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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Review & 26 Games Mega Benchmark

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Price, Availability and Conclusion

There is no doubt that the GeForce RTX 3080 is the new king of enthusiast-tier graphics cards. Offering extreme performance gains across all three main display resolutions, as well as compared to other flagship graphics cards, the price-to-performance ratio which RTX 3080 offers hasn’t been seen in years.

This card is a beast, a true monster. It can run Battlefield V with ultra settings and all ray tracing features with more than 60 FPS on average. It is also able to run Red Dead Redemption 2 at almost 70 FPS in 4K. Paired with a G-Sync monitor, the card offers ultimate gaming experience – the best of the best what is currently available. At 1440P it is an amazing card for competitive gaming, providing more than 165 FPS on average in most FPS titles. For 1080P gaming, the word “overkill” gets a new meaning, as this card is so fast that currently there is no processor in world which wouldn’t bottleneck it. The RTX 3080 was clearly designed for 4K gaming, and as such it has delivered. We have waited for quite some time, but PC gaming can now finally ascend once more to the new heights unreachable to the most console players.

Must read: The Best NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics Cards of 2021

From the technical point of view, the card comes with two concerning disadvantages. First is regarding its onboard memory. Although 10 GB of GDDR6X VRAM proves to be more than enough for current-day gaming, it remains to be seen whether it will be enough very soon. Memory allocation of most games now exceeds 8 gigabytes of VRAM, and 10 gigabytes in that regard doesn’t seem very much. In fact, it almost looks like a downgrade compared to the GTX 1080 Ti’s 11 GB of VRAM. Second problem is the power draw of this card, as it has a TDP of 320 watts. Buying a new PSU is going to be a mandatory task if you want to upgrade your current PC to be able to handle RTX 3080, however, the power consumption of this card isn’t too surprising. In fact, there were much worse GPUs in history, like the Radeon R9 295X2, which had a TDP of 500 watts, and required one-kilowatt power supply units.

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When it comes to pricing, the $699 price tag of this card is absolutely justified, and in fact, quite affordable. The custom-designed RTX 3080 cards from NVIDIA’s AIB partners will probably cost up to $100 dollars more, but with improved cooling solutions and extra features they will still be a worthwhile investment. Speaking of its availability, it seems that we’ll still have to wait a few more months until this card becomes an easily purchasable product, as supply shortage is plaguing the whole semiconductor industry, and thus NVIDIA’s production line as well. Nevertheless, release of this card will no doubt lower the prices of existing graphics cards currently available on the market, which means great upgrade opportunities for hardcore and casual gamers alike.

With good overclocking potential, impressive performance improvements, amazing ray tracing capabilities, and powered by NVIDIA’s AI-based DLSS technology, the new GeForce RTX 3080 is the ultimate computer graphics device. The price NVIDIA asks for it is well justified, so if you are in a financial position to offer yourself such an amazing product, don’t hesitate to buy, as this GPU will stay relevant for years to come.

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