GALAX GeForce RTX 3080 HOF Extreme Edition Graphics Card Review

Product information

GALAX GeForce RTX 3080 HOF


type Graphics card

price $ 2000 US +

NVIDIA unveiled the Ampere GPU this year, following the tradition of launching a new graphics architecture every two years. Ampere GPUs are built on a foundation set up by Turing. Called its biggest generation leap, the NVIDIA Ampere GPU is all superior to previous generations.

Ampere’s lineup offers faster shader performance, faster ray tracing performance, and faster AI performance. Built on a whole new process node and with an architecture designed from scratch, Ampere is a hot topic killer product.

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The basis of Ampere was not only to take everything NVIDIA learned from the Turing architecture and improve it, but also to use its DNA to form products in a whole new performance category. High claims were made when NVIDIA announced the Ampere lineup earlier this month. This review will guide you through the features of Ampere and how it works, so we’ll look at whether NVIDIA has solved all the problems with the Ampere architecture. Predecessor.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Gaming Graphics Cards-The Biggest GPU Performance Leap in Recent History

Turing was more than just a graphics core, it was the graphics core that will be the foundation of future GPUs. The future has come true as next-generation consoles discuss ray tracing and AI-assisted supersampling technologies in depth. NVIDIA is off to a good start with Turing, and its Ampere generation will only improve things endlessly.

Ampere GPUs perform many of the traditional features you would expect from a GPU, but at the same time break down barriers to non-traditional GPU operations. Here is a summary of some of the features:

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  • New Streaming Multiprocessor (SM)
  • New Turing Tensor Core
  • New real-time ray tracing acceleration
  • New shading enhancements
  • New deep learning capabilities for graphics and inference
  • New GDDR6X High Performance Memory Subsystem
  • New 2nd Generation NVLINK Interconnect
  • New HDMI 2.1 display engine and next generation NVENC / NVDEC

The above technologies are some of the key components of the Ampere GPU, but we’ll go into more detail within the graphics core itself, so let’s get started.

Price of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series by Segment

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 series consists of a diverse portfolio of graphics cards. Currently, the GeForce RTX 3070 is limited to high-end configurations starting at $ 499, the GeForce RTX 3080 at $ 699, and the GeForce RTX 3090 at $ 1499. NVIDIA itself calls the GeForce RTX 3080 flagship graphics. It’s a card, not a GeForce RTX 3090.

Both the RTX3080 and RTX3070 are more expensive and are the same price as their predecessors, but the GeForce RTX3090 is priced at $ 1499. NVIDIA calls the GeForce RTX 3090 “BF GPU”, which, in terminology, seems to be the new marketing name for Titan graphics cards. Quadro-branded Titan-based cards can be displayed in high-speed specs right out of the box, but the GeForce RTX 3090 is purely a gaming graphics card for professional and workstation heavy workloads. It has all the horsepower.

That said, the GeForce RTX 3080 will replace the RTX 2080 SUPER at the same price, and the GeForce RTX 3070 will replace the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER at the same price. Given this trend, the more mainstream variants cost as much as the RTX 20 SUPER series cards, but can improve performance as soon as they are out of the box.

NVIDIA GeForce GPU Segment / Tier Price

Graphic segment 2014-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Titan Tier Titan X (Maxwell) Titan X (Pascal) Titan Xp (Pascal) Titan V (Volta) Titan RTX (Touring) GeForce RTX 3090
price US $ 999 $ 1199 US $ 1199 US $ 2999 US $ 2499 US $ 1499 US
Super enthusiasts GeForce GTX 980 Ti GeForce GTX 980 Ti GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
price $ 649 $ 649 $ 699 US $ 999 US $ 999 $ 1199 US
Enthusiasts GeForce GTX 980 GeForce GTX 1080 GeForce GTX 1080 GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GeForce RTX 3080
price US $ 549 US $ 549 US $ 549 $ 699 $ 699 $ 699
High-end layer GeForce GTX 970 GeForce GTX 1070 GeForce GTX 1070 GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070
price US $ 329 US $ 379 US $ 379 US $ 499 US $ 499 $ 599
$ 499
Mainstream GeForce GTX 960 GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB
price US $ 199 US $ 249 US $ 249 US $ 249 $ 399
US $ 349
US $ 279
US $ 229
US $ 219
$ 399
US $ 329
Entry tier GTX 750 Ti
GTX 750
GTX 950 GTX 1050 Ti
GTX 1050
GTX 1050 Ti
GTX 1050
GTX 1650
price US $ 149
US $ 119
US $ 149 US $ 139
$ 109 US
US $ 139
$ 109 US
US $ 159
US $ 149

In addition to spec / price updates, NVIDIA’s RTX technology is widely used in major game engines and APIs such as Microsoft’s DirectX (DXR), Vulkan, Unreal Engine, Unity and Frostbite. While there were only three RTX titles before and after the launch of the RTX 20 series cards, NVIDIA now has at least 28 titles and leverages the RTX feature set to provide real-time ray tracing.

In addition, the ray tracing feature has been confirmed in future consoles, allowing developers to leverage RTX technology to fine-tune future games on GeForce RTX hardware. Currently, NVIDIA has 13 game engines that can leverage RTX technology for future and existing games, but both Vulkan and the DirectX 12 Ultimate API are part of the RTX ecosystem on the PC platform.

So for this review, I’ll take a look at GALAX’s flagship GeForce RTX 3080 HOF graphics card This is a limited edition product for enthusiasts and mods, so it costs a premium of $ 2,200.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card

At the heart of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card is the GA102 GPU. GA102 is one of the many Ampere GPUs used in the gaming segment. The GA102 GPU is the fastest gaming GPU manufactured by NVIDIA. The GPU is based on Samsung’s 8nm custom process node designed specifically for NVIDIA and has a total of 28 billion transistors. With a size of 628mm2, it will be the second largest gaming GPU ever manufactured, just below the Turing TU102 GPU.

The new shader cores on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture are 2.7 times faster and the new RT cores are 1.7 times faster, while the new Tensor cores are up to 2.7 times faster than previous generation Turing GPUs. The second generation RT cores provide dedicated rate lacing performance with hardware acceleration and are twice as powerful as ray / triangle intersections that perform RT graphics and computational operations at the same time.

For the GeForce RTX 3080, NVIDIA enabled a total of 68 SM units in its flagship product, delivering a total of 8704 CUDA cores. In addition to the CUDA core, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080 also includes next-generation RT (ray tracing) cores, Tensor cores, and the latest SM or streaming multiprocessor units.

In terms of memory, the GeForce RTX 3080 has 10GB of memory, which is also a next-generation GDDR6X design. With Micron’s latest and greatest graphics memory die, the RTX 3080 can offer GDDR6X memory speeds of 19.0 Gbps. It provides a cumulative bandwidth of 760 Gbps, along with a 320-bit bus interface.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series “Ampere” Graphics Card Specifications:

Graphic card name NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
GPU name Amps GA106-300 Amps GA104-200 Amps GA104-300 Amps GA102-200 Amps GA102-300
Process node Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm
Die size TBC 395.2mm2 395.2mm2 628.4mm2 628.4mm2
Transistor TBC 17.4 billion 17.4 billion 28 billion 28 billion
CUDA core 3584 4864 5888 8704 10496
TMU / ROP 112/64 152/80 184/96 272/96 328/112
Tensor / RT core 112/28 152/38 184/46 272/68 328/82
Base clock 1320 MHz 1410 MHz 1500 MHz 1440 MHz 1400 MHz
Boost clock 1780 MHz 1665 MHz 1730 MHz 1710 MHz 1700 MHz
FP32 computing 13TFLOP 16TFLOP 20TFLOP 30TFLOP 36TFLOP
Tensor-TOP 101 tops 192 tops 163 Tops 238 tops 285 tops
Storage capacity 12 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 10 GB GDDR6X 24 GB GDDR6X
Memory bus 192 bits 256 bits 256 bits 320 bits 384 bits
Memory speed 16 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 19 Gbps 19.5 Gbps
Bandwidth 384 Gbps 448 Gbps 448 Gbps 760 Gbps 936 Gbps
TGP 170W 175W 220W 320W 350W
Price (suggested retail price / FE) US $ 329 $ 399 US $ 499 $ 699 $ 1499 US
Launch (availability) February 25, 2021 December 2, 2020 October 29, 2020 September 17, 2020 September 24, 2020

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