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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB & RTX 3090 24GB Review Roundup

Written on September 24, 2020 by Matt Bach


On September 1st, NVIDIA announced the new GeForce RTX 30 series, touting major advancements in performance and efficiency. While gaming is almost always a major focus during these launches, professional applications - especially those in the content creation fields - is becoming increasingly important.

To see how the new GeForce RTX 3080 10GB and RTX 3090 24GB perform in real-world scenarios, we have reviews looking at a number of applications across rendering, game development, the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, and more. While this post includes a summary for each entry, we highly recommend reading the full article for programs you are interested in as we go into much greater detail in the individual reviews.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB & RTX 3090 24GB benchmark review summary

If you want to see the full specs for the new GeForce RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090 cards, we recommend checking out NVIDIAs page for the new 30 series cards. But at a glance, here are what we consider to be the most important specs:

VRAM CUDA Cores Boost Clock Power MSRP
RTX 2070S 8GB 2,560 1.77 GHz 215W $499
RTX 3070 8GB 5,888 1.70 GHz 220W $499
RTX 2080 Ti 11GB 4,352 1.55 GHz 250W $1,199
RTX 3080 10GB 8,704 1.71 GHz 320W $699
Titan RTX 24GB 4,608 1.77 GHz 280W $2,499
RTX 3090 24GB 10,496 1.73 GHz 350W $1,499

While specs rarely line up with real-world performance, it is a great sign that NVIDIA has doubled the number of CUDA cores compared to the comparable RTX 20 series cards with only a small drop in the boost clock. At the same time, the RTX 3080 and 3090 are also $500-1000 less expensive than the previous generation depending on which models you are comparing them to.

With the launch of the RTX 3090, we can update our previous NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB Review Roundup article with results for the 3090, but since the RTX 3070 is not launching until sometime in October, we cannot include it at this time. However, we are very interested in how the RTX 3070 will perform, and when we are able to test that card, we will post follow-up articles with the results.

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Unreal Engine

Read the full article: Unreal Engine 4.25 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: In virtually every test we performed, the RTX 3090 and 3080 outperformed both the Titan RTX and 2080 TI by a wide margin while costing significantly less. At 4k resolutions, the 3090 had an average 74% improvement in FPS over the Titan, and about 15% faster than the 3080. This roughly lines up with the CUDA Core count on each card. Some may look at the price difference between the 3080 and 3090 and question if the performance warrants it. The bigger deciding factor for creative professionals will be if they need the extra VRAM or not.

Unreal Engine RTX 3080 Performance


Read the full article: OctaneRender 2020 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: The GeForce RTX 3080 is a great GPU for Octane, and renders faster than any of the GeForce 20 Series cards, including the Titan RTX! It is roughly twice as fast as the RTX 2080 Super at the same price, with 25% more onboard RAM as well.

Rendering particularly complex scenes may not be doable with the RTX 3080's 10GB of memory, though, in which case the GeForce RTX 3090 provides roughly 20% faster performance and 140% more VRAM than the RTX 3080. Manufacturers like Gigabyte have announced single fan, blower-style RTX 3090 cards which should enable the use of multiple GPUs to further boost rendering speeds.

OctaneRender 2020 GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance


Read the full article: Redshift 3.0 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: For those on a limited budget, and who only want (or have space for) a single video card, the GeForce RTX 3080 is a great GPU for Redshift. It renders more quickly than any 20 Series card and is nearly twice as fast as the RTX 2080 Super at the same price.

With more complex scenes and geometry the RTX 3080's 10GB of memory may limit performance, however, in which case the GeForce RTX 3090 provides 15% faster performance and 140% more VRAM than the RTX 3080. It should also be available in a dual-width, single-fan version from Gigabyte soon, which will allow for multiple GPUs in a single system and greatly increased overall performance.

Redshift 3.0 GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

V-Ray GPU Rendering

Read the full article: V-Ray GPU Rendering - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: If you are operating on a budget, and only want a single video card in your workstation, then the GeForce RTX 3080 is a fantastic card for V-Ray rendering. It outperforms all 20 Series cards and is twice as fast as the RTX 2080 Super for the same price.

For rendering complex scenes the 10GB of memory on the RTX 3080 may be a problem, though, in which case the GeForce RTX 3090 provides 20% faster performance and 140% more VRAM (24GB). Gigabyte has announced a dual-width, single-fan version of the RTX 3090 as well, which should enable use of multiple GPUs in a workstation to take advantage of V-Ray's great performance scaling.

V-Ray Next GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance


Read the full article: RealityCapture 1.1 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 turned in excellent performance in our benchmark tests, effectively matching or beating the much more expensive Titan RTX! The RTX 3090 was a hair faster yet, but for its $800 higher price tag the speed boost is negligible. Similar performance for less than half the price makes GeForce RTX 3080 the best video card for RealityCapture at this time.

RealityCapture GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance


Read the full article: Agisoft Metashape 1.6.4 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: Both the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 perform well in Metashape! The RTX 3080 effectively matches or beats anything from the previous RTX 20 Series, including the Titan RTX, and the 3090 is another 1-2% faster in total processing times.

For most users, that means the RTX 3080 with nearly as fast of speeds but an $800 lower price tag will be the best choice.

Metashape GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance


Read the full article: Pix4D 4.5.6 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: There isn't much difference between the cards we tested for this review, with all of them performing within 5% or less of each other. That indicates Pix4D is either CPU bound at this point or that the video card's utilization in this application is somewhat limited.

This means that the RTX 3080 and 3090 are a solid video cards for Pix4D, but if you already have a high-end GeForce 10 or 20 Series card then there is no reason to upgrade. There is also little cause to spend more on the RTX 3090 over the 3080 if you are buying or building a new Pix4D workstation, and the upcoming RTX 3070 is likely to offer very similar results at an even lower price.

Pix4D GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

DaVinci Resolve Studio

Read the full articles: DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance | DaVinci Resolve Studio - RTX 3080 & 3090 Multi-GPU Performance Scaling

Summary: Overall, the new RTX 30-series cards do extremely well in DaVinci Resolve Studio. For the tasks that rely heavily on the GPU (noise reduction or using OpenFX primarily), the RTX 3080 is more than 60% faster than an RTX 2080 SUPER, while the RTX 3090 is 44% faster than a Titan RTX and within a few percent of two RTX 2080 Ti GPUs. Considering that a single RTX 3090 24GB has significantly more VRAM than 2x 2080 Ti 11Gb cards, and costs $1,000 less, that is an extremely impressive result from the 3090.

Power users of DaVinci Resolve Studio love to load up their workstations with multiple GPUs, and doing so with the new RTX 30-series cards is just as effective as it was with the previous generation. However, while each GPU you add can increase the performance in Resolve by roughly 50% for each card, be aware that we would highly recommend waiting before pulling the trigger on getting multiple RTX 3080 or 3090 GPUs.

The issue is that the cooler design on the models currently available is designed strictly single GPU configurations. Whether you are looking at the Founders Edition cards from NVIDIA, or one of the various 3rd party designs, these cards are not going to work long-term in a multi-GPU setup. Once blower-style cards become available, the RTX 30-series cards should be an excellent option for a DaVinci Resolve workstation.

DaVinci Resolve Studio RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

DaVinci Resolve Studio GPU Scaling - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB & RTX 3090 24GB

Adobe Premiere Pro

Read the full article: Adobe Premiere Pro - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: While the average editor likely won't notice much of a performance gain with the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 video cards, for certain situations they can provide a healthy boost to performance. In an ideal situation where you are using multiple GPU-accelerated effects, the RTX 3080 10GB is around 10% faster than the more expensive RTX 2080 Ti, or 20-40% faster than the RTX 2080, 2070, and 2060 SUPER cards. The RTX 3090 24GB is even faster, beating the RTX 3080 by 10%, the RTX 2080 Ti by 21%, and 30-60% faster than the 20-series SUPER cards.

These new GPUs are also significantly faster than AMD's current offerings, with the RTX 3080 beating the AMD Radeon RX 5700XT and Vega 64 by around 75% and the RTX 3090 being almost 2x faster in our GPU Stress project.

Adobe Premiere Pro RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Adobe After Effects

Read the full article: Adobe After Effects - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: For most users, After Effects is going to be CPU bottlenecked long before the performance of your GPU comes into play. However, in certain After Effects workloads, the new GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 are around 12% faster than the previous generation RTX 2080 Ti, 17% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, or a bit more than 20% faster than the older GTX 1080 Ti.

However, there is no appreciable difference between the RTX 3080 and the more expensive RTX 3090, so there is little reason to invest in the more expensive model. In fact, many users may want to wait to see how the RTX 3070 - launching mid October - will perform before purchasing a new workstation or upgrading their GPU.

Adobe After Effects RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Adobe Photoshop

Read the full article: Adobe Photoshop - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: Although Photoshop has a number of GPU-accelerated effects that make it important to have a supported GPU, there is effectively no difference in performance between the various NVIDIA and AMD GPUs we tested. Having a GPU can give you up to a 50% boost in performance, but the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB and RTX 3090 24GB are no faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, not to mention the RTX 2060 SUPER or even the older GTX 1080 Ti.

Photoshop RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Read the full article: Adobe Lightroom Classic - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Summary: Adobe has been steadily adding GPU support into Lightroom Classic over the last few versions, but for the tasks we currently test, there is little advantage to using a powerful GPU like the new GeForce RTX 3080 10GB or 3090 24GB. In fact, there is almost no appreciable difference between the fastest GPU we tested, and having no GPU at all.

Lightroom Classic RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

How well does the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 perform overall?

While the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series cards are certainly the most powerful GPUs ever released, it is important to understand that different applications utilize the GPU in very different ways.

In GPU render engines like OctaneRender, Redshift, and V-Ray, the RTX 3080 and 3090 greatly out-performs the RTX 20-series cards, beating the RTX 2080 Ti (which is significantly more expensive) by a large 60% and 90% respectively. Unreal Engine also saw massive performance gains, averaging 60-80% higher performance gains over the RTX 2080 Ti.

Applications that are more CPU-focused like DaVinci Resolve or the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, however, have much more mixed results. In Resolve, the RTX 3080 can still be up to 35% faster than the 2080 Ti in certain situations, while the RTX 3090 is on par with a pair of RTX 2080 Ti cards. However, this drops to just a 10-20% performance gain in Premiere Pro and After Effects. And in Photoshop and Lightroom Classic where GPU acceleration is much less pronounced, there is very little performance gain to be had with either the new RTX 3080 or RTX 3090.

One thing to note is that multi-GPU configurations - which can be a major consideration for some of these applications - are still up in the air at the moment. Unlike the previous generation, these new cards (including all the third-party models we have seen so far) do not vent a significant portion of their heat directly outside the chassis which may mean that using more than 2 GPUs will not be feasible without a complex and expensive liquid cooling setup. This is something we will be testing in-depth in the coming weeks and months.

In addition, there is still the RTX 3070 model that has been announced but will not be available until sometime in October. Be sure to check back after that card launches for the latest information on how it performs in professional applications.

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Tags: Premiere Pro, Hardware Acceleration, hardware encoding, NVIDIA, NVIDIA vs AMD, AMD, Vega 64, Radeon RX 5700 XT, RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 2080 SUPER, RTX 2080 Ti, Titan RTX, RTX 3080, After Effects, Photoshop, Lightroom CLassic, DaVinci Resolve, Unreal Engine, V-Ray, RTX 3090

Where is Premiere Pro article?

Posted on 2020-09-24 13:28:19
Kelly Shipman

should be up now.

Posted on 2020-09-24 14:59:04

Yep, sorry, that was my fault. I set the date/time to launch this morning, but forgot to actually have it scheduled.

Posted on 2020-09-24 16:46:04

Thanks you!Nice Job~

Posted on 2020-09-25 05:36:29

Could we see these kind of gains over 20 series in upcoming games
as the current games may not be taking advantage of 30 series Monstrous specs

Posted on 2020-09-28 14:53:43
Kelly Shipman

we don't benchmark games, so I don't have specific answers for you, but from reviewers like Linus Tech Tips or JayzTwoCents are showing significant FPS improvements, especially at 4k resolutions.

Posted on 2020-09-29 15:50:27

What about blender?

Posted on 2020-09-24 18:06:42

We don't specifically test Blender at this time. There is a benchmark that they put out, but it focuses exclusively on rendering (rather than viewport / modeling / animation performance)... and since we've already got three good rendering tests (four, if you count Cinebench on the CPU side) we have decided not to do that at this time. However, if you want to see Blender in-use on a RTX 3090, check out this great video from Sir Wade: https://youtu.be/118IpMkhduo

Posted on 2020-09-24 18:09:53

Holy... Wow. With that video you already made my purchase decision for me. Thank you for sharing

Posted on 2020-09-25 00:58:11

Awesome, I'm glad that was helpful :)

Posted on 2020-09-25 23:24:46

Thanks for some great info!

Posted on 2020-09-24 19:45:35

Nice test like always, and like always we see how bad the adobe producs are optimized for GPU, embarrassing.

Posted on 2020-09-25 03:08:21

How do they perform in applications like Nuke, or Flame?

Posted on 2020-09-25 06:02:09

We do not currently test in either of those applications, so I cannot say for sure :/

Posted on 2020-09-28 16:29:35

Thx for enomerous tests~
Do you have plan for testing deep learning performance? Tensorflow would be great :)

Posted on 2020-09-25 12:14:19
Kelly Shipman

https://www.pugetsystems.co... Dr Don has you covered

Posted on 2020-09-25 15:42:31
Kyungmin Lee


Posted on 2020-09-26 04:23:36
Rasmus Glud

Rocking a 1080 Ti 11GB in my workstation, I’m literally shocked to see how low on the chart it ends up for Premiere Pro compared to both 20- and 30-series RTX-cards, even AMD cards. Why is that? Last gen NVENC? Thank’s for your solid work, guys!

Posted on 2020-09-25 17:41:02

The charts in this roundup are all the best case situations for the new cards, so the performance difference isn't going to be quite so dramatic in most other situations. Make sure you give the full Premiere Pro article a read if you haven't: https://www.pugetsystems.co... . Still a solid 50% boost for exporting to H.264 going form the 1080Ti to the 3080, or 10-30% increase when working with R3D media though.

Posted on 2020-09-25 17:44:04
Ethan Hallbeyer

so 2 3080 should bear a 3090 or 2 x 2080ti?

Posted on 2020-09-26 17:07:08

I doubt 2x 3080 would beat a 3090 in Premiere Pro. Dual GPU is really not all that great in PR, and going from one 2080 Ti to two only gives a 5% bump in performance in the best case. Since the 3090 is around 10% faster than the 3080 in our GPU Effects test, that means that the 3090 will still win.

Posted on 2020-09-28 16:48:10
Ethan Hallbeyer

Sorry i meant under Davinci Resolve, not Premiere Pro.

Posted on 2020-10-02 06:10:02

In that case, check out our Resolve GPU scaling article: https://www.pugetsystems.co...

2x 3080 does indeed beat a single 3090 or dual 2080 Ti - and by quite a bit in some cases. However, the 3080 only has 10GB of VRAM versus the 24GB on the 3090, which means that if you want to work with 8K footage, you should stick with the 3090. For 4K and below, however, 2x 3080 is a great combination - or at least will be once blower-style cards are out or if you have the chassis airflow to handle two FE cards.

Posted on 2020-10-02 16:45:04


Nvidia professional graphics cards stick to blower-fan design if Puget wants to test them. Quadro branding has been retired.

Posted on 2020-10-05 15:03:57

Wow, that is great - and also surprising to me (the dropping of Quadro branding). We will definitely seek out samples of these new cards to test!!

Posted on 2020-10-05 15:07:58

Quadro has always been a part of our product line, but the high cost has (in the past) pushed the majority of our customers to GeForce instead. If reliable blower-style 3080/3090 card don't show up, however, I definitely see Quadro usage picking up quite a bit.

Posted on 2020-10-05 17:19:53


"With that said, I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed “Rocket Lake”) is coming in the first quarter of 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0. It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned!"

Puget, can you test Intel Rocket Lake & PCIe 4.0 implementation next year?

Posted on 2020-10-07 17:26:58

It is safe to assume that we will test any major high-end CPU launches (not the Core i3 / Celeron / Ryzen 3 level stuff) from both Intel and AMD. :)

As for PCI-E 4.0 specifically, I would expect that by next year we'll have standardized on RTX 30-series cards for our testbed systems - and they use that standard. I believe AMD already supports that on their Ryzen 3rd Gen chips as well. Is there something particular about PCI-E 4.0 you are interested in?

Posted on 2020-10-07 17:37:32

Looking at info from the AMD Ryzen 5xxx series CPUs, I started wondering: particularly for uses/applications that take advantage of the GPU, if you build a system around a RTX 3080 or 3090, how much difference does the CPU make? For example, is it worth it to go from the 5900x to the 5950x, particularly with some of the clock speed tradeoffs? I look forward to your upcoming testing to see! Thanks!

Posted on 2020-10-12 03:01:05

That really depends - very heavily - on the application. Most programs that utilize the GPU still also depend heavily on the CPU; video editing and photogrammetry are excellent examples of that, and even within those categories the individual programs behave differently in terms of how they benefit from both CPUs and GPUs. There are other programs that are almost entirely GPU-based and have very little utilization of the CPU - like rendering in Redshift or Octane, for example.

All of that makes it impossible to answer your question at a broad level. Instead, I would recommend looking at our CPU-focused articles to see how similar, current-generation processors perform against each other... or better yet, if you can wait until the review embargo for these new AMD processors (I think it is the same day they go on sale) then you'll be able to see actual performance data on the specific CPUs in question :)

Posted on 2020-10-12 16:47:57
David Copher

Hey guys, thanks for doing this review and benchmark.

I wonder how this RTX 3080 and 3090 performance compare to the previous Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 & 8000 card. If I specifically want to buy these cards for the smoothest 8k video editing and playback while editing, which card do you guys think would be the best for the workflow? Quadro RTX 8000 or the brand new GeForce RTX 3090?

Any help on this would be highly appreciated. Thank you again.

Posted on 2020-10-13 00:45:16

Quadro's aren't about performance - the main benefit in these kinds of applications is their (slightly) higher reliability. But in terms of performance, an RTX 6000 or 8000 - they are basically the same only with more VRAM on the 8000 - usually is about on par with an RTX 2080 SUPER or 2080 Ti.

So for performance, an RTX 3090 is going to greatly out-perform any Quadro currently available. At some point we should be getting some new Quadros based on the same technology as the RTX 3000-series GPUs, but even then I don't expect them to be any faster than the GeForce cards. Quadro has always been about reliability, more VRAM (at the top end), ECC memory, and non-gimped double precision performance.

All that said, playback in NLE's (even 8K playback) is usually going to be CPU bottlenecked. Even R3D footage which uses the GPU for debayering (and in some apps can be used for decompression as well), you usually are going to run into CPU problems before you run into a problem with GPU power. Of course that always depends on what CPU and GPU you have, but in terms of real-world performance for straight playback, I doubt you would see much of a difference between a Quadro RTX 6000 and an RTX 3090. Now, once you start using GPU accelerated effects, noise reduction, etc., that is where the RTX 3090 is going to pull away.

Posted on 2020-10-13 00:58:57
David Copher

Thank you, Matt. This will help me out.

Posted on 2020-10-13 01:17:28
Eric Guideng

Limitations I've had is with GPU VRAM when editing on 4k and 8K monitors. The 24GB in the 3090 surely makes a difference in Photoshop and Lightroom if scrolling and working deeply through many hi-res files. Do the benchmark test reflect that? Especially the fact that Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere/Resolve are often all open at the same time while tabbing back and fourth between them, all the while scrubbing/scrolling quickly. That's asking a lot of the GUI. Just like the GTX 980 did for 4K back when no one had seen 4K themselves, it seems that way right now with 8K. I have an 8K screen that I will have to test out myself when the RTX 3090 arrives next week. It would just be nice to see a test of this setup (8K screen workstation) as that's the direction we're going.

Posted on 2021-01-01 10:32:53


I got a 980 Ti in my editing pc right now. Will i see much performance gain in Premiere Pro if I change it to a 2080 Super?

Posted on 2021-08-16 13:31:29