The folks over at Digital Foundry had the pleasure of being the first to analyse and test the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, allowing us to see what the graphics card looks like, but more importantly, to know its performance, although it was compared to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (non-super variant).

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 offers no less than 8704 CUDA Cores under the Ampere architecture built on Samsung 8nm manufacturing process at a Base / Turbo frequency of 1440/1710 MHz with a performance of 30 TFLOPS, that is 20 TFLOPS more compared to to the GeForce RTX 2080. This GPU is attached to 10GB GDDR6X memory @ 19 GHz with an interface 320 bits gives a bandwidth of  760 GB / s (vs 448 GB / s) and consumption of 320W (vs. 215W) powered through single 12-pin PCI-Express connector.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 vs Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

All of this translates to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition being, on average, 81.6 percent faster than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition in Borderlands 3 at Maximum quality with 4K resolution. With the same settings, it is 84.2% faster in DOOM Eternal; 69.8% faster in Shadow of the Tomb Raider; 77.6% faster in Control; 92.3% faster in Quake 2 with RayTracing, and 77.6% faster in Control with RayTracing + DLSS.

Obviously, Ampere is a new architecture, and this means that there is still room for improvement in its performance with new drivers .

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 vs Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 4K / Graphic adjustment Max.
Borderlands 3 + 81.6%
DOOM Eternal + 84.2%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider + 69.8%
Control + 77.6%
Ray Tracing: Quake 2 RTX + 92.3%
Ray Tracing: Control / RT High / DLSS Performance + 77.6%

On average around 80.52% faster than RTX 2080 in 6 performance tests

Unfortunately, this early look is limited to performance, we will have to wait to talk about consumption and temperatures. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 will go on same on September 17 at a starting price (Founder Edition) of $699.