NVIDIA RTX 3080 release date

The middle child of the new RTX 30 series, the RTX 3080, has received a release date.


NVIDIA has blown us all away with its new RTX 30 series of graphics cards. These look to take gaming to a whole new level and PC enthusiasts are ready for it. For those that want to upgrade to the RTX 3080, you don’t have long to wait as the RTX 3080 release date is almost here.

NVIDIA RTX 3080 release date

The NVIDIA RTX 3080 release date is scheduled for September 17, 2020. This gives consumers only a couple of weeks from time of writing to garner the necessary funds for the upgrade. The good news is that the price of the RTX 3080 is significantly less than the RTX 3090, making it a more reasonable purchase for those that want some additional power.

In terms of pricing, the RTX 3080 is going to set PC enthusiasts back $699 USD, which is typically a bit more than a new generation of console. The power increase boasted by the RTX 3080 is certainly substantial, though.

rtx 3080 performance graph
The RTX 3080 looks to perform significantly better than all other NVIDIA cards currently on the market.

According to the above graph, NVIDIA’s RTX 3080 will be performing significantly better than the RTX 2080 Super and even the 2080 Ti, and leagues better than the 1080 Ti from a few years ago. This marks a massive leap in performance, without an overwhelming hit to the bank account.

However, there is the other option of the RTX 3090. This beastly GPU sounds like it will blow everything else out of the water. The main drawback will be the price, which at $1,499 USD, might be simply an impossibility for most. For those that may be nervous about the $699 USD price point, there is the other option of the RTX 3070. Releasing later this year, the RTX 3070 sits at a more comfortable $499 USD.

No matter what version of NVIDIA’s new RTX 30 series you go for, they’ll each be a significant improvement over current hardware. With a release date set for mid-September, the RTX 3080 will be a great option for most players. Be sure to swing by the Shacknews NVIDIA page for more information on the latest series of GPUs.

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    September 1, 2020 8:00 PM

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      September 2, 2020 10:16 AM

      Faster than a 2080ti at almost half the price? Yes please. The 3090 is about 30% faster for more than double the cost? Hard to justify at resolutions <4k.

      Of course, for 4k, the 10GB of the 3080 looks a bit anemic.

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        September 2, 2020 10:17 AM

        No way the 3090 is only 30% faster.

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          September 2, 2020 10:20 AM

          The memory bandwidth is way higher, but will any games actually use it?

          At 1440p, I’m not sure the 3090 will really out perform the 3080 by that much. They both have DDR6x memory speed. Similar clock speed. The 3090 has way more cores and will of course excel RTX and at high texture/high resolution uses.

          Can’t wait for benchmarks.

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            September 2, 2020 10:26 AM

            the memory bandwidth used will be proportional to the number of shaders demanding data, games will use it if run at settings where it's not bottlenecked on something else.

            Although I've just realised that I had the 3070 and 3080 crossed up in my head, the 3090 is actually less than 30% more shaders than the 3080, so it could well be only around 30% faster.

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              September 2, 2020 10:43 AM

              Yeah, 3070 should be equivalent to the 2080ti for 40% of the cost at $499. That’s aimed squarely at beating next gen consoles and is great pricing! It will power 1440p/60 RTX ON or 4k/60 RTX off.

              The 3080 should be 50-100% faster than the 3070 for 60% more at $799. That’s pretty good performance/$ and should power 1440/120 RTX ON or 4k/60 RTX ON.

              The 3090 has about 25% more bandwidth than the 3080 for 88% increase in cost. But it has 140% more RAM. I think it only makes sense if you can use the extra RAM for 4k/8k textures for 8k/60 or 4k/120 RTX ON. Also will be good for VR, which basically need double the bandwidth at high frame rates compared to normal use.

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                September 2, 2020 11:25 AM

                The 3080 wont be 50-100% faster than a 3070 (2080Ti).... its anywhere from 50-80% faster than a 1080Ti/2080 (non super).

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                  September 2, 2020 11:26 AM

                  Ah. They were comparing it to the 2080 not the Ti. I see. Those damn 1X-2X charts are so misleading. Can’t wait for FPS benchmarks.

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                    September 2, 2020 11:35 AM

                    yeah the information blitz on this is more confusing rather than illuminating. we need clear concise anandtech style charts.

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                    September 2, 2020 11:35 AM

                    Ya gotta read the annotations on the graph to get what it's referring to. Most were at 4K res w/ an Intel i9, and many had RTX enabled.

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          September 2, 2020 10:21 AM


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          September 2, 2020 10:54 AM

          I'd imagine we're talking about 30% faster than a 3080 yeah? I hope...

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          September 2, 2020 11:23 AM

          hes saying the 3090 will likely be 30% faster than the 3080, not the 2080Ti. I think that will be at the high end, but it should comfortably be ballpark 20% faster in general.

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            September 2, 2020 11:50 AM

            Right, and 30% gain for 100% cost is not really a great option unless you have a specific need.

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              September 2, 2020 2:24 PM

              Yea I was really angling for a 3090 but I can’t justify it. Makes more sense to buy a 3080, keep the difference and buy a 4080 in 2 years.

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