Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti Review

Nvidia has released the highly awaited RTX 30-series this fall, and it seems the new generation of GPUs keeps on growing. The first video cards released were the RTX 3070, the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3090. The highly rumored RTX 3060 Ti was also released on December 2nd. We’re now waiting for Nvidia to announce both the RTX 3070 Ti and the RTX 3080 Ti.

Although at first, the RTX 3060 Ti was only a rumor, it finally got announced by Nvidia just a day before releasing it on the market. Meanwhile, Nvidia is keeping the RTX 3070 Ti and the RTX 3080 Ti a secret, although leaks have already revealed their specs, price and performance.

While neither the RTX 3070 Ti and the RTX 3080 Ti have yet shown up in benchmark tests, we do have some information about them. We’ve looked at the RTX 3070 Ti in this review, and now it’s time to learn more about its bigger sibling, the RTX 3080 Ti.

We will talk about the specs, performance, price, and availability of the Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti in our review.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti – Specs

The RTX 3080 Ti is said to be positioned between the RTX 3090 and the RTX 3080, both in terms of specs and price. We see that the RTX 3080 Ti has the same CUDA Cores as the RTX 3090m but a reduced memory – from 24GB G6X to 20GB G6X. Compared to the RTX 3080, it’s a massive upgrade!

Meanwhile, the RTX 3080 Ti has the same 320-bit interface and an estimated total graphics power at 320W as the RTX 3080 non-Ti.

Videocardz also notes that the RTX 3080 Ti will have the same number of transistors.

According to a report from HKEPC, the RTX 3080 Ti will not have the NVLINK connector.

We will take all these specs with a grain of salt right now because the release date is expected to be in January and Nvidia may want to tweak their incoming GPUs to target its competitor’s offer. We’ve seen the same thing happening with the RTX 3080 20GB GPU which didn’t get released in the end.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti – Benchmarks and Tests

Videocardz hasn’t yet revealed a score for the RTX 3080 Ti, but Tech Power Up has added this GPU in their Relative Performance list. On paper, the RTX 3080 Ti should be closer to the performance offered by the RTX 3090.

The test was estimated based on architecture, shader count and clocks, with settings at 1920×1080, 4K. Note that these are only theoretical results, as there haven’t yet been made any tests on the RTX 3080 Ti. As soon as the RTX 3080 Ti shows up in benchmark tests, we will update our review with new and relevant information.

Looking at the spot the RTX 3080 Ti occupies in this list, and taking into account its specs and price, we believe that it will directly compete with the Radeon RX 6900.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti – Price & Availability

The Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti will be available in January 2021, and at a launch price of around 999 USD. Similar to how the RTX 3060 Ti was announced, we may hear about the Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti launch only a few days before reaching the market.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti – Final Thoughts

Nvidia’s RTX-30 series is growing, allowing gamers and creatives to have their picks in terms of their needs. However, the only inconvenience right now is that both the cheapest RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti and the more expensive RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 have gone out of stock.

In terms of availability, even Nvidia is frustrated that they cannot sell more GPUs. We will probably just have to wait for the RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti to show up in stores and grab one fast. Alternatively, we could just wait a few more months for the RTX-30 series to be restocked.


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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