Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 review

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 followed up its long-revered Nvidia Turing predecessor the right way, offering boosted performance while also lowering the price by $100. The RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti were launched at prices out of reach for most mortals so this new pricing on their successor is a nice welcome. But, it’s also a pleasant surprise, considering that both the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Ti charged much more than their respective predecessors when they were released.

Lucky for us, Nvidia has taken notice of AMD’s more reasonable pricing and dropped the prices on its new slate of GPUs, even if it’s not by much. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 hit the streets, therefore, with not only a boost of 50-80% in performance over the RTX 2080 and 20-30% over the RTX 2080 Ti, a card that’s almost twice as expensive, but also better power efficiency and a much more affordable price. That means that you can now play the just-dropped Cyberpunk 2077 in 4K without dropping a couple of thousands of dollars.

The launch of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, which directly competes with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 at a slightly cheaper price, might complicate things for the new Nvidia flagship. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, in its own right, is the biggest generational leap in PC graphics we’ve seen in years – perhaps ever.

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