Digital Foundry has shared an early look at the performance of NVIDIA’s new “flagship” Ampere gaming GPU, the GeForce RTX 3080. According to Richard Leadbetter’s tests with Borderlands 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Control, and other hit titles, the card is around 70 to 80 percent faster than its predecessor – the GeForce RTX 2080 – for high-preset, 4K gaming. It even manages to be nearly 100 percent faster in Quake II RTX.
You can check out Digital Foundry’s analysis directly below, but we’ve also included screenshots for those of you who want to skip right to the numbers. Surprisingly enough, NVIDIA is selling the GeForce RTX 3080 for $699, which happens to be the same price that the GeForce RTX 2080 debuted at in September 2018. (Considering the performance bump alleged here, that’s a pretty decent deal, right?)
“Nvidia’s reveal of the new Ampere architecture has just taken place… but we’ve already received a card and have some initial, early impressions and gen-on-gen performance metrics for you,” Digital Foundry wrote. “We’re promised the biggest generational increase in performance yet – and here’s how you get to see how RTX 3080 compares to RTX 2080 in a series of challenging games set to 4K max settings.”