On our test bench, today is the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3967-KL) video card. Among the seven RTX 3080 Ti cards that EVGA offers, the FTW3 ULTRA GAMING sports the fastest factory overclock that EVGA currently offers on the RTX 3080 Ti GPU. It is equipped with EVGA’s iCX3 cooling solution which includes three fans.
Over the past couple of weeks, the market conditions for RTX 30 Series GPUs have vastly improved, especially for the 3070 Ti, 3080 10GB, 3080 12GB, and 3080 Ti variants. We have been seeing this card go in and out of stock on EVGA’s website at $1429.99 as well as at other retailers. Unlike the last 2 years of reviews we’ve written, you’ve actually got a chance at buying this one.
In order to see where this GPU stands, we will compare it to the EVGA RTX 3080 10GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING, the EVGA GEFORCE RTX 3080 12GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING, and the ASUS TUF 6800 XT OC Edition.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3967-KL)
The EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING comes in a regulation-size video card box that identifies it as an RTX 3080 12GB FTW ULTRA model from EVGA. Once we cracked open the box, we found a black-clad GPU with silver-ish trim sporting three fans and a solid metal backplate. As you can see, the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING is indistinguishable from the EVGA GEFORCE RTX 3080 12GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING aside from the top lettering indicating the GPU type (not seen above).
EVGA has given the GeForce RTX 3080 12GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING a factory overclock of 135MHz on the boost clock, bringing it from the stock 1665MHz up to 1800MHz. Keep in mind that the boost clock is a target based on power, workload, and temperature and that value will typically be exceeded via the card’s boosting algorithm NVIDIA GPU Boost. It also sports 12GB of 19GHz GDDR6X memory that is equal in speed to the reference specifications. EVGA offers a 350W TGP on the card.
From a size perspective, it’s a large size card that’s no different in size than the other high-end 30 Series FTW3 cards from EVGA. Specifically, it is 11.8 inches long, 5.38 inches tall and 2.75 slots wide. For additional comparison, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders edition’s length is 11.2 inches long, 4.4 inches tall and 2 slots wide, so the EVGA video card is six-tenths of an inch long, 1 inch taller, and three-quarters of a slot wider.
EVGA iCX3 Cooling
EVGA is utilizing its iCX3 cooling setup that consists of 3 HDB 2.0 noise motor fans with fan blades that have raised “E”s on them to reduce noise. The fans feature an asynchronous fan mode and will switch off when temperatures are under 55 degrees Celsius. The PCB features cutouts (along with the backplate having cutouts) to improve airflow and reduce exhaust recovery. EVGA claims a 5.1% improvement over the iCX2 cooling system while being 9.7% quieter.
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The front of the card features three HDB 2.0 and silver trim along the top that lights up with RGB goodness. It’s a full two and three-quarters PCI-e slots wide and sports three Display Port 1.4a connections and one HDMI 2.0 connection.
The EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING is equipped with a backplate to help further the distribution of heat.
The video card requires three 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. EVGA recommends a 750W Power Supply, so this is a beefy power requirement for this video card.