‘Insanely Fast,’ ‘Biggest Generational Leap,’ ‘New High-End Gaming Champion’: Reviewers Rave for GeForce RTX 3080

by Brian Caulfield

Reviewers have just finished testing NVIDIA’s new flagship GPU — the NVIDIA RTX 3080 — and the raves are rolling in.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang promised “a giant step into the future,” when he revealed NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs on Sept. 1.

The NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, introduced in May, has already stormed through supercomputing and hyperscale data centers.

But no one knew for sure what the new architecture would be capable of when unleashed on gaming.

Now they do:

The GeForce RTX 30 Series, NVIDIA’s second-generation RTX GPUs, deliver up to 2x the performance and up to 1.9x the power efficiency over previous-generation GPUs.

This leap in performance will deliver incredible performance in upcoming games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Watch Dogs: Legion, currently bundled with select GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards at participating retailers.

In addition to the trio of new GPUs — the flagship GeForce RTX 3080, the GeForce RTX 3070 and the “ferocious” GeForce RTX 3090 — gamers get a slate of new tools.

They include NVIDIA Reflex — which makes competitive gamers quicker; NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima — for those using real-time computer graphics engines to create movies; and NVIDIA Broadcast — which harnesses AI to build virtual broadcast studios for streamers.

And new 2nd Gen Ray Tracing Cores and 3rd Gen Tensor Cores make ray-traced and DLSS-accelerated experiences even faster.

GeForce RTX 3080 will be out from NVIDIA and our partners Sept. 17.