NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition video card top view

Introduction

NVIDIA’s “TIE” series of video cards continues today with the launch of its new flagship Ti.  Announced at Computex 2021, and launched today is the new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.  We’ve got a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition video card to review today.  MSRP will be set at $1,199 for the Founders Edition, at least, that is what the official price will be, actual street pricing will vary based on demand and supply. 

For comparison, the GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition video card launched on September 24th, 2020 at an MSRP of $1,499.  The GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition launched on September 17th, 2020 at an MSRP of $699.  This puts the new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition closer to RTX 3090 pricing, and farther away from the RTX 3080 in pricing.  This makes sense, based on the performance we have experienced today.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti – The New Gaming Flagship

Quite simply, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is a GeForce RTX 3090, stepped down.  It is closer to the specification of an RTX 3090 than it is the RTX 3080.  Though the board design matches the RTX 3080 design. It is based on the Ampere Architecture.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition specification slide

The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is based on the Samsung 8nm GA102-225 die.  It has 10,240 CUDA Cores, 112 ROPs, 320 TMUs, 80 RT Cores (2nd Gen), and 320 Tensor Cores (3rd Gen.)  It operates at a Boost Clock of 1665MHz.  It has 12GB of GDDR6X memory at 19GHz on a 384-bit memory bus providing 912GB/s of bandwidth.  The TDP is 350W. 

GeForce RTX 3090 FE GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FE GeForce RTX 3080 FE
Process/Die/Arch.8nm GA102-300 Ampere8nm GA102-225 Ampere8nm GA102-200 Ampere
CUDA Cores10496102408704
ROPs11211296
TMUs328320272
RT Cores828068
Tensor Cores328320272
Boost Clock1695MHz1665MHz1710MHz
VRAM24GB GDDR6X 19.5GHz12GB GDDR6X 19GHz10GB GDDR6X 19GHz
Bus and Bandwidth384-bit 936GB/s384-bit 912GB/s320-bit 760GB/s
TDP350W350W320W

For comparison, the GeForce RTX 3090 is based on the Samsung 8nm GA102-300 die.  It has 10,496 CUDA Cores, 112 ROPs, 328 TMUs, 82 RT Cores (2nd Gen), and 328 Tensor Cores (3rd Gen.)  It operates at a Boost Clock of 1695MHz.  It has 24GB of GDDR6X memory at 19.5GHz on a 384-bit memory bus providing 936GB/s of bandwidth.  The TDP is 350W.

A GeForce RTX 3080 is based on the Samsung 8nm GA102-200 die.  It has 8,704 CUDA Cores, 96 ROPs, 272 TMUs, 68 RT Cores (2nd Gen), and 272 Tensor Cores (3rd Gen.)  It operates at a Boost Clock of 1710MHz.  It has 10GB of GDDR6X memory at 19GHz on a 320-bit memory bus providing 760GB/s of bandwidth.  The TDP is 320W.          

If the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition looks familiar to you, that’s because this design very much is familiar. It matches the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Design. That means it is not as wide as the GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition, which has a different size format. NVIDIA has managed to put the RTX 3080 Ti GPU into the same form factor as the RTX 3080 video card size. It still uses NVIDIA’s unique pass-through cooling and dual-fans that are on opposite sides in a push and pull configuration. The actual PCB is not as big as the cooler, it is much more compact.

In terms of output connections you will find three DisplayPorts and one HDMI 2.1 port. The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition uses NVIDIA’s custom 12-pin power connector which branches out to two 8-pin power connector connections. It requires two 8-pin power. There is a large opening on the I/O shield for air to escape.

Which one is the RTX 3080 Ti and which one is the RTX 3080? You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference until you flip it over and see which one is labeled which. They both measure 11.2 inches in length and 4.4 inches in width and are a 2-slot design.

The GeForce RTX logo is lit on top, and there is a single color light effect on the front of the video card as shown above.

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  1. From the looks of it, the 3080 Ti Should have been the 3090, with the 3090 then being deemed the "Titan" replacement card. MSRP between the 3080 and 3080 Ti is just too large for it to be the incremental update it is (IE: 8-12% performance gain, for a 70+% increase in MSRP)
  2. The 3090 link above is broken:

    OOPS! THAT PAGE CAN’T BE FOUND.

    It resolves to this

    Also, in the review the 3090FE is linked incorrectly to:

    This is an overclocked Gigabyte version card!
    Wassup guys?

  3. The 3090 link is broken:

    It resolves to this

    Not broken on the main article, only in the forum preview (manually ninja fixed that) – there’s an issue with links with the Front page -> forum integration that I’ve had open in a bug ticket with them forever. It pulls the attributes in as part of the link which borks it (i.e. open in new tab, etc).

  4. Not broken on the main article, only in the forum preview (manually ninja fixed that) – there’s an issue with links with the Front page -> forum integration that I’ve had open in a bug ticket with them forever. It pulls the attributes in as part of the link which borks it (i.e. open in new tab, etc).

    Unfortunately the 3090FE link in the article takes us to a Gigabyte 3090 OC card.

  5. Unfortunately the 3090FE link in the article takes us to a Gigabyte 3090 OC card.

    Oh, that. We haven’t done a 3090 FE review yet, but we have one in the backlog. So… Uhh.. I’ll see what can be done here.

  6. Nice review, I’m glad you gave us the sustained clock speeds for our own comparison.
    Looks like a great competitive gaming card.

    I wonder why they call it their flagship gaming card when the 3090 is also classed as a gaming card?
    It is no longer Titan branded.

  7. Why do people keep saying that 10GB is not enough ram? I’ve seen ZERO evidence to support that even at 4K.
    The RTX3080 mostly beats the RX3800XT at 4k where the extra ram should make a difference.
    Heck the RTX3070 "only has" 8gb but easily matches the RTX2080Ti with 11gb.

    Besides DLSS make it even less of an issue.

  8. From the looks of it, the 3080 Ti Should have been the 3090, with the 3090 then being deemed the "Titan" replacement card. MSRP between the 3080 and 3080 Ti is just too large for it to be the incremental update it is (IE: 8-12% performance gain, for a 70+% increase in MSRP)

    Or it could have been the RTX3090SE :rolleyes::rolleyes:

  9. Nice review, I’m glad you gave us the sustained clock speeds for our own comparison.
    Looks like a great competitive gaming card.

    I wonder why they call it their flagship gaming card when the 3090 is also classed as a gaming card?
    It is no longer Titan branded.

    I think they are really trying to pull the 3080 Ti and 3090 apart now, classify the 3080 Ti as the gaming card where 12GB is enough and they can make more since it requires less memory, and in a way put it in peoples minds the 3090 is more toward a different spectrum of user who requires 24GB of VRAM for specific applications.

    Perhaps not well planned out in the beginning, but they are trying to make adjustments on the fly.

  10. Why do people keep saying that 10GB is not enough ram? I’ve seen ZERO evidence to support that even at 4K.
    The RTX3080 mostly beats the RX3800XT at 4k where the extra ram should make a difference.
    Heck the RTX3070 "only has" 8gb but easily matches the RTX2080Ti with 11gb.

    Besides DLSS make it even less of an issue.

    From my testing on the 3070, it hits a vram wall in a handful of games at 4k, and even 1440p in Watch Dogs:Legion. Since the distance between 8 and 10 isn’t that far, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for the next major game to take full advantage of what the 30 series can do could bust through the 10gb like the koolaid man through a wall.

    The only examples today of 10gb not being enough are likely the same examples where even with 20gb, the gpu would not have a shot at running that configuration…

  11. From my testing on the 3070, it hits a vram wall in a handful of games at 4k, and even 1440p in Watch Dogs:Legion. Since the distance between 8 and 10 isn’t that far, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for the next major game to take full advantage of what the 30 series can do could bust through the 10gb like the koolaid man through a wall.

    The only examples today of 10gb not being enough are likely the same examples where even with 20gb, the gpu would not have a shot at running that configuration…

    Not to say I don’t believe you, but Guru3d begs to differ. RX6800 16GB, RTX 2080Ti 11GB and RTX30708GB perform very much the same.

    View attachment 1081

  12. Not to say I don’t believe you, but Guru3d begs to differ. RX6800 16GB, RTX 2080Ti 11GB and RTX30708GB perform very much the same.

    Without RTX on, that’s true. I should have clarified – ultra ray tracing at 4k is where I hit the wall. Keep in mind it was also 6 months ago (aka many patches and driver revisions).

    Specifically, the issue I was seeing was very inconsistent performance in the 3070. I was seeing 50-90% swings in average FPS per run through that I wasn’t seeing on the 2080 Ti. The in game vram needed calculator was also over 8gb. Since the main difference there is 3gb of vram and the 2080 Ti’s performance was at least consistent, I concluded that vram was my issue. DLSS helped with the 3070, things were more consistent, but then odd stuff like overclocked performance being slower than stock started popping up.

    It’s entirely possible it’s been buffed in the past 6 months – that’s just what I experienced with the MSI 3070 Gaming X review work…

  13. Drooling and wishing I knew who stab in the throat to get something like this. Can you Ebay children? I mean Dems are in power, that should be a thing, right?

    I’d probably have to pay to get them back….

    This is not a PC part conducive era

  14. Yes, because that is the card we used in the review to compare with.

    Sorry, I’m not trying to be an ***, but on the review page it says

    For comparison, the GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition video card …

    Where bolded is the link.
    The review in the link isnt the FE, its the Gigabyte 3090 Gaming OC.

    It would be better to forward the 3090 FE link to NVidias site for now (until you do your review) and add another link in your 3080Ti review for the Gigabyte 3090 Gaming OC card comparison.

    My humble opinion :)

  15. I think they are really trying to pull the 3080 Ti and 3090 apart now, classify the 3080 Ti as the gaming card where 12GB is enough and they can make more since it requires less memory, and in a way put it in peoples minds the 3090 is more toward a different spectrum of user who requires 24GB of VRAM for specific applications.

    Perhaps not well planned out in the beginning, but they are trying to make adjustments on the fly.

    IIRC, they (including JHH himself broadcasting from his ‘kitchen’) did point out that the 3090 was more or less for content creation and ultimate gaming.

    The biggest issue is that 10GB or 12GB might only be enough for a bit longer, and well, some of us still own GTX970s ;)

  16. IIRC, they (including JHH himself broadcasting from his ‘kitchen’) did point out that the 3090 was more or less for content creation and ultimate gaming.

    The biggest issue is that 10GB or 12GB might only be enough for a bit longer, and well, some of us still own GTX970s ;)

    My fear is by the time you can actually get one, the 10/12GB limit will be surpassed. :D

  17. Sorry, I’m not trying to be an ***, but on the review page it says

    Where bolded is the link.
    The review in the link isnt the FE, its the Gigabyte 3090 Gaming OC.

    It would be better to forward the 3090 FE link to NVidias site for now (until you do your review) and add another link in your 3080Ti review for the Gigabyte 3090 Gaming OC card comparison.

    My humble opinion :)

    Your opinion is noted.

  18. Man I just don’t know, 10% performance improvement at 70% more cost over a 3080? I’m not sure I get Nvidia’s pricing strategy there.
  19. IIRC, they (including JHH himself broadcasting from his ‘kitchen’) did point out that the 3090 was more or less for content creation and ultimate gaming.

    The biggest issue is that 10GB or 12GB might only be enough for a bit longer, and well, some of us still own GTX970s ;)

    I’m gonna take a wild guess, majority of gamers are making due with 8GB….and will for a few more years.

  20. Man I just don’t know, 10% performance improvement at 70% more cost over a 3080? I’m not sure I get Nvidia’s pricing strategy there.

    Greed… That’s their pricing strategy… Plain and simple..

  21. Man I just don’t know, 10% performance improvement at 70% more cost over a 3080? I’m not sure I get Nvidia’s pricing strategy there.

    Agreed, and I will point out the 3090 was the same way, and worse even with its higher price. Not an excuse and prices are out of whack, but I understand why NVIDIA can charge that much in this market.

  22. 2.799€ for a ROG strix 2080 Ti over here, it’s nut’s, but they do have stock (for now anyways)
  23. Why do people keep saying that 10GB is not enough ram? I’ve seen ZERO evidence to support that even at 4K.
    The RTX3080 mostly beats the RX3800XT at 4k where the extra ram should make a difference.
    Heck the RTX3070 "only has" 8gb but easily matches the RTX2080Ti with 11gb.

    Besides DLSS make it even less of an issue.

    Running low on vram doesn’t necessarily affect the fps, at least not significantly, but it certainly does the gaming experience.

  24. It’s a cash grab pure and simple. Kind of a low moment for Nvidia pr wise but they know as long as the next card has a awesome performance delta nobody will care.
  25. It’s a cash grab pure and simple. Kind of a low moment for Nvidia pr wise but they know as long as the next card has a awesome performance delta nobody will care.

    Doesn’t necessarily have to have an awesome performance delta. Make a card that performs even as well as the last generation, but have tons of supply and it’ll be a huge hit. That is how sad the market has gotten these days.

  26. I thought they were making more 1080’s. Anyone seen anything of the last gens for purchase anywhere?
  27. I’ve only seen 2060’s out in the wild. That and GTX1660’s… Nothing from the 1080 series.
  28. A buddy of mine snagged a 3080ti (evga maybe) from Microcenter yesterday morning… 2 grand. I was like…. alrighty then. I don’t want one THAT badly.
  29. Agreed, and I will point out the 3090 was the same way, and worse even with its higher price. Not an excuse and prices are out of whack, but I understand why NVIDIA can charge that much in this market.

    I didn’t mind the 3090 quite as much because it’s not just a gamers card and is more like a productivity card with an ton of RAM so with the 3090, while still too expensive at launch, at least offered something for the higher price. The 3080 Ti doesn’t seem to offer anything over a 3080 except 8-10% more performance at 70% more price.

    But you’re right, nothing really makes sense in this market anymore. And I guess it doesn’t matter in the end cause it’s not like anybody can go out and buy one anyway.

  30. I didn’t mind the 3090 quite as much because it’s not just a gamers card and is more like a productivity card with an ton of RAM so with the 3090, while still too expensive at launch, at least offered something for the higher price. The 3080 Ti doesn’t seem to offer anything over a 3080 except 8-10% more performance at 70% more price.

    But you’re right, nothing really makes sense in this market anymore. And I guess it doesn’t matter in the end cause it’s not like anybody can go out and buy one anyway.

    Thing is the RTX3080Ti is pretty much a 3090 with "only 12GB of ram" So the asking price doesn’t look that bad to me. But I guess nvidia did want to take advantage of the current market.

    The RTX3070Ti is what I would get if at all possible. It seems it will come pretty close to the 3080 for just "$100" bucks (in a dreamworld)
    Reminds me of the GTX1070Ti which came at a striking distance to a GTX1080 when OC.

  31. Finally someone smart enough to include both DLSS on and off on the same graph when the games provides this feature. Thanks Brent

    Also with Rebar on which for games coming out, newer updated games should be an overall more positive option to use.

    I have a Gigabyte Eagle RTX 3080 Ti coming from NewEgg, supposed to be here Wednesday now from previous Monday estimate. See how she stacks up to these in a Ryzen 5800x machine as well.

  32. I have a Gigabyte Eagle RTX 3080 Ti coming from NewEgg, supposed to be here Wednesday now from previous Monday estimate. See how she stacks up to these in a Ryzen 5800x machine as well.

    Nice score Noko

  33. At $1000 it makes sense. At $1200 it’s stupid. At whatever the scalpers will be charge, no frickin way.
  34. Nice score Noko

    Yep, surprised the hell out of me. Could not load EVGA website to get in the queue, so went to NewEgg and entered the shuffle for the very first time, around 1pm got an email saying I won. It was at MSRP of $1199. It arrived today and is on my desk ready to be installed.

  35. Yep, surprised the hell out of me. Could not load EVGA website to get in the queue, so went to NewEgg and entered the shuffle for the very first time, around 1pm got an email saying I won. It was at MSRP of $1199. It arrived today and is on my desk ready to be installed.

    So….. Can I borrow that for a review? Will pay.

  36. So….. Can I borrow that for a review? Will pay.

    Well this card is a tad longer than I expected:
    View attachment 1094

    Will have to remove the Artic AIO and put back the air cooler for this to work. The 3090 was going to get the hybrid kit plus I was going to make a custom backplate for it and put it into another rig.

    Anyways, David, how long would you need it for?

    Edit: As a note, one of the big advantages I see with the 3080 Ti FE is the 2 slot size and length that would just make it fit about anything. Plus the cooler while being smaller still can handle the GPU/Mem very well.

  37. That’s the main reason I just said eff it and went with the Lian Li XL fishtank-style case. All those tubes and wires getting in each others way.
  38. Things get crowded in those Small Fractal Nano’s :)

    View attachment 1095

    lol, I have one of those Nano cases and replaced it with the above case due to that the power supply blocked air flow to the 3090. Rig is hooked up to a 4K Samsung 120 HDTV, works wonderfully well. Anyways your power supply appears to be not as tall but also only 650w.

  39. That’s the main reason I just said eff it and went with the Lian Li XL fishtank-style case. All those tubes and wires getting in each others way.

    Nah man, its pretty simple really. Also I have no windows on the nano, so it always looks neat and clean :)

  40. lol, I have one of those Nano cases and replaced it with the above case due to that the power supply blocked air flow to the 3090. Rig is hooked up to a 4K Samsung 120 HDTV, works wonderfully well. Anyways your power supply appears to be not as tall but also only 650w.

    Yeah it’s a SFF PSU, with a Silverstone offset adapter plate to drop it down to the bottom of the case.
    Turns out 650W is enough for me, but you can get SFF PSU’s up to 850W these days too.

  41. Yeah it’s a SFF PSU, with a Silverstone offset adapter plate to drop it down to the bottom of the case.
    Turns out 650W is enough for me, but you can get SFF PSU’s up to 850W these days too.

    650W is enough for… most anything that you’d want to run as a consumer, really. I’ve only used larger because the price delta was practically nothing relative to the cost of the system.

    And for SFF (or anything close) your system TDP is limited by how much noise you’re willing to put up with, as you’d need to run most fans at full tilt to get 650W of heat out of the enclosure consistently ;)

  42. 650W is enough for… most anything that you’d want to run as a consumer, really. I’ve only used larger because the price delta was practically nothing relative to the cost of the system.

    And for SFF (or anything close) your system TDP is limited by how much noise you’re willing to put up with, as you’d need to run most fans at full tilt to get 650W of heat out of the enclosure consistently ;)

    My setup is quite tolerable as far as noise goes. I’m probably a bit more critical about that than your average gamer as well.

  43. I think the 16GB frame buffer makes sense. I do not see us hitting 24GB so soon other than 8k perhaps. And realistically gaming at 8k is a pipe dream with current hardware when not using intelligent upscaling.
  44. Well I was able to get the card installed, after a few modifications, plenty of room :D

    Ran some benchmarks comparing it to my other two cards (6900 XT and 3090), yes spoiled and somehow extremely lucky for once. I was thinking that the Eagle would beat my EVGA RTX 3090 XC3 but it was virtually the same, slightly slower. For these tests Nvida cards were faster at 4K over the 6900 XT. Red Dead Redemption 2, Metro Exodus Enhanced and Shadow Of The Tomb Raider.

    View attachment 1100

    DLSS Off, Quality, Balance

    View attachment 1101

    Notes:

    • Rebar off on 3090 and 3080 Ti, On for 6900 XT
    • RTX 3090 and 3080 Ti tested on a Ryzen 5800x, 16gb at 3600mhz
    • 6900 XT tested on a Threadripper 3960, 64gb at 3600mhz
    • The cards compared:
      • EVGA RTX 3090 XC3 Ultra
      • Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Eagle
      • XFX 6900 XT Speedster MERC319
    • Settings: All at 4K resolution (RTX 3090 and 3080 Ti Native, RX 6900 XT using Virtual Super Resolution)
      • RDR2, 4K preset slider set at max settings; Vulcan
      • Metro, 4K; Quality: Extreme; Shading Quality – Extreme; Ray Tracing Ultra; Nvidia DLSS off, quality, balance; Reflections Raytraced; VRS 1x; Hairworks off, Advanced PhysX off; Tesselation Full
      • SOTTR, 4K; Highest Preset Settings; DX 12; RT Shadows Off and then On High
    • Drivers
      • Nvidia – 466.63
      • AMD – 21.5.2

  45. Anyways, David, how long would you need it for?

    We can turn it around in about a week if we coordinate it right – shouldn’t take more than a couple days of testing, and assume a couple days on each end for transit.

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