NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics Card Now Available – Starting at $699 US, Here’s Where You Can Buy The Latest Flagship

NVIDIA has officially launched its flagship Ampere graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 3080. The RTX 30 series flagship is now available for consumers to purchase worldwide and get an amazing level of performance that is much faster than the RTX 2080 Ti for less than half the price.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Flagship Graphics Card Now Available, Starting at $699 US - Pascal Users, It's Time To Upgrade!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card is the flagship in the Ampere lineup and can now be purchased at your local retail outlets. The reference Founders Edition variant will cost $699 US. The NVIDIA RTX 3080 will feature a price of $699 (MSRP) however custom models will vary depending on their design and the extra horse-power that they have to offer. For those who missed the train, we published a ton of performance metrics for the Founders Edition variant yesterday in our own review which you can check out over here.

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Our very own, Keith May, concluded that the GeForce RTX 3080 is not only a great upgrade from an older GeForce RTX 1080 Ti graphics card but even RTX 2080 Ti users will benefit by upgrading to the new flagship. If RTX 3080 is still not the performance they are looking for, then NVIDIA's $1499 US halo product, the GeForce RTX 3090, is also planned for release on 24th September and we'll have a review ready for that too.

If you've been holding out like so many with a 1080Ti you might have just found your price equivalent upgrade. Even if you have an RTX 2080 TI could see the benefit of upgrading as well if you feel you need quite the boost anyway. Ampere delivers and it's quite easy to see why NVIDIA was so AMP'd. - Wccftech GeForce RTX 3080 Review

There are several ways to buy a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. If you're looking to purchase the Founders Edition graphics card, then you can head over to NVIDIA's GeForce Shop webpage which is listed below:

If you're looking for a custom variant, then we'll be posting links for various AIB custom cards from various retailers once they go live in a few minutes.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Custom Models (Amazon)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Custom Models (Newegg)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Custom Models (Best Buy)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Custom Models (OCUK)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics Card Specifications

The RTX 3080 features some insane specifications such as 68 SM units which results in a total of 8704 CUDA cores. In addition to the CUDA cores, the card also comes packed with next-gen RT (Ray-Tracing) cores, Tensor cores, and brand new SM or streaming multi-processor units. Other specifications include 272 TMUs, 272 Tensor Cores, 96 ROPs, and 68 RT cores. The card has a base clock of 1440 MHz and a boost clock of 1710 MHz with a TDP of 320W.

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In terms of memory, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 comes packed with 10 GB of memory and that too the next-generation GDDR6X design. With Micron's latest and greatest graphics memory dies, the RTX 3080 can deliver GDDR6X memory speeds of 19.0 Gbps. That along with a bus interface of 320-bit will deliver a cumulative bandwidth of 760 Gbps.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce Game Ready 456.38 WHQL Drivers For RTX 3080 & RTX 3090

NVIDIA has also released its latest GeForce Game Ready 456.38 WHQL drivers for the GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards which can now be downloaded at this link.

The highlights of the drivers are listed below:

Game Ready for Fortnite RTX

This new Game Ready Driver provides support for Fortnite’s dramatic new update which adds raytraced effects, NVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA Reflex, and a custom RTX map. In addition, this release also
provides optimal day-1 support for Halo 3: ODST and Mafia: The Definitive Edition.

Gaming Technology

  • Includes support for GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 GPUs
  • GeForce Experience Automatic Performance Tuning for GeForce RTX 30-series and RTX 20- series
  • GeForce Experience in-game performance monitoring for GeForce GTX 600 series and above
  • ShadowPlay gameplay recording now supports HDR on GTX 900-series and above (RTX 3090 can capture 8K 30fps HDR)
  • NVIDIA Broadcast app with AI-powered noise removal and virtual background 5 New G-SYNC Compatible Monitors

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series 'Ampere' Graphics Card Specifications:

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
GPU NameAmpere GA106-300Ampere GA104-200Ampere GA104-300Ampere GA102-200Ampere GA102-300
Process NodeSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nm
Die SizeTBC395.2mm2395.2mm2628.4mm2628.4mm2
TransistorsTBC17.4 Billion17.4 Billion28 Billion28 Billion
CUDA Cores358448645888870410496
TMUs / ROPs112 / 64152 / 80184 / 96272 / 96328 / 112
Tensor / RT Cores112 / 28152 / 38184 / 46272 / 68328 / 82
Base Clock1320 MHz1410 MHz1500 MHz1440 MHz1400 MHz
Boost Clock1780 MHz1665 MHz1730 MHz1710 MHz1700 MHz
FP32 Compute13 TFLOPs16 TFLOPs20 TFLOPs30 TFLOPs36 TFLOPs
Tensor-TOPs101 TOPs192 TOPs163 TOPs238 TOPs285 TOPs
Memory Capacity12 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR610 GB GDDR6X24 GB GDDR6X
Memory Bus192-bit256-bit256-bit320-bit384-bit
Memory Speed16 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps19 Gbps19.5 Gbps
Bandwidth384 Gbps448 Gbps448 Gbps760 Gbps936 Gbps
Price (MSRP / FE)$329 US$399 US$499 US$699 US$1499 US
Launch (Availability)25th February 20212nd December 202029th October 202017th September 202024th September 2020
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