Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Review: Who Is It For?


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It’s exhausting to consider it’s been nearly 9 months since Nvidia unveiled their first Ampere graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3080. Though I suppose it may additionally have felt like an eternity for these of you who’ve been making an attempt to purchase one for the previous 9 months.

The RTX 3080 was a really thrilling product, providing 20% higher efficiency over the way more costly RTX 2080 Ti ($700 vs $1200). Although many have been fortunate sufficient to seize one, it was all the time exhausting to get, and as soon as the cryptomining increase hit once more, monitoring one down on the MSRP has been just about inconceivable.

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Over the course of the next weeks and months we’ve additionally obtained the absolutely unlocked model of the GA102 silicon referred to as the RTX 3090 (which prices a cool $1500 MSRP) — although that one by no means made a lot sense for avid gamers — the RTX 3070, which is predicated on an almost 40% smaller GA104 die, that means it’s potential for Nvidia to get extra of those dies out of a wafer. Also sharing the GA104 die is the RTX 3060 Ti, in all probability the toughest to seek out of all of the Ampere-based graphics playing cards since Nvidia has been prioritizing the upper margin RTX 3070 because of seemingly sturdy yields.

Then most lately we noticed the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060, based mostly on the 300mm2 GA106 die. It’s meant to value $330, however in fact you possibly can’t purchase it, and also you definitely can’t get one for anyplace close to the MSRP.

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So right here we’re, avid gamers nonetheless can’t purchase a graphics card in mid-2021, or at the very least not simply and pricing stays sky excessive. Ideally we’d wish to see AMD and Nvidia launch sub-$300 GPUs — howdy GTX 1650!shrugs — to considerably alleviate the availability points and provides avid gamers a greater probability of shopping for a graphics card at a extra cheap value. But as an alternative, Nvidia is refreshing GA102 with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which is a brand new costly GPU that guess what, you should still received’t be capable to purchase.

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The reasoning for that is easy, Nvidia goals to make more cash so long as this GPU increase lasts. Now, if you happen to don’t consider Nvidia is promoting GPUs on to miners, which occurs to be our opinion, then it’s AIBs and/or distributors who’re promoting to miners in quantity. It should be nice to be promoting all these RTX 3090, however letting go of barely faulty GA102 silicon for lower than half the value in all probability stings so much proper now.

That’s precisely the place the RTX 3080 Ti is available in, permitting them to maximise income of silicon that’s not fairly ok to be an RTX 3090. Rather than promoting a superb portion of that silicon as a “$700″ product, they’ll now prolong the revenue margin by roughly 70%. Yes, the MSRP of the RTX 3080 Ti is $1200.

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For the hassle, Nvidia is throwing in an additional 2GB of VRAM, an 18% improve in cores, and the broader 384-bit reminiscence bus. Essentially you have got an RTX 3090 with half the VRAM since we’re speaking about ~2.5% fewer cores than the 3090 flagship.

Even at 4K, the RTX 3090 was on common simply 13% quicker than the unique RTX 3080, so you possibly can count on the 3080 Ti to be similar to the 3090 by way of efficiency and probably ~10% quicker than the 3080. That makes the 3080 Ti as pointless because the 3090 for avid gamers, given on the MSRP it ought to value a bit over 70% greater than the 3080, for possibly 10% extra efficiency, or nicely past the purpose of diminishing returns.

That’s in all probability not a good way to begin this overview, however there’s no thriller to uncover right here. Sometimes with these refreshes we get an odd mixture of core and reminiscence configurations, however on this occasion the 3080 Ti has mainly the identical reminiscence subsystem because the 3090 with a couple of much less cores.

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With that stated, let’s go over a couple of benchmarks utilizing the Founders Edition RTX 3080 Ti card. Please notice all benchmark outcomes are based mostly on AMD and Nvidia GPUs working on the official specification, so no manufacturing facility overclocking. In whole, we’ve examined 12 video games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K. We’ve additionally bought energy, overclocking and ray tracing information to go over.

It’s additionally price noting that each one this information is recent, after weeks upon weeks of testing we’ve got all our benchmark information up to date on the brand new Ryzen 9 5950X testbed, which has been configured with 32GB of dual-rank, dual-channel DDR4-3200 CL14 reminiscence. Let’s get into the outcomes…

Benchmarks

First up is Death Stranding at 1080p, right here the 3080 Ti delivers 3090-like efficiency — we’re speaking a 1-2 fps margin — and meaning the 3080 Ti is 4% quicker than the 3080 however slower than the 6800 XT and 6900 XT.

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Increasing the decision to 1440p permits the 3080 Ti to match the 6800 XT, whereas it was once more delivering 3090-like efficiency. This additionally sees it beat the 3080 by a 9% margin.

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At 4K, the 3080 Ti matches the 3090 precisely with 121 fps on common, making it simply 2.5% slower than the 6900 XT. It was additionally 13% quicker than the RTX 3080.

Moving on to Watch Dogs Legion we discover extra of the identical: that’s to say the RTX 3080 Ti is an RTX 3090 with half the VRAM.

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The 3080 Ti did slip behind the RTX 3090 at 1440p, although the margin was small and a few 12% quicker than the 3080.

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At 4K the 3080 Ti is 3% slower than the RTX 3090 and 13% quicker than the 3080, making it 5% quicker than the Radeon RX 6900 XT. Of course, in a traditional market if you happen to cared about worth you’d get both the 6800 XT or RTX 3080.

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Next we’ve got Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, right here we’re taking a look at 96 fps on common at 1080p utilizing the utmost in-game high quality settings. This meant the 3080 Ti was simply 4% slower than the RTX 3090 and three% quicker than the RTX 3080.

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At 1440p it slots proper between the 3080 and 3090 with 82 fps. It’s price noting that whereas Watch Dogs Legion is an Nvidia sponsored title, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is AMD sponsored. The Radeon GPUs get pleasure from of an enormous efficiency benefit on this recreation, for instance, the 6900 XT is an enormous 28% quicker than the 3080 Ti.

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Moving as much as 4K sees the RTX 3080 Ti common 59 fps, permitting it to match the RTX 3090 and 6800 XT, although it was nonetheless 11% slower than the 6900 XT. Moreover, when in comparison with the RTX 3080 we’re taking a look at a mere 7% efficiency improve.

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In Cyberpunk 2077 working at 1080p we’re taking a look at comparable efficiency between the 3080 Ti, 3090 and 6900 XT. The 3080 Ti is 10% quicker than the unique 3080.

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Then at 1440p the brand new 3080 Ti is 8% quicker than the vanilla 3080 and 5% slower than the 3090, we’re additionally taking a look at comparable efficiency with the 6900 XT.

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Finally, at 4K the 3080 Ti was simply 4% slower than the 3090 and 11% quicker than the 3080 and 6% quicker than the 6900 XT. So comparable margins to what we’ve seen within the earlier Three titles, so let’s transfer on to take a look at the 12 recreation common.

Average Performance

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Across the 12 video games we examined at 1080p, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is… look forward to it, basically an RTX 3090 with half the VRAM. We’re speaking about 2% slower on common and simply 6% quicker than the RTX 3080. For these searching for most efficiency for low decision aggressive gaming the 6900 XT is barely quicker, providing 7% extra efficiency on common.

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At 1440p the margins develop a bit, right here the 3080 Ti is 4% slower than the 3090. That stated, it’s now solely 5% slower than the 6900 XT, however total for rasterization efficiency the Radeon GPU was a bit quicker in our dozen recreation pattern whereas providing extra VRAM.

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At 4K, the 3080 Ti is ready to beat the 6900 XT by a slim 3% margin. It’s 4% slower than the RTX 3090 and 9% quicker than the RTX 3080.

Power Consumption

For testing energy consumption, we’re going to concentrate on the full system outcomes and put the Nvidia PCAT testing on maintain as we’d like to analyze additional on some claims relating to activity scheduling.

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Here’s a take a look at energy consumption in Doom and as you possibly can see the 3080 Ti is similar to the 3080 and 3090, slotting in between the 2. In this instance, the 3080 Ti was on common 6% quicker than the 6900 XT, however pushed whole system utilization 9% larger, so RDNA2 is barely extra environment friendly, although total it’s going to make little or no distinction to avid gamers.

AIB Cards: Asus and MSI

We have a couple of AIB playing cards readily available, so we’ll check out these and do some fast overclocking. Nvidia Founders Edition mannequin seems to have borrowed the cooler from the RTX 3080 as they seem bodily equivalent. Whereas the 3080 featured a complete board energy of 320 watts, the 3080 Ti jumps as much as 350 watts, for a 9% improve.

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This elevated energy noticed the height working temperature rise by 2C to 77C and the fan pace by 200 RPM to 2100 RPM, so so far as consumer expertise is anxious, they’re about the identical. Under these situations the FE mannequin averaged a core clock pace of 1770 MHz, which is nicely above the marketed GPU increase clock, however that’s how Nvidia’s GPU increase works. It’s a powerful outcome for a dual-slot graphics card, so bear that in thoughts as we check out the a lot bigger AIB fashions.

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The Asus RTX 3080 Ti TUF Gaming is a duplicate of the unique 3080 TUF Gaming, and that’s a superb factor as that mannequin was glorious. The new 3080 Ti model works remarkably nicely, peaking at simply 64C in our stress check with a fan pace of 2000 RPM, and right here it averaged a core clock pace of 1830 MHz.

Asus additionally despatched over their new ROG Strix LC RTX 3080 Ti OC, which is one other spectacular graphics card. Last 12 months we checked out the ROG Strix LC model of the 6800 XT, which labored very nicely, and the one actual criticism was the mess of cables that ran from the radiator to the graphics card. Thankfully Asus took notice and has now sleeved all these cables with the liquid cooling tubes for a a lot neater package deal.

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Out of the field this mannequin peaked at 49C with a fan pace of simply 1500 RPM, which allowed for a mean clock pace of 1920 MHz, or a 5% improve over the TUF Gaming, whereas working 15C cooler and quieter. Of course, this premium mannequin shall be way more costly, however that’s simply par for the course when discussing liquid-cooled graphics playing cards.

Then there’s the MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X, a huge air-cooled graphics card. To offer you an concept of simply how large and heavy this factor is, the Founders Edition mannequin weighs 1365 grams and the TUF Gaming 1400 grams. The Suprim X is available in a 1930 grams measuring 332mm lengthy, 140mm tall and 60mm large, it’s a beast.

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Despite the large dimensions, the outcomes have been much less spectacular as the cardboard peaked at 78C, or a whopping 14C hotter than the TUF Gaming. It was a bit quieter although, because the followers spun at simply 1600 RPM. The cores additionally clocked at 1875 MHz which is a mere 2.5% improve over the TUF Gaming. Overall not a nasty outcome, it’s simply not significantly spectacular given the burden and dimensions.

Overclocking

Here’s a take a look at how the playing cards carried out in Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1440p, each inventory and overclocked. We have been solely capable of squeeze 4% extra out of the Founders Edition card, hitting 1885 MHz with the reminiscence at 21 Gbps. The TUF Gaming was 1% quicker out of the field and I used to be capable of squeeze an additional 3% from it, hitting 178 fps on common with a core frequency of 1900 MHz.

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The liquid-cooled Asus ROG Strix LC was essentially the most spectacular, managing 178 fps out of the field and with the 1980 MHz overclock went as much as 192 fps, in order that’s a further 8% efficiency making it 13% quicker than a inventory RTX 3080 Ti. Not precisely wonderful stuff, however that’s GPU overclocking today.

The Suprim X was additionally capable of match the ROG Strix LC out of the field, although it did fall quick when overclocked, however it will come right down to silicon high quality, so don’t learn an excessive amount of into the overclocking outcomes.

Not for Gamers

The ‘new’ GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is basically an RTX 3090 with half the VRAM. Normally, this may very well be thought of excellent news because it’s cheaper at $1,200, however precise road pricing stays to be seen.

Some issues haven’t modified… the RTX 3080 Ti is impressively quick, it’s technically a wonderful product, and the additional 2GB of VRAM is welcome. But at $1,200 and with the present inventory points, it’s a poorly-timed launch that frankly is mindless, at the very least from a avid gamers perspective, it modifications nothing.

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For a refresh, this kind of launch is to be anticipated, too. But the rationale we don’t warmly welcome it’s that Nvidia hasn’t completed releasing Ampere, with no reasonably priced fashions on provide. After all, they discuss making an attempt to assist avid gamers with {hardware} limiters for mining, then flip round and launch the RTX 3080 Ti, it’s truthfully tone-deaf, however it’s what the market dictates so far as demand goes and the way they’ll proceed to maximise returns.

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