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Latest Zotac Geforce RTX 3080 Trinity Review

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080

With the Geforce RTX 3080, Nvidia brings its latest high-end graphics card onto the market. The pixel accelerator, which has been available since September and which our test candidate Zotac Geforce RTX 3080 Trinity also uses, sets top marks in series in the benchmark course and is currently the fastest graphics chip for gamers.

We installed the Zotac Geforce RTX 3080 Trinity on a suitable bench table and measured the performance in 4K and Full HD. Synthetic benchmarks such as 3DMark and game benchmarks from our current test procedure were used.

Our Testing PC Hardware

ComponentSpecs
CPUIntel Core i9-10900K
R.A.M.16 GB DDR4 PNY
MainboardAsus ROG Maximus XII Extreme
SSDCrucial P1 M.2 CT1000P1SSD8

Permanent rival AMD has no chance with its current top model Radeon RX 5700 XT – the Geforce RTX 3080 is almost twice as fast. It also wins the in-house duel against its predecessor RTX 2080. Averaged over all benchmarks, the RTX 3080 runs around 45 percent faster. Even compared to the previous top model RTX 2080 Ti, the increase in performance is clearly noticeable.

3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI are waiting for the connections. You can also see that the Zotac Geforce RTX 3080 Trinity will occupy 2.5 (i.e. 3) PCI slots – at least with the classic installation.

Factory overclocked models such as the Zotac Geforce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme are also clearly behind, especially with 4K resolutions. Here the RTX 3080 brings out a lead of almost 25 percent and is the first graphics card to deliver at least 60 frames per second in all test games. The wild pixel ride only comes to a standstill with Full HD, because here the RTX 3080 is only slightly faster (5%) than the RTX 2080 Ti.

Zotac Geforce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme is clearly behind, especially in 4K resolutions. Here the RTX 3080 brings out a lead of almost 25 percent and is the first graphics card to deliver at least 60 frames per second in all test games. The wild pixel ride only comes to a standstill with Full HD, because here the RTX 3080 is only slightly faster (5%) than the RTX 2080 Ti.

Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity: Synthetic Benchmarks

BenchmarkPoints
3DMark Time Spy15903
Graphic test 1109.58
Graphic test 295.51
3DMark Time Spy Extreme8,163
Graphic test 154.81
Graphic test 250.13
3DMark Fire Strike28,926
Graphic test 1189.26
Graphic test 2147.16
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme18,715
Graphic test 1104.18
Graphic test 273.25
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra10,503
Graphic test 155.98
Graphic test 237.3
3DMark Port Royal10,922
Graphic test 150.57

Nvidia’s new pixel factory is not only attracting great interest from gamers because of its impressive performance. It also costs significantly less than the sometimes very expensive cards of the previous generation. Example Zotac Geforce RTX 3080 Trinity: At $719 it is not a bargain, but still much cheaper than an RTX 2080 Ti, which costs four-digit.

Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity: Gaming Benchmarks

Benchmark(FPS)
Deux Ex: Mankind Divided: Minimum FullHD (fps)100
Deux Ex: Mankind Divided: Maximum FullHD (fps)185.4
Deux Ex: Mankind Divided: Average FullHD (fps)135.2
Deux Ex: Mankind Divided: Minimum 4K (fps)68.6
Deux Ex: Mankind Divided: Maximum 4K (fps)98.5
Deux Ex: Mankind Divided: Average 4K (fps)81.3
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Mountaintop FullHD (fps)294.65
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Syria FullHD (fps)162.42
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Geothermal Valley FullHD (fps)146.57
Rise of the Tomb Raider: total points FullHD203.43
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Mountain Peak 4K (fps)140.2
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Syria 4K (fps)111.3
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Geothermal Valley 4K (fps)118.53
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Total points 4K124.04

The Geforce RTX 3090, the flagship of the Geforce 30 series, is in this price range. The Geforce RTX 3090 comes with 24 GB GDDR6X-RAM and more streaming multiprocessors (SM) than the Geforce RTX 3080 equipped with 10 GB graphics memory and should therefore bring even more performance. 

The Zotac Geforce RTX 3080 Trinity has a functional backplate that typically improves cooling and statics.

The Nvidia GPUs of the Geforce 30 series is based on the Ampere architecture, which has several innovations compared to the Turing architecture of the predecessor. Instead of a maximum of 8 GB GDDR6 memory, there is now at least 10 GB GDDR6X-VRAM, which in the RTX 3080 achieves a bandwidth of 760 GB / s (RTX 2080 Ti: 616 GB / s).

Recording, Temperature and Volume

TestResult
Power consumption maximum320 watts
Temperature under load60 degrees
Temperature when idle42 degrees
Volume (subjective – max 10 points)9

Further ampere ingredients are then doubled to 128 SM number as well as faster ray tracing and tensor cores. Unfortunately, power consumption has also increased. With 320 watts, the RTX 3080 is more power-hungry than an RTX 2080 Ti with 260 watts. Therefore, gamers may have to put a new, stronger power supply on their shopping list in addition to the graphics card.

Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity – Data and Specs

Zotac RTX 3080 TrinityData
Price$719
GPUGA102-200-KD-A1 (“Ampere”)
Chip clock (MHz)1.440 / Boost 1.710
Storage typeGDDR6X / 1188 MHz / 760 GB / s
Memory size (GByte)10
Bandwidth (bit)320
DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
volcano1.2
interfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Slot occupancy3
cooling3x axial fans (100mm)
Active fans (number)3
Semi-Passive (number)0
Closed water coolingNo
DVI0
HDMI 2.11
DisplayPort3
Mini DisplayPort0
External power supply2x 8-pin PCIe
Manufacturer warranty (years)3
Dimensions318 x 121 x 58
H.265 encode / decode1
Multi-card capable (SLI / CrossFireX)0

Conclusion:

The Geforce RTX 3080 clearly beats its predecessor RTX 2080. If you take the Zotac Geforce RTX 2080 AMP as a comparison graphics card, for example, the RTX is between 20 and almost 80 percent faster in 3DMark tests, depending on the benchmark. Even an RTX 2080 Ti like the Geforce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme has no chance – here the lead is up to 30%.

There is still room for improvement with the Geforce RTX 3090 released on September 24, 2020. Zotac Geforce RTX 2080 AMP as a comparison graphics card, then the RTX is between 20 and almost 80 percent faster, for example in 3DMark tests, depending on the benchmark. Even an RTX 2080 Ti like the Geforce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme has no chance – here the lead is up to 30%. There is still room for improvement with the Geforce RTX 3090 released on September 24, 2020.

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