The Best RTX 3080 Graphics Cards (2020 Reviews)

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ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • Good performance
  • Clean design
  • MSRP pricing
premium pick

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra
  • Excellent performance
  • Standout design
  • Great cooling
best overall

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
  • Superb cooling
  • Runs quietly
  • Great overall performance

Nvidia’s new RTX 3000 series GPUs are out and legions of gamers are lining up, ready to upgrade to some of the latest and greatest graphics cards that they can get their hands on.

And if you count among those with slightly deeper pockets who are aiming for some high-end solutions for 4K gaming, then the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 will be just the thing for you!

Offering roughly 20% more performance than the RTX 2080 Ti, and with an MSRP of $700 no less, the RTX 3080 is the perfect graphics card if you’re finally aiming to make the jump to 4K.

However, as usual, there are quite a few models to choose from, so in this guide, we’ll be going over the best RTX 3080 models currently available in order to help you choose the right one for your requirements.

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The Pros:

  • Clean design
  • RGB lighting
  • MSRP pricing

The Cons:

  • Almost no breathing room for overclocking

The first graphics card on this list is from one of the younger but still highly recognizable names in the game – Zotac.

Zotac is known for its quality cards and approachable prices, as well as its highly compact cards that make for great picks for small form factor cases and external GPU enclosures.

And while the Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity is anything but compact, it makes a solid pick for those who don’t want to spend more on an RTX 3080 than they absolutely need to. That said, the card features competent but basic cooling that will keep the GPU running at acceptable temperatures but it leaves virtually no headroom for overclocking.

Design-wise, it boasts a clean and simple exterior that would perhaps feel a tad too cheap if it weren’t for the RGB lighting that gives it a bit of that gaming flair, and we’d expect that to be the case in a graphics card this expensive.

The Pros:

  • Good overclocking performance
  • Efficient cooling
  • Extra HDMI port
  • MSRP pricing

The Cons:

  • Design won’t agree with everyone

Moving on, we have a similar solution coming from Asus – the Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3080. Unlike the company’s more popular Republic of Gamers brand, the TUF cards don’t feature overly flashy RGB or aggressive highlights, as they prioritize performance and affordability over form.

That said, this card performs quite well and can hit some impressive clock speeds, although it certainly doesn’t look the part. As far as the RGB is concerned, the card only has a small RGB strip and an RGB-lit TUF logo on the side, and otherwise, it looks more like a mid-range card rather than a $700+ high-end model.

But of course, if you prefer performance over aesthetics, then this just might be the ideal card for you, as it sports a high-quality build and great cooling, all the while also coming with an MSRP price tag attached. As such, it offers great overall value for your money.

The Pros:

  • Good cooling
  • Sleek design
  • Extra HDMI port
  • 4-year warranty

The Cons:

  • Could use some more RGB
  • A bit of a price premium

Next, we have Gigabyte, a company that has always supplied solid, well-rounded cards, and the RTX 3080 Gaming OC is no exception.

As with the rest of Gigabyte’s Gaming series cards, this one boasts a fairly simple but effective design – a black shroud with gray highlights that go great with the metal backplate, plus a somewhat conservative implementation of RGB in the form of a single strip and the Gigabyte logo on the side of the card, similar to the above Asus TUF model.

In addition to that, this graphics card offers improved cooling, as it is capable of hitting higher clock speeds and will thus appeal more to overclockers and those who want to get all the performance they can out of their GPU. Plus, it is rather quiet, too, even under load.

In any case, the Gigabyte RTX 3080 Gaming OC has all the important bases covered: it looks good, offers performance better than reference models, and has good cooling that will keep it running at low temperatures without being too loud. To top it all off, Gigabyte offers an extended 4-year warranty on this card – a year longer than the usual manufacturer warranty, which is always welcome.

The Pros:

  • Top-notch performance
  • Overclocks great
  • RGB-heavy design

The Cons:

  • Bulky
  • Very expensive

And now, we have one of Nvidia fans’ favorite manufacturers, EVGA, and they have definitely delivered this time around. The RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra is an absolute unit of a card that has you covered on virtually all fronts.

EVGA has equipped this card with a sleek shroud, backplate, and a huge RGB strip on the side that really makes it stand out compared to the competition, seeing as how the other manufacturers seem to have actually toned down the RGB compared to some of their older models.

But of course, you won’t be getting this card just for its exterior design, and as you might expect from looking at that massive heatsink, it doesn’t disappoint in the performance department either. However, it’s actually a bit smaller than MSI’s RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio, all the while being slightly ahead in terms of performance.

At the end of the day, though, this card’s biggest drawback would undoubtedly have to be its price. Priced at $810, we’re looking at a very steep price premium, and not everyone will be willing to fork over so much extra cash.

The Pros:

  • Great performance
  • Quiet and efficient cooling
  • Appealing design

The Cons:

  • Comes with a price premium

No graphics card list is complete without an entry from MSI, and so we have the MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio. As you can tell from the picture, the design has been tweaked a bit compared to what the RTX 20 Gaming X Trio models looked like. Most notably, the RGB has been toned-down, but the overall design philosophy has remained intact.

As far as the performance is concerned, it’s pretty much what you’d expect – the card can hit impressive clock speeds but the cooling is extremely efficient, as it not only keeps the card running at low temperatures, but it remains remarkably quiet while doing so.

So, at the end of the day, this card gets almost everything right – it boasts both a sleek design, excellent performance, and superb cooling, although this does come at a bit of a price premium, and not everyone will find the extra expense to be worth it.

Conclusion – Which RTX 3080 Should You Buy?

So, with all that out of the way, which of these graphics cards should you ultimately pick?

Well, if you don’t much care about overclocking and don’t want to spend more than you absolutely have to on the already pricey RTX 3080, then the ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 will likely be a good pick for you. It performs exceptionally well, considering the price, and it is bound to catch your eye if you place performance first and aesthetics second.

And then, on the other end of the spectrum, we have the EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra, a card that brings aesthetics and performance together in one all-around impressive package. Granted, the price is a major drawback, but if you want every bit of performance that you can squeeze out of an RTX 3080 and can afford the expense, you won’t regret it.

If you want the best overall RTX 3080 graphics card, the MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio is your best bet.

Of course, those are only our top choices, and any of the cards listed here are bound to be good picks as long as you keep your requirements and their capabilities in mind.

Moreover, we will be updating this guide as new RTX 3080 models are released, so be sure to check back every once in a while if you don’t intend on getting a new graphics card immediately.

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