EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING video card RGB logo

Introduction

We finally got our hands on a retail, custom, add-in-board partner-built video card based on NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.  These video cards have been scarce, to say the least, with availability issues not able to meet demand.  In fact, the video card we have in hand today was purchased by one of our very own readers who let us kindly borrow his video card to allow us to do this review today. 

A big thanks to northrop on our forums for allowing us to enjoy your video card first.  Can you imagine spending all that money on a video card and then letting someone else use it first? We greatly appreciate that, and he even let us go nuts on the overclock, so we did with this beast.

NVIDIA launched the GeForce RTX 3080 on September 16th based on its new Ampere architecture on Samsung 8nm.  The GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition has an MSRP of $699 replacing the GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.  Yet, it has a performance that exceeds the performance of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti which retails for $1,199. 

The GeForce RTX 3080 has 68 SMs, 8704 CUDA Cores, 68 RT Cores, 272 Tensor Cores, 96 ROPs, and 272 Texture Units.  It uses 2nd generation RT Cores and 3rd generation Tensor Cores.  It has a GPU Boost set at 1710MHz.  It has 10GB of GDDR6X memory at 19GHz on a 320-bit memory bus providing 760GB/s of memory bandwidth.  The TGP is 320W.  With the GeForce RTX 3080 you also get NVIDIA REFLEX support, GeForce Broadcast, and GeForce RTX IO, and of course Ray Tracing and DLSS. 

EVGA Models

The video card we are looking at today is a video card purchased online from EVGA.  EVGA has several models of GeForce RTX 3080 based video cards, from reference spec, with multiple designs and different boost clocks.  If you go to their product page here you can see the entire list.  It is broken up into sections, including Watercooling, FTW, and XC brands. 

EVGA offers no less than four different water cooling options.  There are two closed-loop AIO cards with water cooling built-in and two custom water cooling cards for your own custom loops.  All of those cards have higher than reference Boost clocks.

The FTW branded cards are what we are interested in today since the card we have is the FTW3 ULTRA GAMING version.  This one has the model number 10G-P5-3897-KR.  This is the one we have for review today.  There is another one, one without the “Ultra” in the name, known as just the FTW3 GAMING with model 10G-P5-3895-KR.  This one has a lower boost clock than the 3897 model.  The one we are reviewing the “ULTRA GAMING” with model 3897 has a higher boost clock, but both have the same cooling design.

Finally, there are XC models.  There are three of those, and they have a more traditional, less exotic, design with reference clocks and then one with a higher boost clock.  They are still custom, just not as exotic and beefed up as the FTW3 models.

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  1. Looks like a beastly GPU. I’m actually in the queue for one of these with EVGA… Oct 6 2020 @ 1030AM (iirc). Thought that was pretty good, but then checked the queue and they’re still in September (at least according to a user made spreadsheet from reddit). :-/
  2. Looks like a beastly GPU. I’m actually in the queue for one of these with EVGA… Oct 6 2020 @ 1030AM (iirc). Thought that was pretty good, but then checked the queue and they’re still in September (at least according to a user made spreadsheet from reddit). :-/

    How can they tell where a person is in the Q? Unless the info comes from the manufacturer, I wouldn’t trust it..

  3. As a review it was great as I would come to expect from Brent. Thank you for another great job done!

    The card is a beast, and one of these days I’ll be able to get my hands on one. One of these days…

  4. How can they tell where a person is in the Q? Unless the info comes from the manufacturer, I wouldn’t trust it..

    The database relies on users volunteering to key in their information. I’m sure it’s not super accurate (trolls gonna troll), but should give a ‘ballpark’ idea of where one’s at.

    A bit off topic, but if you’re interested in a EVGA Hybrid 3080 – keep an eye on their product page. Rumor is that it’s going to go up for ‘notify’ status soon (I heard the 10th) and if you can get in there quick to be notified, you should place favourably on that product queue.

  5. How can they tell where a person is in the Q? Unless the info comes from the manufacturer, I wouldn’t trust it..

    There’s a few ppl that have kept track as people post when they get notified.
    Somewhat accurate it seems.
    I’m 9/16 myself so it’s slow going. But no biggie, I can play anything I care for right now well enough on the 2070 :)

  6. Glad to finally see this review up :D

    The database relies on users volunteering to key in their information. I’m sure it’s not super accurate (trolls gonna troll), but should give a ‘ballpark’ idea of where one’s at.

    A bit off topic, but if you’re interested in a EVGA Hybrid 3080 – keep an eye on their product page. Rumor is that it’s going to go up for ‘notify’ status soon (I heard the 10th) and if you can get in there quick to be notified, you should place favourably on that product queue.

    I’m almost certain that scalpers have edited their bots to sign up for notifications now… so I’m afraid this won’t help much, but I hope to be wrong.

    It was approximately 6 weeks wait for me. Signed up on the release date (9/17 around 10am), and was able to purchase at the end of October.

  7. Glad to finally see this review up :D

    I’m almost certain that scalpers have edited their bots to sign up for notifications now… so I’m afraid this won’t help much, but I hope to be wrong.

    It was approximately 6 weeks wait for me. Signed up on the release date (9/17 around 10am), and was able to purchase at the end of October.

    It is also very model dependant. Some SKU’s ques are hardly moving at all.

  8. Yup.
    I queued up for a plain old XC3, as far as I can tell very few have been sold.
    Im waiting in mid October….LoL.
    I may get one in Feburary if Im lucky.
    But hey….maybe Cyberpunk will be patched up by then…….

    Seriously,might as well be reviewing smoke…..

  9. Nice review. Out of my price range, not that you can buy one anywhere anyway, but one can dream. I would probably need a new power supply too, mine isn’t so great.
  10. Yes – I think there’s now 4 in various stages of the pipeline right now (most being "not started").

    Great! Take your time and do the normal extraordinary type coverage here. I am getting an EVGA 3090 XC3 Ultra next week which after further study looks like an anemic option for 3090s if one is going for an OC type card yet still costing more than a FE. Will put in my input once I get it and run it around the block a few times.

  11. Great! Take your time and do the normal extraordinary type coverage here. I am getting an EVGA 3090 XC3 Ultra next week which after further study looks like an anemic option for 3090s if one is going for an OC type card yet still costing more than a FE. Will put in my input once I get it and run it around the block a few times.

    I’ve got a 1/4-1/5-ish ETA on a 3090 XC3 Ultra :)

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