A Generational Leap
HWM Singapore|October 2020
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition
Aaron Yip

NVIDIA’s newest GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition graphic card has arrived, paving the way for the rest of the RTX 30 Series cards – the more budget-friendly RTX 3070 and the incredibly monstrous RTX 3090 NVIDIA is aptly nicknaming BFGPU – in the coming weeks, and we can finally talk about the card’s performance!

But let’s leave that aside for a moment and let me talk about the card itself. The RTX 20 Series, while great was not quite the big hitter over the GTX 10 Series that many envisioned it to be. With the RTX 30 Series, and in particular the RTX 3080, NVIDIA claims a generational leap in performance; more so when you consider that not only is the RTX 3080 Founders Edition more than twice as powerful on paper than the RTX 2080 Founders Edition, but has the same launch price of US$699.

AT A GLANCE

PROCESS 8nm (Samsung)

TRANSISTOR COUNT 28.3 billion

STREAM PROCESSORS 8,704

TMU / ROP 272 / 96

MEMORY 10GB GDDR6X, 320-bit, 760GB/s

NVIDIA has somewhat given an update to the card’s output as well. It now features an HDMI 2.1 connector, which allows support for 4K resolution at 120Hz, and three DisplayPort 1.4a ports. All four connectors can drive displays up to 8K resolution at 60Hz.

What’s disappeared in the RTX 3080 and other Founders Edition and partners cards, however, is the USB-C port that supports VirtualLink to power VR headsets. The interface never really took off, and now it looks like it never will with NVIDIA all but killing it off.

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