidia says round 35% of gaming calculations are INT operations, which implies you will find yourself with one thing extra like 20 TFLOPS of FP32 and 10 TOPS of INT on the RTX 3080.

While we’re on the topic, let’s additionally level out {that a} huge a part of the elevated efficiency comes from elevated energy limits. RTX 2080 was a 225W half (for the Founders Edition), and RTX 3080 principally provides 100W to that. That’s half once more extra energy for 70% extra efficiency. It’s technically a win in general effectivity, however within the pursuit of efficiency, Nvidia needed to transfer additional to the fitting on the voltage and frequency curve. Nvidia says RTX 3080 can ship a 90% enchancment in performance-per-watt if you happen to restrict efficiency to the identical degree on each the 2080 and 3080 … however come on, who needs to restrict efficiency that method? Well, perhaps laptops, however let’s not go there.

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One factor that hasn’t modified a lot is the video ports. Okay, that is solely partially true. First, there is a single HDMI port, but it surely’s HDMI 2.1 as a substitute of Turing’s HDMI 2.0b, however the three DisplayPort connections stay 1.4a. And final however not least, there isn’t any VirtualLink port this spherical — apparently, VirtualLink is useless. RIP. The numerous ports are all able to 8K60 utilizing DSC (Display Stream Compression), a “visually lossless” approach that is truly probably not visually lossless. But you won’t discover at 8K.

Getting again to the cores, Nvidia’s third-gen tensor cores in GA102 work on 8x4x4 FP16 matrices, so as much as 128 matrix operations per cycle. (Turing’s tensor cores used 4x4x4 matrices, whereas the GA100 makes use of 8x4x8 matrices.) With FMA (fused multiply-add), that is 256 FP operations per cycle, per tensor core. Multiply by the 272 whole tensor cores and clock velocity, and that offers you 119 TFLOPS of FP16 compute. However, Ampere’s tensor cores additionally add assist for fine-grained sparsity — principally, it eliminates losing time doing multiplications by 0, because the reply is all the time 0. Sparsity can present as much as twice the FP16 efficiency in functions that may use it.

The RT cores obtain comparable enhancements, with as much as double the ray/triangle intersection calculations per clock. The RT cores additionally assist a time variable, which is helpful for calculating issues like movement blur. All informed, Nvidia says the 3080’s new RT cores are 1.7 occasions sooner than the RTX 2080’s, and they are often as much as 5 occasions as quick for movement blur.

There are loads of different adjustments as properly. The L1 cache/shared reminiscence capability and bandwidth has been elevated to higher feed the cores (8704KB vs. 4416KB), and the L2 cache can be 25% bigger than earlier than (5120KB vs. 4096KB). The L1 cache will also be configured as various quantities of L1 vs. shared reminiscence, relying on the wants of the applying. Register file measurement can be almost 50% bigger (17408KB vs. 11776KB) with the RTX 3080. GA102 may also do concurrent RT + graphics + DLSS (beforehand, utilizing the RT cores would cease the CUDA cores).

Finally, the raster operators (ROPS) have been moved out of the reminiscence controllers and into the GPCs. Each GPC has two ROP partitions of eight ROP items every. This gives extra flexibility in efficiency, so the place the GA102 has as much as 112 ROPS whole, the RTX 3080 disables two reminiscence controllers however just one GPC and finally ends up with 96 ROPS. This is extra important for the RTX 3070 / GA104, nonetheless, which nonetheless has 96 ROPS despite the fact that it solely has eight reminiscence controllers. Each GPC additionally contains six TPCs (Texture Processing Clusters) with eight TMUs (Texture Mapping Units) and a polymorph engine, although Nvidia solely permits 34 TPCs for the 3080.

Teardown Ampere 3080 3QTR Front

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With the core enhancements out of the way in which, let’s additionally rapidly talk about the reminiscence subsystem. GA102 helps as much as twelve 32-bit reminiscence channels, of which ten are enabled on the RTX 3080. Nvidia teamed up with Micron to make use of its GDDR6X reminiscence, which makes use of PAM4 signaling to spice up information charges even larger than earlier than. Where the RTX 20-series playing cards topped out at 15.5 Gbps within the 2080 Super and 14 Gbps within the different RTX playing cards, GDDR6X runs at 19 Gbps within the RTX 3080. Combined with the 320-bit interface, that yields 760 GBps of bandwidth – a 70% enchancment over RTX 2080.

The RTX 3080’s reminiscence controller has additionally been improved, with a brand new characteristic referred to as EDR: Error Detection and Replay. When the reminiscence detects a failed transmission, quite than crashing or corrupting information, it merely tries once more. It will do that till it is profitable, although it is nonetheless doable to trigger a crash with reminiscence overclocking. The attention-grabbing bit is that with EDR, larger reminiscence clocks may be achievable, however nonetheless lead to decrease efficiency. That’s as a result of the EDR finally ends up decreasing reminiscence efficiency when failed transmissions happen. We’ll have extra to say on this within the overclocking part.

GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition: Design, Cooling, Aesthetics

GeForce RTX 3080 FE

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Nvidia has radically altered the design of its Founders Edition playing cards for the RTX 30-series. The new design nonetheless contains two axial followers, however Nvidia closely redesigned the PCB and shortened it in order that the ‘again’ of the cardboard (away from the video ports) consists of only a fan, heatpipes, radiator fins, and the standard graphics card shroud. Nvidia says the brand new design delivers substantial enhancements in cooling effectivity, whereas on the identical time decreasing noise ranges. We’ll see the fruits of the design later.

Aesthetics are extremely subjective, and we have heard loads of individuals like the brand new design, whereas others assume it appears boring. There’s no RGB bling if that is your factor, and the one lighting consists of a white GeForce RTX brand on the highest of the cardboard with delicate lighting across the ‘X’ on each side of the cardboard (however solely half of the ‘X’ is lit up on the facet with the “RTX 3080” brand).

Personally, I believe the brand new card appears fairly good, and it feels very stable within the hand. It’s truly about 100g heavier than the earlier RTX 2080 design, and so far as I’m conscious, it is the heaviest single-GPU card Nvidia has ever created. It’s additionally about 2cm longer than the earlier technology playing cards and makes use of the everyday two-slot width. (The GeForce RTX 3090 is about able to make the 3080 FE look puny, although, with its huge three-slot cooler.) 

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Nvidia offered the above pictures of the teardown of the RTX 3080 Founders Edition. We’re not prepared to aim disassembly of our card but — and admittedly, we’re out of time — however we could return to the topic quickly. We’re informed getting the cardboard aside is a bit trickier this spherical, largely as a result of Nvidia has hidden the screws behind tiny covers.

The primary board appears way more densely populated than earlier GPUs, with the 10 GDDR6X reminiscence chips surrounding the GPU within the heart. You may also see the angled 12-pin energy connector and the funky-looking cutout on the finish of the PCB. Power supply is clearly vital with a 320W TGP, and you may see all of the stable electrolytic capacitors positioned to the left and proper of the reminiscence chips.

The reminiscence association can be attention-grabbing, with 4 chips on the left and proper sides of the GPU, as much as three chips above the GPU (two mounting positions are empty for the RTX 3080), and a ultimate single chip beneath the GPU. Again, Nvidia clearly spent loads of effort to scale back the dimensions of the board and different parts to accommodate the brand new and improved cooling design. Spoiler: It works very properly.

One attention-grabbing factor is that the ‘entrance’ fan (close to the video ports) spins within the common route — counterclockwise. The ‘again’ fan, which is able to usually face upward while you set up the cardboard in an ATX case, spins clockwise. If you have a look at the fins, meaning the again fan spins the wrong way from what we usually count on. The cause is that Nvidia discovered this association pulls air via the radiator higher and generates much less noise. Also word that the again fan is barely thicker, and the built-in ring helps enhance static strain on each followers whereas preserving RPMs low.

If you do not just like the look of the Founders Edition, relaxation assured there might be loads of different choices. We have a couple of third-party RTX 3080 playing cards in for testing, all of which naturally embody RGB lighting. None of the third celebration playing cards use the 12-pin energy connector, both — not that it actually issues, because the required adapter comes with the cardboard. Still, that vertically-mounted 12-pin port simply appears a bit much less strong if you happen to occur to swap GPUs regularly. I plan to go away the adapter completely linked and simply join or disconnect the traditional 8-pin PEG cables. The 12-pin connector seems to be rated for 25 ‘cycles,’ and I’ve already burned via half of these (not that I count on it to fail any time quickly). 

GeForce RTX 3080: Initial Overclocking Results

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If you’ve got adopted the world of CPU overclocking, you’ve got most likely seen how AMD and Intel are each pushing their CPUs nearer and nearer to the sensible limits. I nonetheless have fond reminiscences of 50% overclocks on some previous CPUs, just like the Celeron 300A. These days, the quickest CPUs typically solely have a couple of hundred MHz of headroom obtainable — after which solely with substantial cooling. I start with that preface as a result of the RTX 3080 very a lot feels prefer it’s additionally operating near the restrict.

For the GPU core, whereas Nvidia specs the nominal increase clock at 1710 MHz, in follow, the GPU boosts fairly a bit larger. Depending on the sport, we noticed sustained increase clocks of a minimum of 1830 MHz, and in some instances, clocks had been as excessive as 1950 MHz. That’s not that completely different from the Turing GPUs, and even Pascal. The actual query is how far we had been in a position to push clocks.

The reply: Not far. I began with a modest 50 MHz bump to clock velocity, which appeared to go high quality. Then I pushed it to 100 MHz and crashed. Through a little bit of trial and error, I ended up at +75 MHz as one of the best secure velocity I may hit. That’s after growing the voltage by 100 mV utilizing EVGA Precision X1 and ramping up fan speeds to maintain the GPU cool. The end result was increase clocks within the 1950-2070 MHz vary, usually settling proper across the 2GHz mark.

Memory overclocking ended up being way more promising. I began with 250 MHz increments. 250, 500, 750, and even 1000 MHz glided by with no drawback earlier than my check (Unigine Heaven) crashed at 1250 MHz. Stepping again to 1200 MHz, the whole lot appeared okay. And then I ran some benchmarks.

Remember that bit about EDR we talked about earlier? It works. 1200 MHz appeared secure, however efficiency was worse than at inventory reminiscence clocks. I began stepping down the reminiscence overclock and finally ended up at 750 MHz, yielding an efficient velocity of 20.5 Gbps. I used to be actually hoping to maintain 21 Gbps, in honor of the 21st anniversary of the GeForce 256, but it surely was not meant to be. We’ll embody the RTX 3080 overclocked leads to the extremely high quality charts (we did not hassle testing the overclock at medium high quality).

Combined, we ended up with secure efficiency utilizing the +75 MHz core overclock and +750 MHz GDDR6X overclock. That’s a comparatively small 4% overclock on the GPU, and a barely extra vital 8% reminiscence overclock, however neither one goes to make an enormous distinction in gaming efficiency. Overall efficiency at 4K extremely improved by about 6%.

GeForce RTX 3080: Test Setup

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We’re utilizing our customary GPU check mattress for this evaluation. However, the Core i9-9900Okay CPU is now approaching its second birthday, and the Core i9-10900Okay may be a bit sooner. Never worry! While we did not have almost sufficient time to retest all the graphics playing cards on a brand new check mattress, we did run a collection of RTX 3080 CPU Scaling benchmarks on 5 different processors. Check that article out for the complete outcomes, however the quick abstract is that the 9900Okay and 10900Okay are successfully tied at 1440p and 4K. 

TOM’S HARDWARE GPU TEST PC

You can see the complete specs of our GPU check PC to the fitting. We’ve geared up it with some top-tier {hardware}, together with 32GB of DDR4-3200 CL16 reminiscence, a potent AIO liquid cooler, and a 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD. We even have two almost an identical check PCs, solely one in all which is supplied for testing energy use — that is the OpenBenchTable PC. Our second PC has a Phanteks Enthoo Pro M case, which we check with the facet eliminated due to all of the GPU swapping. (We’ve checked with the facet put in as properly, and we’ve got enough followers that temperatures for the GPU do not actually change with the panel put in.)

Our present gaming check suite consists of 9 video games, a few of that are getting a bit lengthy within the tooth, and none with ray tracing or DLSS results enabled. We’re including 14 extra ‘bonus’ graphics checks, all at 4K extremely with DLSS enabled (the place doable) on a restricted collection of GPUs to indicate how pushing the RTX 3080 to the restrict adjustments issues … or would not, on this case.

Also, Microsoft enabled GPU {hardware} scheduling in Windows 10 a couple of months again, and Nvidia’s newest drivers assist the options. We examined with HW scheduling enabled and disabled, with all of our different GPU outcomes run with the characteristic disabled. It’s not that the characteristic would not assist, however general it finally ends up being within the margin of error at most settings. We’ll embody the HW scheduling enabled leads to our charts as properly.

GeForce RTX 3080: Sweeping the 4K Gaming Benchmarks 

For every of the video games we examined, we’ve got outcomes at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. However, we’re not going to indicate or talk about all of the 1080p information as a result of the RTX 3080 most positively is not designed as a 1080p gaming card. Unless you are operating ray tracing results at most high quality, however then you must most likely use DLSS in efficiency mode to upscale to 4K. We’ll begin with the 4K outcomes first, at extremely and medium settings, earlier than wrapping up with the 1440p charts and the general 1080p efficiency charts.

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Starting on the high-level overview the place we common efficiency throughout all 9 video games in our check suite, this can be a good view of what is to come back. The RTX 3080 Founders Edition blew away the competitors: It’s not even shut. It ended up 27% sooner than the Titan RTX, 32% sooner than the RTX 2080 Ti, 57% sooner than the RTX 2080 Super it replaces on the $700 value level, and 69% sooner than the RTX 2080 FE. If you are hanging on to a 10-series Nvidia card, the 3080 additionally beat the 1080 Ti by 87% and ended up almost 150% sooner than the GTX 1080 FE.

AMD’s greatest exhibiting at 4K extremely continues to be the Radeon VII, which the 3080 beats by 79% — although, after all, we’re extra fascinated with seeing how Big Navi compares. The RTX 3080 additionally beat the RX 5700 XT by 95% general. AMD has talked about 50% higher performance-per-watt for Navi 2x, which may be sufficient to catch the RTX 3080 (relying on how AMD will get that 50% increase — a 300W card that is 50% extra environment friendly ought to do it).

Perhaps extra importantly, the RTX 3080 is the primary graphics card we have examined that manages to interrupt 60 fps in each recreation in our present check suite at 4K extremely, averaging almost 100 fps general. That does not imply minimal fps stayed above 60, and generally it dropped into the 40s, but it surely’s one of the best end result we have seen by a reasonably large margin.

Stepping all the way down to 4K medium settings, the RTX 3080 maintains its pole place, and the margin of victory was principally unchanged. It’s nonetheless 26% sooner than the Titan RTX (at lower than one third the value) and 69% sooner than the RTX 2080 FE. That’s the wonderful thing about 4K: Even at medium high quality, it is nonetheless usually GPU bottlenecked (until you are utilizing a really sluggish CPU).

As we’ll see beneath, particular person video games will range a bit from these margins, and a few nonetheless seem to come across a little bit of CPU bottlenecking, however these general averages inform the true story.

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Borderlands 3 is an AMD-promoted recreation, and we examined utilizing the DirectX 12 (DX12) API. It’s a demanding recreation that pushes GPUs greater than regular, and in reality, it gave the RTX 3080 its second-largest margin of victory (give or take) over the opposite GPUs. RTX 3080 beat the RTX 2080 by 81% this time, and apparently that grows to 88% at 4K medium. It’s additionally 68% sooner than the 2080 Super (75% at medium), 34% sooner than the 2080 Ti (39% at medium), and 73% sooner than the RX 5700 XT (85% at medium), which is AMD’s greatest exhibiting this time.

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The Division 2 is one other AMD-promoted recreation, although it’s maybe much less shader or geometry intensive. It’s not clear, however AMD’s Radeon VII jumped again forward of the RX 5700 XT. Again, we used the DX12 API. The 3080 was 35% sooner than the 2080 Ti, 64% sooner than the 2080 Super, and 78% sooner than the 2080 FE. It additionally led the Radeon VII by 89% and greater than doubled the 5700 XT efficiency (112% sooner). 4K medium narrowed the hole throughout all of the examined GPUs by a couple of p.c, and AMD’s GPUs benefited extra from medium high quality than Nvidia’s GPUs — the 3080 was ‘solely’ 84% sooner than the 5700 XT and 66% sooner than the VII. 

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Far Cry 5 is likely one of the video games on our chopping block for GPU benchmarks. It’s one other AMD promoted title, however it is a bit previous and would not push trendy {hardware} fairly as laborious as different video games. Plus, Far Cry 6 is coming soon-ish (Feb 2021), which is able to possible change it. The recreation positively hits some CPU bottlenecks, so it is one of many lesser victories for the RTX 3080. The lead over the 2080 FE was solely 63% at 4K extremely, or 65% at 4K medium, and fewer than 30% forward of the 2080 Ti. 

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Final Fantasy XIV can be prepared for retirement, and it confirmed comparable outcomes to Far Cry 5. RTX 3080 beat the 2080 FE by 61% (58% at medium). Final Fantasy XIV does make use of a few of Nvidia’s GameWorks libraries, which additionally results in bigger victories over AMD this time. The 3080 is over 80% sooner than the Radeon VII and 90-100% sooner than the RX 5700 XT.

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I considered changing Forza Horizon 4 with Project CARS 3, however I’m holding off for now. This is our automotive racing consultant, and it is one of many lesser wins for the RTX 3080. The newcomer nonetheless bests the earlier technology 2080 FE by 50%, and it is 116% sooner than the GTX 1080, however all the playing cards managed greater than 60 fps at 4K extremely. Dropping the settings to 4K medium, Nvidia’s quickest GPUs begin to encounter extra CPU limitations, narrowing the hole between the assorted playing cards. 

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Metro Exodus is one other extraordinarily demanding recreation — and that is with out enabling ray-tracing results. It’s an Nvidia-promoted recreation, although with out RT international illumination, it is fairly agnostic about your GPU alternative. The RTX 3080 FE is the primary GPU ever to interrupt 60 fps at 4K extremely, operating at inventory clocks. And let’s be clear that minimal fps nonetheless fell beneath that mark recurrently. Still, the 3080 principally matches its general common, beating the 2080 FE by 67% and the 5700 XT by 94%.

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Borderlands 3 is the second-most demanding recreation in our suite, with high honors going to Red Dead Redemption 2 — which we’re not even operating at maxed-out settings. We set all the settings to minimal, then change all the high (non-advanced) settings to medium or most (excessive/extremely). It’s how we began doing testing months in the past, and we have stayed with it because the recreation would not have built-in presets. Not surprisingly, as probably the most demanding recreation in our check suite, the RTX 3080 additionally noticed a few of its greatest leads. It was 86% sooner than the 2080 FE, 47% sooner than the 2080 Ti, and over twice as quick because the RX 5700 XT. 

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is barely much less demanding than our general common recreation, a minimum of with out ray-traced shadows enabled. Like all the different ray tracing video games proper now, it was additionally promoted by Nvidia. It’s additionally due for substitute (I’m taking a look at Watch Dogs: Legion and Cyberpunk 2077 as new alternate options), however within the meantime, we noticed one other 65% lead over the earlier technology RTX 2080, and barely greater than double the efficiency of the RX 5700 XT.

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Last in our listing, we’ve got Strange Brigade, which is the one recreation in our major check suite that makes use of the Vulkan API. It’s one other AMD promotional title, so if you happen to’re preserving rating, our present check suite is barely AMD slanted (4 AMD, three Nvidia). Strange Brigade additionally manages to hit the very best framerates of any of the video games we examined, maybe because of the Vulkan API. Even at maxed-out settings, the RTX 3080 hit 156 fps and outperformed the RTX 2080 by 87%. It’s not a recreation that favors AMD GPUs both, because the 3080 obtained its largest lead (119%) over the RX 5700 XT. Dropping the standard to medium would not actually change issues a lot both — that is merely a recreation that tends to be GPU restricted even at decrease settings.

GeForce RTX 3080: 1440p Gaming Benchmarks

As you’d count on, dropping the decision to 1440p tends to slender the hole between the RTX 3080 and the opposite GPUs. Given the extent of efficiency we’re speaking about, 1440p gaming on the RTX 3080 goes to be comparable in some ways to 1080p gaming on an RTX 2080 Ti. You can do it, after all, however you will nearly definitely begin to hit CPU bottlenecks in loads of video games.

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Our excessive degree general common charts present most of what you will need to see. At 1440p extremely, the RTX 3080 ended up 24% sooner than the 2080 Ti, 43% sooner than the 2080 Super, and 54% sooner than the 2080 FE. Or if you happen to’re nonetheless hanging on to a GTX 1080 from 2017, it is greater than twice as quick — an inexpensive improve possibility. It’s additionally twice as quick because the RX Vega 64, 74% sooner than the RX 5700 XT, and 67% sooner than Radeon VII.

CPU bottlenecks turn out to be much more of an element while you drop to 1440p and medium settings. You can knock ~10-15% off the 3080’s lead over the ‘slower’ GPUs like GTX 1080, ~10% off the lead over the playing cards in the midst of our charts, and solely ~5% much less in opposition to the highest previous-gen playing cards, just like the 2080 Ti. Again, all of that’s because of the 3080 changing into more and more CPU-limited.

We’re going to dispense with discussions of 1440p efficiency on the person video games since there’s actually not a lot so as to add. The RTX 3080 nonetheless simply reigns because the quickest 1440p gaming GPU. It did are available barely behind the Titan RTX at 1440p medium in Forza Horizon 4, however each playing cards had been clearly smacking into an fps ceiling of some type. 

Borderlands 3

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The Division 2

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Far Cry 5

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Final Fantasy XIV

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Forza Horizon 4

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Metro Exodus

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Strange Brigade

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GeForce RTX 3080: 1080p Gaming Benchmarks 

We will not belabor the purpose, however with out ray tracing and/or DLSS, most video games merely do not profit a lot from the efficiency the RTX 3080 delivers. We’ll skip the person gaming charts and simply present the general averages: 

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If you need to use the RTX 3080 to play at 1080p extremely, it is now solely 18% sooner than the RTX 2080 Ti. Or quite, the CPU and different components aren’t in a position to sustain with the 3080, so it putters alongside admiring the view and having fun with a soothing stroll down 1080p lane. And if you wish to take issues a step additional, it was solely 8% sooner than the RTX 2080 Ti at 1080p medium — and there have been a couple of cases the place the older GPU truly got here out forward (possible thanks to higher optimizations within the video games for the present Turing structure).

Speaking of which, it is price noting that because the Ampere structure is model new, video games and drivers are unlikely to be absolutely optimized for it proper now. It’s unlikely that present video games will see patches to enhance efficiency on Ampere. Still, Nvidia has a historical past of getting a minimum of 5-10% extra efficiency from its newest structure with driver updates. It’s not assured by any means, however we do count on the RTX 3080’s lead over the RTX 2080 to extend considerably over the approaching months.

GeForce RTX 3080: Bonus 4K Ultra Gaming Benchmarks 

Which is a good segue into our bonus gaming and graphics benchmarks. We examined the RTX 3080, RTX 2080 Ti, and RTX 2080 FE on 14 extra video games and graphics checks, lots of which make the most of ray tracing and/or DLSS. We solely examined at 4K and extremely settings or equal, aside from 3DMark Port Royal, which runs at 1440p. Here are the outcomes: 

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We’ll begin with the general common once more, the place we take the typical fps of all fourteen video games and graphics checks. (Yeah, it says 14 video games, however we’re simply attempting to make the chart title not look enormous.) We ran a few of the checks at a number of settings and included all leads to the typical. It’s attention-grabbing that, even with an nearly utterly completely different collection of video games and benchmarks, the RTX 3080 FE finally ends up with a virtually an identical lead at 4K extremely.

In our major nine-game suite, the RTX 3080 FE was 32% sooner than the RTX 2080 Ti and 69% sooner than the RTX 2080 FE. For these 14 checks, the RTX 3080 FE was … watch for it! … 32% sooner than the 2080 Ti and 70% sooner than the RTX 2080 FE. And belief me, I haven’t got time to choose and select benchmarks to try to skew issues for that end result. I simply grabbed a bunch of latest video games and a few new ray tracing benchmarks which might be obtainable and threw them at these GPUs, and it proves that the general view is principally right. You gotta love statistics. (Okay, you do not, but it surely’s nice when all of it works out so properly.)

Let’s dig into the assorted benchmarks and have a look at the person outcomes.

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3DMark Port Royal reviews an general rating, however we used OCAT to log frametimes as a substitute in order that we are able to generate percentile charts and minimal fps outcomes. I additionally examined Time Spy however did not hassle with gathering frametimes — it is not included within the general common. You can see the 3DMark pictures above (the unnamed CPU/GPU outcomes are for the 3080, which 3DMark’s System Info utility did not establish).

As for efficiency, Port Royal averaged 53 fps, despite the fact that it is operating at 1440p. That may appear low, but it surely does use loads of ray tracing results and the benchmark would not use DLSS for upscaling. By percentages, the 3080 was 30% sooner than the 2080 Ti and 75% sooner than the 2080. Relying on any single benchmark as a common willpower of efficiency is liable to result in dishonest and gaming the system, although, so despite the fact that Port Royal is simply off by 2-5% from our general metric, it is best to maintain utilizing a lot of checks. (Incidentally, Time Spy solely provides the 3080 a 21% lead over the 2080 Ti, and 51% over the 2080 FE.)

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Next up, Battlefield V with DirectX Raytracing (DXR) reflections and with DLSS enabled. This is a DLSS 1.Zero recreation, and it is also the primary recreation to get RTX enhancements. We ran across the Nordlys mission, the place there are many puddles that present shiny reflections. It’s not as demanding as a few of the different ranges, or as multiplayer mode, but it surely’s a minimum of repeatable. Here, the 3080 is simply 23% sooner than the 2080 Ti and 52% sooner than the 2080 FE.

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The Boundary Benchmark is a brand new one from Chinese builders Studio Surgical Scalpels, and it contains a lot of ray tracing results: international illumination, reflections on opaque and translucent surfaces, shadows, and ambient occlusion. It additionally helps DLSS in efficiency, balanced, and high quality modes, however since we had been operating at 4K, we simply caught with the efficiency possibility. Even then, body charges had been beneath 60 fps on the 3080, and simply 29 fps on the 2080. This is a good instance of what a next-generation ray tracing enhanced recreation engine may seem like, and it exhibits that even with twice the ray tracing efficiency of Turing, video games are going to have the ability to tax even Ampere GPUs in the event that they need to.

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Bright Memory Infinite is one other benchmark from Chinese builders FYQD-Studio — they really plan to make it a full recreation on Steam, although it is not completed but. Like the Boundary benchmark, it contains principally all of the ray tracing choices, together with some we have not seen earlier than in different video games. Reflections, refractions, shadows, ambient occlusion, order-independent transparency (OIT), and caustics. It additionally makes use of multiple-bounce rays at larger settings, which makes for extra practical reflections and refractions at the price of efficiency. It has 4 presets, and we examined utilizing the excessive and really excessive choices, which additionally necessitated utilizing DLSS 2.Zero in efficiency mode (1080p upscaled to 4K).

The excessive preset makes use of low-resolution caustics, 5 bounce refractions, one bounce reflections, OIT, AO, and shadows from as much as three mild sources. Very excessive kicks issues up one other notch with high-resolution caustics, six bounce refractions, two bounce reflections, OIT, AO, and ray tracing for “all” mild sources. Either method, the photographs are rattling spectacular and present what ray tracing video games of the long run may carry to the celebration. Performance was just like Boundary when utilizing the very excessive preset on the 3080, however the 2080 and 2080 Ti had been a bit slower; the excessive preset runs higher and almost reaches 60 fps on the 3080. 

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Control was the primary recreation to push multiple main ray tracing impact, with reflections, diffuse lighting, clear reflections, and ambient occlusion. It was additionally one of many first implementations of DLSS 2.0, however truly confirmed the rendered decision quite than utilizing nebulous “quality, balance, performance” labels. The 2080 Ti may simply barely handle to common 60 fps with all of the RT results enabled, utilizing 1080p upscaling to 4K. The 3080 FE can principally match that degree of efficiency with ‘high quality’ 1440p upscaling, or carry out 40% sooner than the 2080 Ti with 1080p upscaling. The 3080 can be 81% sooner than the 2080 FE.

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Death Stranding already ran fairly properly at 4K extremely settings with even a 2080 utilizing the DLSS high quality preset, so we did not hassle with decrease DLSS ranges. It’s already a bit CPU restricted, but it surely’s an ideal showcase for a way DLSS 2.Zero can look higher than native rendering — largely as a result of the native rendering makes use of temporal AA and tends to blur issues an excessive amount of. Anyway, it appears good, and if you happen to like mountain climbing round a weirder than snot illustration of post-apocalyptic USA, now you can achieve this at over 120 fps — good for enjoying on a 4K 120Hz LG OLED TV! 

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Doom Eternal is our second Vulkan recreation, and like Strange Brigade, efficiency is excellent throughout all three GPUs we examined. We did a full Doom Eternal efficiency evaluation again when the sport launched, and patches and driver updates have improved efficiency much more since then. There’s no fancy ray tracing or DLSS results within the recreation (despite the fact that it was initially on the listing of video games that had been planning so as to add ray tracing when Turing launched), however you do get 171 fps on the 3080 at 4K extremely nightmare settings. Oh, and the RTX 3080 is greater than twice as quick because the RTX 2080 for a change — one of many solely instances the place we measured such a rise in efficiency. 

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We not too long ago did a full efficiency evaluation of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 and located it to be a recreation that taxes CPUs greater than the rest at present obtainable. Also, it makes use of DirectX 11 and seems to be severely hampered by draw name limitations. Anyway, we wished to see how the 3080 dealt with 4K extremely, taking into consideration the extremely preset principally maxes out at round 51 fps on our Core i9-9900Okay check PC. The result’s higher than the RTX 2080 Ti by 24%, and 54% larger than the 2080, however you would be higher off dropping a couple of settings (as we cowl within the MSFS 2020 benchmarking article).

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Similar to Death Stranding, Horizon Zero Dawn is one other Sony PlayStation Four recreation not too long ago ported over to PC. Despite utilizing the identical engine, it would not run as properly — and there isn’t any DLSS assist both. In phrases of efficiency, nonetheless, it finally ends up inside 1% of our general averages. Also, 4K extremely simply sails previous 60 fps now, which wasn’t doable with out dropping the settings on the 2080 Ti.

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We already benchmark Metro Exodus with out ray tracing or DLSS enabled, however we additionally wished to attempt getting the complete expertise. RTX 2080 Ti could not come near 60 fps earlier than, and even the RTX 3080 nonetheless barely averages 60 fps, with frequent dips into the 40-50 fps vary. The excellent news is that you possibly can tweak the settings a bit to enhance efficiency — or perhaps plunk down $1,500 on an RTX 3090 subsequent week? Hmmm.

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare ran properly sufficient at 4K extremely with ray tracing shadows enabled that the builders did not really feel a have to assist DLSS. Not that it actually issues since that is primarily a multiplayer recreation, and most multiplayer players aren’t going to fret about tanking framerates for practical shadows. Relative efficiency is as soon as once more fairly near our general metric. 

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Project CARS 3 not too long ago launched, and we have used the earlier model for our CPU critiques, so we thought we might try the brand new replace. It ended up being extra CPU-limited than different video games and lacks some main choices like post-process anti-aliasing. Still, even the RTX 2080 clears 60 fps, whereas the RTX 3080 comes near 100 fps.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider was cleverly named, what with the introduction of ray-traced shadows. Except the patch that added the DXR impact solely arrived many months after the sport’s 2018 launch, when most players had most likely moved on. Still, we use it as a benchmark, and enabling the DXR shadows can drop efficiency fairly a bit. It additionally helps DLSS, which we enabled, but it surely’s DLSS 1.0 (aka, the not nearly as good model of DLSS).

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Last in our listing of bonus benchmarks, Wolfenstein Youngblood additionally belatedly added ray tracing and DLSS assist months after its launch. It solely does ray-traced reflections, but it surely additionally makes use of the Vulkan API. So far, Vulkan video games have tended to carry out higher than DX12 video games, however that may be the builders quite than the API. Anyway, Youngblood is attention-grabbing in that the RTX 3080 can run with DLSS Quality mode and nonetheless outperform the RTX 2080 Ti in DLSS Performance mode. It may also break 144 fps on the 3080 utilizing DLSS efficiency mode when you’ve got a excessive refresh charge monitor.

GeForce RTX 3080: Mining Performance and Compute Benchmarks

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Remember how we stated we weren’t completed with benchmarks but? Well, that is one space the place we’ve got a couple of extra checks we need to run. We’ll replace this over the approaching days with extra testing. We additionally plan to run the Blender GPU benchmark, and we’re taking a look at another potential choices.

We did need to test one merchandise off the listing, although: cryptocurrency mining efficiency. There had been rumors that the RTX 3080 can hit 120 MHash in Ethereum mining, which is almost triple what you will get from a 2080. That would doubtlessly make this a worthwhile and fascinating mining answer. We grabbed NiceHashminer and ran the benchmark mode, which failed on a lot of the hashing algorithms.

It did work on Dagger Hashimoto (Ethash), nonetheless, producing a results of 80 MH/s. That’s almost double the 2080 Ti’s 43 MH/s and greater than double the 2080 FE’s 34.6 MH/s … besides mining algorithms are usually very choosy about drivers and OS selections. Could some optimized miner increase efficiency to 120 MH/s? Possibly. And if that’s the case, properly, put together for one more cryptocurrency miner scarcity whereas each miner and their canine tries to snag an RTX 3080.

Current estimates for a 120 MH/s GPU utilizing 320W of energy are round $Four per day in web cryptocurrency mining revenue. That means doubtlessly hitting the break-even level in beneath 200 days. Of course, the cryptocurrency market stays extraordinarily unstable, and you possibly can find yourself taking two or 3 times as lengthy — or you possibly can strike it wealthy and find yourself breaking even in only some months.

At the present 80 MH/s we measured, nonetheless, issues are far much less dire. That’s solely $2.50-$3.00 in web income per day at present charges, which might require a minimum of 230 days and doubtlessly 300 days to interrupt even. More possible, it will take over a yr, and also you’re chewing via energy, heating your home, and doubtlessly carrying out your GPU followers within the course of. That’s nonetheless most likely not dangerous sufficient to maintain miners away, although. Sorry, players, however we would find yourself in one other 2016/2017 GPU scarcity if the miners see crypto-gold in them thar crypto-hills.

GeForce RTX 3080: Power, Temperatures, and Fan Speeds 

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We talked about the considerably larger TGP score of the RTX 3080 already, however now let’s put it to the check. We use Powenetics in-line energy monitoring {hardware} and software program in order that we are able to report the true energy use of the graphics card. You can learn extra about our strategy to GPU energy testing, however the takeaway is that we’re not depending on AMD or Nvidia (or Intel, as soon as devoted Xe GPUs arrive) to report to numerous software program utilities precisely how a lot energy the GPUs use.

So how a lot energy does the RTX 3080 use? It seems the 320W score is maybe barely conservative: We hit 335W averages in each Metro Exodus and FurMark. 

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Temperatures and fan speeds are carefully associated to energy consumption. More airflow from a higher-RPM fan can cut back temperatures, whereas on the identical time growing noise ranges. We’re nonetheless engaged on some noise measurements, however the RTX 3080 is measurably quieter than the assorted RTX 20-series and RX 5700 collection GPUs. As for fan speeds and temperatures: 

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Wow. No, severely, that is tremendous spectacular. Despite utilizing fairly a bit extra energy than every other Nvidia or AMD GPU, temperatures topped out at a most of 72C throughout testing and averaged 70.2C. What’s extra, the fan velocity on the RTX 3080 was decrease than any of the opposite high-end GPUs. Again, energy, temperatures, and fan velocity are all interrelated, so altering one impacts the others. A fourth issue is GPU clock velocity: 

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GeForce RTX 3080: GPU Clocks

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Here you’ll be able to see that the RTX 3080 clocks to barely decrease ranges than the 2080 Super, however that is the one GPU with the next common velocity in Metro Exodus. The 3080 drops a bit decrease in FurMark, preserving energy in test with out compromising efficiency an excessive amount of — not like another playing cards the place we have seen them blow previous official TDPs.

Overall, the mixture of the brand new heatsink and fan association seems greater than in a position to sustain with the RTX 3080 FE’s elevated energy use. It’s one of many quietest high-end playing cards we have seen in a very long time. There will undoubtedly be triple-slot coolers on some customized AIB playing cards that run simply as quiet, however Nvidia’s new 30-series Founders Edition cooler exhibits some nice engineering expertise.

GeForce RTX 3080: Is 10GB VRAM Enough?

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In the previous few weeks because the RTX 30-series announcement, there have been fairly a couple of discussions about whether or not the 3080 has sufficient reminiscence. Take a have a look at the earlier technology with 11GB, or the RTX 3090 with 24GB, and 10GB looks as if it is perhaps too little. Let’s clear up a couple of issues.

There are methods to exceed utilizing 10GB of VRAM, but it surely’s largely by way of mods and questionably coded video games — or operating a 5K or 8K show. The drawback is that loads of players use utilities that measure allotted reminiscence quite than actively used reminiscence (e.g., MSI Afterburner), they usually see all of their VRAM being sucked up and assume they want extra reminiscence. Even some video games (Resident Evil Three remake) do that, informing players that it ‘wants’ 12GB or extra to correctly run the extremely settings correctly. (Hint: It would not.)

Using your whole GPU’s VRAM to principally cache textures and information that may be wanted is not a foul thought. Call of Duty Modern Warfare does this, for instance, and Windows does this with system RAM to a sure extent. If the reminiscence is simply sitting round doing nothing, why not put it to potential use? Data can sit in reminiscence till both it’s wanted or the reminiscence is required for one thing else, but it surely’s probably not going to harm something. So, even if you happen to have a look at a utility that exhibits a recreation utilizing your whole VRAM, that does not imply you are truly swapping information to system RAM and killing efficiency.

You’ll discover when information truly begins getting swapped out to system reminiscence as a result of it causes a considerable drop in efficiency. Even PCIe Gen4 x16 solely has 31.5 GBps of bandwidth obtainable. That’s lower than 5% of the RTX 3080’s 760 GBps of bandwidth. If a recreation actually exceeds the GPU’s inside VRAM capability, efficiency will tank laborious.

If you are nervous about 10GB of reminiscence not being sufficient, my recommendation is to simply cease. Ultra settings typically find yourself being a placebo impact in comparison with excessive settings — 4K textures are largely helpful on 4K shows, and 8K textures are both used for digital texturing (which means, components of the feel are used quite than the entire thing without delay) or not used in any respect. We may see video games within the subsequent few years the place a 16GB card may carry out higher than a 10GB card, at which level dropping texture high quality a notch will lower VRAM use in half and look almost indistinguishable.

There’s no indication that video games are set to begin utilizing considerably extra reminiscence, and the Xbox Series X additionally has 10GB of GPU reminiscence, so an RTX 3080 needs to be good for a few years, a minimum of. And when it is not fairly managing, perhaps then will probably be time to improve to a 16GB and even 32GB GPU.

If you are within the small group of customers who really want greater than 10GB, by all means, watch for the RTX 3090 critiques and launch subsequent week. It’s over twice the associated fee for at greatest 20% extra efficiency, which principally makes it one more Titan card, simply with a greater value than the Titan RTX (however worse than the Titan Xp and 2080 Ti). And with 24GB, it ought to have greater than sufficient RAM for absolutely anything, together with scientific and content material creation workloads.

GeForce RTX 3080: The New King of the Graphics Card Hill

GeForce RTX 3080 FE

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Nvidia’s final main launch was two years in the past with the Turing structure and RTX 20-series GPUs. Since then, Nvidia has launched a slew of high-end, midrange, and price range choices, plus the Super product refreshes, all constructed on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET lithography. Meanwhile, AMD got here out with its first 7nm GPUs in early 2019 with the Radeon VII and adopted up with the Navi 1x RX 5700 collection GPUs final July. One yr later, Nvidia is lastly prepared to maneuver past Turing and 12nm. It’s about time.

Since the RTX 2080 Ti debuted in September 2018, the highest of the GPU hierarchy has been static. Sure, there was the seemingly inevitable and laughably-priced Titan RTX a couple of months later, however at double the value of the 2080 Ti for a couple of p.c extra efficiency, that was purely for bragging rights — or skilled customers that truly wanted the 24GB of reminiscence, maybe. Now the RTX 3080 knocks the whole lot else off the mountain and plans to reign because the king for some time.

Except, after all, the GeForce RTX 3090 launches subsequent week. But is that the king, or extra just like the emperor of GPUs? And do you really want it? Unless you had been already out there for a Titan RTX or pondering the RTX 2080 Ti was an inexpensive possibility, most likely not. On paper, the RTX 3090 is simply 20% sooner than the 3080, which implies it’s going to possible be extra like 10-15% sooner in follow — assuming you do not run into CPU bottlenecks. It does have greater than twice as a lot reminiscence, however as famous above, even that is greater than a bit overkill.

The GeForce RTX 3080 is right here, proper now, and priced fairly fairly contemplating the efficiency it provides. Last month, you possibly can have spent $2,500 on twin RTX 2080 Ti playing cards attached by way of NVLink, solely to search out that multi-GPU assist in video games is basically useless, significantly in new releases. Now, for $700, you get 30% higher efficiency than the outgoing RTX 2080 Ti and pocket $500 in financial savings. That’s assuming yow will discover an RTX 3080 in inventory.

Let’s even be clear that the RTX 3080 is primarily for high-resolution gaming. Yes, you’ll be able to run 1440p with RTX results, and will probably be a great match. It’s a greater match for 4K gaming. Don’t hassle with it if you happen to’re utilizing a 1080p show, as you possibly can get almost the identical degree of efficiency with a lesser GPU. Which brings us to the subsequent possibility: Wait for the RTX 3070 or RX 6800 XT (no matter AMD’s $400-$500 possibility finally ends up being referred to as).

GeForce RTX 3080 FE

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The RTX 3070 ought to nonetheless be a lot quick for 1440p gaming, and greater than quick sufficient for 1080p — similar to the RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia says it’s going to carry out “better than the 2080 Ti,” although we take that marketing-speak with a scoop of salt. Out of all of the benchmarks we ran, there was just one (Doom Eternal) the place the 3080 truly doubled the 2080’s efficiency. 

Anyway, saving $200 and shopping for a 3070 may make loads of sense. It’s attention-grabbing to notice that the RTX 3070 is a considerable step down from the RTX 3080, nonetheless. The 3080 has 48% extra GPU, RT, and Tensor cores, it has 20% extra reminiscence, and the reminiscence is clocked 36% larger. That’s a large enough hole that we may see an RTX 3070 Ti down the street, however at what value? Alternatively, wait and see what AMD’s Navi 2x / RX 6000 GPUs can do, which we’ll hear about extra on October 28.

The backside line is that the RTX 3080 is the brand new high-end gaming champion, delivering really next-gen efficiency with no huge enhance in value. If you’ve got been sitting on a GTX 1080 Ti or decrease, ready for a great time to improve, that point has arrived. The solely remaining query is simply how aggressive AMD’s RX 6000, aka Big Navi, might be. Even with 80 CUs, on paper, it appears like Nvidia’s RTX 3080 could trump the highest Navi 2x playing cards, because of GDDR6X and the doubling down on FP32 functionality. AMD may supply 16GB of reminiscence, but it surely’s most likely going to be paired with a 256-bit bus and clocked fairly a bit decrease than 19 Gbps, which can restrict efficiency.

If you are still blissful together with your present graphics card, after all, there isn’t any have to improve. But proper now, we’re gazing Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs: Legion, and the subsequent technology consoles with ray tracing assist. I, for one, know I need to run these video games with all of the bells and whistles enabled — a minimum of for a short time, earlier than deciding if my GPU can cope. Certainly a while between now and December, I’m going to want a brand new GPU. Plus, November is my birthday month, however with time we’ll hopefully have benchmarks of RX 6900 XT. One of these is destined to finish up in my gaming PC. 

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