Best RTX 3080 Ti Graphics Card

The RTX 3000 series was a clear win for Nvidia. It is a lineup of GPUs that offer solid performance for a fair price. Plus, consumers get to enjoy tons of extra features such as ray tracing, DLSS, ReShade filters, Nvidia Reflex, Nvidia Broadcast, and a lot more.

The RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, and the 3080 were the best SKUs from this generation of GPUs. The 3060 Ti being the budget option, offering the best performance per dollar, while the 3080 provides the best performance for a reasonable price tag. The 3070 ends up somewhere in-between.

However, like with many other Nvidia GPU releases, we got additional SKUs, specifically, the TI variants of the 3070 and the 3080. But, unlike those older generations, the Ti variant isn’t as good this time around, specifically because of its pricing.

The 3080 Ti is priced at $500 over the 3080 at MSRP. That is a huge gap in price while the performance gap is minimal.

Either way, we know that there will always be enthusiasts out there that are looking to acquire the best possible hardware for their computers, so, we’ve made this list of the best 3080 Ti GPUs on the market.

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The Pros:

  • Considerably smaller in length than the competition
  • Great Overclock

The Cons:

  • Can get loud
  • Tacky design

Many Nvidia GPU enthusiasts will say that if you ever go with EVGA variants, you can never go wrong. The models coming out of this brand are always reasonably priced, but also quiet and fast.

The EVGA RTX 3080 Ti takes on the already very well-known design “FTW3 Ultra” which has been proven to be thermally efficient with previous SKUs on the RTX 3000 series. So, expectations for this model are set high.

Let’s see whether it will meet those expectations.

Pricing

The MSRP of all RTX 3000 SKUs has been the positive side of these GPUs, excluding the RTX 3090, of course. Well, only the 3090 was excluded, until now. We can add the 3080 Ti on the side at a disappointing price.

Its price tag is $1200, $500 more than the 3080. For a 40% price increase, you would think at least the performance would be considerably better. Well, you’ll be disappointed in that regard too. But, more on that later.

According to EVGA, the FTW3 Ultra variant will retail for $1400. So, $200 more than Nvidia’s MSRP. A big price bump, putting your wallet closer to the RTX 3090 (if you manage to find a 3090 at such a price).

Design

Design-wise it’s the same as other RTX 3000 SKUs rocking the FTW3 Ultra model. Basic black shroud surrounding the triple-fan setup on the front with a nice amount of RGB on the side. The RGB strip can be a bit tacky, but your mileage may vary.

You can find a metal backplate on the back which does act as a heat conductor since there are thermal pads placed on the memory chips on the back of the PCB. The backplate itself has multiple protrusions (holes) that can help with heat dissipation.

What’s interesting is that the Founders Edition of this card is rated at 320W which is why it has only 2 8-pin connectors. The 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra instead is rated at 350W but has three 8-pin connectors probably to allow for additional overclocking which takes us to the next topic for this card.

In terms of connectivity, you’ll be getting three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1 which supports up to 8K@30FPS or 4K@144Hz.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

Naturally, looks are the least of a tech enthusiast’s worries. What most of you want to know is this card’s performance, so let’s delve into that.

With its factory settings, this 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra averages at around 1846 MHz and peaks at about 1875 MHz during gaming loads. That’s up to 4% more than the advertised clocks speeds. Not bad. But, let’s see if any custom OC can help this card reach higher frequencies.

Based on a few results found online, it seems like EVGA’s card can consistently overclock up to 1950 MHz which is about 8-9% faster. Of course, real-life performance uplift will be lower than that.

Keep in mind, with three 8-pin connectors, the power draw can jump up to 450W.

Thermals

Good performance does not easily translate to a good graphics card. A good card would also require to have a powerful enough cooler/heatsink to keep it quiet and cool.

The triple-fan setup on this EVGA GPU is quite enough to keep the 3080 Ti at bay. Looking at temperatures during gaming, we see it spiking up to 80°C but easily averages at around 77°C. Not exactly cool, but with the fans spinning at just 2200 RPM and producing noise of 43 dBA, pretty good.

This is with EVGA’s OC BIOS. The default BIOS is quieter, but will also be hotter and will clock lower.

The Pros:

  • Great Overclocker
  • Cool, quiet and fast at factory settings
  • Stylish RGB lighting

The Cons:

  • Exceptionally large

MSI’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X might be one of the best variants of this card.

If you are not familiar with MSI’s Suprim X, you should know that it is their flagship design for GPUs. So, if you want the best temperatures, noise levels, performance and looks by MSI, this is what you need. Naturally, flagship products always come with a heftier price. Let’s have a look at the pricing.

Pricing

Like with many of the aftermarket RTX 3000 GPUs, no official pricing has been released, so we can only assume what this card will cost.

With other variants in mind and EVGA’s price tag of $1400, we expect this GPU to be priced around $100 to $150 more than the Founders Edition.

Design

In terms of design, MSI has considerably upped its game. This is a hefty GPU, weighing 1900 grams and it is considerably larger FTW 3 Ultra, measured at 336mm in length.

At the bottom, naturally, we see that triple-fan design surrounded by an aluminum shroud. That’s a huge plus, as a lot of other variants take on a plastic casing. The brushed (silver) aluminum goes well with the black fans and black accents on both ends of the card. There are also two slits between the fans for additional RGB.

On the side, you find a lot of RGB lighting. One long strip of RGB across the card and Suprim X branding that also supports RGB lighting. It looks quite good.

The backside is equipped with a metal backplate with a cutout of the MSI logo which also has RGB. No matter how you turn it this card is going to light up your PC.

In terms of connectivity, again, three DisplayPort 1.4a, of course, and one HDMI 2.1.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

The card’s positives don’t stop there. Its performance and overclocking capabilities are just as good. Expected from a flagship MSI card.

The official specifications on MSI’s website shows the RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X clocking up to 1845 MHz with the EXTREME mode enabled. But, real-life gaming shows different results. The GPU clocks up to a maximum of 1980 MHz, but drops down and averages around 1885 MHz. That’s about 2% higher than the advertised frequency.

Of course, a lot of you will want to push this card even further and thanks to that huge cooler, it is possible.

By pushing the power limits to the maximum, the clock speeds could get up to an average of 1950 MHz which is about 3.5% higher. This is in fact slower than the FTW3 Ultra, but it comes quite close and it may come at a cheaper price.

Of course, this is going to push the power draw up to 440W. With that in mind, let’s have a look at the temperatures.

Thermals

Yes, you guessed it. This almost 2 kilogram GPU offers adequate cooling even during the heaviest of loads.

While gaming, the GPU’s temperatures stick around 72°C and a noise level of just 38 dBA at 2100 RPM. Considerably lower than the EVGA 3080 Ti. That’s with the Gaming BIOS.

With the default BIOS, the noise levels drop down to 33 dBA, but average temperatures rise up to around 80°C.

The Pros:

  • Unique liquid-cooled design
  • Incredibly low temperatures and noise levels thanks to said liquid cooling
  • Best Overclocker

The Cons:

  • Unjustifiably expensive
  • Requires additional case space for radiator

This contender of the best RTX 3080 Ti is a little bit different than some of the others mentioned in this article.

This GPU is liquid-cooled. That means better factory OC, overclocking, noise levels, thermals, but also, price. ASUS is popular for their liquid-cooled GPUs, so naturally, we’re getting one for the RTX 3080 Ti. An ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti STRIX LC.

Pricing

Like we mentioned previously, liquid-cooled graphics cards never come with a “fair” price. Specifically for this 3080 Ti, ASUS putting it at $2100. That’s an increase of 75% over the MSRP of 3080Ti FE.

Impossible to justify this kind of price bump, but for the people that are specifically looking for liquid cooling, this might be the best option.

Design

Naturally, design-wise, the 3080 Ti STRIX LC is a lot different than what we are used to. There are two parts of the puzzle here. One is the card itself and the other is the radiator that is connected with the card with tubing.

Sadly, the heatsink/cooler found on the PCB is made out of plastic. Specifically, the front of the card where the single fan is located. That’s not necessarily a dealbreaker, but considering that the much cheaper Suprim X MSI variant has an aluminum shroud, plastic doesn’t make a lot of sense in this case.

On the side, you can find a bit of RGB, three 8-pin connectors, a BIOS switch (P Mode or Q Mode), two tubes right under the switch, and two 4-pin fan headers.

Now, the radiator. The tubings lead to the 240mm radiator which comes with a pair of two 120 mm RGB fans. Those two fans can be easily connected to the 4-pin fan headers found on the card to make cable management and installation much easier.

And, of course, the radiator and the tubings are already pre-filled with a coolant.

At least the backplate is made out of aluminum that can help keep your GPU cooler.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

With liquid cooling and such a huge jump in price, naturally, we expect considerably better thermal results, but mediocre bumps in performance.

And, our expectations are correct. The factory overclock is definitely higher than the MSI and EVGA variant, but not by a whole lot (1860 MHz).

Of course, like many other models, the real-life results are different. Clock frequency jumps up to a maximum of 2025 MHz and an average of about 1920-1925 MHz.

This liquid-cooled GPU should be able to overclock a bit more than some of the other contenders and it definitely does. Based on several online results, it seems like the STRIC LC can be pushed up to 2000 MHz. That’s a 7.5% increase in frequency over the advertised clock speeds.

Thermals

Now, this is where the card shines.

With cooling, a radiator, two fans attached to the radiator, a heatsink on the PCB, and a fan on the heatsink, the temperatures never rise above 55°C even with the quiet BIOS. Fans stay at around 1150-1200 RPM and noise levels at just 33 dBA.

When P Mode BIOS is enabled, temperatures drop down to 51°C while RPM bumps up to 1600 RPM and noise levels to 42 dBA. That is 40% cooler than MSI’s variant and 50% cooler than the EVGA card.

The Pros:

  • Sleek design
  • Solid thermal performance

The Cons:

  • Could use a higher factory OC

Zotac may not be people’s first pick for a GPU brand since it isn’t as popular as some of the other brands mentioned in this article, but that does not translate to bad quality or performance. In fact, in our 3080 article, we named the Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity as the best price-to-performance card, so keep that in mind.

The product in question this time around is Zotac’s flagship model, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP HoloBlack.

Pricing

Zotac has been unclear on the pricing as there isn’t any official information regarding this topic. We can only assume what this card costs.

Of course, some retailers are already selling it for $1500+ and scalpers over $2000, but its real MSRP should be around $1300 to $1350. Any more money than that makes for an awful frame per dollar.

Design

The RTX 3080 Ti AMP HoloBlack is what we like to see. A metal shroud surrounding the entire PCB, including a metal back plate. The design itself is not tacky or too “gamery” at all. It follows a black/greyish theme around the three black fans on the front and the back.

There is a pretty large RGB strip on the side. If you’re into that, that’s a great plus. If not, you can always disable it, of course.

The AMP HoloBlack is also much lighter than some of the other contenders here, weighed at 1500~ grams. For those worried about GPU sag, this is definitely something worth considering.

What’s also different about this variant is that it has only two 8-pin connectors compared to the three on the MSI, EVGA and ASUS cards.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

The advertised 1710 MHz clock speeds sounds quite low, but thankfully that is not the case when pushing the GPU to its max with heavy loads.

During gaming, the 3080 Ti AMP HoloBlack can spike up pretty high (above 1900 MHz), but then quickly stabilizes at around 1820 and 1840 MHz.  A bit lower than some of the previous picks.

Overclocking might push it closer to the MSI or EVGA card. And it does. With power limits pushed, the card maxes out at 385 W and clocks can be brought to 1910~ MHz. Marginally slower than MSI’s Suprim X. So, if you’re able to find this GPU for considerably cheaper than the MSI card, it’s a good option.

Thermals

With this three-fan design, the card stays cool at 76°C while the fans are ramped up to 2000 RPM and noise levels at 40 dBA. No performance or quiet BIOS options here, so if you want lower temperatures or lower noise levels, we suggest playing around with the fan curve.

Which RTX 3080 Ti Should You Get?

With four great picks, the questions remains, which one of these should you get?

Well, it all depends on your budget and specifically what you are looking for.

If budget is not a problem then the ASUS Geforce RTX 3080 Ti STRIX LC is a no-brainer and it gets our Premium Pick. It stays incredibly cool and quiet thanks to the two-fan radiator.

While we give out the Best Value award to the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X. It may not be liquid cooled, but it’s still quiet and powerful enough. And, it doesn’t cost a whopping $2100 over MSRP.

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