Nvidia’s RTX 3080 is almost here. Launching on Thursday September 17th, it’s the first Nvidia Ampere GPU that’s going to be released in 2020, and we finally know its specs, how much it’s going to cost, and where you can pre-order one. Below, I’ve gathered together everything we know about Nvidia’s new flagship RTX card, including early benchmark results, UK and US prices and exactly where you’ll be able to get your hands on one.
Nvidia offically unveiled the RTX 3080, along with the RTX 3070 and RTX 3090 on September 1st during their RTX 3000 series launch event, and its release is almost upon us. I’ll be testing the RTX 3080 very soon, so it hopefully won’t be long before you can find out exactly how it stacks up to its current RTX 20-series competition. For now, though, here’s everything you need to know.
RTX 3080: What you need to know
What is it? Nvidia’s new flagship graphics card and the successor to the RTX 2080
When is it coming out? September 17th
How much is it? £649 / $699
RTX 3080 release date
The RTX 3080 is launching worldwide on September 17th, making it the first Ampere GPU to go on sale. This is the date when you’ll be able to buy both the Nvidia Founders Edition of the RTX 3080, as well as third party cards from the manufacturers such as Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Zotac, Palit and more.
RTX 3080 price
RTX 3080 prices will start from £649 in the UK, and $699 in the US, which is the same launch price as the RTX 2080 Super. Third party versions of the RTX 3080 will likely be more expensive than this depending how much they’ve been factory overclocked, but the Nvidia Founders Edition will stay at £649 / $699.
Pre-orders are finally starting to come through, too, if you can’t wait until the RTX 3080 reviews come out during launch week.
In the UK, Ebuyer and Scan have put up their RTX 3080 product listings, but don’t have any pricing or buy buttons just yet. Overclockers UK’s pre-orders aren’t open just yet either, but they do have prospective pricing for a range of third party cards.
At time of writing, it looks like they could vary between £639 and £849, according to current pre-order prices on Overclockers UK, but this could change in the run-up to launch. We’ll keep you posted.
In the US, listings have started to appear at B&H Photo, with prices ranging between $720 and $800, but again, you can’t actually pre-order them just yet. Newegg also have listings, but no prices or buy buttons.
What we do know is that anyone who buys an RTX 3080 between September 17th and October 29th will also get a free copy of Watch Dogs Legion and a year’s subscription to GeForce Now.
RTX 3080 specs
Nvidia claim that the RTX 3080 is twice as fast as the outgoing RTX 2080, and you can sort of see why from its official specs. Nvidia haven’t released all of the RTX 3080 specs just yet, such as the memory speed or memory bandwidth, but I’ve listed the key specs they have announced below. It has more than double the number of CUDA cores as the RTX 2080, and it also has more memory, too – 10GB of the faster GDDR6X variety rather than 8GB of regular GDDR6.
RTX 3080 specs
CUDA Cores: 8704
Base / Boost Clock: 1.44GHz / 1.71GHz
VRAM: 10GB GDDR6X
Memory Interface Width: 320-bit
Recommended System Power: 750W
The RTX 3080 also comes with 2nd Gen ray tracing cores and 3rd Gen Tensor cores for improved ray tracing and DLSS performance, and Nvidia claim this will be twice as fast as their previous generation on the RTX 3080 – although so far, they’ve only released figures with combined ray tracing and DLSS performance rather than just raw ray tracing speeds. As a result, it’s probably best to take this figure with a pinch of salt until proper benchmarks start to come through.
At the moment, all we have is a few leaked benchmarks that have made their way online. The first crop comes from leaked Geekbench 4 Open CL results and the synthetic Ashes Of The Singularity benchmark. The former show the RTX 3080 scoring in the region of 464-470K, which is quite a bit higher than the RTX 2080 Ti’s 340-370K scores. As for the AOTS benchmark results, the RTX 3080 reportedly, managed 88.3fps on the Crazy 4K preset, which is 2-3fps faster than some of the RTX 2080 Ti cards tested by the leaker.
For those after some proper leaked game benchmark results, a leaked benchmark video from Chinese site TecLab Bilibili provides the following results to give us a rough idea of just how much faster the RTX 3080 is compared to the RTX 2080 Super:
- Far Cry 5 – 4K, GPU maxed at 99% (throttling), 62% faster than RTX 2080 Super, 5GB video memory used
- Borderlands 3 – 4K, DX12, GPU maxed at 100% (throttling), 56% faster than RTX 2080 Super, 7.4GB video memory used
- Horizon Zero Dawn – 4K, GPU maxed at 99% (throttling), 76fps average, 9.9GB video memory used
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 4K, GPU at 97%, 67fps average, 48% faster than RTX 2080 Super, 7GB video memory used
- Forza Horizon 4 – 4K, GPU at 97%, 143fps, 48% faster than RTX 2080 Super
The same video also details the RTX 3080’s DLSS performance on a handful of games, too, the results of which I’ve included below.
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 4K, DLSS ON GPU at 99% with 99fps, DLSS OFF GPU at 99% with 113fps, 7GB video memory used
- Control – 4K, DLSS on GPU at 99% with 101fps, DLSS OFF GPU at 99% with 59fps, 7.5GB video memory used
- Death Stranding – 4K, DLSS on GPU at 99% with 170fps, DLSS OFF GPU at 99% with 123fps, 5.1GB video memory used
In terms of official raw performance benchmarks, this video comparing the RTX 3080 to the RTX 2080 Ti in Doom Eternal is quite an entertaining watch. Here, the game is running on max settings at a 4K resolution, and you can see the RTX 3080 is quite capable of running the game at well over 100fps compared to the RTX 2080 Ti’s 80-90fps.
Doom Eternal isn’t the most demanding game on the planet, admittedly, but it’s still a clear step up from Nvidia’s previous flagship graphics card, which need I remind you has cost well over a grand ever since it came out at the end of 2018. Here’s where Nvidia see the RTX 3080 in relation to their previous generation graphics cards, too:
You will, however, need a beefier power supply than the previous generation to cope with the RTX 3080’s raw power. Whereas the RTX 2080 recommended a 650W power supply, Nvidia have increased this to 750W for the RTX 3080. The Founders Edition of the RTX 3080 will also make use of Nvidia’s new 12-pin power connector, but the good news is that an adapter for this will be included in the box. Third party RTX 3080 cards, on the other hand, will simply require a regular 2x 8-pin power connector.
Those are the headline facts for the RTX 3080, and I’ll be updating this article with more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can read all about our favourite GPUs in our roundup of the best graphics cards, what games currently support ray tracing and DLSS, as well as find all the best current graphics card prices in our regularly updated graphics card deals hub.