It is an important day for those who are waiting for the arrival of the new Nvidia RTX 3080, the high-end video card that marks an important step forward in terms of performance compared to the previous generation and which is offered at an objectively advantageous price, considering that it is faster than the 2080 Ti but costs almost half (719 euros vs 1259 euros *) – all the details in our review. In fact, today the sales of the RTX 3080 are starting and many enthusiasts may be interested in grabbing one of the first specimens.
The board will be available in the Founders Edition – which in fact can be considered a custom, given the changes made to the PCB with respect to the reference design and the exclusive dissipation system – and in the custom ones of the partners. Nvidia in recent days has limited itself to emphasizing that sales of the 3080 Founders Edition will start today on the official website.
Thanks to an Nvidia manager who spoke on Reddit, an important detail on the opening hours of orders is added: 6 AM PST, underlined the community manager, responding to a user who asked for clarification in this regard.
The information is about the US market, but there is a good chance that sales in Italy will start at the same time, so at 3:00 pm today. If in doubt, you can click on the "Notify me" button on the product sheet – but it is not certain that the communication will be timely – a manual check will be even more effective.
Custom variants chapter: in recent days the first RTX 3080 cards of the partners had also appeared on Amazon Italy, but it was a fleeting appearance. The product that was removed shortly after – not simply listed as out of stock, but completely removed from the store. It is plausible that the start of the pre-orders started earlier than expected and that Amazon subsequently ran for cover. On the web there are reports of cancellation of orders from Italian users who had managed to pre-order the cards in recent days, but it is not possible to quantify how widespread these cases have been.
With the official opening of the Founders Edtion sales it is likely that the situation will normalize also in the third-party stores, so it is plausible that after 15:00 the first custom will also arrive on Amazon Italy and at other retailers. We will update the article during the day with an indication of the actual opening of the orders.
For those interested in the RTX 3080 in Founders Edition version, the page to keep under control is THIS
* comparison made between Founders Edition versions