Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review


Such has been the supply issues caused by the Covid restrictions around the world, as well as unexpectedly high demand, that many people are still waiting patiently for the original Ampere GPUs to appear in retailers, and here we are with a brand new card in the form of the RTX 3080 Ti.

Any Nvidia card is nearly always quickly accompanied by a Ti or Super sequel, and normally this wouldn't be something that leaves a slightly odd taste in our mouths, but when you couple this new release with the scarcity of the regular card we are left wondering who exactly this card is for. If you were lucky enough to snaffle a RTX 3080 then you'll be annoyed at it already being out of date, and if you weren't then we're pretty sure that the Ti will come with a suitable price hike so you're having to save even harder to try and get your hands on a new GPU. It makes perfect business sense for Nvidia of course, and indeed further down the line when retailers shelves are totally bare, but right now it's a sticky situation.

However, let's leave politics aside for a moment and focus upon exactly what the Ti version of the RTX 3080 is bringing to the party. Like many Ti models in the past it's a halfway house between the card it is the sequel to, and the next one up in the model chain, in this case the RTX 3090. Without giving the game away too much this is a lot closer to the RTX 3090 than we were expecting it to be, as there isn't just a tiny improvement to the hardware but a fairly substantial one in every department.

Technical Specifications

The primary differences between the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3080 Ti are to be found in all the important places. The Ti has 12 extra Shader Modules which give 48 extra Tensor Cores, 12 extra RT Cores, and 1536 more CUDA Cores. In case that doesn't feel like enough the Texture Unit quota has been upped from 272 to 320, whilst you have another 16 ROPs to play with too. Video Memory has been increased from 10GB to 12GB and it's now at 384-bit instead of 320, which brings the bandwidth up from 760 GB/s to 912 GB/. All in all it's a total improvement from the RTX 3080 that's so popular.

 RTX 3080 FERTX 3080 Ti FE
CUDA Cores870410240
Tensor Cores272320
RT Cores6880
Texture Units272320
Boost Clock1710 MHz1665 MHz
Memory Clock9500 MHz9500 MHz
Video Memory10240 MB GDDR6X12GB GDDR6X
Memory Interface320-bit384-bit
Memory Bandwidth760 GB/s912 GB/s
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Most Recent Comments

02-06-2021, 20:35:44

What an atrocious card. I think it's pathetic what Nvidia have done with this.Quote

02-06-2021, 20:42:26

Dark NighT
Nvidia really, REALLY offended a lot of the market with these cards, it is a overpriced abomination that isnt worth the silicon during a god awful shortage, yes i know these are here because these gpu's don't make the cut to be a 3090 but then just put them on a 3080 board and sell them instead of putting them on a huge markup for a pathetic performance increase and a bit more memory. Shame on Nvidia.Quote

03-06-2021, 00:17:43

Tom Sunday
Originally Posted by Dark NighT View Post
An overpriced abomination
Unfortunately NVIDIA has the consumer or deep pocketed enthusiasts by the balls! Along with all of the other GPU manufacturers proffering their own better looking and said more powerful (tweaked) cards. Mass USA 30-series availability is being said to come later this month but stores will nevertheless be selling out very quickly. Best Buys said: "Come early...stay in line outside...and before we are actually open...and we give you a number. So by the time you are pushed into the store by the exited and salawating crowd your NVIDIA $1,300 purchase is reserved and waiting." I work for Walmart on the third shift driving a forklift. We have these type of customers too, but they will stay inline for a mere $5-$10 savings. Two different world's and two very different realities.Quote

03-06-2021, 00:34:42

Tom Sunday
The time is now! Here we go "BEST BUY" by the numbers. People with cash staying in line with dreams of 3080 Ti's. Maybe I should come very early and get a reserved number and sell it on the spot for $50 to the deep pockets?Quote

03-06-2021, 06:25:22

All of these insane price hikes have killed any enthusiasm I have for the PC hobby.Quote

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