NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1450
  • Max video memory 10240
  • Memory type GDDR6X
  • Memory clock speed 19000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2020
Performance 85.00

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 3080 sales 16 September 2020 at a recommended price of $699. This is a high-end Ampere architecture desktop card based on 8 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 10 GB of GDDR6X memory clocked at 19 GHz are supplied, and together with 320 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 760.3 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 4.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 285 mm. 1x 12-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 320 Watt.

It provides outstanding gaming and benchmark performance at

85.00%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce RTX 3080's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating7
Value for money33.53
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameAmpere GA102
Market segmentDesktop
Release date16 September 2020 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$699
Current price$889 (1.3x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
Value for money

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Technical specs

GeForce RTX 3080's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce RTX 3080's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores8704of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1450 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1710 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors28,300 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology8 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)320 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate465.1of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 3080's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Length285 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 12-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 3080: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR6X
Maximum RAM amount10 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width320 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed19000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth760.3 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 3080. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 3080, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.5
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.2
CUDA8.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce RTX 3080. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

RTX 3080 85.00
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

RTX 3080 25191

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RTX 3080 91747

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RTX 3080 53713

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3080 188064

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3080 31709

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

RTX 3080 39257

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

RTX 3080 181140

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

RTX 3080 529548

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RTX 3080 125061

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RTX 3080 202162

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 3080 165

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 69

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 13

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 44

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 121

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 70

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 17.4

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 190

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

Benchmark coverage: 1%

RTX 3080 276

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 3080 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD165
1440p126
4K91

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 85−90
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 111
Battlefield 5 172
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
Cyberpunk 2077 138
Far Cry 5 157
Far Cry New Dawn 129
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
Hitman 3 172
Horizon Zero Dawn 166
Red Dead Redemption 2 152
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 194
Watch Dogs: Legion 134
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 96
Battlefield 5 156
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
Cyberpunk 2077 134
Far Cry 5 150
Far Cry New Dawn 124
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
Hitman 3 167
Horizon Zero Dawn 149
Metro Exodus 128
Red Dead Redemption 2 119
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 187
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 303
Watch Dogs: Legion 119
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 88
Battlefield 5 145
Cyberpunk 2077 131
Far Cry 5 140
Far Cry New Dawn 112
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 149
Watch Dogs: Legion 101
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
Hitman 3 164
Horizon Zero Dawn 131
Metro Exodus 95
Red Dead Redemption 2 84
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 150
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 76
Battlefield 5 124
Cyberpunk 2077 86
Far Cry 5 135
Far Cry New Dawn 107
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
Watch Dogs: Legion 81
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
Hitman 3 109
Horizon Zero Dawn 89
Metro Exodus 65
Red Dead Redemption 2 56
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 86
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 115
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 52
Battlefield 5 91
Cyberpunk 2077 43
Far Cry 5 94
Far Cry New Dawn 89
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
Watch Dogs: Legion 54

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce RTX 3080 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce RTX 3080's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX 6900 XT, which is faster by 2% and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

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