Sunday, August 1, 2021

Nvidia RTX 3080 is a power-hungry beast of a GPU

The Nvidia RTX 3080 is finally here and we get to see its performance. Even at first glance, it is obvious that this is the fastest GPU in the world right now. Of course, it will hold that title for a short amount of time because the RTX 3090 is set to release in just under a week. But, let us forget about that $500 flaccid for a moment and focus on this $700 beast of a graphics card.

From what I could see all those reviews from different websites and YouTube channels, it is obvious that the RTX 3080 delivers an awesome price per performance ratio. But, it is still not as powerful as Nvidia promised it to be. During the announcement stream, Jensen Huang promised twice the performance of the RTX 2080. While it does come close to that 2x performance, it never gets to that level.

Let us delve deeper into this subject.

Nvidia promised more

For some reason, Nvidia decided that it would be best to promise more from this GPU that it could actually deliver. Do not get me wrong, this is a great release for a GPU, but our expectations were set much higher because of Jensen Huang. Why did the company feel the need to raise our expectations even further when the graphics card is already good enough? In fact, it is more than good.

On average, it is 49% faster than the 2080 of the previous generation. That is a huge generational performance leap. This does not happen often. In fact, last year, we saw less than 20% leap from the 1080 to the 2080 and we also saw a higher price. This time around, both GPU’s cost $700, but with a much better performance increase.

However, again, I have to mention those expectations. Most of us expected this new GPU to be twice as fast when compared to the RTX 2080. Instead, we only got half of that increase in speed. Nvidia claims that their charts were specifically meant for titles that used ray tracing and DLSS.

But, even with ray tracing and DLSS on, we are still not getting the same results that Nvidia announced.

Nvidia RTX 3080 faster than the 2080 Ti

While it was disappointing not to see those numbers that Nvidia advertise, the numbers are still very impressive.

In all the reviews I have seen online from reliable sources such as Linus Tech Tips, Hardware Unboxed, and Gamers Nexus, there is a 21% performance increase over the 2080 Ti on 1440 P. When you bump up the resolution to 4K, the performance gap between these two GPU’s increases even further. On 4K, the RTX 3080 is more than 30% faster than the previous flagship and around 70% faster than the 2080.

I think this might be the first graphics card that cannot properly handle 4K video games at 60 FPS or more. I am sure that a lot of people are hyped for this information.

Out of stock

Out of all this great information, there is a little bit of bad news. This release is what most people would call a paper launch. It is announced, it is released, but there is no stock in any shop. There have been reports that there are less than 10 or 20 3080s in major shops and stores such as Newegg, Amazon, or MindFactory.

It seemed like obtaining this GPU during September will be impossible. It might be hard even in October to require this graphics card. But, I am sure that in December and in 2021, stocks will start to fill up.

I am sure that many of you are interested in purchasing this beast of a card, but I recommend that you wait a little bit longer to see how the RTX 3070 performs or maybe even wait for the competition. This year, things are going to be interesting.

Branko Gapo
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

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