Last month, Nvidia introduced the GeForce RTX 3080 , the first new video card based on the Ampere architecture. At the time we only discussed Nvidia’s own Founders Edition, but now the custom copies from ASUS, Gigabyte, Inno3D and MSI have also reached our test lab. What is the most enviable RTX 3080 of these five?
Launch and landing
A few days after we published our review of the RTX 3080 , the new video card went on sale. However, getting one was practically impossible; Nvidia’s own website collapsed under the mass of interested parties, and retailers had almost laughably small stocks of custom cards. Not surprising when you consider that Nvidia had only started to deliver production versions of the GPU a few weeks before the introduction.
Nvidia apologized for the delivery issue , indicating that it had underestimated demand along with its partners. We understand from video card manufacturers that production numbers are increasing every week, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it takes months for supply to keep up with demand. On the next page, we will go into this in more detail, and also highlight the stability issues that dominated the news in the past week.
However, there is no doubt that there is a lot of demand for the RTX 3080 cards, as is also apparent from conversations we had with various online stores. Stock and even a view of it is actually nowhere; the summary deliveries are part of the large number of back orders, so that the stock indication never turns green. The prices at web shops are therefore often anything but realistic. That is why we base our assessment in this round-up on the suggested retail prices, which give a better picture of how the various models will compare to each other once the availability gets underway.