The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is Nvidia’s traditional 1-year refresh of its current generation cards as the ampere architecture reaches 1 year. However, unlike the previous RTX 20 series GPUs, the new models this time around have a “Ti” moniker instead of the super branding. Both graphics card fills in the gaps in terms of pricing in Nvidia’s current RTX 30 series lineup allowing gamers to have more options to choose from starting with the base RTX 3060 priced at $399 all the way to the RTX 3090 at $1,499. Nvidia’s decision to release Ti models of 3080 and 3070 could also because of AMD’s current RX 6000 series GPUs particularly the RX 6900 XT and RX 6800 XT which sit at the same price range as the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti, respectively. That said, the RTX 3080 Ti looks to be the more intriguing card as it’s priced $400 more than the 3080 but is also $300 lower than the flagship RTX 3090.
The latest Ampere Architecture features 2nd Generation RT Cores and 3rd Generation Tensor cores that double the performance compared to last generation’s Turing architecture as well as bringing in new and improved features such as Ray Tracing, DLSS 2.0, Nvidia Broadcast, Reflex, and many more.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sits in between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 both in terms of specs and pricing. Nvidia’s Computex 2021 Keynote announcement highlighted that the RTX 3080 Ti’s performance is 1.5 times faster than the previous flagship, RTX 2080 Ti which essentially has the same launch price of $1,119.
|Graphics Card||RTX 3090||RTX 3080 Ti||RTX 3080||RTX 3070 Ti||RTX 3070||RTX 3060 Ti|
|Process Technology||Samsung 8N||Samsung 8N||Samsung 8N||Samsung 8N||Samsung 8N||Samsung 8N|
|Die size (mm^2)||628.4||628.4||628.4||392.5||392.5||392.5|
|Base Clock (MHz)||1400||1370||1440||1410||1500||1410|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1695||1670||1710||1665||1725||1665|
|VRAM Speed (Gbps)||19||19||19||14||14||14|
|VRAM Bus Width||384||384||320||256||256||256|
Specs-wise, the RTX 3080 Ti has 17% more CUDA, Tensor, and RT cores than the RTX 3080 non-Ti while it has 3% fewer overall cores than the flagship RTX 3090. Based on paper, the RTX 3080 Ti with 3% lesser cores looks to be a good deal over the RTX 3090 since the former is 20% cheaper at $300. That said, having 17% more cores than the RTX 3080 doesn’t seem to justify the 50% price increase. When we take into account AMD Radeon GPUs, the RTX 3080 Ti is priced $200 more than the RX 6900 XT, which in some benchmarks, can keep up with the RX 6900 XT so long as Ray Tracing isn’t involved. That said, the RTX 3080 Ti is in a relatively tough spot as its sandwiched by flagship GPUs by both team red and green.
Inno3D’s RTX 3080 Ti lineup consists of four tiers. The X3 series serves as the base or reference model for their lineup while the iChill X3 is the base RGB variant and sits in the middle of the product stack. The iChill X4 is the flagship model with an extra fan hence the higher number to cool down the GA102 GPU. Inno3D also debuts their pre-installed full GPU water block model dubbed the iChill Frostbite. Our focus for this review is the Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 Ti iChill X4.