GeForce RTX 3080: Specs, Features, Price and More


Nvidia has announced that their latest graphic card, the GeForce RTX 3080, comes out in September 17, a mere week from today.

This is wonderful news if you are an avid gamer, graphic designer, architect, interior designer, digital photographer and other use.

You likely expect a lot from Nvidia’s next GeForce flaship GPU, the RTX 3080

The latest speculations regarding what Nvidia’s latest GPU brings to the table include : –

  • The RTX 3080 is 40% faster that its predecessor in the GeForce 3000 series, the RTX 2080 Ti
  • The latest offering from Nvidia, the RTX 3080, features fast boot clock speeds of up to 2.2GHz
  • The Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU can process 18 Giga bits of pixel data per second, i.e., 18Gbps
  • Nvidia’s latest graphic card represents a major leap in performance from the next best GPU, the GeForce 2080 Ti
  • The GeForce RTX 3080 makes use of an ultra-efficient revolutionary thermal design for optimal cooling of its GPU
  • Nvidia plans to sell the latest graphic card offering at a price comparable to that of GeForce 2000 series GPUs, except the RTX 2080 Ti.

All in all, the performance specifications of the GeForce RTX 3080 are undeniably impressive.

Especially if you have a keen and vested interest in Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards.

Nvidia’s RTX 3080 GPU Specs

The industry-wide acclaim of the GeForce RTX 3080 graphic card lies in the technical specifications of this RTX GPU.

Notable enhancements that the tech people at Nvidia have implemented in the in the RX 3080 include :

  • An even greater number of CUDA cores in this RTX graphic card, totaling to an impressive 8,704 cores. The high core number grants the RTX 3080 remarkable parallel processing capability.
  • Inclusion of a Boost Clock, allowing the GeForce RTX 3080 GPU to process visual/pixel data at speeds above 1.71GHz
  • An upgraded GDDR6X Memory of 10GB, granting the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU considerable data handling capabilities.
  • A massive 320-bit Memory Interface for super fast pixel data retrieval and transmission. The outcome, phenomenal concurrent visual/pixel data processing abilities of the RTX 3080 graphics card
  • A revolutionary cooling system that effectively dissipates the 320W TDP(Thermal Design Power) of the GeForce RTX 3080. The result, you can run the GPU without experiencing graphics lag due to overheating.
  • Use of two high-speed 8-pin PCle ports for easy installation and fast data transmission between the RTX 3080 GPU and the host computer.
  • An astounding 29.7 TFLOPS GPU performance rating for the 8, 704 CUDA cores operating in parallel within the Nvidia 3080 GPU.
  • Stunning Ray Tracing technology allows the GeForce RTX 3080 to flawless simulate real-life light/shadow effects in images and videos

if you are not particularly tech savvy, you may have a hard time appreciating the impressive specs on the GeForce RTX 3080.

Fortunately, the next section looks at how graphics cards function to: –

  • Avail you with a stunning 4K gaming experience
  • Enable rendering of life-like interactive 3D objects within virtual environments.

How Do Graphic Cards Work?

First and foremost, all computer motherboards feature an in-built graphic card which enables the device to display static images and videos on the screen or visual display.


This pre-installed graphic card carries out the function of translating binary data from the CPU, DVD drive and portable flash storage into pixel data. The screen then displays visual/pixel data as text, icons, images and videos.

Consequently, you cannot visually navigate through folders, read text, view photos or watch videos if this in-built graphics card malfunctions.

Second and more importantly, motherboard-mounted graphics cards are subject to two functional limitations: –

  1. Your computer’s graphics card shares operating memory, or RAM, with the CPU
  2. This pre-installed graphics card has limited visual processing capability

Your computer is, thus, limited in its ability to perform graphic-intensive tasks with a lot of pixel data, such as: –

  • Displaying High Definition(HD) photos and videos retrieved from the DVD drive, portable thumb drive, or SD card
  • Optimally rendering detailed 3D images, such as architectural designs and computer-generated images(CGI),
  • Seamlessly rendering dynamic 4K color in dynamic 3D virtual environments in gaming

You resolve these performance issues by Installing Nvidia 3000 series graphics cards.

Furthermore, your choice is not limited to the GeForce RTX 3080. The RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 3090 and other Nvidia GeForce GPUs are suitable upgrades for your computer

How Nvidia Graphics Cards Enhance Computer Graphic Performance

Nvidia’s RTX 30 series graphic cards address computer graphics-function limitations in two primary ways : –

  1. Nvidia GeForce graphics cards come with their own GDDR6X memory. This means the Nvidaa do not rely on your computer’s RAM in order to function.
  2. Purpose-built GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 Nvidia graphics cards come with multi-core GPUs(Graphic Processing Units). These GPUs feature very high visual/pixel data processing capacity.

You should note that Nvidia Geforce graphics cards utilize an array of specialized technologies to provide ultra-fast visual data processing performance.

Hardware Implemented RTX 30 Technologies

Some of Nvidia’s performance-oriented technologies implemented within graphics card hardware components include : –

CUDA Cores

CUDA, short for Compute Unified Device Architecture, is an Nvidia copyright 2020 technology. This computing architecture makes it possible to implement several independent data processing cores within a single GPU.

Note that both the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 feature GPUs with over 8000 CUDA core.

The cores have the ability to carry out simultaneous and synchronized visual/pixel data processing.

Furthermore, CUDA cores function at incredibly fast rates enabling exceptional graphics performance.

Nvidia GeForce 30 series graphic cards can, therefore, flawlessly handle a wide range of graphic-intensive tasks.

Boost Clock

The primary clock in Nvidia graphic cards facilitates concurrent sequential operations from multi-core GPUs, i.e., time-defined visual/pixel data processing tasks.

A boost clock, yet another Nvidia copyright 2020 tech, in GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards allow the GPUs to operate above their rated speed.

Nvidia RTX 30 series GPUs can increase or decrease the rate of visual/pixel data processing based on the graphics task under execution, e.g., gaming, 3D design, etc.

GDDR6X Memory

GDDR6X is an acronym for Graphics Double Data Rate (Type) Six memory and refers to the high bandwidth video memory used in Nvidia RTX 30 Series graphic cards.

The high bandwidth supports simultaneous memory data access by Nvida GPU CUDA cores. This specialized memory technology is, therefore, pivotal to ultra-fast visual/pixel data processing.

Revolutionary Cooling System

The tech people at Nvidia have created ultra-effective cooling systems for Nvidia RTX 30 series graphics cards.


High performance cooling systems are necessary on Nvidia 30 series graphics cards to prevent GPU overheating. This heat is generated by the ultra-fast CUDA cores during intense visual/pixel data processing.

For example, the GeForce RTX 3080 GPU has a high Thermal Design Power(TDP) rating of 320Watts of heat. As a result, the RTX 3030 features a revolutionary cooling system with forward and rear-facing fans.

High-Speed 8-pin PCle Connectors

Nvidia RTX 30 series graphics cards connect physically with your computer’s standard bus via PCLe ports, i.e., Peripheral Component Interconnect Express slots.

These high-speed connection ports ensures ultra-fast data transfer rates between your computer and Nvidia GeForce GPUs.

Consequently, use of high-speed PCLe ports is critical to optimal visual graphics performance from Nvidia graphics cards.

Software Implemented RTX 30 Tech

Other copyright 2020 technologies that Nvidia has implemented in the GeForce RTX 30 series are software-based and include: –

High Bandwidth Memory Interface Protocol

Nvidia RTX 30 series graphic cards utilize a copyright 2020 memory interface software protocol for inter-device data transmission.

This software interface facilitates seamless communication between the graphics card GPU and your computer.

The outcome, fast data streaming rates between the Nvidia GPU and your computer, which optimizes Nvidia 30 series graphics card’s visual. performance.

Ray Tracing

GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards from Nvidia utilize Ray tracing, yet another innovative copyright 2020 tech. Ray Tracing works by simulating the effects of light and shadow in images and video.

As a result, this software component creates an enhanced the sense of movement in interactive 3D virtual environments.

The outcome, Nvidia RTX series graphics cards offer remarkably immersive 3D gaming experience and true-to-life design rendering.

Deep Learning Super Sampling

Deep Learning Super Sampling, or DLSS for short, is an innovative AI-based Nvidia technology that digitally enhance images and video.

DLSS progressively enhances low-resolution visual data to create high resolution video playback and gameplay.

You need to activate the DLSS feature on your Geforce RTX 3080 graphic card to enable automatic visual enhancement.

How the Geforce RTX 3080 Differs from other Nvidia GPUs

GeForce RTX 3080 versus RTX 2080

The GeForce RTX 2080 was the first Nvidia graphics card to use Ray Tracing for the simulation of light/shadow effects in images and videos.

Ray tracing attained game-changer status soon after the launch of the RTX 2080. This positive reception is why Nvidia strives to improve the innovative tech in subsequent graphics card releases.

The GeForce RTX 3080 features two key hardware upgrades beyond what the RTX 2080 offers, namely : –

  • The Nvidia GeForce 3080 graphics card has more GDDR6X memory than the RTX 2080, i.e., 10GB of video RAM compared to 8GB in the 2080
  • While the RTX 2080 has 2944 CUDA cores, the RTX 3080 features a staggering 8,704 cores. The outcome is double processing power in the latest Nvidia graphics card, i.e., from 13.4 to 29.7 TFLOPs.

The above hardware differences are why the GeForce RTX 3080 to outperforms the RTX 2080 in two notable ways : –

  • The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 easily handles the computational load of ray tracing, granting you an even better visual output experience
  • The RTX 3080 can power through tasks to deliver faster results, such as video/photo enhancement via DLSS

However, the most important difference between Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 2080 revolves around the Cost per Relative Performance(CRP).

The CRP is attained by comparing the processing power in TFLOPS(Total Floating Point Operations per Second) with the launch price.

The RXT 3080 is 4.5 times faster than the earliest GPU from Nvidia, the 980 graphics card. Despite its outstanding performance rating, this Nvidia graphic card is expected to sell for $699.

Note that $699 was the price of the RTX 2080 GPU at its launch.

On the other hand, the RTX 2080 Ti has a price tag of $1199, despite only offering 3 times the graphics performance of the 980 GPU.

GeForce RTX 3080 versus RTX 3070

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card is the second generation successor of the RTX 2070.

The RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 are both Nvidia RTX 30 series which means the two GPUs are not so far apart in terms of performance.

However, several hardware differences exist between these two Nvidia graphics cards, namely : –

  • The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 features 5, 888 CUDA cores while the RTX 3080 has 8, 704 cores. As a result, the RTX 3080 offers 1.5 times the processing power of the RTX 3070.
  • RTX 3070 graphic card has a GDDR6X memory of 8GB while the RTX 3080 has 10GB of GDDR6X memory. The 2GB difference doesn’t considerably affect the comparative performance of the two GPUs.
  • The RTX 3070 employs a 256-bit memory interface while the RTX 3080 features a 320-bit memory interface. This difference is also not very significant to GPU performance.
  • Thermal Design Power rating of the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 is 220Watts while that of the RTX 3080 is 320Watts. This means the RTX 3070 requires less power at peak performance.
  • Unlike the RTX 3080 which uses two 8-pin PCLe connectors , the Nvidia RTX 3070 only requires one.

While the hardware specs are not that different, the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 GPUs are far apart in terms of respective launch price.

The GeForce RTX 3070 has a price tag of $499, which $200 less than the expected selling price of the RTX 3080 at $699.

You should note that the release date of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphic card is sometime in October this year.

Geforce RTX 3090 versus RTX 3080

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is the third installment in Nvidia’s 2nd generation graphic cards featuring ray tracing technology.

As a potential successor of the RTX 3080 GPU, the RTX 3090 feature several notable hardware upgrades, including:-

  • The RTX 3090 GPU features 10, 496 CUDA cores while the RTX 3080 has 8, 704. The 3090, therefore, offers 1.5 times more graphic processing power.
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 features a Thermal Design Power(TDP) of 350Watts while the RTX 3080 has 320Watts. Both graphics cards, therefore, consume a comparable amount of power.
  • The RTX 3090 has an impressive 24GB of GDDR6X memory while that video memory of the RTX 3080 at 10GB. This 14GB memory difference doubles visual/pixel data handling in the RTX 3090.
  • The RTX 3090 has a processing power rating of 69 TFLOPs, 10TFLOPS more than that of the RTX 3080 at 58TFLOPs.

As with other Nvidia graphic comparisons, the most significant difference between the RTX 3090 and the RTX 30 is the price.

The GeForce RTX 3090 is expected to sell for $1399 when Nvidia releases this graphic card on September 24th. This will be a full 7 days after the debut of the RTX 3080.

The most likely reason for this massive price difference is that the RTX 3090 has twice the GDDR6X memory.

GeForce RTX 3080 FAQS

How much is the RTX 3080?

The Nvidia graphics card is expected to sell for $699 when Nvidia releases this 2nd generation graphic card on 17th September.

When can I buy RTX 3080?

You can buy Nvidia’s latest GPU two weeks from now on 17th September 2020.

The RTX 3080 precedes the release of the GeForce RTX 3090 by seven days, and that of the RTX 2080 Ti by an entire month.

What does RTX stand for?

The term RTX stands for Ray Tracing Ten, a revolutionary technology in Nvidia RTX-rated graphic cards. This tech facilitates the simulation of real-life light/shadow effects on images and videos.

Ray Tracing works by tracing a line from an imaginary eye through each pixel in a virtual screen that represents your computer screen.

RT cores in RTX-rated Nvidia graphic cards then calculate the color of the object depending on the amount of light falling on it. The light comes from a source on the virtual screen.

The dedicated RT cores in the processor GPU continuously updates color changes with respect to viewing frame shifts on the virtual screen.

Is RTX worth buying?

Yes, RXT graphic card are worth buying because they avail impeccable visual performance for a wide of range applications, including internet gaming , computer aided design, computer generated images and more.

Furthermore, RTX graphic cards offer a wide range of performance categories relative to price, allowing you to get the best value for your money.

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