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[Updated: 14th of September 2020] Added new leaked benchmarks with 3DMark, Shadow of Tomb Raider and FarCry New Dawn

Hype for the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 is massive right now. This could be the best GPU release from Nvidia in years and will no doubt AMD will be worried.

Currently, it is speculated that AMD will announce their Big Navi GPUs on or near the 7th of October, likely just before the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 launches that month. That may give us some idea on what sort of performance to expect from AMD, likely wanting to compete with or better the RTX 3070.

Lots of big claims have been made about the new RTX 30-series, including the RTX 3070 being better than the RTX 2080 Ti. At £469 it will no doubt be the most popular card for gamers offering more than enough performance for sub-4K gaming at high refresh rates with ray tracing on.

With the RTX 3090 priced at around £1400, it is being positioned more as a RTX Titan replacement, leaving the RTX 3080 as the most sensible choice for enthusiast gamers wanting the best performance possible.

Recently, Eurogamer managed to snag some exclusive access to test the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 giving us some idea of the performance gains to be had. The results are impressive to say the least.

With this being exclusive access granted by Nvidia, they had to conform to lots of rules, including the games testing and the settings used. So, the likelihood these are all best-case scenario to make the cards look as good as possible.

You can also compare to see how much the RTX 2080 is better than GTX 1080 so you can see how impressive this generational jump is.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 vs RTX 2080ti Specification Comparison

RTX 3090RTX 3080RTX 3070RTX 2080 Ti
CUDA Cores10496870458884352
Base Clock1.40GHz1.44GHz1.50GHz1.35GHz
Boost Clock1.7GHz1.71GHz1.73GHz1545MHz
Memory Clock19.5Gbps GDDR6X19Gbps GDDR6X16Gbps GDDR614Gbps GDDR6
Memory Bus Width384-bit320-bit256-bit352-bit
Single Precision Perf.35.7 TFLOPs29.8 TFLOPs20.4 TFLOPs13.4 TFLOPs
Tensor Perf. (FP16)285 TFLOPs238 TFLOPs163 TFLOPs114 TFLOPs
Ray Perf.69 TFLOPs58 TFLOPs40 TFLOPs?
Transistor Count28B28B?18.6B
PCIe Interface4.0 x164.0 x164.0 x163.0 x16
Manufacturing ProcessSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmTSMC 12nm FFN
Launch Date24th September17th of SeptemberOctober 202020th September 2018
Launch PriceMSRP: $1499/£1399MSRP: $699/£649MSRP: $499/£469MSRP: $999

Using the previous table I posted, we can see that the RTX 3080, on paper, offers a significantly improved specification compared to last years flagship GPU, the RTX 2080ti.

While the 10GB memory is slightly less, the number of CUDA cores has doubled base and boose frequencies have increased considerably and the GDDR6X offers higher bandwidth. Compared to the RTX 2080 with 2944 CUDA cores you get a 195% improvement.

For single-precision performance in teraflops, we see a 122% improvement going from 13.4 TFLOPs to 29.8 TFLOPs. Compared to the RTX 2080 with 10.1 TFLOPs that’s a 195% improvement.

For tensor performance (FP16) the numbers are almost as impressive with a 108% improvement over the RTX 2080Ti.

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Gaming Results – RTX 3080 vs RTX 2080

RTX 3080 vs RTX 20804K/Max Settings Perf Boost
Borderlands 381.6
Doom Eternal84.2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider69.8
Ray Tracing: Quake 2 RTX92.3
Ray Tracing: Control/High RT/DLSS Perf77.6

Due to the conditions EuroGamer were given I would assume all these figures are the more positive results that are achievable by the cards. We will have to wait and see what results are achieved across multiple games at different settings to get a real idea of how good these are.

However, those are some impressive numbers, with the worst result being a 69.8% improvement moving from the GeForce RTX 2080 to RTX 3080.

With Ray Tracing in Quake 2, the 2x improvement that NVIDA claim is almost accurate with a 92.3% improvement in the results achieved.

It already looks like the RTX 3070 may beat the RTX 2080 Ti in some, if not many games. So with the RTX 3080 I would be hopeful that this can easily beat the RTX 2080 Ti in almost anything, which is amazing considering the pricing.

3DMark Benchmarks

Recently, VideoCardz posted early benchmarks of the GeForce RTX 3080 that were originally posted and deleted by a Chinese source named TecLab.

In 3D Mark Fire Strike, at 1440p the RTX 3080 beats the RTX 2080 Ti by 29% and the RTX 2080S by 55%.

With Fire Strike at 4K, that increases to 35% and 62%

Then in Time Spy at 1440P the RTX 3080 achieves 27% and 54% higher results, with the 4K results being 36% and 68% higher.

Fire Strike
Perf. (1080p)
Fire Strike
Extreme (1440p)
Fire Strike
Ultra (2160p)
Time Spy
Time Spy
Extreme (2160p)
Port Royal
1440p (Total)
RTX 308042761212601086217819886311412
RTX 2080 Ti340301640580101403065038590
RTX 2080S285971368566691149852686925
RTX 2070S225911180561351035048505890
RTX 2060S20530107086135942044305142

Shadow of Tomb Raider Performance

Moving on to Shadow Of The Tomb Raider with 1440p MaxQ RTX DLSS the RTX 3080 managed 158 fps which is 22% and 41% higher than the RTX 2080ti and RTX 2080 respectively.

With 2160p MaxQ RTX DLSS it manages 103 fps which is 22% and 43% better than the last generation cards.

1440p MaxQ1440p MaxQ RTX DLSS2160p MaxQ2160p MaxQ RTX DLSS
RTX 308014915884103
RTX 2080 Ti1151296384
RTX 2080S1001125172
RTX 2070S87974461
RTX 2060S74843954

FarCry New Dawn Performance

1080p UHQ1440p UHQ2160p UHQ
RTX 308013212997
RTX 2080 Ti12912279
RTX 2080S12811165
RTX 2070S12110259
RTX 2060S1189452


The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 has a launch price of $699/£649 and will be available on the 17th of September.

Currently the cheapest GeForce RTX 2080 Ti on Scan is £1,054.99, the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER can be had for the same price as the RRP of the RTX 3080 starting at £649.79.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti eBay Pricing

This has led to RTX 2080 Ti to crash in pricing on eBay, but if the performance of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 is accurate, there is little reason to buy one.

When I originally posted this, the cheapest I could find was £550, that is now £499 with a buy it now with an option for best offers

[Original Post: 3rd of September 2020]

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  1. Thanks for the Informative article about RTX 3080 and 2080 Ti. I had a little doubt about choosing the best graphics cards for me. Now I understand RTX 3080 can be the best choice for me.

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