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Such has been the supply issues caused by the Covid restrictions around the world, as well as unexpectedly high demand, that many people are still waiting patiently for the original Ampere GPUs to appear in retailers, and here we are with a brand new card in the form of the RTX 3080 Ti.,Any Nvidia card is nearly always quickly accompanied by a Ti or Super sequel, and normally this wouldn’t be something that leaves a slightly odd taste in our mouths, but when you couple this new release with the scarcity of the regular card we are left wondering who exactly this card is for. If you were lucky enough to snaffle a RTX 3080 then you’ll be annoyed at it already being out of date, and if you weren’t then we’re pretty sure that the Ti will come with a suitable price hike so you’re having to save even harder to try and get your hands on a new GPU. It makes perfect business sense for Nvidia of course, and indeed further down the line when retailers shelves are totally bare, but right now it’s a sticky situation.,However, let’s leave politics aside for a moment and focus upon exactly what the Ti version of the RTX 3080 is bringing to the party. Like many Ti models in the past it’s a halfway house between the card it is the sequel to, and the next one up in the model chain, in this case the RTX 3090. Without giving the game away too much this is a lot closer to the RTX 3090 than we were expecting it to be, as there isn’t just a tiny improvement to the hardware but a fairly substantial one in every department.,Technical Specifications,The primary differences between the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3080 Ti are to be found in all the important places. The Ti has 12 extra Shader Modules which give 48 extra Tensor Cores, 12 extra RT Cores, and 1536 more CUDA Cores. In case that doesn’t feel like enough the Texture Unit quota has been upped from 272 to 320, whilst you have another 16 ROPs to play with too. Video Memory has been increased from 10GB to 12GB and it’s now at 384-bit instead of 320, which brings the bandwidth up from 760 GB/s to 912 GB/. All in all it’s a total improvement from the RTX 3080 that’s so popular.unnamed file 2493,Up Close,The RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition packaging is identical to the regular RTX 3080 packaging with bold silver stripes against a black background. Funny how Nvidia demand a giant green box identifying the card on the partner card packaging, but not their own.,unnamed file 2495
unnamed file 2496  ,It’s a classy looking thing, with the soft curves and muted palette fitting perfectly into its high density foam protector. If you like packaging which gives you the impression of a premium product before you’ve even got your hands on it then the Founders Edition is right up your street.,
unnamed file 2497  ,From the front the Founders Edition in Ti trim is identical to its stablemates with the fan on the right pushing air to the upper section of your case whilst the fan under the RTX 3080 Ti branding cools the components then spits the hot air out of the back of your case instead of spilling it out the sides to gradually warm your components up.,
unnamed file 2498  ,Looking at it from the reverse side you get a better indication of the ‘straight through’ fan design on the inside of the card, helping push cold air towards your CPU cooler.,
unnamed file 2499  ,The power connector is still the strange ’12 pins in the middle of the card’ arrangement that we saw on the original Ampere Founders Edition cards. How much this bothers you is very much a matter of taste. We can appreciate the design reasons that have placed it in the middle, but we’d still prefer to not have to use an adaptor to power our GPU.,
unnamed file 2500  ,Outputs are the now common Nvidia selection of a single HDMI 8K60 and three DisplayPorts. The Type-C USB port seems to have vanished.,
unnamed file 2501  ,Despite looking identical externally at least Nvidia have used a Ti brand on the model identifier. How long before you can buy the left plate from some dodgy Chinese website and sell your card as a Ti when it isn’t? Because externally it’s impossible to tell other than the addition of those two letters.,
unnamed file 2502  unnamed file 2493,Test Setup,unnamed file 2504 ,Clock Speeds
,The average boost clock speed is, of course, the most important number, and the Ti version of the Nvidia Founders Edition goes as quickly as its regular forebear, although not quite at the same peak MHz boost speed.,unnamed file 2505  unnamed file 2493,Borderlands 3,Borderlands 3 saw Gearbox Software return to developing their most famous IP following the somewhat dubious reception The Pre Sequel received. Borderlands has plenty of settings to tweak and, despite looking superficially similar to Borderlands 2, it’s significantly more demanding upon your hardware. At higher resolutions only the most performance rich need apply. Naturally we run with everything at the maximum possible settings.,unnamed file 2507  unnamed file 2493,Control,Remedy Entertainment’s Control is one of those games that demonstrates everything available to you in modern engines and with modern hardware. Not only does it have destructible environments but it supports all the hardware tricks, including Ray Tracing and DLSS on hardware with either or both of those features. We’re testing in every possible combination to demonstrate how each can impact your frames per second. The first graph is all resolutions in ‘plain’ mode. The second graph with Ray Tracing on, and the third graph with Ray Tracing and DLSS on for performance impact demonstration purposes.,unnamed file 2509
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unnamed file 2511  unnamed file 2493,Cyberpunk 2077,Oh Cyberpunk 2077. Rarely has a game promised so much and come out of the gate so absolutely bug-ridden. Thankfully CDPR are working hard to squash most of the bugs, and indeed have, but incredibly ambitious games allied to the world going into lockdown for most of its fine polishing left us all a bit disappointed. It’s still a gorgeous, sprawling title though, which is enough for our purposes. We’re running on the Ultra preset here, as gorgeous – and performance heavy – as it’s possible to make the game with the second graph on Ultra Ray-Tracing mode with DLSS on and off.,unnamed file 2513
unnamed file 2514  unnamed file 2493,Dirt 5,The latest version of Codemasters long running Rally game has plenty of visual splendour. Sure it’s never going to be mistaken for Richard Burns Rally or any of the genuine sims out there, but if you want to get muddy and know your “medium left over crest don’t cut”s from your “5 right tightens” then it’s a good place to start.,unnamed file 2516  unnamed file 2493,F1 2020,Despite being launched at a time when there wasn’t any motorsport – or any sport – in the world, F1 2020 is everything it could realistically be. No, the track list doesn’t match the real 2020 F1 season, but the cars are close to their real-life counterparts and the graphics engine brings all the glorious imagery we’ve come to expect from Codemasters F1 titles. We’re running with it all to the stops, because of course we are.,unnamed file 2518  unnamed file 2493,Gears 5,A game where we always mentally add “of War” to the title, the most recent addition to the Gears franchise saw The Coalition stick rigidly to the formula that has made this title a success on the Xbox. It’s more of a ‘best of’ than a new title, but still brings all the graphical glory to your screen as befits a game aimed at the console market. With everything turned up to ten the graphics can bring even beefy systems to their knees.,unnamed file 2520  unnamed file 2493,Horizon Zero Dawn,Alongside God of War, Horizon is one of the best titles from this generation of games. A massive open world and story rich game with none of the ‘collect 500 tiny things’ that plagues many open world titles, the breath-taking vistas and gorgeous animation of Aloy’s adventures should be experienced by all gamers. The PC release required some fine tuning to be all it could be, but graphically it’s still jaw-dropping and with everything up to the hilt as we have here, few games look better.,unnamed file 2522  unnamed file 2493,Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition,The latest version of Metro Exodus – the Enhanced Edition – continues to utilise all of the potential of your graphics card in a way few other games do. No matter what you may feel about the game play style and that post-apocalypse horror aesthetic, it’s worth checking out just to see what graphical splendour modern titles can bring.,unnamed file 2524  unnamed file 2493,Microsoft Flight Simulator,A title that doesn’t just require you to have some beefy hardware to maximise the visuals, but also a fairly empty hard drive to squeeze on one of the largest install sizes on the market, the newest instalment in the famous Flight Simulator series is gorgeous. Without any combat you’ve plenty of time with which to appreciate the satellite based ground imagery as well as the hand-crafted airports. With all the detail settings maximised it’s a stern test of your system.,unnamed file 2526  unnamed file 2493,Monster Hunter World,Capcom’s Monster Hunter World might be, compared to other titles in our test suite, getting a little long in the tooth but it’s still a gorgeous title with beautiful scenery punctuated by boss fights that wouldn’t look out of place in a From Software title. The introduction of the Iceborne expansion pack boosted the graphics a little further, and as always we’re running everything as high as we can push.,unnamed file 2528  unnamed file 2493,Resident Evil 3,Another Capcom title, the newest instalment of the remade Resident Evil franchise continues to up the ante in graphical glory. As someone old enough to have played the originals, seeing Jill Valentine in all her high definition glory never stops being impressive, and whilst the gameplay doesn’t quite shine as brightly as the two games that bracket this in the Res line-up, it’s still fun to turn everything up to max and murder some zombies.,unnamed file 2530  unnamed file 2493,The Witcher 3,The original Witcher flew under the radar a little bit in the mainstream, whilst winning an army of fans amongst the RPG hardcore. The Witcher 2 brought everything to it’s knees and was the Crysis of it’s time. The Witcher 3, rightfully, is legendary amongst gamers as the perfect blend of open-world, choices matter, graphically gorgeous role playing. Comfortably one of the best games ever.,unnamed file 2532  unnamed file 2493,Total Warhammer 2,Creative Assembly rewrote the book for strategy games with their Total War series, and with Total Warhammer they brought fantasy into that sphere. Total Warhammer 2 took all that was great about the first entry and filled it so full of content that you can play the Mortal Empires campaign for literal years if you wish. The CPU does as much work as the GPU here, thanks to hundreds of units and vast draw distances.,Clearly there is something strange going on, as the resolution change doesn’t actually affect the performance, yet neither does any of the performance resemble what we’d expect from any resolution. It’s here for completeness, but safe to ignore until we figure out what went wrong. Maybe pre-launch drivers.,unnamed file 2534  unnamed file 2493,Total War Saga: Troy,A game everyone probably owns thanks to the free 24 hours on the Epic Store, Troy might not have the breadth of some of the more fully-fledged entries in the long Total War series, but it’s still a good way of showing off the well-rounded nature of your system. You need every component to be finely tuned to really pump those frames out.,unnamed file 2536  unnamed file 2493,Watch Dogs : Legion,It’s been three games and Watch Dogs still hasn’t quite lived up to its promise, but Legion is much closer than either of the previous two titles were to fulfilling the ‘hack the world’ tagline. It’s a Ubisoft game, so you already know pretty much what to expect, just on PC we get Ray-Tracing and all the good eye candy stuff. Graph one is vanilla and graph two has RT and DLSS (where available).,unnamed file 2538
unnamed file 2540  unnamed file 2493,3DMARK: Port Royal,One of the first Ray Tracing benchmarks to appear, the value of Port Royal cannot be overstated. Games always take a while to adopt new technologies but benchmark/demos can get on board much faster and show off where your hard-earned is going. With the next generation of consoles supporting Ray Tracing too it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a bigger part of our lives.,unnamed file 2544  unnamed file 2493,3DMARK: Time Spy,If you’ve been using 3D Mark since the days when it was largely full of dragons and Matrix-esque FPS games, you’ll appreciate Time Spy taking you on a trip down memory lane whilst also showing the future too. It’s always a  lovely thing to watch which, as people who’ve seen the Fire Strike benchmark a thousand times or more, is a feature we appreciate.,unnamed file 2548  unnamed file 2493,Temperatures and Power Draw,Modern graphics cards no longer rely upon the user to overclock them, as the drivers now make the most of any spare power or thermal headroom available to boost the clocks to give the smoothest performance. Thus the temperature graph is a little less important than it used to be unless the manufacturer has created a godly cooler, whilst Power Draw is fun on your energy bill, but most of us just care about performance rather than a handful of Watts here and there. With slight variance in ambient temperatures we’re also including the delta temperature too, so you know exactly how well the card performs relative to the air temperature.,unnamed file 2551
unnamed file 2553  unnamed file 2493,Hardware Increase,You’re paying 62% more money for the RTX 3080 Ti FE when compared to the RTX 3080 FE. What is that money giving you in terms of hardware? A fairly flat 18% increase across the board. Indeed the RTX 3080 Ti, architecturally, is much closer to the RTX 3090. That Nvidia pricing doesn’t seem so bad compared to the RTX 3090 price.,unnamed file 2557  unnamed file 2493,Game Performance Improvement,So we’ve established that the price difference is pretty steep, but you’re getting around 18% extra hardware. How does that translate into actual gaming performance? Well 62% extra cash gets you 18% extra hardware giving you 12% (ave) performance at 4K. Put like that it doesn’t make much sense. It’s not the whole tale, but it’s a lot of it.,unnamed file 2560  unnamed file 2493,Conclusion,If there is a downside to the world in 2020 it is that the time seemed to absolutely drag. The launch of the Nvidia Ampere cards and the excitement that surrounded them feels like a lifetime ago. It was September. 8 months. In that 8 months the shelves have been emptier than the pasta and toilet roll aisle of your local supermarket and prices have soared with those people lucky enough to have got their hands on one gouging those who wanted to get hold of one. Even storefronts aren’t averse to slightly bumping the price when they have some in stock.,It might have been eight months then, but most of us still haven’t actually got an Ampere card, yet here is the Ti version to render the previous model that nobody could find, obsolete. Or does it? Certainly it makes business sense to gear up for a new product, and in a normal universe we’d have had eight months to enjoy the Ampere card. So we’d be annoyed that it was replaced so quickly, but perhaps begrudgingly accepting that this is the way of the world. Early adopters always have to endure such things. However, nobody is an early adopter because there hasn’t been any stock. At least Nvidia won’t follow the pattern of the retailers/lucky few and bend the potential buyers over a … £1049!!! Pardon??,That’s obscene.,Oh well, let’s make the best of it. What does this SIXTY-TWO PERCENT price increase over the regular RTX 3080 buy you? As you saw from the previous two pages you get 18% more hardware under the hood, which we’ll get to in a minute, and around 12% extra performance at 4K resolutions. 62% more money for 18% more hardware for 12% more performance is a perfect encapsulation of the theory of diminishing returns.,Why we aren’t as cross about the Nvidia Founders Edition as we are about the partner cards is simply a matter of pricing. This card is very nearly a RTX 3090, but significantly more affordable than that card was at launch. We were expecting this to be around £749 given that the RTX 3080 launched at £649, so to have a number closer to the RTX 2080 Ti launch price is eye-widening to say the least.,If you’re a 4K gamer and didn’t manage to get on board the RTX 3090 train during the 4 minutes they were available for purchase, then perhaps the RTX 3080 Ti is going to be just the ticket. If you’re not gaming at 4K then there is zero reason to buy this unless you absolutely can’t find a regular RTX 3080 anywhere. Or 3070. But if that is the category under which you fall, then basically Nvidia are price gouging you like an eBay scalper.,All that being said it’s approximately RTX 3090 performance for a price somewhere between that and the RTX 3080 Ti. If there is stock around and you’ve been saving frantically then you won’t be disappointed with the end result of your spending, and thus it wins our OC3D Performance Award.,unnamed file 73

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