A DIFFERENT RTX 3080 Review – Should You Upgrade NOW?

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

So today is the day where we get to publish all of the benchmarks for nvidia's new rtx 3080 and i'm pretty sure your sub boxes are filled with reviews of this new graphics card but this isn't your typical review because as we were monitoring the comments from our rtx 3000 series coverage one thing was pretty obvious you might want an rtx 3080 right now but with everything that's kind of going around the world right now you might not have the money to invest in a brand new gaming system

Featuring this gpu actually a lot of people are still sporting a gtx 1080 or a 1080 ti they probably might have skipped the rtx 2000 series and feel like now might be a good time to upgrade but do you actually need a top to bottom gaming pc facelift or can you actually get away with an older cpu because the last thing that anyone wants is to upgrade their older gpu and then get caught up with processor bottlenecks which then limits the performance

Of their brand new investment so that's what this video is going to cover basically we're going to test this new gpu on a new 2020 system but also walk you through some of the improvements you can potentially get with a system that's three years old look i'll admit we're also a bit guilty of setting unrealistic expectations for our viewers since we usually test on the fastest possible gaming systems to illuminate bottlenecks but here doing that would just confirm the obvious

The rtx 3080 is the fastest gpu you can buy right now i mean look at these 1440p and 4k numbers on a system with a 10900k installed the 700 rtx 3080 founders edition can literally beat the pants off of a custom gigabyte rtx 2080 ti in most cases it isn't even close the 3080s one percent lower frame rates are about as good as the 2080 ti's averages which is pretty mind-blowing since that thing was going for about a thousand bucks the 3080 is also doing this with

Less memory but the faster gddr6x clocks make up for that especially when you crank the resolution up to 4k all in all this represents about a 24 improvement at 1440p and about a 28 at 4k versus the rtx 2080i and if you put this up against the rtx 2080 super which isn't in these charts that translates into a boost of 40 at 1440p and 53 at 4k so yeah rip to those who bought a 2080 series gpu in the last few months i feel really bad for you right now now those frame rates do come at the cost of

Higher power consumption and no these numbers aren't the full system but rather taken from an interposer between the gpu motherboard and power supply most power supplies rated at 700 watts and higher should handle this without an issue but remember the rtx 3080 founders edition has a new 12-pin power connector to save space since there aren't any psus with native support for this nvidia provides a dongle to adapt two standard eight pins into it my problem is this thing looks terrible

Hanging from the side of such a clean looking gpu luckily some power supply manufacturers will be launching native 12-pin cables in the next few weeks temperatures over time were really well managed too with the gpu never topping out above 65c and clock speeds ended up being completely consistent too from a thermal management perspective this is pretty impressive as for noise this is actually the quietest founder's edition card we've come across so coupled with the temperatures nvidia's claims for this new cooler

Design do checks out it's whisper quiet it certainly does work out but remember we're testing this in an open system for a controlled environment but i did want to mention our first sample had some inductor wine even at lower frame rates but a second rtx 3080 arrived and that one was completely silent another thing some of you need to know is compatibility with some x299 motherboards a few of these like the asus x299 edition 30 place their primary pci slots quite

Close to the cpu socket if these sockets bottom heatsink mounts are 35 millimeters or less from the pci slots top edge and your heat sink is 150 millimeters wide the rtx 3080 won't align with the case's mounting holes usually this wouldn't be a problem but the rtx 3080s backplate seems to be about 1.5 millimeters taller than anything we've seen before but don't worry about that too much because it worked perfectly on every single am4 lg 1100 series and trx 40 motherboard so that's definitely

Good news so with that out of the way let's establish a baseline and just walk you through what we've actually set up with this whole comparison so on one hand there's the 10900k which certainly isn't considered the best all-around cpu to buy right now but it's undeniably the fastest in most games we wanted to line it up against a processor someone might have rocked when the 1080 cards were around well this is the 7700k which launched a few months before the 1080 ti was

Released back then it was the absolute best gaming cpus too and it's still legendary today so basically we're taking the best from 2017 and lining up against the best from 2020. in order to give you a more accurate view of a system that you could buy back then i'm going to be throwing a overclocked gtx 1080 and 1080 ti into the mix so this will give you a better perspective of the performance differences between two very different

Generations of gaming pcs and also if it's worth adding an rtx 3080 into a three-year-old system and finally the impact that 1080 owners would get when they switch over to ampere and look this isn't meant to be a full cpu scaling analysis that one's coming later this one is more along the lines of an upgrade story and basically you know we're finding out what gives the best bang for the buck just a reminder that all of these frame rates are the averages of three manual

Benchmark runs and yes that means this entire video is the end product of about 300 results not only that but we wanted to focus as much as possible on newer and popular games so i'm really sorry if you're expecting us to showcase hitman tomb raider and far cry benchmarks i really am but with that being said let's go now

so after all of that it's pretty obvious the rtx 3080 is just stupidly ridiculously insanely fast period but there's a lot to digest so i'll start with the easy answers first if you skip the first gen rtx cards and want to stay with nvidia now is absolutely the time to upgrade people who spend 600 on a gtx 1080 or 700 on a gtx 1080 ati have a comparably priced gpu that can in most cases double or even triple frame rates

And yes i also have to mention you can run hardware accelerated ray tracing and deep learning enhancements those two items will become more and more important in the coming years whether you like it or not so the harder question is what happens if you're not rocking the latest and greatest processor in your gaming rig or you don't want to spend the money for one well it all depends on where you're starting if you've invested in a higher end cpu a few years ago then congrats this it's a gift that keeps giving

Because the gpu becomes more a bottleneck when you start increasing resolutions and detail the 7700k and the 10900k are pretty close at 1440p but they're neck to neck at 4k and that's actually huge news for gamers who want to stick within a um stricter upgrade budget without sacrificing on graphics horsepower but with that being said cpu bottle liking and game engine limitations do exist there's no avoiding them especially since a lot of competitive

Online shooters fall into one of those situations cs go and overwatch are great examples some titles are also moving towards multi-core enhancements which tends to kneecap the 7700k and older architectures in a pretty big way like call of duty for instance it pegged the cpu cores with the rtx 38 installed meanwhile newer games using the unreal engine like jedi fallen order have cpu profiling that directly benefits newer processors if you stick to an older platform

Another thing you'll need to put up with is longer load times that's right even with a fast nvme ssd installed two of the games we tested horizon zero dawn and modern warfare preload shaders whenever they detect a hardware or major driver change on the 10900k system that process just took a few minutes but when we switched over to 7700k we had to sit around for 30 minutes because it was pegging the cpu at 100 the whole time so this also means that

The 7700k would lag pretty far behind some of the newer options uh from amd specifically if you want to use your system for cpu intensive tasks like rendering or compiling projects now all of those limitations would be multiplied if you brought in a lower end intel cpu or even worse if you're still rocking bulldozer or a first-gen ryzen processor also i'm pretty sure that most of you who are rocking a k-series processor

Have it overclocked so we did overclock the 7700k to 5.1 gigahertz to see if it would close the gap between that and the 100k and in some cases that's exactly what happened i mean sure modern warfare and jedi fall in order love newer cpu architectures but cs go saw a nice frame rate bump power consumption is another thing you'll need to take into consideration before even assuming a system with nvidia's gtx 1080 series is prepared for the 3080. the ampere card sucks down a good 100

Watts more than a gtx 1080 ti so first of all make sure your power supply is at least 700 watts and it has two 8-pin pci power connectors so you can use that ridiculous adapter so guys hopefully this video helps guide some of you into making an informed decision when it comes to upgrading because it's so easy to get swept away by the excitement around launch day reviews and assume that the high-end systems that we use typically for benchmarks is what you absolutely need but it turns

Out that isn't really the case most games are still gpu limited at 1440p and especially at 4k even with the rtx 3080 so provided you have a good enough platform to start with you're hardly losing any noticeable performance by straight out replacing a gtx 1080 or 1080 ti with an rtx 3080 and if you caught nvidia's announcement jensen did mention that now is supposedly a safe time to upgrade to the rtx 3080 and you know what he's absolutely right

This graphics card is a huge leap forward it's just that you don't have to go through a top to bottom gaming pc facelift to switch to ampere so that being said thank you so much for watching stay safe and spend responsibly until then i'll catch you guys in the next one

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