Thinking of helping users looking to invest in a new video card, TechTudo has broken down GPU data sheets, their differences, and what to consider when buying. Check it out below.
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Both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti are part of the same generation of Nvidia cards, so they both use the same Ampere architecture. Furthermore, the Ti version is a direct evolution of the standard one, with a significant difference in the number of cores.
The GeForce RTX 3080 has up to 8,960 CUDA cores, while the RTX 3080 Ti has 10,240 — an increase of almost 14%. Keep in mind that the more cores a video card has, the higher its processing capacity.
Nvidia 30 series video cards use the Ampère architecture — Photo: Disclosure/Nvidia
Another difference is the clock. The standard version of the GPU has a base clock of up to 1.44 GHz and a boost of 1.71 GHz. The Ti version has a base clock of 1.37 GHz and a boost of 1.67 GHz. Despite the obvious advantage of the standard version, the RTX 3080 Ti is better than it due to the higher number of cores, which allows for more operations at the same time.
It’s also worth mentioning that the TI version has 80 Ray Tracing cores versus the normal version’s 68, along with 320 Tensor Cores versus 272. So Ray Tracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) performance tends to be better in the RTX 3080 Ti. Otherwise, both cards share the same configuration: RAM memory is GDDR6X memory up to 12 GB clocked at 1.2 GHz, and the width of the memory interface is 384 bits.
In addition to the specifications, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti also has an advantage over the RTX 3080 in terms of performance. According to tests conducted by the website GPUCheck, the difference between the models is less than 30%, even when playing games at ultra settings and 4K resolution. For example, in the game Overwatch 2 in 4K at maximum quality, the RTX 3080 Ti reached a rate of 157 FPS against the 152 FPS of the RTX 3080. In Cyberpunk 2077, the difference was 65 FPS against 63.3 FPS. In Elden Ring, there was a technical tie: 61.7 FPS against 60 FPS.
Cyberpunk 2077 runs above 60 FPS in maximum quality — Photo: Reproduction/Steam
In a test done by a website Rock Paper Shotgun, the distance was maintained with all games running in 4K on the ultra setting. Final Fantasy XV had 77 FPS versus 72 FPS; while Assassin’s Creed Valhalla had 53 FPS versus 51 FPS; and Shadow of Tomb Raider hit 64 FPS vs. 58 FPS — keeping in mind that the computers used differ in each test.
Despite a few technical differences, both video cards manage to maintain the same level of consumption. The TDP of both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti is 350 W, which requires a power supply of at least 750 W. It is also worth noting that both GPUs can reach a maximum temperature of 93 °C.
As we mentioned earlier, the RTX 3080 Ti is an improved version of the RTX 3080, so there are no differences in features. Both have support for Ray Tracing (which handles image lighting in real-time) and DLSS (which uses artificial intelligence to improve game graphics).
Ray Tracing makes lighting effects much more realistic — Photo: Handout/Nvidia
In addition, the GPU supports Resizable BAR (which frees GPU memory at once for the processor, improving performance) and DirectX 12 Ultimate. In addition, Nvidia’s main proprietary features are available, such as G-Sync (which reduces latency between the monitor and the computer), Freestyle (which allows you to set filters in real time in games), Highlights (which captures the best moments of matches), between others.
In the connection part, both have HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4a input, which allows you to connect up to four monitors simultaneously. The maximum resolution is 7680 x 4320 pixels, and HDCP uses version 2.3.
The GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti are relatively recent cards that were released in September 2020 and June 2021, respectively. Therefore, it is not difficult to find them on sale in the Brazilian market.
As usual with GPUs, prices vary widely depending on the card manufacturer. The RTX 3080 can be found from R$5899 on Amazon. The RTX 3080 Ti version starts at R$ 6977.
RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti GPUs are easily found in Brazil — Photo: Reprodukcija/Galax
However, with the arrival of Nvidia’s new generation of graphics cards, the 40 series, announced in September 2022, the prices of old cards are expected to drop over time. The GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 are expected to hit major markets in October and November, respectively.
At the time of its release, in September 2020, the GeForce RTX 3080 was considered one of Nvidia’s most advanced GPUs, just behind the then flagship RTX 3090. The Ti version, released in June 2021, was all about giving more power to a mid-range graphics card, but at the cost of a higher price.
Although a new generation of Nvidia GPUs is about to be released, with the promise of up to 50% better performance, the fact is that the RTX 3080 still has the resources to satisfy even the most demanding gamers. Even recently released games can run above 60 FPS at full quality in 4K resolution.
The new generation of RTX 40 was announced in September 2022. — Photo: Disclosure / Nvidia
In terms of performance, the normal version and the Ti seem to be very close, with a slight advantage to the latter. So it’s important to consider two factors when making a purchase: the price difference between the models and whether your computer will be able to get the most out of a more advanced card like the RTX 3080 Ti.
RTX 3080 vs RTX 3080 Ti datasheet
RTX 3080 vs. RTX 3080 Ti
|Technical data||RTX 3080||RTX 3080 TI|
|Run it||September 2020||June 2021|
|core||8,960 and 8,704 Cuda cores||10,240 CUDA cores|
|Speed up||1.26 GHz and 1.44 GHz (boosted clock 1.71 GHz)||1.37 GHz (boosted from 1.67 GHz)|
|RAM||12GB and 10GB GDDR6X||12 GB GDDR6X|
|memory speed||1.188 MHz||1.188 MHz|
|memory interface||384 bits||384 bits|
|Band width||760.3 GB/s||912.4 GB/s|
|TGP||350 W||350 W|
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