Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 has officially been announced at Nvidia’s launch event, and now we know the price ($699) as well as the launch date – September 17.
While there have been plenty of leaks of the RTX 3080 already, we at least know some of the most important facts about Nvidia’s latest flagship graphics card.
Read on for all the information we’ve got about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 so far. Keep an eye on this article for any new information on the new generation of Nvidia GPUs, as we will update it with any new speculations, leaks and information we come across.
We should be getting a review sample of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 soon, where we’ll be putting the new GPU through its paces to see how good it really is.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next Nvidia GeForce flagship
- When is it out? September 17
- How much is it? $699 (£649, about AU$950)
RTX 3080 release date
Nvidia has officially announced that its RTX 3080 GPU will launch on September 17.
We’ve heard that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, which may be up to 40% faster than its predecessor and run with hugely fast boost clocks of up to 2.2GHz as well as 18Gbps video memory, could also launch by the end of 2020.
In any case, AIB partners are said to be clearing out their stock now, allegedly in preparation for an Nvidia Ampere launch in Q3 2020, so chances of us seeing the RTX 3080, as well as the more powerful RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090, this year are high. Though with how these things typically go, we won’t actually know when the RTX 3080 is on its way until Nvidia is ready.
RTX 3080 price
The RTX 3080 has been announced for $699 (£649, about AU$950) – the same price the RTX 2080 launched with. Pricey, but considering the leap in performance, it’s not as bad as we had feared, and fair play to Nvidia for keeping the same price as the previous generation.
RTX 3080 specs
Nvidia has officially announced the full specs of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, and it looks like it absolutely demolishes its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 2080. Not only does it more than double the amount of CUDA cores on offer, but brings a wider memory interface, and also, of course, newer iterations of Nvidia’s RT and Tensor cores.
Here are the official RTX 3080 specs:
- CUDA Cores: 8,704
- Boost Clock: 1.71GHz
- VRAM: 10GB GDDR6X
- Memory Interface: 320-bit
- TDP: 320W
- Required power connectors: 2 x PCIe 8-pin
As you can tell, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is an absolute behemoth of a graphics card, coming in with a whopping 29.7 TFLOPs of theoretical FP32 performance, which is, well, a lot. Nvidia pitched this thing as being twice as fast as the RTX 2080, which checks out from a raw specs perspective, but it also looks like it will be in the neighborhood of twice as fast as the RTX 2080 Ti, which is excellent news for anyone that wants to do some heavy 4K gaming.
It is a little odd, however, that Nvidia is replacing the RTX 2080 Ti with this card, but trimmed down the memory to 10GB from 11GB – but that’s neither here nor there.
However, to get to this level of performance, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is going to need one beefy power supply. This graphics card has a TDP of 320W, and Nvidia is recommending a minimum of a 750W power supply if you want to run this card. However, if you’re running a powerful processor as well – like an Intel Core i9-10900K or Ryzen 9 3950X – it might be wise to invest in a power supply with at least 1,000W of power.
That’s on top of what is likely going to be a new power connector – though Nvidia is listing 2xPCIe 8-pin connectors as the spec for the RTX 3080, which is the same as the RTX 3090, so that 12-pin connector might really be limited to just the Founders Edition card.
On the topic of the Founders Edition, Nvidia has come up with an all-new shroud design for the RTX 3080. Rather than having two fans on the front of the card like the RTX 2080, there’s one on the front and one on the back. The reasoning for this is that it will optimize airflow for most cases, drawing in cool air near the front of your, and spitting it out the bottom near the back of your case.
Again, this is something we’ll have to test out for ourselves before we pass any judgement on the new cooler design, but it’s definitely a unique design. And if Nvidia’s claim that it will be 3x quieter than the Turing Founders Edition cards, we’re definitely interested in that, too.
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