EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra
EVGA is one of the top manufacturers we prefer while buying graphics cards and power supplies because of the excellent build quality and reasonable price. The company released five different variants of RTX 3080. We’ve picked the EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra, which is top of the line in the series offering great aesthetics and performance compared to other similar priced competitors.
As said previously, there are five different variants for all users, including budget gamers, OCers and enthusiast. The one we’ve on this list is the fastest in term of clocks as it offers the base clock speed of 1800+ MHz and still has some tremendous overclocking potential. Also, apart from ECGA RTX 3080, this clock speed might be the fastest compared with other AIB cards.
The EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra takes slightly more than two slots as the RTX 3080 series of graphics cards are large and have huge sized heat spreaders on them. Though this varies from vendor to vendor, some take 2.5 slots while it goes up to three. The 2080S comes with dual fans cooler, while this one has three fans and an iCX3 cooling design, which gives excellent thermals and OC potential.
The shroud of this cooler is coloured in all black and has ARGB lights that give appealing looks and maintain the aesthetics and cooling simultaneously; it also has a backplate. Those users who will install this graphics card on an m-ATX motherboard might not be able to use the other PCIe slots because of its huge size, but with an ATX or E-ATX motherboard, you can overcome this problem.
The founder edition of RTX 3080 requires only one single 12-pin power connector, but with this one, you need at least three 8-pin power connectors, which all are installed at the top side while the rest of the power it draws from the PCIe slot. The company says they’ve put the new 2nd generation of their HDB fans, which works quieter, gets their job done without any problem, and cools down the GPU.
The backplate of this graphics card is made up of metal which is a slight advantage as previously we’ve seen plastic backplates in old generations. It just doesn’t maintain the aesthetics but also dissipates the heat, which helps in better cooling of the card. Overall the manufacturers have done a great job to make their card stand in from other premium models like ASUS ROG or MSI Gaming X.
Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity HoLo
With the launch of RTX 3080 graphics cards, it comes to know that Zotac brings us something exciting that most of us haven’t seen before. The new Trinity HoLo series is excellent when considering the looks of the graphics cards and the performance. Like before, they stand in front of other premium vendors with their appealing but straightforward aesthetics and most subtle looks.
The company has released at least three different RTX 3080 AIB cards, from which we’ve picked the Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity HoLo. The launch of this new series doesn’t mean that they are ending other series like AMP, but they will also be available in the RTX 30 series of graphics cards. Before releasing the RTX 30 GPUs, the company first released some rendered images that show how they look.
Like all other RTX 3080 AIB cards, this one also comes with 10 GB of GDDR6X memory, which is enough to max out most of the latest titles and allows you to enjoy RTX features. The clocks of this graphics card are not much impressive as it comes with a base clock of 1440 MHz and a boost clock of 1710 MHz. This is not the highest in AIB cards as others offer more than 1800 MHz or even more.
Overall the design of this graphics card is good, but as RTX 3080 graphics cards are slightly larger, you have to manage it to install it on the motherboard. The good thing is, like the previous series Zotac again bought us a compact RTX 3080 GPU, which you can consider for small builds. The alternate spinning technology which Nvidia released recently is available on this graphics card.
The power consumption of this card is not like the one mentioned above as it needs only two 8-Pin power connectors, which are located at the top of it. The shroud of this GPU is coloured in black, has three alternative spinning fans and Zotac Gaming branding on the top side with some RGB lights. There is a metal backplate on the backside that maintains the aesthetics and helps in the cooling process.
The Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity HoLo is an excellent graphics card I would recommend you to consider, but if you are building a mid-tower build, you need to know that it’s pretty bulkier than others. It would be best if you had good airflow in your build to get the maximum performance out of it, and for the outstanding performance, I would say it’s the best RTX 3080 priced reasonable for mid-range builds.
ASUS RTX 3080 ROG STRIX Gaming OC
The ROG and TUF are two premium series from Asus, and with them, the company competes with other tops of the line graphics cards. We've picked the ASUS ROG STRIX NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 OC Edition, a premium graphics card from the company, but it's also priced way higher than other vendors. Though we compare it with GPUs under the same price bracket, it offers a lot that makes it appealing.
When you compare the latest generation of RTX graphics cards with the previous one, it comes to know that Asus has changed a lot. Everything is now changed from design to performance and cooling technology, offering better value, which makes you justify its price. The thermal design of this card is better than before as it can cool down GPU efficiently without fans noise, allowing great overclocking potential.
The ROG STRIX RTX 3080 takes about three slots (actually, it's 2.9) and has two HDMI 2.1 ports, while it also has three Display Port 1.4a and allows to connect up to five monitors. This GPU is fully compatible with PCIe Gen4 slots means you can enjoy the double bandwidth on PCIe slots if using a B550 or X570 board. Though it's also compatible with PCIe Gen3 slots as Intel motherboards don't support Gen4.
The shroud of this graphics card has a black and grey color scheme with three fans, and they have ASUS ROG branding on them with RGB lights underneath them. The top side also has an RGB strip, and you can change all of these RGB lights with the Asus Aura software to produce colorful effects. The power consumption of this card is like other premium models as it needs three 8-Pins connectors.
EVGA offered the best boost clocks as this one provides only 1710 MHz, but with a little overclocking, you can easily hit the 1740 MHz to get some performance gain. The ROG Strix is a mainstream series that attracts users due to its great price and performance. For changing the settings of the graphics cards, you have software that comes bundled with it, namely GPU Tweak II.
The fans on the left and right have eleven blades, and the middle one has thirteen blades, and all of their sins alternatively to give the best possible cooling. They called this Axial-Tech Fan Design, where the fans have more blades than usual. The middle one spins reversely, making excellent airflow between the heatsink vents allowing outstanding cooling performance for overclocking the graphics card.
There are a couple of different ports for display output, including two HDMI, three DP and one HDCP. Overall this graphics card is excellent enough, but one thing some of you don't like in this graphics card is the design as it's good but not that much. While if you accept that, there will be no other thing that disappoints you regarding this graphics card, and it's one of the best RTX 3080 to consider.
INNO3D RTX 3080
INNO3D might be the oldest player who's manufacturing Nvidia graphics cards, and that the reason why I've not skipped this vendor from our list. Some users still don't know about this vendor much, but it started manufacturing Nvidia graphics cards back in 1998 and still working on it. The reason which compels us to INNO3D graphics cards is their reasonable price to performance ratio.
Right now, there are three aftermarket cards INNO3D released based on RTX 3080 chip, but the one we are considering as the best is INNO3D RTX 3080 iCHILL X3. The difference between the two cards is not much, but the third comes with only two fans and recommends compact builds. However, the other two differ in clock speeds and OC potential; otherwise, the design and cooler are the same installed on them.
We've also reviewed some of the first generations of INNO3D RTX graphics cards where the most notable one was RTX 2070 Super, but the one we've there on the list (iCHILL X3 RTX 3080) is something entirely different from them. Older cards give straightforward looks, but this one is a little more attractive because of the design and the RGB lights, which you can configure with third-party software.
The front of this graphics card has a metallic and plastic-made shroud with three 90mm fans which spin alternatively and gives an excellent thermal performance. Even though there is no problem with this GPU's cooling solution, I would still say INNO3D could make it even better. The large-sized heatsink dissipates a lot of heat which gives excellent performance and overclocking potential in the same place.
The second generation of RTX graphics cards is much better than before. It allows the users to enjoy the latest titles at high resolution with real-time ray tracing enabled and getting all this without compromising the features. The top of this graphics card has two 8-pins power connectors, which draws maximum power for the GPU which the rest of the power is provided through a PCIe slot.
Overall it's an excellent graphics card, but I would recommend you to get it if and only if you are low on budget or not willing to spend a lot on graphics cards. The prices of these graphics cards are already high, so be wise while picking up the right GPU for your build. The company doesn't have any specific software for them, but you can use some third-party software for tweaking the graphics card.
GAINWARD RTX 3080
As you already know, all of the aftermarket models are the same because they use the same PCB and chip, but the thing that makes them different is the thermal design and other features. Gainward is another brand you can consider if you don’t have the budget to get the ASUS or MSI graphics cards. The performance and the thermal design are the same as other premium cards but for a low price and I would call it one of the cheap but best RTX 3080.
The company recently released some rendered images of these graphics cards, and it attracts me because of its Phoenix RGB lights and the great design. The front of this card has three fans, which spins alternatively and gives the best thermal performance and increases the beauty of this graphics card.
GAINWARD RTX 3080 Phoenix GS has 2.7 slots cooler, which makes a great airflow in the card, and the “U” shaped heat sink pipes dissipate maximum heat. We all know when we try to play games like RDR2 with Ray Tracing enabled graphics cards to produce a large amount of heat and overcome the best in class thermal design in this graphics card.
Previously, we’ve seen that most of the RTX 3080 graphics cards use the three 8-Pin connectors, but this only needs two. This low power draw doesn’t mean that this graphics card can’t give you performance like other premium vendors, but it is designed in such a way to work without using much power.
You will see in this graphics card that makes it unique is the Phoenix RGB on the front side; otherwise, there is nothing new or different in this card. If you are low on budget and upgrading from Turing architecture, give this graphics card a try, and it’s not going to disappoint you.
Grawind only confirms two graphics cards as of now, where this one is mentioned above, and the other one is the RTX 3090. Except that the company hasn’t announced anything else coming in the RTX 30 series.
GIGABYTE RTX 3080
While buying a graphics card, we consider after the performance is aesthetics, and for that, how can we skip the Gigabyte Aorus card from our list? As we’ve seen previously, Gigabyte is one of the top-notch brands in terms of performance and price and consider budget-friendly products. However, this one is not very budget-friendly and falls in the premium category.
The unique blade design and the alternate fan spinning give the best thermal performance and aesthetics to this graphics card. Also, the alternate spinning helps in releasing down the heat pressure from the heatsink. If we take it generally, you can see that the cooling solution of these cards is way better than the previous architecture because of the minimal noise level of fans and better cooling technology.
As I said before, this graphics card comes with some extended heatsink, which will make a better airflow inside it and gives you a powerful cooling solution. This will reduce the GPU overall temperature by a great margin, and you can enjoy your titles without facing any heating problem.
In the founder edition, we’ve seen that the RTX 3080 graphics cards are using single 12-Pin power connectors, but these aftermarket models are using three 8-Pin connectors. There are three HDMI ports and three Display Ports for display output, and you can connect up to six monitors at a time with this graphics card. All those users who own this card on its release will get a four years warranty by the manufacturer.
Like the previous graphics cards, you will also see the 3D active fan in this card, which turns off the card fan for semi-passive cooling. This card’s design looks attractive more than any other premium vendor, but with its great design, this graphics card is bulkier.
Gigabyte announced that they would release at least four different RTX 3080 graphics cards, and there you can give them a look if you don’t like the card mentioned above.
- GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 3080 Master
- GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 3080 Xtreme
- GIGABYTE RTX 3080 Eagle OC
- GIGABYTE RTX 3080 Gaming
MSI RTX 3080 GAMING TRIO 10G
MSI offers four different aftermarket cards of RTX 3080, but similar to ASUS, and they have two different models while the other two are the OC variants. They again continued the two series where one named Gaming X, which is targeted for enthusiasts and high-end gamers, while the other is Ventus 3x, which is good to consider when building under some budget.
The Ventus 3x has two different models where one is simple while the other one is the OC variant, which you can guess from its name gives better clocks. Else there is no difference between these graphics cards. We’ve previously seen that MSI Ventus graphics cards were very straightforward in looks and performance, but this time MSI took it to the next level and added a bit of RGB lights.
This card’s price is not less than other premium aftermarket cards like ASUS Tuf or Gigabyte Eagle, so it’s good to consider them, but if you manage to get it one some deal, you are good to go with it. The OC version of this graphics card also has the same problem because it’s selling for more than the MSRP and offers some better clocks, i.e. 1740 MHz factory OC. That’s all about the cheaper option from MSI, but hod on there is something more for you.
MSI has another graphics card, namely Gaming Trio and Gaming X Trio, as both of them have almost the same design while the only difference between them is of clocks. Both of these graphics cards are set to a power limit of 350W while using the same cooling design, and their temperature hardly reaches the 75 degrees Celcius value. The overclocking in the X version is excellent as you can easily reach 2000 MHz on it, but the performance gain over the non X version is only 2.7 percent.
This shows that the overclocking will not affect the graphics card’s performance much in at least Ampere architecture graphics cards. If you can save some money on a non-X card, it’s an excellent option to consider over the X version. MSI recently released another premium RTX 3080 graphics card with Suprim X name, which is similar to the Gaming X, and this one is based on custom design RTX 3080 chip implementation.
- MSI RTX 3080 GAMING TRIO 10G
- MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO 10G
- MSI RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X 10G
- MSI RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X 10G OC
- MSI RTX 3080 SUPRIM X 10G