Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review


Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review


Strictly speaking the first one isn't a feature, rather a flex. Three sites chosen by Nvidia to demonstrate their prowess and we were one of them, along with two behemoths. We were incredibly grateful and humbled to have been chosen. 

Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Fame  

We've been in the hardware game too long to place much stock in figures used by a manufacturer in a Powerpoint presentation, but it's almost impossible to come away from the following two slides anything but impressed. Even if we assume Nvidia are exaggerating then the Ampere RTX 3080 FE should comfortably best the original Turing cards. Spoiler alert, we've seen the results and it does.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Turing comparison  
Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Ampere Ray Tracing  

This is an interesting demonstration of the potential all the technologies stuffed onto the Ampere GPU can bring to the table. Without them it takes 51ms to render a frame, by using them all in parallel calculations it takes 12ms. We don't need to tell you that the faster it can render a frame, the higher your frame rate will be, but it also brings other benefits that let less taxing games run at enormous frame rates on high refresh rate monitors. And this is based upon a Turing GPU, which isn't as powerful as the Ampere architecture. So before you keyboard warriors get sniffy about the real world benefits of Tensor or RT cores, know there are plenty of them.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Core Use  

Graphs are all well and good, but sometimes you want an image to really bring home the bacon. We'll have a couple on the next page too but for now look at the resolution and FPS of the top image, compared to the bottom one. One looks CGI, one could be mistaken for reality. 4 times the resolution and still does 5 FPS more.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Demo  
Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Ray Tracing  

For those of you who love those die shots this should tick all your lust boxes. 8n process, 28 billion transistors. To put that in perspective the CPU in our new GPU test rig is the Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16 core behemoth, and that has under 10 billion transistors on the die. Yeah.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Architecture  

Performance per Watt is one of those strange pieces of information. We understand, as people who want the planet to survive, the importance of energy efficiency in all things. But we also know, as hardware folks, that everyone wants the maximum performance and any savings in energy will only be used to make more performance.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Performance Per Watt  

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Most Recent Comments

16-09-2020, 13:18:11

As always folks, please give us your feedback below.Quote

16-09-2020, 13:34:46

A question.

What sort of overclock does the 2080Ti you are using have?

Edit. Sorry I see it's not overclocked.Quote

16-09-2020, 13:48:56

Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
A question.

What sort of overclock does the 2080Ti you are using have?
I would think its stock. Would expect it to be labelled OC if anything. Those are some impressive numbers. Lets hope I maintain my good deal 3090 now Quote

16-09-2020, 13:49:53

In shadow of tomb raider 4k max ray tracing no dlss, why does 3080 oc have double the framerate of 3080 non oc? Typo?Quote

16-09-2020, 13:50:27

It's about what I expected, Not very impressive to be honest considering the 2 year gap since the last big Nvidia launch.Quote

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