The Best RTX 3080 Ti Graphics Cards In 2021

We List The Best RTX 3080 Ti AIBs Available To Buy And Also Consider The Founder's Edition

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Finding the best RTX 3080Ti graphics card in today’s market is not easy – even harder thanks to the constant lack of available stock. That said – and even if there was stock – choosing which RTX 3080Ti best suits your needs can still be an incredibly time-consuming task, especially if you’re looking to get the most out of your cash.

The difference between the best RTX 3080Ti graphics cards often comes down to the cooling solution, design, and general build quality it offers. Having said that, aftermarket AIBs can range wildly in price – making some excellent value for money (and others not so excellent).

In the following article, we’ll be scouring the web to find only the best RTX 3080Ti graphics cards in today’s market. Like always, we’ll be testing each for performance, cooling, design, and build quality – concluding with a final rundown of the value each brings to the table.

So, with plenty to get through, let’s waste no more time and dive into it!

Our Top Picks

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Editor's Pick
The Best RTX 3080 Ti Graphics Card
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Runner Up
The Best RTX 3080 Ti Runner Up
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The Value Pick
Best Value For Money RTX 3080 Ti AIB With Improved Cooling

The Best RTX 3080 Ti In 2021

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Editor's Pick
The Best RTX 3080 Ti Graphics Card
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming X Trio 12G

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming X Trio 12G

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A premium level RTX 3080 Ti AIB with the best, and quietest, thermal design around with ample room for overclocking, and the highest out the box boost clock of any card listed here.

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Runner Up
The Best RTX 3080 Ti Runner Up
Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G 1

Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G

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Editor's Rating

A mid-price RTX 3080 Ti AIB with a moderately overclocked boost clock speed, a great, quiet, cooling solution and an additional HDMI 2.1 port.

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The Value Pick
Best Value For Money RTX 3080 Ti AIB With Improved Cooling
Zotac GAMING GeFOrce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity 12GB min

ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity 12GB

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A RTX 3080 Ti AIB which costs only slightly more than the Founder’s Edition but with improved cooling and build quality.

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The Compact Pick
The Smallest (And Cheapest) RTX 3080 Ti
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Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti Founder’s Edition

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Editor's Rating

The original RTX 3080 Ti is relatively compact, looks good, and is the cheapest option for someone looking to buy Nvidia’s gaming flagship GPU.

How We Chose The Best RTX 3080 Ti GPUs

Every selection we make in our best of guides must take into account performance, price, size, cooling, and build quality.

We sink hours of time into product research, performance benchmarking, and feedback from consumers to come up with the best products for your delectation – something that would be difficult for someone not well-versed in the world of tech.

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So rather than sinking hours of your own time into picking your way through the web, sit back and let the experts at WePC do the job for you! You can be safe in the knowledge that any selection we make has been through a rigorous process, and will be the right choice for your machine.

How We Test

Testing the products we recommend is a key part of our review process. We do this to ensure that each product is the best option within its specific niche. For a product to be “the best,” it must display solid performance in our tests and better qualities compared to the competition.

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The products we recommend here at WePC go through a testing process that incorporates everything from appearance to performance, price, and efficiency. Every product (be it a graphics card, a CPU, or a monitor) is put through its paces to see how it performs under intense stress to make sure it warrants the top spot.

All of this enables us to give you the most accurate review possible and whether you should spend your hard-earned cash on it!

Things To Consider When Buying A RTX 3080 Ti GPU

When it comes to buying one of the best RTX 3080Ti graphics cards, you should definitely refresh yourself on the most fundamental purchasing factors. Three of the biggest when it comes to NVIDIA’s 3000 series GPU series are; Price, Cooling, and Size. Be sure to also read through the ‘Understanding The Specs’ section below to ensure you pull the trigger on the big purchase that is a new GPU.

Price

There isn’t generally a big difference between different AIBs of the same card graphics card model. The price gap between ‘premium’ selections from the more budget offerings, does typically represent a fair value of the card. That is the extra $100+ or whatever extra you might pay, will usually ensure the card has more efficient cooling, better out the box clock speeds, and better overall build quality and is therefore usually worth it if you’re spending this much on the component anyway.

Cooling

Cooling is a very important feature of any graphics card, one often overlooked by people who are inexperienced in the field. next to the CPU, the GPU is the hottest running component you’ll find in your computer, and has the biggest impact on the overall internal temperature of the case. For this reason, a graphics card with insufficient cooling will likely see reduced performance over time and ultimately a shorter life span.

Every card we have selected in this guide has a high-end cooling solution that ensures temperatures stay at an optimal level – even under the most demanding of workloads.

Here are some quick tips on GPU cooling:

  • Triple fan setups are more efficient than a dual fan setup
  • Bigger cooling solutions create significantly more noise
  • ‘Blower’ style cooling solutions are substantially less efficient than generic dual/triple fan setups

Remember! The more heat your GPU creates, the higher the internal temperature of your PC will become – this means a greater knock-on effect of the temperature on other components.

Size

Over the last decade, as GPUs have increased in power so have they increased in size. The latest graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD are some of the biggest ever made; this of course means more restrictions on space within your case.

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Most AIBs are however sized fairly similarly: cooling solutions are the main factor that increases card sizes overall and the number of cores is usually the biggest factor that influences cooling, so on the same card model there shouldn’t be too much variation. However, there are still differences and you should always double-check that the PC case you plan to use can actually accommodate the GPU you’re thinking of getting. Most smaller mid-tower won’t easily fit the latest 30-series graphics cards from Nvidia or AMD’s latest series.

Understanding The Specs Of RTX 3080 Ti GPUs

Three commonly stated factors that govern the performance, price, and suitability of a graphics card for your computer are Clock Speeds, VRAM and TDP. Let’s take a closer look at what you should expect when deciding which RTX 3080 Ti GPU to buy:

Clock Speeds

The biggest variation in different AIBs of the same graphics card tends to come from the clock speed. Clock speed, or clock rate, is the speed at which your microprocessor operates (be it a CPU or a GPU). For all intents and purposes, this specification lets us know how fast your GPU will perform instructions and render graphics, so is a core consideration in the performance of a card. The ‘base clock’ (i.e. the theoretic idling speed of the GPU) of the RTX 3080 Ti Founder’s Edition is 1365 MHz, with a ‘boost clock’ of 1665 MHz (i.e. the speed the card will run at under high-stress scenarios).

Aftermarket manufacturers will typically overclock the boost clock of their versions of the cards to generate additional performance compared to the Founder’s Edition, and this puts strain on the cooling, often necessitating a new cooling solution to compensate. Although not always the case, often lesser-known brands end up using thermal solutions that lag behind those of premium competitors, leading to an effective cap on the boost clock speed.

VRAM

Despite VRAM sounding fairly complicated, it’s actually not. In a nutshell, VRAM is your GPU’s Video memory and it acts in the same way as your system memory does – providing your GPU with instant data that can be used by active programs and games (in any order and at any time). VRAM is extremely important when it comes to rendering high-resolution 4K gameplay. It also plays a major role in the productivity performance a GPU can offer.

The RTX 3080 TI comes equipped with 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM, meaning that it doesn’t compare to the RTX 3090 with its 24GB VRAM, and so won’t touch that more expensive card when it comes to graphically demanding workstation tasks, but it still packs a very impressive punch and more or less manages to match the RTX 3090 at 4K gaming. The 2GB increase in VRAM over the RTX 3080 does make a difference in 4K performance though, so it seems Nvidia have found the sweet spot at 12GB for their flagship gaming GPU the RTX 3080 Ti.

TDP

TDP, better known as thermal design power, refers to the maximum amount of heat that the GPU’s cooler can dissipate when at maximum load. Each brand determines the TDP based on a unique formula, so cannot be definitively compared, but they will still give you a good indication of the amount of heat your graphics card will generate. Despite the prevalence of the TDP figure in marketing, unlike with CPUs, GPUs come with a pre-installed cooler, so the actual bearing this figure will have on your decision-making process is limited.

Best RTX 3080 Ti Graphics Cards

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Editor's Pick
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming X Trio 12G

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming X Trio 12G

Core Clock Speed

1770 MHz Boost Clock

CUDA Cores

10,240

Memory Size

12GB GDDR6X

Dimensions

324 x 140 x 56mm

PSU Required

750W

TDP

350W

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Runner Up
Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G 1
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Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G

Core Clock Speed

1710 MHz Boost Clock

CUDA Cores

10,240

Memory Size

12GB GDDR6X

Dimensions

320 x 129 x 55mm

PSU Required

750W

TDP

360W

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The Value Pick
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ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity 12GB

Core Clock Speed

1665 MHz Boost Clock

CUDA Cores

10,240

Memory Size

12GB GDDR6X

Dimensions

318 x 121 x 63mm

PSU Required

750W

TDP

350W

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The Compact Pick
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Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti Founder’s Edition

Core Clock Speed

1665 MHz Boost Clock

CUDA Cores

10,240

Memory Size

12GB GDDR6X

Dimensions

285 x 112 x 55mm

PSU Required

750W

TDP

350W

In-depth Review

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Editor's Pick
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming X Trio 12G

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming X Trio 12G

Core Clock Speed

1770 MHz Boost Clock

CUDA Cores

10,240

Memory Size

12GB GDDR6X

Dimensions

324 x 140 x 56mm

PSU Required

750W

TDP

350W

Pros

Very quiet thermal design

Great build quality

Respectable out-the-box clock boost

3x 8 pin power connectors mean more headroom for overclocking

Classic geometric MSI aesthetic

Generous RGB coverage

Cons

The RTX 3080 Ti is a prohibitively expensive GPU

Lies within the higher end of the 3080 Ti price spectrum

Large size vs Founder’s Edition

Much like it did in our Best RTX 3080 list, the MSI Gaming X Trio once again clinches the top spot and for much the same reasons.

As far as AIBs go, given the more functional look imposed on them by the three fan setup, the MSI range tends to be some of the best looking, and the RTX 3080 Ti carries on this tradition. The angular geometric design, vaguely reminiscent of something you might see out of Deus Ex Mankind Divided, is a bit more interesting than what you’d usually see, and the diagonal three RGB strips across the top of the card, in addition to the light-up logo on the side add a bit more RGB magic than the minimal amount you’ll see on most 3080 Tis.

Build quality, as with most MSI cards, is top-notch, and the metal backplate adds an extra degree of sturdiness to the card – hopefully making installing / removing / reinstalling it in a build less of a worrisome experience. The card is not small though, it takes up 3 PCI case slots like the other AIBs in this list (though not the Founder’s Edition) but beyond this its dimensions are one of the biggest graphics cards on this list, so if you’re looking to put together a small case build, consider other options.

The main reason for the bulk of this graphics card is of course the cooling, and the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming X Trio 12G comes with the same TRI FROZR 2 cooling system and TORX FAN 4.0 blades as their version of the RTX 3080, which is one of the best on the market in terms of efficiency, but also one of the quietest.

Although the 1770 MHz core boost clock doesn’t seem that much higher than the 1670 MHz of the Founder’s Edition, it is the highest currently on offer in the market for RTX 3080 Ti AIBs, so gives you the most power of any GPU on this list. Finally, the use of 3 x 8-pin connectors rather than just two, opens up the card for overclocking in the future, even if it might be a bit of irritation in the short term.

This isn’t a cheap graphics card, even by 3080 Ti standards, but if you want the best RTX 3080 Ti money can buy right now, you won’t go wrong with the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming X Trio 12G.

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Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G 1
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Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G

Core Clock Speed

1710 MHz Boost Clock

CUDA Cores

10,240

Memory Size

12GB GDDR6X

Dimensions

320 x 129 x 55mm

PSU Required

750W

TDP

360W

Pros

Quiet thermal design

2x HDMI ports

4 Years warranty

Good build quality

Cons

The RTX 3080 Ti is a prohibitively expensive GPU

Would have like to have seen a higher boost clock

Large size vs Founder’s Edition

The Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G comes with a relatively modest increase in the boost clock to 1710 MHz out of the box, from the 1665 MHz of the vanilla version. For this increase the TDP of the card has been turned up from 350W to 360W. To be honest we would have liked to have seen slightly greater gains for the extra money being paid here, though compared to the competing AIBs with higher clock speeds (see above) the Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G is substantially cheaper, so this is the trade-off you have to consider. Based on the MRSP you would pay $200+ for this card on top of the c.$1,200 of the Founder’s Edition, though obviously in today’s low-stock market you’ll likely end up having to fork out much more for either card.

The build quality of Gigabyte AIBs is generally of a good standard and this GPU is no exception. Gigabyte’s patented Windforce cooling solution uses three ergonomically designed fans that can switch from a semi-passive mode when the demands on the card are low, to highers speeds when it begins to heat up – thus maximising energy efficiency. This also reduces noise when using the graphics card generally, and it is among the quieter RTX 3080 Tis available. The cooling is of a good standard and brings some piece of mind that the card will last the distance and not lose efficiency over time like the Founder’s Edition.

The 4 year warranty is very welcome and adds further confidence to the longevity of this expensive card, however be aware that any further overclocking of the card that you do will void this. Finally the Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 12G is one of the few offerings which comes with two HDMI 2.1 ports (one is much more common), which may be a useful feature for some.

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The Value Pick
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ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity 12GB

Core Clock Speed

1665 MHz Boost Clock

CUDA Cores

10,240

Memory Size

12GB GDDR6X

Dimensions

318 x 121 x 63mm

PSU Required

750W

TDP

350W

Pros

Improved cooling solution compared to the Founder’s Edition

One of the cheapest RTX 3080 Ti AIBs you will find

Good build quality

Cons

The RTX 3080 Ti is a prohibitively expensive GPU

Not the quietest on offer

Less powerful than other RTX 3080 Ti AIBs

We use the term ‘value’ here very loosely, as the minimum you will be spending on this card is $1,299 i.e. around $100 more than the Founder’s Edition, however ultimately for this money you get a graphics card which has an improved cooling solution and therefore greater likely longevity, which should help ensure you get the most value for your money long-term.

The ZOTAC Trinity GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB is the most conservative of all the AIBs on this list, in that its boost clock is the same 1665 MHz as the Founder’s Edition of the card, and there is generally not much improvement in real performance compared to the vanilla FE version, besides the increased upper limits the more efficient cooling permits should you wish to overclock it yourself.

The cooling is unfortunately also among the louder of the RTX 3080 Tis, and kicks out more decibels compared to other selections on this shortlist, though the difference still won’t be that noticeable to most people under most gaming loads.

Ultimately this is the RTX 3080 Ti you should go for if you’re just looking for a graphics card with improved cooling and likely longevity over the vanilla version for not much more money.

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The Compact Pick
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Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti Founder’s Edition

Core Clock Speed

1665 MHz Boost Clock

CUDA Cores

10,240

Memory Size

12GB GDDR6X

Dimensions

285 x 112 x 55mm

PSU Required

750W

TDP

350W

Pros

The most compact 3080 Ti

One of the nicest looking 3080 Tis

Cheaper than most AIBs

Cons

The RTX 3080 Ti is a prohibitively expensive GPU

Poorer cooling solution means potentially worse longevity

Potentially could get louder over time than AIB versions

If space is at a premium in your case and the monster three fan AIBs simply won’t fit, then the Founder’s Edition of the RTX 3080 Ti might be your best bet. In our opinion, the iconic ‘Tie Fighter’ design (or horizontal hourglass) is one of the nicest out there from an aesthetic perspective, and the MSRP is the cheapest you will find (though you’ll be lucky to pick one up for this).

As ever, the main difference between the Founder’s Edition of the graphics card and the AIBs is the cooling solution. The RTX 3080 Ti uses the same 2-slot design as the RTX 3080, rather than the three-slot design of the RTX 3090 FE. The area in which the card generates the most heat is around the GDDR6X memory, and a critique of the Founder’s Edition 3090 is that the thermal pad for the VRAM is not really adequate, leading people to upgrade it themselves, though unfortunately, this voids the warranty. Sadly the RTX 3080 Ti Founder’s Edition has the same drawback, so this is a consideration potential buyers of this card will have to weigh up.

That being said, even if the cooling is below par, at present you’re unlikely to notice much of an audible difference between this card and the AIBs listed on this page when playing games – generally, the card does run quite quiet except in the rare scenarios where the VRAM usage is pushed to the max and this is mostly limited to crypto-mining and the like. Still, more demanding games that may appear in the future might similarly stress the card, and if past experience is anything to go buy, long-term stress on the card may cause it to become louder as efficiency degrades over time. Such degradation could reduce the lifespan of the card, which is a consideration buyers should think about before they make what is a very substantial purchase.

Final Word

So, this has been our guide to the best RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards on the market, we hope you have found it useful! Ultimately, whichever of these powerful cards you pick, as long as you make sure it is compatible with the rest of your build, you will end up with one of the most beastly gaming PCs money can buy, whatever resolution you happen to be playing on.

Obviously, stock issues still abound for this card, others in the 30 series, and for GPUs in general. Make sure you keep our Where To Buy The RTX 3080 Ti page bookmarked and refreshed for a list of all the major stockists worldwide so you don’t miss out.

If you have any other questions regarding the Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti or any of the RTX family, do feel free to drop us a comment in the relevant section below.

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