The availability of the RTX 3080 for purchase is 9 days away, as per Best Buy’s listing of the RTX 3080 Founders Edition which is listed for $699.99. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang named the RTX 3080 as its flagship RTX. There was a placeholder listing of the ZOTAC RTX 3080 Trinity on Amazon but was delisted quickly.
A mini recap…
The new RTX 30 series is made by Samsung on 8nm fabrication. The RTX 3080 uses GA102 core with Ampere architecture. It is with 68 SMs, 8704 CUDA cores, 68 RT cores and 272 Tensor cores with 10 GB GDDR6X VRAM. All of this at 320watts TBP. There are some other updates, such as NVENC 1.7 encoding used for streaming via OBS and other livestream broadcasting software.
The non-reference should also be ready for retail on the launch date, if not later. Earlier, the RTX 20 non-reference variants were available a month after the launch of its respective FE cards. But now, the RTX 3080 Founders Edition and the RTX 3090 FE have a very new cooling and PCB design to keep up with the graphics card’s power draw from the CPU and the VRAM. We’ll also have to wait for respective manufacturers to release the 12-pin PCIe cables for the RTX 3090. Some did work on it. Some are working on it.
No other retailer mentioned the actual release date, but considering multiple leaks and placeholder listings, a September 17th launch is very believable. As of now, its performance ability is not known as reviews from independent review websites are not out, yet. This should be interesting to see what kind of RTX performance the RTX 3080 has, considering the community, in general, feels bad for ‘RTX 2080 Super’ users who bought the card not too long ago. Due to a lot of absence in flagship performance by AMD, the question now is “when should I buy?” rather than “what should I buy?”. AMD did hint at not-so-distant-future next-generation graphics cards but we’ll have to see how it actually performs.
The listing also indicates that its Founders Edition will be sold via multiple retailers, and not just by Nvidia via its website when they launched the RTX 20 Founders Edition series. It goes without saying that COVID19 may make it tricky to be sold in certain countries, such as India that barred imports from China. We’ll just have to wait and watch how its distribution and availability will work out.