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The EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra is extremely impressive. It is the fastest RTX 3080 we've reviewed so far, thanks to a massively increased power limit. The new iCX cooler works well, reaching amazing noise levels that are better than most other RTX 3080 cards, and fan-stop is included, too.

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This was the card I ended up getting on launch day.

I've been anxiously awaiting Techpowerup to write up about it.

I was off-put when trying to connect it to my EVGA 850W PSU until I realized they purposefully designed it without the new 12 pin adapter and just let you run dual 8 pin cables to it. That actually made installing it a cinch.

Thus far, no issues - I'm loving it. Waiting for my3090FE to come in the mail.
 

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This was the card I ended up getting on launch day.

I've been anxiously awaiting Techpowerup to write up about it.

I was off-put when trying to connect it to my EVGA 850W PSU until I realized they purposefully designed it without the new 12 pin adapter and just let you run dual 8 pin cables to it. That actually made installing it a cinch.

Thus far, no issues - I'm loving it. Waiting for my3090FE to come in the mail.
What you have is slightly different: XC3 Ultra

Two-slot board and not oversized with light RGB. Not sure if you have the dual-BIOS functionality and extra fan/RGB headers though.

Its still a great card and good alternative to the FTW3 ULTRA at US $810.00.
 
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You really wasted everyone's time in this review in the overclocking section, where you decided to keep the limit at 380w. How can you say with a straight face that, "Overclocking results listed in this section are achieved with the default fan, power, and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it is the most realistic scenario for most users."

If someone actually decides to overclock their GPU the first thing they will do is increase the power and temp slider all the way to to the right. So I argue that your approach is the least realistic scenario for most users who would overlock.
 
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The benchmark comparison charts include a generic and unnamed "RTX 3090 24GB" card. I assume this is actually the Zotac RTX 3090 Trinity since the numbers match and the Zotac has the same core/boost/memory clock as the 3090 FE? And can the "RTX 3090 24GB" results be added to the overclocked 3090 card reviews? I know it's probably a lot of work but it would be useful to have the reference 3090 numbers in the 3090 overclocked card reviews instead of only the 3080 numbers.
 
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You really wasted everyone's time in this review in the overclocking section, where you decided to keep the limit at 380w. How can you say with a straight face that, "Overclocking results listed in this section are achieved with the default fan, power, and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it is the most realistic scenario for most users."

If someone actually decides to overclock their GPU the first thing they will do is increase the power and temp slider all the way to to the right. So I argue that your approach is the least realistic scenario for most users who would overlock.
I recently discovered this myself when reading the 3080 x trio review. Glad I'm not the only one who is puzzled by this method of overclocking... Especially with how these cards appear to be so power limited.
 
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You really wasted everyone's time in this review in the overclocking section, where you decided to keep the limit at 380w. How can you say with a straight face that, "Overclocking results listed in this section are achieved with the default fan, power, and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it is the most realistic scenario for most users."

If someone actually decides to overclock their GPU the first thing they will do is increase the power and temp slider all the way to to the right. So I argue that your approach is the least realistic scenario for most users who would overlock.
Yeah I really have to wonder who he thinks his audience is? Especially for a card like this that is designed for user overclocking. Also it's time to get rid of some of the games in the benchmark tests like Anno.
 
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Where can you buy this card from???
 
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This was the card I ended up getting on launch day.

..... Waiting for my3090FE to come in the mail.
Humble brag.
Congrats on being able to afford both, so how's life with no kidneys workin out for you? :laugh:
 

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Where can you buy this card from???
I ordered mine from EVGA.com in that queue system thing they set up less than two weeks ago. I got a secure e-mail saying I can make the purchase and pushed on through. $809.99 + state tax.
 

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Awesome article dude, lots of good data condensed in one place. I especially like seeing average fps at various resolutions across all the tested games compared between so many cards. The performance per watt and dollar is nice to see too. After much obsessive F5ing was able to get one of these on newegg on like 9/25 or something. Obviously reading reviews is something one should do before buying a card rather than after but I like seeing how things stack up now that the smoke is just starting to clear on this launch.
 
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Benchmark Scores https://hwbot.org/submission/4581602_nero10578_cinebench___r20_ryzen_9_3900x_7740_marks
I believe it has a third memory VRM phase on the top right side where I boxed in orange.
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You really wasted everyone's time in this review in the overclocking section, where you decided to keep the limit at 380w. How can you say with a straight face that, "Overclocking results listed in this section are achieved with the default fan, power, and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it is the most realistic scenario for most users."

If someone actually decides to overclock their GPU the first thing they will do is increase the power and temp slider all the way to to the right. So I argue that your approach is the least realistic scenario for most users who would overlock.
I recently discovered this myself when reading the 3080 x trio review. Glad I'm not the only one who is puzzled by this method of overclocking... Especially with how these cards appear to be so power limited.
The idea to test at stock settings is so that manufacturer cannot hide the good stuff behind second BIOS / manual adjustment / software required to activate. I still believe the vast majority of users will use the card at near stock levels. What do you propose?

I believe it has a third memory VRM phase on the top right side where I boxed in orange.
You are right of course. lol I kept searching for the third memory phase and kept missing it t.t
 
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Benchmark Scores https://hwbot.org/submission/4581602_nero10578_cinebench___r20_ryzen_9_3900x_7740_marks
The idea to test at stock settings is so that manufacturer cannot hide the good stuff behind second BIOS / manual adjustment / software required to activate. I still believe the vast majority of users will use the card at near stock levels. What do you propose?


You are right of course. lol I kept searching for the third memory phase and kept missing it t.t
Ha now that I see the other users comments I too wish you'd test the overclocking section with the power and temp limit maxed out as that's what anyone who overclocks these new power limited cards will do.
 
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I too wish you'd test the overclocking section with the power and temp limit maxed out as that's what anyone who overclocks these new power limited cards will do.
I am just checking my sanity.
And why some one to do that when he has the fastest GPU all ready ? With whom you will compete with? AMD :laugh:
 

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I see that EVGA recommends at least 750W PSU for this card. At the same time ASUS is recommending 850W PSU for their Strix card. Hm.. I wonder, is 850W really needed for common, non-oc use? I plan on switching to Corsair RMx750 - will it work with EVGA RTX 3080 FTW?
 
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I see that EVGA recommends at least 750W PSU for this card. At the same time ASUS is recommending 850W PSU for their Strix card. Hm.. I wonder, is 850W really needed for common, non-oc use? I plan on switching to Corsair RMx750 - will it work with EVGA RTX 3080 FTW?
At stock settings with a reasonable CPU? 750w is probably fine. With the 450w BIOS and a high-end OC'd CPU? I'd go 850w honestly.
 
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The idea to test at stock settings is so that manufacturer cannot hide the good stuff behind second BIOS / manual adjustment / software required to activate. I still believe the vast majority of users will use the card at near stock levels. What do you propose?
This is a card $110 higher than MSRP of the FE. You must ask, why would someone pay the additional money? Who is the user of THIS specific card? Why would someone pay for a larger cooler and a third power pin?

The "vast majority" of people paying $810 for a GPU, will be doing so in order to overclock it, and I do not for a second believe that there is one person out there that would overclock a FTW3 without sliding the power slider to the right, without being willfully ignorant.

Your definition of "manual adjustment / software", already rules out overclocking entirely, so why do you even include it as a section? Why is it ok for you to adjust the core and memory sliders, but to ignore the other 3?

I didn't even bring up the fact that there is now another bios released officially by EVGA to raise the max wattage to 450w. That was released within the last few days, and I think it is reasonable to believe that bios flashing will actually be a more niche usage case of the card, but it would still be nice to have coverage of it. But I would happily concede any of that coverage, if the card was actually pushed to its limits. How about educating your readers about the fact that EVGA told potential buyers that it would ship with a 420w power limit, yet it only shipped with a 400w power limit?

Whether the user eventually decides to undervolt the card, or use it at stock, is irrelevant to an overclocking section. I disagree with the entire philosophy that someone would mess around with core and memory clocks, without touching power, voltage, temperature, or fans.
 
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What do you propose?
I’d propose testing a cards overclocking potential with power limit and temp limit sliders maxed.

Regarding manual adjustment / software required to activate, you already need software like Afterburner or Precision to overclock it. But I would agree with you on this one and bet most people don’t bother with extra software, like that Gaming App that MSI had with the 10 series.

Manufacturers putting out extra BIOSes becomes tricky. Part of me would want to see them tested separately so long as they were publicly released. However, I realize this would just create even more work while testing/reviewing.

Just my opinion. Not sure if a poll would be in order, or if people even care enough about this. I just find it a bit strange that someone would try to increase core and mem clocks without at least increasing the power limit. Especially as a reviewer evaluating a cards potential performance headroom.
 

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