Nvidia’s new generation of graphic cards is on the horizon, and they look very promising.
According to Nvidia, the GeForce RTX 3080 card will deliver twice the performance of its predecessor. The RTX 2080, which was priced at $699 when it initially came out, promised a smooth 4K gaming experience, but failed to deliver. 4K gaming experience should finally become a thing with the 3080, and Nvidia promises that the RTX 3080 will even surpass the RTX 2080 Ti.
Tech enthusiasts remember that Nvidia made the same promises for the RTX 2080, though, and the question remains: Will the RTX 3080 deliver?
GeForce 3080 RTX: First Impressions
Nvidia released the RTX 3080 as a part of the Nvidia 3000 series of cards announced for the fourth quarter of 2020. All of the new cards will be powered by the innovative Ampere architecture that promises smooth 4K and 1440p gaming. The RTX 3080 starts at $699, and it offers a lot for the price!
I preordered the RTX 3080 in early September, and I’ve been using it for a month. To say that I’m impressed would be an understatement!
Although the reference model features a powerful dual-fan cooling setup, my card has the MSI Tri X cooling solution with three coolers. The new cooling solution is like nothing we’ve seen before, and the temperatures remain steady even when gaming in 4K.
What impressed me the most about the RTX 3080 was the real-life performance in 1440p and 4K gaming. I compared the card with the RTX 2080 founders edition, and the results are staggering. For example, I got an average of 108 fps in 1440p gaming with the RTX 2080, while the RTX 3080 managed to pull off an average of 161 fps!
On average, the RTX 3080 is about 60 percent faster than its predecessor, even in more demanding games.
When it comes to 4K gaming, the RTX 3080 is up to the task! You can play almost any game with everything maxed out at 4K resolution and still get more than 60fps on average, which is a first in the gaming world. Just a year ago, it was unimaginable to game in 4K for a price of under $1000!
If you’re interested in jumping from 1440p or 1080p gaming to 4K gaming, the RTX 3080 is the way to go. This card has finally made 4K gaming affordable. The performance is on par, or even better, than the flagship RTX 2080 Ti. The starting price of $699 – which is a bargain for what you get from the RTX 3080! Would I recommend it? Absolutely!