So, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is legit,
it's here, and it's in an alternate dimension. It's been almost nine months
since Nvidia released the RTX 3080, which would normally indicate that now is
the best time to release a mid-generation update like the RTX 3080 Ti for the
average gaming PC.
However, nothing about this generation of
graphics cards from Nvidia or AMD has been ordinary.
Anyone wanting to get their hands on one of
the finest graphics cards has had to contend with shop lotteries, scalpers, and
simply restricted availability due to a global silicon scarcity. And that's the
sort of lens we have to look at this graphics card through, particularly given
Nvidia's high $1,199 starting price for the RTX 3080 Ti, which is likely to
remain very uncommon for a long time.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is powered by a
trimmed-down version of the same GPU as the RTX 3090, with half the VRAM of the
ultra-premium graphics card. That means, despite the market in which the RTX
3080 Ti is being released, it's an extremely powerful graphics card that should
be capable of running any game in 4K at 60 frames per second in your gaming pc or gaming PC build.
However, because of its performance and price
disparity with the RTX 3080, this graphics card may be difficult to sell until
the market returns to normal.
The Cost And The Availability
On June 3, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti was
available for $1,199 / £1,049 / AU$1,949. Prices for the RTX 3080 Ti are likely
to vary much from that starting point, with third-party versions of the GPU
likely to retail for considerably more.
The RTX 3080 Ti costs at least twice as much
as the RTX 3080, which debuted in September 2020 for $699 (£649, approximately
AU$950). Given that this GPU has just 2GB more VRAM and 17% more CUDA cores, a
100% price increase may be difficult to stomach right now.
Although for $300 less (at least according to
MSRP), this graphics card delivers almost the same level of performance as the
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, it may be worth picking up if you had your eye on
Nvidia's top-end graphics card.
The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is a performance
powerhouse: For everything that the RTX 3080 has done for 4K gaming so far, the
RTX 3080 Ti goes one step farther. For all of Ampere's advantages, the RTX 3080
Ti takes them even farther. It's a card that straddles the line between
performance, power, and cooling, yet it manages to bring them all together in
One factor that remains constant is the Ti's
advantage over the RTX 3080. The RTX 3080 isn't sluggish by any means, but it
can't keep up with the 3080 Ti. Of course, noting this is stating the obvious;
the RTX 3080 is essentially the same card with mechanically fewer cores and
less memory. Although it has a faster clock than the Ti, this isn't enough to
compensate for its flaws elsewhere.
At 1440p, AMD's RX 6900 XT finds its feet a
bit more, and although its performance varies a lot depending on the game, it
can go toe-to-toe with the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090 at times. There's something
to be argued about this $999 GPU, which looked outrageous at the time of
introduction but now seems to be a little fairer with the release of the RTX
The Final Word
While coupled with DLSS, the RTX 3080 Ti
maintained excellent frame rates even when playing on gaming PCs using ray tracing. DLSS analyzes games and sharpens or
cleans up pictures at reduced resolutions using neural networks and AI
it another way, it enables a game to render at a lower resolution and then
utilize Nvidia's image reconstruction method to upscale the picture to appear
as good as native 4K.