Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review

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A big change is immediately obvious as soon as you get the RTX 3080 out of the box. Instead of having two six pin powers, or any 6 or 8 pin combination, the Ampere card has a single 12 pin necessitating an adaptor. We're not sure why it can't just have two sixes side by side. At least Nvidia give you an adaptor.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review  

Here is the card in all its glory, and it's definitely an evolution of the design philosophy explored recently by Nvidia, but they've finally sorted the cooling side of things out properly. One through fan, and one that's blocked off to ensure all the hot air is vented out of the PCI bracket.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review  

Here's the other side, which shows how much venting has been employed on the RTX 3080. We can show that off better in a later picture, but it's a very attractive card. Rare for a main company. We're used to seeing ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte etc doing attractive cards, less so Nvidia or AMD.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review  

Two slots, no more, no less. We also really like the move of the lit logo to the side rather than sitting in the middle. A side benefit of the centrally placed power connector, which itself is a result of the redesigned cooler not leaving enough room for the power on the right hand edge.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review  

A closer shot of that divisive 12 pin power connector.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review  

Around the back the RTX 3080 hasn't got a Type-C, instead sticking with a single HDMI and three DisplayPort outputs. Make sure your cables bend downwards because the air that comes out of the back of this is definitely hot.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review  

[Also Sprach Zarathustra intensifies]

It's a good way of showing off how free the airflow through the right hand fan is.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review  

Lastly the card fitting into our new X570 test rig. That branding is subtle and we're big fans of it.


Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review  

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Most Recent Comments

16-09-2020, 09:18:11

WYP
As always folks, please give us your feedback below.Quote

16-09-2020, 09:34:46

AlienALX
A question.

What sort of overclock does the 2080Ti you are using have?

Edit. Sorry I see it's not overclocked.Quote

16-09-2020, 09:48:56

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
A question.

What sort of overclock does the 2080Ti you are using have?
I would think its stock. Would expect it to be labelled OC if anything. Those are some impressive numbers. Lets hope I maintain my good deal 3090 now Quote

16-09-2020, 09:49:53

vuminhduc
In shadow of tomb raider 4k max ray tracing no dlss, why does 3080 oc have double the framerate of 3080 non oc? Typo?Quote

16-09-2020, 09:50:27

Dicehunter
It's about what I expected, Not very impressive to be honest considering the 2 year gap since the last big Nvidia launch.Quote
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