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The RTX 3080 Founders Edition Arrives at $699  – Ampere Performance Revealed – 35+ Games & GPGPU Benchmarked 

BTR received the new Ampere RTX 3080 Founders Edition (FE) from NVIDIA, and we have been testing it using 35+ games and GPGPU/Creative benchmarks versus the RTX 2080 Ti, the RTX 2080 SUPER, and the GTX 1080 Ti.  We have already covered Ampere’s new features in depth, and we have unboxed the card.  This review will focus on performance as well as consider whether the new RTX 3080 Founders Edition at $699 represents a good value as a compelling upgrade from Turing and Pascal video cards.

We have also overclocked the RTX 3080 and will compare its overclocked performance versus stock.  And for the first time in a BTR review, we will also give creative results using the Blender 2.90 benchmark and complete Sandra 2020 and AIDA64 GPGPU benchmark results.   We have also received a LDAT latency measurement kit from NVIDIA and we will explore end-to-end latency with a special emphasis on the new Fortnite RTX map and NVIDIA’s Reflex technology.

BTR’s test bed includes the other two fastest cards in the world – the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition (FE) which launched at $1199 and the RTX 2080 SUPER FE which launched at $699 (the RTX 2080 originally launched at $799).  In addition, we test NVIDIA’s flagship card from the Pascal generation, the GTX 1080 Ti FE which also launched at $699.  There is no point in comparing AMD Radeons as their fastest card is slower than the slowest card we test, the GTX 1080 Ti.

We benchmark using Windows 10 64-bit Pro Edition at 1920×1080, 2560×1440 and at 3840×2160 using Intel’s Core i9-10900K at 5.1/5.0 GHz and 32GB of T-FORCE DARK Z 3600MHz DDR4.  All games and benchmarks are the latest versions and we use the latest GeForce drivers.

Let’s look at our test setup more closely.

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    • Thanks! That made me smile after a night without any sleep 🙂

      Also, thank-you to David.

      I appreciate both of you catching my typos. I *think* I got them all and I am going to take a nap.

  1. Slight grammatical error near the beginning of the article:

    “We have also overclocked the RTX 3080 and will compare it’s overclocked performance versus stock.”

    This should be “and will compare its overclocked performance”, without an apostrophe.

  2. Page 4, last picture:
    3080 Ti should be 2080 Ti.

    The gap between 3080 and 2080 Ti is actually much smaller than expected. In fact even my 2080 Ti FE with a BIOS flash can be on par with it. Also it feels like OC on 3080 is limited on purpose to distance from 3090.

    • I captioned the picture earlier to reflect the typo.

      I don’t think the gap is smaller than expected unless expectations were too high before the review. This launch review summary by ComputerBase which includes BTR’s review and shows it is very much in-line with the other reviewers. It isn’t a huge upgrade – which is why I suggested that 2080 Ti owners may want to wait for the reviews to upgrade to the RTX 3090. It will be the Ampere flagship card to replace the Turing flagship.

      https://www.3dcenter.org/news/geforce-rtx-3080-launchreviews-die-testresultate-zur-ultrahd4k-performance-im-ueberblick

      I don’t think the OC is limited on purpose to distance the 3080 from the 3090. Nvidia did what AMD did – they mostly eliminated the performance headroom to give all 3080 gamers a similar experience at the highest possible overall core clocks. It’s near the edge which is not a bad thing, but disappointing for enthusiasts who are used to substantial performance from overclocking. I am guessing without knowing that the 3090 will also not have much OC headroom.

      It’s up to the AIBs to deliver cards that can handle higher voltage and overclocks using 3×8-pin PCIe cables. And of course, they will come at a premium price.

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