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Wednesday , 21 October 2020

Gigabyte RTX 3080 Eagle OC

Summary

It is hard not to feel that Nvidia has done a home-run with the RTX3080. The performance increase you get when coming from a RTX2080 or even RTX2080 Ti is impressive, especially considering that the RTX 2080 cost more when it was released and did not offer the same advantages over the GTX1080. While Nvidia wanted the RTX2080 to offer 60 fps gaming at 4K it feels that it isn’t until this second generation of RTX-cards that you get that promise fullfilled. A quick glance at the benchmark scores show that even when we turn everything on at max most, if not all, games can put out over 60 fps.

Quite simply, the RTX3080 is one of the best value gaming cards right now. This might change with the RTX3070 and what-ever AMD will release soon.

The Gigabyte RTX 3080 Eagle OC is a nice RTX3080. It might not have all the flair of some of the other more expensive RTX3080 cards, like Gigabytes own Auros or Vision, but it does the job just as well. I actually do not miss more elaborate RGB-lighting or an oled-screen on the card. The important features, like good cooling, is there and you also get a minor overclock.

If I am to complain of something it is of course the issue with the power connectors. Now I do not know how widespread the issue is and it sounds like Gigabyte is making sure it will be fixed, including offering to swap out cards for at least UK/US buyers, but this should not have existing at all. When I buy an expensive, very hard to get card, I do not want to worry about it breaking right away.

In the end though, and counting on Gigabyte to take care of that issue, I still  recommend this card. The performance it offers is so impressive and it really feels like a card that will be able to work well for many years to come.

Pros Cons
  • Impressive performance, even when coming from a RTX208Ti
  • Pre-overclocked
  • Well working cooler
  • Pretty quiet even under sustained load as long as the case is well ventilated
  • Some quality issues with power connector
  • Dumps a ton of heat into the case
  • Hard to get hold of right now

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