Last Updated on November 1, 2021 by ViCadia
The most anticipated graphics card of 2020 has finally arrived, and it’s name is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. This beast of a card absolutely crushes its competition, and offers up to 40% better performance than the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER! Designed specifically for ultra 4K gaming, the GeForce RTX 3080 was built upon new Ampere architecture, and 8 nm Samsung manufacturing node, which means it can pack more power in a smaller package. The GeForce RTX 3080 features GA102 chip, with the die size of 628 mm², and 28.300 million transistors. Unlike the previous-generation GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which offered compute power of 13.45 TFLOPS, the new NVIDIA’s flagship card comes with almost 30 TFLOPS of compute performance.
The GeForce 3080 comes with 8704 compute cores, and 272 next-gen Tensor cores, which offer improved performance in ray-tracing and image upscaling scenarios. The card also features 10 GB of high-speed GDDR6X memory, and 320-bit bus interface. Default GPU’s base clock is 1440 MHz, while the boost clock goes up to 1710 MHz. The card also supports various new computer technologies, such as DirectX 12 Ultimate and latest Vulkan APIs, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 2.0, NVIDIA G-Sync, NVIDIA Ray-Tracing, NVIDIA GeForce Experience, and NVIDIA Ansel. The card works over a PCIe 3.0 x16 or PCIe 4.0 x16 bus interface, and consumes 320 W of power over one 12-pin connector.
The new GeForce RTX 3080 has no real competitors in its class, except for the GeForce RTX 3090 which is made only for ultra high-end enthusiasts. The second-fastest graphics card is GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which is about 25-30% slower than the GeForce RTX 3080, depending on the resolution and game you throw at it. Other powerful graphics cards, such as the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER and GeForce RTX 2080 are about 40-50% slower than the new Ampere flagship, while the Pascal-based champion, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and AMD’s current-gen flagship, the Radeon RX 5700 XT, are about 60% slower than the new GeForce RTX 3080.
Since GeForce RTX 3080 is considered to be an enthusiast-class graphics card, it is no wonder that the performance of this card is absolutely amazing. The card is so fast at 1080P resolution that even the latest high-end processors, such as the Intel Core i7-10700K, cause performance bottleneck. At 1440P the card runs most games with ultra settings at 100-150 FPS, while at 4K it is able to deliver more than 80 FPS in most situations. Thanks to the improved DLSS 2.0 technology, the card can deliver amazing visuals at 4K resolution, without any image quality deterioration.
Since many authorized AIB partners and manufacturers produce different variants of GeForce RTX 3080, we have compiled a list of best custom-made models of this card available on the market. Some of them have uniquely designed coolers and PCB layouts, while some of them come with extra features such as RGB lightning, or software utilities. Take a look, and decide which one best suits your needs.
Best Overall: EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
Boost Clock: 1800 MHz | Memory: 10GB GDDR6X | Length: 300 mm | Power Connectors: 3 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DP, 1 x HDMI
- Absolutely crazy performance in 4K and 1440P gaming
- 5% higher boost clocks than the FE model
- High-tech cooling solution
- Requires standard power connectors
- RGB lightning
- Huge size
- Requires at least 750 W power supply
If you really want to achieve the ultimate, and the sickest gaming experience right now, then look no further past the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING graphics card. This 2.75-slot thick GPU behemoth features 90 MHz higher boost clock speed than the Founders Edition RTX 3080, which means it comes factory pre-overclocked with double the performance throughput of the previous-generation flagship Turing graphics cards.
This card easily runs all the latest PC games in 1440P resolution at frame rates higher than 140 FPS, and it can also run most games in 4K resolution with ultra settings enabled at more than 90 FPS on average. This unprecedented performance is powered by latest NVIDA ray-tracing cores which offer amazing visuals with significant performance improvements over the previous-gen Turing graphics cards. Featuring superfast GDDR6X memory, as well as support for latest DirectX 12 Ultimate API, and NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 super-sampling technology, this card can deliver the ultimate 4K gaming experience.
Besides being stupendously powerful, the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING is an attractive-looking graphics card. The card itself features an RGB-lit LED stripe, as well as stylishly designed iCX3 cooling solution, which consists of three fans that can run in 0 dB mode, and a brand-new heatsink design which incorporates airflow pocket technology to improve cooling. The EVGA’s iCX3 cooling solution comes with a multitude of sensors and micro control processors which make this GPU cooler the smartest and most-efficient cooling package available today.
With factory pre-overclocked GPU clocks, as well as sick performance, RGB lightning and high-tech cooling solution, the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING is the ultimate 4K graphics card which will offer best gaming experience possible, and will last for years to come.
Best Value: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 EAGLE OC 10G
Boost Clock: 1755 MHz | Memory: 10GB GDDR6X | Length: 320 mm | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DP, 2 x HDMI
- 2% faster than the Founders Edition model
- Attractive design
- Very efficient cooling system
- RGB Fusion 2.0
- Requires two standard 8-pin power supply connectors
- Modest overclocking capabilities
- Extremely long
- Requires at least 750 W power supply
Most custom AIB models of GeForce RTX 3080 cost more than the Founders Edition model due to improved cooling solutions, as well as increased core and memory clocks. Luckily enough, Gigabyte’s GeForce RTX 3080 EAGLE OC model costs roughly the same as the NVIDIA’s FE model, which is great for users who don’t want to spend a fortune for obtaining some additional features.
The Gigabyte’s RTX 3080 EAGLE OC graphics card comes slightly factory pre-overclocked, and like the Founders Edition card also features 10GB of GDDR6X VRAM, as well as 2nd Generation RT Cores, and 3rd Generation Tensor Cores which offer improved ray tracing and DLSS performance. Given the fact that EAGLE OC features 45 MHz higher clock speed than the FE model, the card is about 2% faster than reference model at 1440P, and 4K resolutions. It is also worth to add that the card is about 35% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti at 4K, and 60% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER.
Featuring massive WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with alternate spinning fans, the RTX 3080 EAGLE OC runs fairly cool, as it doesn’t go over 68°C under full load. Due to the fact that it features two 90 mm, and one 80 mm fans, the card also runs very quiet, and is just slightly louder than the Founders Edition model. Along with great cooling solution, the card also features RGB Fusion 2.0 lightning, which also enables you to synchronize its color with other AORUS device that you might own in your system.
Due to the improved cooling solution over the Founders Edition model, the card consumes 340 W of power under full load, which means you’ll have to acquire a power supply unit of at least 750 W. Overall, the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 EAGLE OC is a great graphics card which doesn’t feature any innovative technologies, but enables you to obtain a custom RTX 3080 GPU for roughly the same price as the Founders Edition model.
Best Overclocked: ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING OC
Boost Clock: 1935 MHz | Memory: 10GB GDDR6X | Length: 318 mm | Power Connectors: 3 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DP, 2 x HDMI
- 13% faster than the Founders Edition model
- Generates 3 TFLOPS more computer power then the FE model
- Impressive cooling solution
- RGB lightning
- GPU Tweak II software suite
- Massive 2.9 slot design
- Requires 850 W power supply
- Very high price
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING OC is the most powerful, and probably the thickest custom RTX 3080 graphics card currently available on the market. Featuring a boost clock speed of 1935 MHz, which is about 13% faster than the Founders Edition model, this card promises to deliver the best, if not the most stupendously powerful gaming experience a single RTX 3080 GPU can deliver.
Being 2.9-slot thick, this card has been radically improved from top to bottom in order to accommodate the NVIDIA’s flagship GA102 graphics chip. Featuring fresh design, and more metal which surrounds Axial-tech fans, the ROG Strix RTX 3080 comes with a massive heatsink specifically engineered to sustain demanding thermal loads. Along with a stylishly design backplate, this card also comes with RGB lightning stripe, and premium alloy chokes in order to provide maximum performance levels.
Besides having greatly improved core clocks, special thing about this card is its cooling system which features two primary fans with 13 blades, and one auxiliary fan with 11 blades. This fan configuration greatly improves airflow compared to the traditional cooling configurations, and provide boosted static pressure to blast air directly onto the GPU heat spreader.
Featuring dedicated GPU Tweak II software suite which enables you to easily adjust core and memory clocks, as well as customize RGB lightning scheme, the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 GAMING OC is the ultimate Ampere 4K gaming graphics card. Generating 3 TFLOPS of compute power more than the Founders Edition model, this card is an absolute monster. Unfortunately, its price tag is quite high, so we don’t expect it to be as popular as other custom AIB models.
Best Cooling: MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO 10G
Boost Clock: 1815 MHz | Memory: 10GB GDDR6X | Length: 323 mm | Power Connectors: 3 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DP, 1 x HDMI
- Features 105 MHz higher core clock than the reference model
- Premium build quality
- Superior cooling solution
- Comes with bundled support bracker
- Customizable RGB lightning
- Quite big (may not fit in smaller cases)
- Requires three 8-pin power supply connectors
The latest MSI’s GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO 10G graphics card once again brings great performance, low-noise efficiency, and aesthetics that hardcore gamers will know how to recognize and trust. Like many other custom RTX 3080 graphics cards, this one also features three fans with uniquely designed blades, as well as the TRI FROZR 2 cooling system which does a great job in keeping this card cool and quiet.
Featuring 8,704 CUDA cores, each running at factory pre-overclocked speed of 1815 MHz, the RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO is about 6% faster than the Founders Edition of RTX 3080. Due to the increased heat dissipation, this card comes with a greatly improved heatsink design which features seven thick copper heatpipes that are in direct contact with the GPU, as well as uniquely designed heatsink deflectors which greatly increase metal surface area charged for guiding the air. Along with a light and cool graphene backplate, this card also features double-ball fan bearings, plenty of thermal pads, and Zero FROZR technology which turns off the fans if GPU is in idle state.
Additional fuses built into the custom PCB of this card ensure additional safeguards against electrical damage, while rigid metal anti-bending strap prevents bending of this huge card while being placed into yours motherboard PCIe slot. The MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO also comes with bundled support bracket which you can install in your PC case to provide additional reinforcement for your graphics card. Along with all that, this card also comes with MSI’s first-party software which enables you to tweak and optimize your GPU, as well as customize card’s RGB lightning.
Overall, the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO is one of the best custom RTX 3080 cards in terms of build quality and additional pre-packaged features. Provided you have enough funds, and will to achieve the ultimate 4K gaming experience, this card will surely make all of these dreams come true.
Best Design: PNY GeForce RTX 3080 XLR8 Gaming Revel Epic-X
Boost Clock: 1710 MHz | Memory: 10GB GDDR6X | Length: 293 mm | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DP, 1 x HDMI
- Killer design
- Superb performance in 1440P and 4K gaming
- RGB lightning
- Requires only two 8-pin power supply connectors
- Modest overclocking capabilities
- Doesn’t ship with any additional software utilities
PNY GeForce RTX 3080 XLR8 Gaming Revel Epic-X is a graphics card with a long name, but with astonishingly cool design, which will look amazing in most PC builds. This triple-fan monster graphics card comes with a core clock speed of 1440 MHz, and a boost clock speed of 1710 MHz. Paired with 10GB of GDDR6X VRAM, the card is capable to deliver a memory bandwidth of 760 GB/s.
Built for gamers who want to achieve ultimate performance in 4K gaming, the PNY’s RTX 3080 Revel Epic-X comes with support for latest computer graphics technologies such as NVIDIA G-SYNC, NVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA GPU Boost, DirectX 12 Ultimate, and Vulkan Ray-Tracing API. This card is also VR ready, and supports PCIe 4.0 bus interface, as well as HDCP 2.3 standard.
Even though this card offers bare-bone features compared to other custom RTX 3080 GPUs, it is great for mainstream enthusiast users who don’t want any extra features such as factory pre-overclocked core clocks, GPU support brackets, or any advanced cooling solutions. Nevertheless, this card still offers some advanced features such as RGB lighting scheme, and superiorly designed PCB layout featuring visually attractive heatsink block. Another great thing about this card is that it only requires two 8-pin power connectors, unlike other custom RTX 3080 cards which require three.
Best Budget: ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity
Boost Clock: 1710 MHz | Memory: 10GB GDDR6X | Length: 318 mm | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DP, 1 x HDMI
- Factory overclocked
- Runs very quiet and cool
- RGB lightning
- Way too big
- A bit too pricy
Last but not least, we have ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity on our list. This is another great-looking RTX 3080 graphics card which can be obtained for roughly the same MSRP price as the Founders Edition model. Featuring aesthetically uber-cool heatsink design, this card will surely look awesome in many high-end PC cases.
The Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity features no factory pre-overclocked core or memory clocks, which means it comes with boost clock of 1710 MHz. This, however, doesn’t mean that this card is in any means weak. On the contrary, the Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity offers killer performance, just like the RTX 3080 Founders Edition model, and is about 25-30% faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Featuring traditionally designed triple-fan heatsink, this card will “only” occupy 2.5 slots in your PC case, which is a welcome feature considering that many custom RTX 3080 cards are +2.5 slots thick.
The cooling system of this card consists of three 90 mm fans, each having 11 blades with all-new design specifically engineered to provide 10% better airflow compared to the previous-generation Zotac cooling systems. Beneath the fans lies a heatsink comprised of three groups of aluminum fin-stack arrays, and seven copper heatpipes which extract heat from GPU more efficiently than ever before. Along with the improved cooling system, this card also features stylishly designed backplate, as well as SPECTRA 2.0 RGB lightning scheme which can be customized via ZOTAC GAMING FireStorm Software.
Packing lots of interesting features, along with an attractive design, the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity is a surprisingly good custom RTX 3080 graphics card, which will cost you roughly the same as the Founders Edition model. Provided that you don’t care for overclocking, and just want to enjoy amazing 4K visuals straight-out-of-the-box, this card might be the one for you.
GeForce RTX 3080 is the new king of enthusiast-tier graphics cards. Although it’s not the fastest GPU on the planet (only GeForce RTX 3090 is faster), it is most certainly the best consumer graphics card currently available on the market. Delivering more than 140 FPS on average with ultra settings enabled at 1440P resolution, and more than 80 FPS on average at 4K, this card quite literally obliterates all of its competition. Being more than 60% faster than AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT, and more than 25% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, all for manufacturer’s suggested price of $699, the price-to-performance ratio of this card is something we have never seen before in PC industry.
Although NVIDIA’s Founders Edition model introduced uniquely designed dual-fan heatsink, as well as compact 12-pin power supply connector, most mainstream users will opt to buy one of many different custom AIB RTX 3080 models currently available on the market. Even though many of these custom-made graphics cards come at prices higher than the MSRP, the features they offer are worth paying more money. From stylish heatsink and backplate designs, to improved cooling systems, RGB lightning, bundled software and factory increased core clocks, custom AIB models have a lot to offer. Depending on your budget and preferences, we are sure that one of the above listed custom RTX 3080 models will suit your needs. We hope our buying guide helped you in search of the information you were looking for. If you still feel confused, and need advice about buying, feel free to post comment below. We will try to help you.