After months of anticipation, leaks, and incomplete information, the new graphics card from Nvidia is finally here: the GeForce RTX 3080 has just been announced and, starting from September 17, gamers will be able to enjoy what Nvidia promises to be “the ultimate play.” Advertised as having twice the performance and speed of the RTX 2080, the RTX 3080 GPU will have 10GB of GDDR6X memory and a new thermal design for optimal cooling. And if you’re wondering at what astronomical price the update comes, Nvidia managed to pull a pleasant surprise and keep the price just under $700.
Performance and features of the Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU
The latest GPU model from Nvidia is based on their new Ampere architecture, which is designed to deliver smooth performance not just to PC gamers, but to data centers and AI too. However, it’s gamers who are the most excited about the new release, especially since Nvidia announced that the RTX 3080 will support ray-tracing – a cutting-edge technique that makes the light in video games mimic the light in real life and creates highly immersive and realistic gaming experiences.
Here are some other specs and details that caught our attention:
- 320-bit memory bus
- 10GB of GDDR6X memory
- 1,710 MHz boost clock
- 19 Gbps memory bandwidth
- 320-watt max power consumption
- 8,704 CUDA cores
Nvidia optimized the fan setup to optimize GPU cooling.
GPU overheating is a common complaint among gamers, and, with the new RTX 3080, Nvidia promises to change that. To improve the airflow, Nvidia used a dual fan setup (one bracket exhausting front fan and one flow-through rear fan) and a new 12-pin connector. This is more compact compared to using two 8-pin connectors, allowing plenty of space for cooling and adding more components. Thanks to this improved thermal design, the RTX 3080 GPU should be 55% more efficient and make much less noise compared to its predecessor.
Nvidia also launched two other graphics cards.
The RTX 3080 GPU is an exciting launch, but it wasn’t the online graphics card Nvidia announced. Much to gamers’ delight, the company will also be launching two other GPUs, one retailing at an affordable cost, and a higher-end one.
The cheaper option, the RTX 3080, will be priced a competitive $499, and it will be available in October. Despite the lower cost, Nvidia promises better performance compared to the 2080. Also, it will surpass the 1080 Ti and 1080 cards in terms of 1440p gaming.
But for gamers looking for the ultimate immersive experience, there’s the $1,499 Nvidia 3090 GPU, an absolute beast that the company advertises as the world’s first 8K gaming GPU. With 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM, this graphics card should be up to 50% faster than the Titan RTX and play games like Control and Wolfenstein: Youngblood in 8K at 60fps.