Today's RTX 3080 launch day, and with that, EVGA has listed four RTX 3080 aftermarket cards ranging from $699.99 to $809.99. If you were hoping to snag one of these cards, be prepared to wait. RTX 3080 cards are sold out already, and RTX 30-series supply may be scarce until 2021.
EVGA listed three XC3 models and one FTW Gaming variant. The XC3 lines offers three trim levels: Black Gaming, Gaming and Ultra Gaming. The only differentiation between the three is frequencies and backplates. The Black Gaming has no backplate, while the Ultra Gaming is an overclocked variant of the Gaming.
All four EVGA RTX 3080 graphics cards feature triple-fan cooler designs, with a traditional aluminum heatsink, plus heatpipes. Hot air is exhausted out of all four sides of the card.
The FTW3 Ultra Gaming takes that design but beefs up the heatsink to make the entire cooler 2.75 slots thick. The FTW3 Ultra Gaming also includes heavy RGB lighting on the front. It'll be interesting to see if any of these cards can outperform the high-performing Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition, which currently sits atop our Best Graphics Card page. In our RTX 3080 review, we praised the Founders Edition cooler for its stellar performance in terms of both temperature and acoustics.
A nice bonus to the EVGA cards is the lack of a 12-pin connector. All four cards feature standard 8-pin connectors, the XC models get two of them while the FTW3 has three 8-pin connectors. We don't know much about the FTW3's specifications, like clock speeds and power delivery, yet, but if history is anything to go by, the FTW3 models will be overclocking monsters, which explains the need for extra power.
If you are in the market for one of these cards, check out other stores selling EVGA's SKUs. Best Buy, for instance, already lists a few XC3 RTX 3080s but is sold out, unfortunately.
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so these third party cards are full length boards?Reply
mac_angel said:so these third party cards are full length boards?
Correct yes. I believe EVGA is using custom PCBs, but can't confirm. I don't know of any AIB partners who are using the actual reference spec of the RTX 3080.
TechyInAZ said:Correct yes. I believe EVGA is using custom PCBs, but can't confirm. I don't know of any AIB partners who are using the actual reference spec of the RTX 3080.
The 3080 Founders Edition isn't the reference design. The AIB partners are almost all using the actual reference board design, which is a full-length card.
We'll have to wait a bit more to see more custom designs, like smaller ones designed for ITX systems. Actually, for them, the 3080 Founders Edition would actually work well given that it's one of the shorter boards at 285mm.