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Palit RTX 3080 GamingPro OC Review

Rating: 8.0.

Having already assessed third-party RTX 3080 cards from ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte, today our attention turns to Palit and its RTX 3080 GamingPro OC. This is a triple-fan card, with a factory overclocked core and eye-catching shroud design. With an SRP of £739.99, how does the GamingPro OC stack up against the competition?

So far, we have been highly impressed with all of the RTX 3080 partner cards we have reviewed, so it is now up to Palit to keep that trend going with its RTX 3080 GamingPro OC. Aside from its unique aesthetic, it doesn't look as though this card is bringing anything new to the table, but it is pretty unusual these days to see a graphics card that isn't any taller than the standard PCIe slot, so this could appeal to those with particularly narrow cases.

GPU RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti (FE) RTX 2080 SUPER RTX 2080 (FE)
SMs 82 68 68 48 46
CUDA Cores 10496 8704 4352 3072 2944
Tensor Cores 328 272 544 384 368
RT Cores 82 68 68 48 46
Texture Units 328 272 272 192 184
ROPs 112 96 88 64 64
GPU Boost Clock 1695 MHz 1710 MHz 1635 MHz 1815 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Data Rate 19.5 Gbps 19 Gbps 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps
Total Video Memory 24GB GDDR6X 10GB GDDR6X 11GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Memory Interface 384-bit 320-bit 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 936 GB/Sec 760 GB/Sec 616 GB/sec 496.1 GB/sec 448 GB/sec
TGP 350W 320W 260W 250W 225W

Just before diving into the details, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the key specs for the RTX 3080. Built on Nvidia’s GA102 GPU, fabricated on Samsung’s 8nm process, RTX 3080 houses 8704 CUDA cores, 68 RT Cores and 272 Tensor cores.

A reference board would come clocked at 1710MHz, but as we are reviewing the GamingPro OC edition, this model has a small factory overclocking, with a rated boost clock of 1740MHz. We would still expect GPU Boost to bring actual frequency well above those levels, but we will look at that later in the review.

The 10GB VRAM is provided thanks to Micron’s new GDDR6X memory. Operating at 19Gbps, over a 320-bit bus this gives total memory bandwidth of 760GB/s.

All of those cores, fast memory and factory overclock come at a cost, however, and that is power draw. Reference TGP for a RTX 3080 is 320W, and despite being a factory overclocked card, Palit has stuck with the reference power target with the GamingPro OC.

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