Nvidia RTX 3080 – What is this beast capable of?

What Is The New Nvidia RTX 3080 Capable Of?

Nvidia recently unveiled its lineup of the RTX 3000 series. Compared to how disappointing the 2000 series was, the 3000 series indeed looks like a generational leap. Nvidia promised the RTX 3080 would perform at twice the capacity of an RTX 2080, which was their biggest claim. To understand how the RTX 3080 will perform against its predecessors and its competition, let’s look at its specifications and what it is capable of:

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Hardware Specifications

The Nvidia RTX 3080 comes with 10GB of GDDR6X memory. Additionally, the card’s Ray tracing performance will be miles ahead of what the RTX 2000 series could achieve. Apart from that, we also see the improved DLSS 2.0, which has had a positive impact on many games’ performance. 

For the RTX 3080, Nvidia is using 8,704 CUDA cores, coupled with a 1.71GHz boost clock. These specifications make up around 29.7 teraflops of performance. If we compare it with the older RTX 2080TI or the PS5, the RTX 2080TI had 14.2 teraflops, while the PS5 will feature 10.28 teraflops. Of course, this does not mean much until we truly experience how the card will perform. 

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This means that the new 3080 has more than double the capacity of the Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X. While it cost more than the two consoles do for everything, this is a product for serious gamers. This will complement the rest of your PC build well and allow you to play almost any game you please, as long as it is available on PC.

New Design 

Nvidia has changed its design entirely for the 3000 series. Although the RTX 3080 is pretty much the same size as an RTX 2080, the design is entirely different. Nvidia claimed that the newer design is much more optimal for airflow, reducing the card’s temperatures by 20 degrees. For the original design, Nvidia is going for a pull and push fan, where one fan will pull in cold air, whereas the other will exhaust hot air out of the card.

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Price and Release Date

The Nvidia RTX 3080 is priced at $699, and it is available as of September 17th. However, due to a large order volume, it is currently out of stock. The card is available for pre-order on many sites. It is completely worth it to buy this beast for such a price as it should max out pretty much everything you throw at it in 4k. But if you’re looking for a middle ground, the RTX 3070 is a pretty solid card expected to go head to head against the RTX 2080TI at $599. However, you may as well spend the extra 100 for the latest and greatest gaming experience. 

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The Nvidia RTX 3080 is currently sold out, but you can purcahse the RTX 2070 through this link.

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