GeForce RTX 30 series video cards can now be had at MSRP, or in some rare cases, below MSRP. That’s a far cry from last year, when people woud pay hundreds of dollars over MSRP for any of the RTX 30 series video cards. If you’ve been delaying your new gaming PC build because of the price gouging, you can finally go head and start that project of yours. Here are the best deals we’ve found on RTX 30 series GPUs from the powerful RTX 3080 to the power efficient and budget friendly RTX 3050.
The Best of the Best: ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3080 OC 12GB GPU for $799
The GeForce RTX 3080 GPU really doesn’t need any introduction. This is the de facto card to get if you plan to run current generation games at 4K, since it’s up to 50% faster than the previous generation RTX 2080 SUPER and doesn’t command the exorbitant price of the RTX 3080 Ti or RTX 3090 (both of which are a mere 3%-5% faster in real world performance). It has an HDMI 2.1 port for passing through 4K @ 120Hz, which it has the power to drive even in resource hungry games like Elden Ring, Battlefield 2042 or Cyberpunk 2077.
The ASUS ROG STRIX model is considered by many to be the very best RTX 3080 variant on the market. It’s usually hundreds of dollars more than the 3080 FE price. That’s in large part because of the incredible cooling potential of the massive 3-slot heatsink combined with the quietest triple fan cooling you’ll find on any RTX 3080. Despite the low noise levels, the ROG STRIX offers a significantly OC’ed 1890MHz boost clock compared o the stock 1710MHz boost on the 3080 FE. This model also comes with 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM instead of the 10GB of VRAM that comes standard and most other RTX 3080 GPUs.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU Starting at $749.99
EVGA’s XC3 Ultra model is a “smaller” dual slot heatsink with triple fan cooling and a protective metal backplate. It has approximately similar dimensions as the 3080 FE, so it can fit in smaller or more restrictive cases. It boasts a modest 1755Hz Boost overclock compared ot the stock 1710MHz Boost on the 3080 FE.
EVGA’s FTW3 Ultra model comes equipped with a ridiculously large triple slot heatsink with triple fan cooling and a protective metal backplate. This amount of dissipation allows the card to run cooler and quieter than the reference model RTX 3080 FE. This also enables the FTW3 Ultra model to have a bit more aggressive 1800MHz Boost overclock. Lastly and certainly the least important detail, let’s not forget about the RGB lighting. There’s enough there to make this card stand out in both traditional and vertical orientations.
More RTX 30 Series Video Cards in Stock on Amazon
For the first time since the RTX 30 series launch, Amazon has a decent supply of select RTX 30 series video cards available. Mind you most cards are still priced over MSRP, but they aren’t as exorbitant as they used to be, and most 3rd party cards have factory overclocks and rugged aftermarket cooling solutions to sweeten the deal. We’ve only highlighted video cards that are shipped and sold from Amazon directly; dealing with an unauthorized 3rd party marketplace vendor will in many cases void your video card warranty.