The RTX 3000 series graphics cards are finally here! This time NVIDIA is really pulling out all of the stops! With the RTX 3000 series it appears that NVIDIA is really bringing value to consumers, pricing their RTX 3080 at only $699 and saying the performance will be up to 2x that of the RTX 2080! I think with the RTX 20 series NVIDIA priced their cards out of reach for many people, also RTX was not enough to get someone to upgrade from say the 10 series. Now we have more affordable pricing and RTX is on its second generation so it seems this would be the generation to pick up a new graphics card. The RTX 3080 features 8074 CUDA cores, 272 TMUs, 96 ROPs, and 10GB of GDDR6X memory running across a 320-bit memory interface. That is quite the upgrade from the 3072 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 8GB of GDDR6 memory of the RTX 2080 Super that launched just over a year ago. Today we will be taking a look at our first RTX 3080, which comes in the form of MSI’s RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio. This card has a factory overclock up to 1815 MHz (GPU boost) while the memory remains untouched at 19 Gbps. You are also getting MSI’s Tri Frozr 2.0 cooling design with features three cooling fans atop a large fin stack and of course you can’t forget the RGB lighting! Is this going to be the RTX 3080 to get? Read on as we find out!
The RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio comes in a nice retail box from MSI. On the front we have a picture of the card.
Flipping over to the back some of the main features are detailed and there is information on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture.
Getting everything out of the box we have the RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio card, metal support bracket, user’s guide, installation guide, and a product registration card.