Nvidia has officially launched its new RTX 3080 Ti graphics card. Being the direct successor to the GeForce RTX 3080, the RTX 3080 Ti does come with a heftier price tag. Nevertheless, it’s a powerful graphics card for its price.
Nvidia announced the RTX 3080 Ti — alongside the RTX 3070 Ti — at this year’s Computex event. While the 3070 Ti is a powerful graphics card, the 3080 Ti is a step above it. There’s a lot to like about the RTX 3080 Ti, so we’ve listed the top four features most notable about this powerful new graphics card. Let’s get into it.
1. More power
While the RTX 3080 Ti is an excellent card for gaming, it’s great for video creators too. Featuring Ampere architecture with second-generation RT Cores, third-generation Tensor Cores and NVIDIA DLSS, the RTX 3080 Ti is a powerful tool for video editors. It can handle video editing up to 8K HDR RAW video and 4K gaming.
2. It’s an affordable card for its specs
Even though $1,200 isn’t exactly cheap for a graphics card, the RTX 3080 Ti’s specs justify the price. In other words, it would be extremely difficult to find a graphics card with similar specs at a lower price. Also, many scalpers are buying up new Nvidia and AMD GPUs and selling them at double — sometimes triple — the price. So, the company’s base $1,200 price is usually more affordable than prices set by online sellers.
3. Smaller and quieter
The RTX 3080 Ti, compared to previous Nvidia graphic cards, features a smaller build. Because of that, it is able to fit right in many PC builds. Additionally, it runs quieter with half the VRAM. Graphic cards can become quite noisy when pushed to tackle high-intensive tasks. The RTX 3080 Ti can handle high-res video editing and keep the noise level to a minimum, according to Nvidia.
4. Faster, consistent speed
Nvidia also said that the RTX 3080 Ti runs games twice as fast as the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and 1.5 times faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at 4K. Its second-gen RT Cores speeds up ray tracing. Additionally, the card’s 12GB of superfast GDDR6X memory will keep things running smoothly for a while.
Pricing and availability
Though Nvidia’s new graphics card is out now for $1,200, it’s somehow already sold out. Unfortunately, Nvidia is a popular target for scalpers. With a severely limited supply from the company, it’ll be hard to get your hands on the card. Still, Nvidia will stock more cards throughout the year, so hopefully, those who want the card can get one at the base price.