Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 price, restock specs and more

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is a killer graphics card aimed squarely at 4K high frame rate gaming, all for $699. 

However, as good as this sounds you’d have more luck uncovering a Fabergé egg donw the back of your sofa than easily finding where to buy the Nvidia RTX 3080. Poor supply, scalpers, a shortage of semiconductors and simply a vast appetite for the graphics card has meant it’s rarely in stock at major retailers.

that’s a little sad as if you plan to build a high-ned PC then it’s the card you’ll want with the Nvidia’s latest deep learning super sampling (DLSS 2.0) and ray tracing tech all on offer. 

But for the time being you’ll have to wait or get very luck an stumble across a GeForce RTX 3080 restock. In the meantime, here’s all the things you need to know aobut the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.  

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 price and restocks

Available now, but very short on stock, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 starts at $699. The higher-end RTX 3090 starts at $1,499, while the RTX 3070 costs $499. 

That price is notably cheaper than its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 2080, but only at MSRP. Currently, a lot of the TX 3080 cards that are available to buy are prices well above the recommended retail price . 

We hope this will change as 2021 moves onwards, but we’re not expecting the dire stock situation to change any time soon. Take a look below for any potential GeForce RTX 3080 deals that may have popped up. 

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 specs

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
Starting Price $1,499 $699 $499
Nvidia CUDA Cores 10,496 8,704 5,888
Boost Clock (GHz) 1.70 1.71 1.73
Standard Memory Config 24GB GDDR6X 10GB GDDR6X 8GB GDDR6
Memory Interface Width 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit
Maximum Resolution 7680×4320 7680×4320 7680×4320
Ports HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x) HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x) HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x)

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 packs 30 shader-teraflops (TFLOPS), 58 ray-tracing TFLops and 239 Tensor-TFLOPS. You’ll also get 10GB of G6X graphics RAM, which Nvidia says is the fastest you’ll find in a GPU.

If that all sounds like a second language to you, know that the RTX 3080 promises to deliver twice the performance as the RTX 2080. And if you’re upgrading from an older card such as the RTX 980 Ti, you can look forward to performance gains as high as five times as what your current card is outputting. The RTX 3080 offers consistent 4K gaming at 60 frames per second, similar to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

(Image credit: Nvidia )

The RTX 3080 features what Nvidia calls the “world’s fastest graphics memory,” with GDDR6X VRAM that can perform at a whopping 760 GB/s. There’s also new dedicated ray-tracing hardware for even more immersive lighting and shadows in your favorite PC games.

The RTX 3080 also introduces a new thermal-optimized design that promises 55% more airflow, 30% more efficiency, and the ability to be up to three times quieter during heating gaming sessions.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 performance

Nvidia has claimed the GeForce RTX 3080 is up to twice as fast as the GeForce RTX 2080 it replaces and how it will stomp the RTX 2080 Ti. It’s a bold claim indeed. 

Nvidia pitted the RTX 3080 against the RTX 2080 Ti when running Doom Eternal at 4K on Ultra settings. The RTX 3080 is some 50 percent faster than the last top-end Nvidia graphics card, delivering frame rates well above 100fps. And that’s likely before a lot of optimization has been done. 

Our sibling publication Tom’s Hardware put the GeForce RTX 3080 to the test and declared that it delivered a “generational leap in performance.” And true to its claims, the RTX 3080 offers significant gains in performance over the RTX 2080 Ti. 

“The bottom line, if you don’t mind spoilers, is that the RTX 3080 FE is 33% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, on average. Or, if you prefer other points of comparison, it’s 57% faster than the RTX 2080 Super, 69% faster than the RTX 2080 FE — heck, it’s even 26% faster than the Titan RTX!” Jarred Walton said in his review. 

“But there’s a catch: We measured all of those ‘percent faster’ results across our test suite running at 4K ultra settings. The lead narrows if you drop down to 1440p, and it decreases even more at 1080p. It’s still 42% faster than a 2080 FE at 1080p ultra, but this is very much a card made for higher resolutions.” 

Suffice to say, the GeForce RT 3080 is one impressive graphics card, though you’ll need an equally impressive overall PC to get the most out of it. 

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