Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 release date, price, specs and more

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is the card to get if you want to indulge in some heavy 4K PC gaming. It offers huge performance with access to the latest ray tracing and deep learning supersampling (DLSS) tech from Nvidia.

If you’re building a high-end gaming PC then the GeForce RTX 3080 is a no-brainer of a graphics card. The only problem, and it’s a big one, is tracking down where to buy the Nvidia RTX 3080 is nearly impossible. That’s because the graphics card is practically sold out everywhere across the world. 

But while we wait for stocks to be replenished, here’s everything you need to know about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.  

Nvidia RTX 3080 release date

After much teasing and a long wait, the Nvidia Grocer RTX 3080 was released on September 17, 2020. And it’s available right now; that’s if you can find a retailer with one in stock and don’t want to buy the graphics card from resellers at grossly inflated prices. 

Sadly, the GeForce RTX 3080 hasn’t got any easier to buy now months after its release. This situation doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon, especially as raw material shortages and the Chinese New Year are being blamed for ongoing Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 stock woe. 

Nvidia RTX 3080 price

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 starts at $699. The higher-end RTX 3090 starts at $1,499, while the RTX 3070 costs $499. 

The graphics card has officially gone on sale at most major retailers, though it’s now mostly sold out. Check below for the latest availability.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 specs

Nvidia RTX 3090 Nvidia RTX 3080 Nvidia RTX 3070
Starting Price $1,499 $699 $499
Nvidia CUDA Cores 10,496 8,704 5,888
Boost Clock (GHz) 1.70 1.71 1.73
Standard Memory Config 24GB GDDR6X 10GB GDDR6X 8GB GDDR6
Memory Interface Width 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit
Maximum Resolution 7680×4320 7680×4320 7680×4320
Ports HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x) HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x) HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x)

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 packs 30 shader-teraflops (TFLOPS), 58 ray-tracing TFLops and 239 Tensor-TFLOPS. You’ll also get 10GB of G6X graphics RAM, which Nvidia says is the fastest you’ll find in a GPU.

If that all sounds like a second language to you, know that the RTX 3080 promises to deliver twice the performance as the RTX 2080. And if you’re upgrading from an older card such as the RTX 980 Ti, you can look forward to performance gains as high as five times as what your current card is outputting. The RTX 3080 offers consistent 4K gaming at 60 frames per second, similar to the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

(Image credit: Nvidia )

The RTX 3080 features what Nvidia calls the “world’s fastest graphics memory,” with GDDR6X VRAM that can perform at a whopping 760 GB/s. There’s also new dedicated ray-tracing hardware for even more immersive lighting and shadows in your favorite PC games.

The RTX 3080 also introduces a new thermal-optimized design that promises 55% more airflow, 30% more efficiency, and the ability to be up to three times quieter during heating gaming sessions.

(Image credit: Nvidia)

While the RTX 3080 has some exciting specs, the GeForce RTX 3090 is where things really get interesting. This $1,499 beast of GPU promises to deliver 8K gaming complete with smooth ray tracing, making it something that true enthusiasts with cash to burn will likely opt for. It’s also physically massive, and makes us wonder if it’ll fit in most modern PC cases.

Nvidia RTX 3080 performance

Nvidia has claimed the GeForce RTX 3080 is up to twice as fast as the GeForce RTX 2080 it replaces and how it will stomp the RTX 2080 Ti. It’s a bold claim indeed. 

Nvidia pitted the RTX 3080 against the RTX 2080 Ti when running Doom Eternal at 4K on Ultra settings. The RTX 3080 is some 50 percent faster than the last top-end Nvidia graphics card, delivering frame rates well above 100fps. And that’s likely before a lot of optimization has been done. 

Our sibling publication Tom’s Hardware put the GeForce RTX 3080 to the test and declared that it delivered a “generational leap in performance.” And true to its claims, the RTX 3080 offers significant gains in performance over the RTX 2080 Ti. 

“The bottom line, if you don’t mind spoilers, is that the RTX 3080 FE is 33% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, on average. Or, if you prefer other points of comparison, it’s 57% faster than the RTX 2080 Super, 69% faster than the RTX 2080 FE — heck, it’s even 26% faster than the Titan RTX!” Jarred Walton said in his review. 

“But there’s a catch: We measured all of those ‘percent faster’ results across our test suite running at 4K ultra settings. The lead narrows if you drop down to 1440p, and it decreases even more at 1080p. It’s still 42% faster than a 2080 FE at 1080p ultra, but this is very much a card made for higher resolutions.” 

Suffice to say, the GeForce RT 3080 is one impressive graphics card, though you’ll need an equally impressive overall PC to get the most out of it. 

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