If you're after 4K gaming at 60 frames per second, then the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is the graphics card to get. Well, we say that only the $699 graphics card is horrifically difficult to find in stock. Retailers have the card listed in various guises but it's almost constantly sold out.
In some ways you'd be forgiven for wanting just to wait for next-gen Nvidia graphics cards, though those are expected to have monster power requirements, so might not be the best solution to the GPU shortage problem either. But there's some hope that the great GPU shortage will start to abate come next year.
While you wait for restocks to... restock, we've pulled together a suite of key information to give you all the important things you need to know about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 price and restocks
Available now, but very short on stock, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 starts at $699. The higher-end RTX 3090 starts at $1,499, while the RTX 3070 costs $499.
That price is notably cheaper than its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 2080, but only at MSRP. Currently, a lot of the TX 3080 cards that are available to buy are prices well above the recommended retail price .
We hope this will change as 2021 moves onwards, but we're not expecting the dire stock situation to change any time soon. Take a look below for any potential GeForce RTX 3080 deals that may have popped up.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 specs
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070|
|Nvidia CUDA Cores||10,496||8,704||5,888|
|Boost Clock (GHz)||1.70||1.71||1.73|
|Standard Memory Config||24GB GDDR6X||10GB GDDR6X||8GB GDDR6|
|Memory Interface Width||384-bit||320-bit||256-bit|
|Ports||HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x)||HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x)||HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x)|
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 packs 30 shader-teraflops (TFLOPS), 58 ray-tracing TFLops and 239 Tensor-TFLOPS. You'll also get 10GB of G6X graphics RAM, which Nvidia says is the fastest you'll find in a GPU.
If that all sounds like a second language to you, know that the RTX 3080 promises to deliver twice the performance as the RTX 2080. And if you're upgrading from an older card such as the RTX 980 Ti, you can look forward to performance gains as high as five times as what your current card is outputting. The RTX 3080 offers consistent 4K gaming at 60 frames per second, similar to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The RTX 3080 features what Nvidia calls the "world's fastest graphics memory," with GDDR6X VRAM that can perform at a whopping 760 GB/s. There's also new dedicated ray-tracing hardware for even more immersive lighting and shadows in your favorite PC games.
The RTX 3080 also introduces a new thermal-optimized design that promises 55% more airflow, 30% more efficiency, and the ability to be up to three times quieter during heating gaming sessions.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 performance
Nvidia has claimed the GeForce RTX 3080 is up to twice as fast as the GeForce RTX 2080 it replaces and how it will stomp the RTX 2080 Ti. It's a bold claim indeed.
Nvidia pitted the RTX 3080 against the RTX 2080 Ti when running Doom Eternal at 4K on Ultra settings. The RTX 3080 is some 50 percent faster than the last top-end Nvidia graphics card, delivering frame rates well above 100fps. And that's likely before a lot of optimization has been done.
Our sibling publication Tom's Hardware put the GeForce RTX 3080 to the test and declared that it delivered a "generational leap in performance." And true to its claims, the RTX 3080 offers significant gains in performance over the RTX 2080 Ti.
"The bottom line, if you don't mind spoilers, is that the RTX 3080 FE is 33% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, on average. Or, if you prefer other points of comparison, it's 57% faster than the RTX 2080 Super, 69% faster than the RTX 2080 FE — heck, it's even 26% faster than the Titan RTX!" Jarred Walton said in his review.
"But there's a catch: We measured all of those 'percent faster' results across our test suite running at 4K ultra settings. The lead narrows if you drop down to 1440p, and it decreases even more at 1080p. It's still 42% faster than a 2080 FE at 1080p ultra, but this is very much a card made for higher resolutions."
Suffice to say, the GeForce RT 3080 is one impressive graphics card, though you'll need an equally impressive overall PC to get the most out of it.