Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review

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The RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition packaging is identical to the regular RTX 3080 packaging with bold silver stripes against a black background. Funny how Nvidia demand a giant green box identifying the card on the partner card packaging, but not their own.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review  
Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review  

It's a classy looking thing, with the soft curves and muted palette fitting perfectly into its high density foam protector. If you like packaging which gives you the impression of a premium product before you've even got your hands on it then the Founders Edition is right up your street.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review  

From the front the Founders Edition in Ti trim is identical to its stablemates with the fan on the right pushing air to the upper section of your case whilst the fan under the RTX 3080 Ti branding cools the components then spits the hot air out of the back of your case instead of spilling it out the sides to gradually warm your components up.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review  

Looking at it from the reverse side you get a better indication of the 'straight through' fan design on the inside of the card, helping push cold air towards your CPU cooler.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review  

The power connector is still the strange '12 pins in the middle of the card' arrangement that we saw on the original Ampere Founders Edition cards. How much this bothers you is very much a matter of taste. We can appreciate the design reasons that have placed it in the middle, but we'd still prefer to not have to use an adaptor to power our GPU.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review  

Outputs are the now common Nvidia selection of a single HDMI 8K60 and three DisplayPorts. The Type-C USB port seems to have vanished.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE Review  

Despite looking identical externally at least Nvidia have used a Ti brand on the model identifier. How long before you can buy the left plate from some dodgy Chinese website and sell your card as a Ti when it isn't? Because externally it's impossible to tell other than the addition of those two letters.


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Most Recent Comments

02-06-2021, 20:35:44

AngryGoldfish
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
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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

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