NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory 12 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6X
  • Memory clock speed 1710
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2022
Performance 68.22

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB sales 11 January 2022 at a recommended price of $799. This is a high-end Ampere architecture desktop card based on 8 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 12 GB of GDDR6X memory clocked at 1.71 GHz are supplied, and together with 384 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 912.4 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 350 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

68.22%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating7
Value for money10.56
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameAmpere GA102
Market segmentDesktop
Release date11 January 2022 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$799
Current price$1433 (1.8x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB'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 12 GB's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores8960of 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed1260 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors28,300 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology8 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)350 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate478.8of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics 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 12 GB: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR6X
Maximum RAM amount12 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width384 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1710 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth912.4 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.6
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB. 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 12 GB 68.22
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

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%

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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 12 GB 44533

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 12 GB 217116

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3080 12 GB 56634

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: 14%

RTX 3080 12 GB 35922

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%

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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 12 GB 58

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RTX 3080 12 GB 102294

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB 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 HD186
1440p128
4K88

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 110−120
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 100−105
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 110−120
Battlefield 5 150−160
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 170−180
Cyberpunk 2077 110−120
Far Cry 5 171
Far Cry New Dawn 136
Forza Horizon 4 180−190
Hitman 3 200−210
Horizon Zero Dawn 200
Red Dead Redemption 2 110−120
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 209
Watch Dogs: Legion 118
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 100−105
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 110−120
Battlefield 5 150−160
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 170−180
Cyberpunk 2077 110−120
Far Cry 5 162
Far Cry New Dawn 131
Forza Horizon 4 180−190
Hitman 3 200−210
Horizon Zero Dawn 165
Metro Exodus 147
Red Dead Redemption 2 110−120
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 202
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 321
Watch Dogs: Legion 108
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 100−105
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 110−120
Battlefield 5 150−160
Cyberpunk 2077 110−120
Far Cry 5 151
Far Cry New Dawn 118
Forza Horizon 4 180−190
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 165
Watch Dogs: Legion 95
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 120−130
Hitman 3 140−150
Horizon Zero Dawn 132
Metro Exodus 98
Red Dead Redemption 2 65−70
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 147
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 70−75
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 75−80
Battlefield 5 130−140
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70
Far Cry 5 147
Far Cry New Dawn 116
Forza Horizon 4 150−160
Watch Dogs: Legion 84
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 75−80
Hitman 3 85−90
Horizon Zero Dawn 80
Metro Exodus 65
Red Dead Redemption 2 40−45
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 83
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 132
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50−55
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 85−90
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 102
Far Cry New Dawn 98
Forza Horizon 4 110−120
Watch Dogs: Legion 55

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB from AMD is Radeon RX 6900 XT, which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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