It feels almost redundant to call the new Nvidia RTX 3080 the fastest graphics card you can buy. I mean, today, it absolutely is, and after the first reveal that was pretty much inevitable. The initial performance figures from the green team’s grand unveiling were no joke: this thing takes the RTX 2080 Ti outside and gives it a good, sound kicking. It’s not even close.
The ol’ Turing GPU’s now whimpering in the corner, its vapour chambers leaking out over my floor as its fans fitfully spin their last.
Which is a pretty spectacular result when you consider the top-end Turing chip was the previous holder of the ‘fastest graphics card’ title, with its bold specs list and $1,200 sticker price. The fact this $699 card can make such a performance step up, at the same price as the RTX 2080 Super it’s replacing, is incredible.
It’s at once testament to the new Nvidia Ampere architecture, the work its engineers have put in, and maybe to the more competitive landscape of 2020.
The Nvidia RTX 3080 is the flagship graphics card of this new Ampere generation. At least that’s what Jen-Hsun and Co. is calling it, despite the RTX