Is the RTX 3080 Ti good?

While AMD's new 7000 series excites the masses, many are still looking back at Nvidia's RTX 3080 Ti as a major contender in the fold

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The RTX 3080 Ti is one of the flagship GPUs from Nvidia’s 30-series graphics cards. In the context of gaming GPUs, the 3080 Ti is a good and powerful component that delivers great performance in a variety of workloads.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is based on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and features 10,240 CUDA cores, a base clock speed of 1,365 MHz, and a boost clock speed of 1,665 MHz. It also has 12GB of GDDR6X memory and support for real-time ray tracing and DLSS, which allows for highly realistic lighting and shadow effects in supported games, while the DLSS creates a perfect upscaling effect.

Overall, the RTX 3080 Ti is a powerful graphics card that is well-suited for demanding tasks, such as playing games at high resolutions (4K) or with high graphics settings, or for professional workflows that require fast rendering times. However, it is also a very expensive graphics card, and it may not be necessary for users with less demanding needs or those on a tight budget.

RTX 3080 Ti pricing

This last point is the most interesting one for the RTX 3080 Ti. According to gpu.userbenchmark.com direct comparison, the 3080 Ti is only 11%-13% better than the base 3080. This difference translates into just around a 10-20 FPS difference across all resolutions.

The real question underlying this comparison is how much worth it could be to pay an extra $300-$500 for the 3080 Ti over the 3080. When we can see the latter for around $889-$950 on Newegg, while the RTX 3080 Ti goes as high as $1,500.

In some cases, it’s actually better to sacrifice 10-20 fps for a good amount of money. Our main objection here is that this is a repetitive behavior with Nvidia GPUs. The Ti versions have never shown too much of an advantage over the non-Ti models, but they cost a lot more.

In conclusion, the RTX 3080 Ti is a very good GPU due to its overall power, but it might be a better choice to stick with the non-Ti version to pay less and maybe invest that money into other components, like a better CPU.