5 Best NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics Card You Can Buy Right Now

NVIDIA has just released the RTX 3000-series graphics cards and there are three graphics cards in this series so far; the GeForce RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090. For most people who want high performance for 4K gaming or high-refresh-rate gaming at 1440P resolution, RTX 3080 seems the most suitable option.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 provides up to 75 percent improvement in performance comparing to RTX 2080 and that is why it is best suited for 4K gaming, etc. Most manufacturers have come up with unique graphics card variants this time and we will be discussing some of the best RTX 3080 graphics card variants you can buy right now. Let’s begin!

1. ASUS TUF GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 OC

Best-Valued RTX 3080

  • Provides the best value among all variants
  • Aluminium build feels sturdy
  • The performance is better than some pricier variants
  • The RGB lighting is barely there

28 Reviews

Boost Core Clock: 1785 MHz | GPU Cores: 8704 | Memory: 10 GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1188 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 760.3 GB/s | Length: 11.8 Inches | No. of Fans: 3 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 2 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 320 W

ASUS is known as the best graphics card manufacturer and its flagship variants are highly liked by enthusiasts. ASUS TUF GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 is although not a flagship variant, it is surely a high-end one and it tends to provide high performance while not compromising on the design and looks. The design of the graphics card is quite attractive and it feels a bit similar to the STRIX variant from the last series.

The fan shroud of the graphics card is made from aluminium, which is why it feels a lot sturdier than other variants which are made from plastic. The RGB lighting is barely present in the graphics card, at the top but still, it is better than nothing and this graphics card will not completely bore you. The overall feel of the graphics card is quite beastly and there are not a lot of graphics card that can match this one in size.

This variant has a boost core clock of 1785 Mhz, where the memory of the graphics card is of course fixed at 10 GB GDDR6. The memory speed is also fixed at 1188 MHz where the effective memory speed is 19 Gbps, leading to a memory bandwidth of 760.3 GB/s. The power delivery of the graphics card is although better most graphics card variants, it lags behind the flagship variants like the ROG STRIX variant or AORUS XTREME variant, etc. and that is why the overclocking performance is not the best, although you will be able to juice some performance out of it. The cooling performance of the graphics card is still quite phenomenal and it handles the 320-watt TDP very well and you would see temperatures around 65 degrees, which is absolutely amazing.

Overall, the graphics card feels top-notch despite having a lot lower price than the flagship variants and if you want high performance while not spending a lot on pricier variants, this variant is going to be perfect for you.

2. EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING

Best Looking RTX 3080

  • Supreme cooling performance
  • The looks are really impressive
  • Great overclocking support
  • One of the priciest variants

18 Reviews

Boost Core Clock: 1800 MHz | GPU Cores: 8704 | Memory: 10 GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1188 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 760.3 GB/s | Length: 11.8 Inches | No. of Fans: 3 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 3 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 320 W

EVGA is all about reliability and a lot of people buy its products due to much better customer support and policies. EVGA has improved a lot in the past generation of graphics cards and this year too, it has come up with all-new designs that intrigued a lot of people. One of the products with such designs is the EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING and this graphics card is all about performance and looks.

Hosting a tri-fan design like most of the other RTX 3080 variants, this graphics card feels massive as well. The wave-like design of the fan-shroud feels amazing and the aggressively-curved fans feel so powerful. There is a lot of RGB lighting at the top, which is although unlike EVGA; it still looks pretty awesome and you won’t find RGB lighting like this in other graphics cards. Apart from the length of the graphics card, the height of the graphics card is quite massive as well, which is why you should definitely check the GPU clearance of your case before buying this graphics card.

The performance of this graphics card is better in almost every aspect since it is a flagship graphics card. The boost core clock of the graphics card is 1800 MHz, which is although not a lot higher than the TUF GAMING OC variant, you would yield much better results during overclocking since its power delivery is a lot better.

The cooling performance of this graphics card is although similar to the TUF GAMING graphics card variant, its fan curve is less aggressive, which is why it runs quieter but hotter as well. You would see temperatures around 70 degrees although you can increase the fan speeds and it will drop a bit.

All-in-all, this graphics card is best for those who want the top of the line performance like the overall looks of this graphics card; otherwise, perhaps look at the last variant that we have listed in this article.

3. MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO

All-rounder RTX 3080

  • Lots of RGB lighting
  • Very quiet operation
  • Priced moderately
  • Nothing for the price

13 Reviews

Boost Core Clock: 1815 MHz | GPU Cores: 8704 | Memory: 10 GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1188 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 760.3 GB/s | Length: 12.7 Inches | No. of Fans: 3 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 3 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 340 W

MSI has surely designed some of the most beautiful graphics cards in the past two generations and apart from looking good, they packed a lot of performance as well. This time too, MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO strikes back and it is one of the biggest graphics card variants, having a length of 12.7 inches. The price of this graphics card is although higher than the likes of TUF GAMING but it is still priced lower than ROG STRIX or FTW3 ULTRA GAMING variants.

The design of the graphics card is although a bit similar to the last generation GAMING X variants, the overall shape has gotten more complex. The fans are now having an equal size unlike the last generation variants, which makes it look more balanced. There is RGB lighting at the front as well as top of the graphics card; especially the diffused RGB lighting at the top makes it look very premium.

The graphics card has a boost clock rate of 1815 MHz, which is although higher than FTW3 ULTRA GAMING variant, the real-time performance is quite similar due to NVIDIA GPU Boost technology. The cooling performance of the graphics card is quite good and it runs a few degrees hotter than the FTW3 ULTRA GAMING variant, at around 75 degrees. The overclocking support of this graphics card is similar to the likes of TUF GAMING graphics card variants where you will be able to push the graphics card up to 50 or 75 MHz higher but you should not expect more than this.

Conclusively, if you are really into the designs of the MSI GAMING X TRIO variants and want a graphics card that is able to provide stable performance without worrying about the thermals, this graphics card is going to be a great choice for you.

4. ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity

Cheap Variant

  • Build quality is quite impressive
  • A lot cheaper than other high-end variants
  • Stock clocks are relatively low
  • Quite a lengthy card

15 Reviews

Boost Core Clock: 1710 MHz | GPU Cores: 8704 | Memory: 10 GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1188 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 760.3 GB/s | Length: 12.5 Inches | No. of Fans: 3 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 2 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 320 W

ZOTAC is a company that rejuvenated itself during the 900-series graphics cards and after that generation, we saw some of the most powerful graphics cards from this company. ZOTAC GAMING RTX 3080 Trinity is although not a flagship graphics card like the AMP EXTREME variant, it still performs quite similar while lacking a bit in the aesthetics department.

The design of the graphics card is quite simple, with a black-coloured fan shroud and offers RGB lighting at the top as well as at the back-plate. You can customize the RGB lighting of the graphics card through the ZOTAC application. The graphics card is less thick than the likes of ROG STRIX or FTW3 ULTRA GAMING but the length of the graphics card is still quite a lot, as it measures at 12.5 inches long. The build quality of this graphics card is just amazing and it is quite similar to TUF GAMING since the front-plate and back-plate are made of metal.

The boost core clock of this graphics card variant is much less than other variants, at 1710 MHz, which is why this is the slowest graphics card on the list in stock condition. You can mitigate the difference in performance by overclocking this graphics card and it will definitely surpass the stock performance of graphics cards like ASUS TUF GAMING. The cooling performance of this graphics card is just like the FTW3 ULTRA GAMING variant, although the noise levels are slightly higher. It is still less noisy than TUF GAMING variant, which although runs a lot cooler than both of these graphics cards.

Overall, this graphics card is best for those who want stable performance without any crashes since its boost clock rate is somewhat lower. Moreover, it is one of the cheapest variants of RTX 3080.

5. ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3080 OC

Most Powerful Variant

  • Really shines in the cooling department
  • Top of the line overclocking performance
  • Comes heavily overclocked
  • A lot pricier than other variants

21 Reviews

Boost Core Clock: 1905 MHz | GPU Cores: 8704 | Memory: 10 GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1188 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 760.3 GB/s | Length: 12.6 Inches | No. of Fans: 3 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 2 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 3 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 320 W

The last variant on our list is ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3080 OC and the reason for putting it in the last is that it is much pricier than other variants, which makes it not everyone’s cup of tea. This graphics card has top-notch performance while having one of the best designs as well.

The design of the ROG STRIX variant makes it one of the most premium variants, although its build is not aluminium like the TUF GAMING variant. That is most probably to compensate for the weight since the heat-sink of this graphics card is quite large. The fans of the graphics card are quite large and the central one spins in opposite direction to the other two, so as to reduce the turbulence in the graphics card. Unlike the last generation, the ROG STRIX variant does not have RGB lighting at the front, although there is a lot of RGB lighting at the top and the backside.

The boost core clock of the graphics card is 1905 MHz, which makes it the fastest graphics card on the list and the overclocking support of this graphics card is much higher than other graphics cards as well. The graphics card uses three 8-pin power connectors and the user has great control over the power of the graphics card where it might go above 400 watts under heavy overclocking. The cooling performance of this graphics card is slightly better than the TUF GAMING variant and you would see temperatures around 65 degrees where the noise levels are slightly better due to large axial fans.

Conclusively, if you want the best of the best, ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3080 holds a great value for you and you won’t get a more reliable graphics card variant than this one, although its price makes it out of the budget of many gamers.

Hassam Nasir


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