While NVIDIA moves the deadline of the NDA related to the GeForce RTX 3080 (from 14 to 16 September), the various testers and reviewers around the world are thrilled to share the first benchmarks and tests of the new top of the range with Ampere GPU, announced last year September 1 along with the monstrous GeForce RTX 3090 and the mid-range RTX 3070.
Waiting to see the first independent reviews, new details on the GeForce RTX 3080 come from videocardz, with a focus on the card's overclocking capabilities. According to reports, the NVIDIA partners have not sent the high-end custom models to the press – see ASUS ROG Strix or Gigabyte AORUS – limiting themselves for the moment to the less pushed versions which, as expected, will not guarantee the same capacities in terms of dissipation. overclocking and Power Limit management.
From the first surveys carried out, it seems for example that these "not pushed" custom models have a lower Power Limit than the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition, a model that, unlike these custom models, uses the PG133 design board instead of the PG132.
This feature would allow for example to push the Power Limit of the card to 370W against the 350W of the other models:
Despite this, the first samples of custom GeForce RTX 3080 would have good overclocking skills, especially as regards the GDDR6X memories that would reach over 20 Gbps (20.7 Gbps to be precise) without problems, starting from the 19 Gbps of the factory. For the GPU at the moment the results are quite contained – probably for the Power Limit – recording an increase in the order of 70 MHz, at least for the sample in question.
At the moment we cannot definitively confirm these peculiarities of the GeForce RTX 3080, especially since the overclocking capabilities also depend on the luck and quality of the chip / silicon of the GPU which, according to the most recent rumors, will be an element not to be underestimated even for the new GeForce. RTX 30.
Among other things, the more pushed and completely unlocked custom models for Power Limit, should allow you to go far beyond these values, probably even exceeding the capabilities of the Founders Edition (at least hopefully).