Is the 3080 Ti worth it over 3080?

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3080 Ti worth it over 3080

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The RTX 3080 is one of the strongest GPUs from Nvidia’s 3000 series. But the overall performance and features of the 3080 compared with the 3080 Ti make the upgrade unnecessary.

When the performance of the 3080 Ti is compared directly with the 3080’s results, it’s easy to determine that the 3080 Ti is just not worth it over the RTX 3080.

Starting with the pricing; at the time of writing this article, the 3080 Ti can be purchased in Newegg at an average price of $1,400 while the 3080 can be found at $730. That is an almost $700 price difference for only 2 extra GB of VRAM and less than 5% performance enhancement.

Although the RTX 3080 Ti adds around 1,500 more CUDA cores, 12 more RT cores, and 2GB extra of VRAM, the actual change in performance is barely perceived. In the vast majority of situations where the GPU will be used for gaming or content creation, the extra upgrade won’t add that much stronger for the GPU to be considered as worth it.

 RTX 3080RTX 3080 Ti
RT Cores6880
Base clock1440 MHz1365 MHz
Boost clock1710 MHz1665 MHz
Memory clock19 Gbps19 Gbps
Card busPCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16
Memory bandwidth760.3 GB/s912.4 GB/s

RTX 3080 Ti vs 3080 gaming

In benchmarks, we can the RTX 3080 Ti only provides around 10 extra FPS in the majority of games tested, in 1440p. But in some cases, the difference is as low as 1 extra frame per second. And in some cases, like Fortnite and Death Stranding with DLSS turned on, the 3080 Ti performance has been seen to be even lower than the 3080 non-Ti.

It’s a similar story in results witnessed in 4K gaming. The gains in frames per second are so low that the price difference looks odd at best, and terrible at worst – it’s $700 more remember, for an RTX 3080 Ti at the time of writing.

Is 3080 Ti considered high end?

Yes, considering its whopping price tag the RTX 3080 Ti is a high-end graphics card.

PCG Guide Expert view

The RTX 3080 Ti is good for 1440p gaming, but its performance over an RTX 3080 isn’t worth the current price discrepancy. In fact, the RX 7900 XTX has an MSRP of $999, around $500 cheaper than an RTX 3080 Ti currently is. So in terms of performance per USD$, you’d be better off keeping an eye on the stock of AMD’s new card for the best value (with better performance) over a 3080.

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