Conclusion

Final Thoughts

The $1199 RTX 3080 Ti FE performed admirably performance-wise compared to the RTX 3090 which is still the fastest gaming card in the world that released at $1499. Therefore at less than 5% slower, the RTX 3080 Ti is a solid upgrade over the RTX 2080 Ti that also launched at $1199 even though we were originally hesitant to recommend the upgrade to a RTX 2080 Ti nearly three years ago based on its value to performance.

If a gaming enthusiast wants a very fast card that almost matches the RTX 3090 FE, it is an excellent card for 4K or 1440P gaming.

We are impressed that the Founders Edition of the RTX 3080 Ti nearly catches the RTX 3090 in a much smaller form. It offers outstanding performance at 1440P and at 4K.  The Founders Edition of the RTX 3080 Ti is well-built, solid, and good-looking, and it stays cool and quiet even when overclocked.  At 1.5X faster, the RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition offers a solid upgrade for RTX 2080 Ti owners. However, it is not a compelling upgrade from a $699 RTX 3080 FE which has a much higher value to price ratio – if they can be found at MSRP.

Pros

  • The RTX 3080 Ti at $1199 is the near-equal of the RTX 3090 which launched at $1499 and it is also a 1.5X jump in performance over the RTX 2080 Ti.
  • The RTX 3080 Ti is perfect for 1440P or for 4K gaming; and it’s also very useful for intensive creative, SPEC, or GPGPU apps
  • Ray tracing is a game changer in every way and the RTX 3080 Ti is much faster than the RX 6800 XT or RX 6900 XT when DLSS 2.0 or ray tracing features are enabled
  • Reflex and Broadcast are important features for competitive gamers and broadcasters
  • Ampere improves over Turing with AI/deep learning and ray tracing to improve visuals while also increasing performance with DLSS 2.0 and Ultra Performance DLSS
  • The RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition design cooling is quiet and efficient; the GPU in a well-ventilated case stays cool even when overclocked and it remains quiet using the stock fan profile
  • The industrial design is eye-catching and it is solidly built

Cons

  • High Price
  • Lack of availability

The Verdict

If you are a gamer who plays at maxed-out 1440P or even at 4K, you may want to upgrade to a RTX 3080 Ti. The Founders Edition offers good performance value as an upgrade from a RTX 2080 Ti with the additional benefit of being able to handle ray tracing much better, and it can even meet the demands of 4K gaming with high settings.  It is much faster in ray traced games than any Radeon.

The RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition is available starting tomorrow for $1199 from NVIDIA’s online store, and USA customers can purchase these cards also directly from Best Buy both online and in person.  Only a relatively few lucky gamers will be able to buy one at SEP, but we believe the supply issue will ease and pricing will return to normal by the Autumn and this review will be even more useful in making a high end card selection then.

Stay tuned, there is a lot more on the way from BTR.  Next week, we will test the RTX 3070 Ti in VR using the brand new Vive Pro 2.  Stay tuned to BTR!

Happy Gaming!