NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 vs RTX 3080

General info

Comparison of GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
19.09
 
35.28
Architecture
Ampere
 
Ampere
Code name
GA102
 
GA102
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
1 September 2020
 
1 September 2020
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,499
 
$699
Price now
$1600
 
$850

Technical specs

GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
10496
 
8704
Core clock speed
1400 MHz
 
1450 MHz
Boost Clock
1695 MHz
 
1710 MHz
Transistor count
28,300 million
 
28,300 million
Manufacturing process technology
8 nm
 
8 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
350 Watt
 
320 Watt
Texture fill rate
556.0
 
465.1

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080 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).
Interface
PCIe 4.0 x16
 
PCIe 4.0 x16
Length
313 mm
 
285 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 12-pin
 
1x 12-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 3090 and 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 type
GDDR6X
 
GDDR6X
Maximum RAM amount
24 GB
 
10 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
320 Bit
Memory clock speed
19.5 GB/s
 
19 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
936.2 GB/s
 
760.3 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
no data

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 3090 and 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 Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 Ultimate (12_2)
 
12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model
6.5
 
6.5
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
OpenCL
2.0
 
2.0
Vulkan
1.2
 
1.2
CUDA
8.5
 
8.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

RTX 3090 100.00 +1.9%
RTX 3080 98.18

Passmark

RTX 3090 24180 +1.9%
RTX 3080 23731

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090

1.9% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (384 vs 320 bit)
More pipelines (10496 vs 8704)
Higher memory bandwidth (936.2 vs 760.3 GB/s)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

Cheaper ($699 vs $1499)
Less power hungry (320 vs 350 watts)

So, RTX 3090 or RTX 3080?

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