It’s exciting to be a PC Gamer right now as Nvidia unveiled its RTX 3000 series of GPUs that brings the second generation of ray-tracing tech and the new Ampere architecture. We got a chance to check out the latest GPU from Zotac and tested it to play different games in 4K, 2K and 1080p resolution. While many are excited about the latest PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles, PC gaming has always been a step ahead and Zotac’s RTX 3080 Trinity is a part of that journey.
While there have been changes made to certain aspects of the new GPUs such as the 12-pin connector, it remains business as usual for Zotac users. The GPU does come with a converter of its own, however since we already own a Zotac 2080ti, we didn’t need it. As for the other aspects of the GPU, it uses a traditional design, albeit a bit larger than the Zotac 2080Ti, standard PCIe power connectors, and the FireStorm utility software for overclocking needs. Needless to say, it also runs all the proprietary GeForce services such as GeForce Now, Game Stream Shield devices and of course better ray-tracing.
The Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity is priced at Rs. 69,990, the same as the Founders Edition at launch and offers the same super-fast 4K gaming performance on recent games like Control and Death Stranding. The main difference between the Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity and Founder’s Edition at least from the outside is the triple-fan cooling system on the former GPU.
Jumping from Zotac RTX 2080ti to Zotac RTX 3080
One thing is clear, this next generation of GPUs is not only about graphic fidelity as both GPUs can run AAA titles in its highest settings. The main upgrade you will notice here are other aspects of PC games’ performance such as resolution/frame-rate and better real-time ray-tracing. There is no doubt that the Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity is better at delivering higher frames in 4K resolution and better real-time ray tracing. While ray-tracing works well on the 2080Ti GPUs, the envelope has truly been pushed with the new RTX 3000 GPUs.
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity Architecture (GPU):
- Ampere CUDA Cores: 8704
- RT Cores: 68
- Tensor Cores: 272
- GPU Boost Clock: 1710 MHz
- Memory Capacity: 10GB GDDR6X
- Memory Bus: 320-bit
- Memory Clock: 19 GB/s
- TDP: 320W
To achieve better performance in all attributes mentioned above, NVIDIA implemented additional RT cores that make it easier and faster for the GPU to render real-time ray-tracing. To run games smoothly, Tensor Cores have also been added which leverage NVIDIA’s DLSS AI tech to push better frames in every game that supports it. The DLSS 2.0 performance has been significantly boosted in RTX 3080 GPUs and it can be best noticed in Remedy’s Control as the game truly works in tandem with the GPU to deliver some astounding visuals and performance.
In the case of RTX 3080 Trinity by Zotac, you can’t get a better GPU that features a significant bump in the CUDA core count (somewhat graphic processors). The GPU takes full advantage of the new Ampere architecture, however it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of additional second-gun RT cores and third-get Tensor cores. If you were to think of a flagship GPU by one of the AIC (add-in card) vendors, then the RTX 3080 Trinity is one of the few. The GPU’s design, construction, minimal RGB accents and the build quality is second to none.
We compared it to our Zotac RTX 2080Ti AMP GPU (one of the largest form factors from the previous generation) to the review unit at hand, and the first thing you will notice is that the RTX 3080 Trinity is slightly larger. Its dimensions stand at 317.8mm (L), 120.7mm (H), and 58mm (W) which can be problematic for some mid-tower cases. If you plan on buying this GPU, we recommend getting a slightly larger case that can easily accommodate the dimensions of the GPU and leaves ample room for air-flow.
Speaking of cooling, the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity uses a three-fan design and from what we have seen, it runs cooler than the founder’s edition even when we overclocked it. You will find that the GPU idles at around 45-degrees Celsius which is quite impressive given that other GPUs run at significantly higher temperatures. However, there is one drawback to having additional fans – the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity can get loud especially when it is running at 100% in games like Death Stranding and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Having said that, better cooling is always going to be our priority over noise levels and we don’t have anything to complain about in this department. Considering the new hardware, new high-speed memory in the form of GDDR6X and its capabilities, we were left quite impressed.
Game Performance Benchmarks
Having great hardware won’t mean a single thing if it didn’t deliver expected performance in games. In our two weeks of testing, the RTX 3080 Trinity was able to achieve some impressive numbers in various games in various resolutions. There were times we could not believe the frames we were getting in AAA titles even when the entire screen was populated by NPCs, enemies and big environments. From our testing, we concluded the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity delivers exceptional performance in 4K and 1440p gaming. We tested the GPU with a Samsung 4K 120Hz TV and a 144Hz 1440P monitor. If you want to know how it performed in games in terms of frames per second and different resolutions, check out our graph below that mentions the games, resolution and FPS details. Do note, the higher the FPS number means the better it is:
- GPU: ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity
- CPU: Intel i7-8700K
- Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370E
- G.Skill Trident Z 2x16GB RGB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
From the graphs above, it’s clear that it proves what we’ve been trying to say in the entire review. ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity’s 4K performance is 33% better than my Zotac RTX 2080 Ti Amp GPU where it easily hits and maintains impressive frames in demanding games. I have also played these games in 4K on my 2080ti, where the performance isn’t as impressive. However, when turning down the resolution to 1440p, the gains don’t look as significant which is what we expected. As mentioned earlier, the new RTX 3000 series GPUs is all about pushing the gaming to 4K resolution and it does that effectively. Having said that, in lower resolutions i.e. 1440p, there were times when the 2080ti was faster than the 3080 variant. However, the clear advantage here comes when you switch on ray-tracing in games. DLSS is NVIDIA’s marquee feature here and no matter which resolution you play in, the RTX 3080 Trinity outperforms the 2080ti by at least 20% in almost every game. With ray-tracing set to high and turning on the DLSS, in games like Control, you can easily hit 60 FPS in 4K resolution. If you are wondering about ray-tracing performance specifically, the 3080 Trinity has a 45% gain in performance over the 2080ti in 4K resolution.
The Final Say
If you’ve been wanting to upgrade your GPU and are looking for a flagship level offering, the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity is a spectacular choice to consider. The three-fan design keeps the GPU extra cool and the minimal design makes it easier to blend in with any pc case out there. With great 4K gaming performance and a competitive price for Indian customers, the Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity GPU is hard to ignore for your next PC build.
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