ZOTAC gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC 12GB GDDR6X review

ZOTAC gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC 12GB GDDR6X review

What is good in ZOTAC gaming GeForce RTX? It comes 8K Ready, 4 Display Ready, HDCP 2.3, VR Ready features with Boost Clock 1695 MHz. Other added values are SPECTRA 2.0 RGB Lighting, IceStorm 2.0 Advanced Cooling, FREEZE Fan Stop, Active Fan Control, Metal Frontplate, Lighted Metal Backplate. It is built with enhanced RT Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and superfast GDDR6X memory. Explore more ZOTAC gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC 12GB GDDR6X review.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • GPU Interface PCIe x16
  • G-SYNC Support: Yes
  • GPU Memory Size 12GB
  • GPU Boost Clock Rate 1665MHz

Cons

  • CrossFire Support: No
  • FreeSync Support: No

Specs – ZOTAC gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC 12GB GDDR6X

  • Expansion slots required 2
  • GPU Interface PCIe x16
  • GPU Boost Clock Rate 1665MHz
  • TDP 350W
  • GPU Chipset GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  • GPU Memory Size 12GB
  • Cooling Type 3 Fans
  • DVI-D (Dual Link) 0
  • DVI-I (Dual Link) 0
  • GPU Clock Rate 1365MHz
  • Length 317.8mm
  • DisplayPort 3
  • HDMI 1
  • GPU Memory Type GDDR6X
  • Power Connectors 2 PCIe 8-pin
  • SLI Support: No
  • CrossFire Support: No
  • G-SYNC Support: Yes
  • FreeSync Support: No

Compare ZOTAC gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC 12GB GDDR6X

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti Trinity OC 12GB GDDR6X ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti AMP Holo 12GB GDDR6X ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card
Graphics Card InterfacePCI-Express x16PCI-Express x16PCI-Express x16
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 TiGeForce RTX 3080 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 TI
Graphics Ram Size12 GB12 GB12 GB
Graphics RamGDDR6XGDDR6XGDDR6X
Hardware InterfacePCI Express x16PCI Express x16PCI Express x16
Included ComponentsZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC graphics card, 2x Dual 6-pin to 8-pin adapter, User ManualZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP Holo graphics card, 2x Dual 6-pin to 8-pin adapter, User ManualTUF-RTX3080TI-O12G-GAMING, TUF Certificate of Reliability, Collection card, Speedsetup Manual
Memory Bus Width384 bits384 bits384 bits
Memory Clock Speed1695 MHz17704000 MHz

ZOTAC gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC 12GB GDDR6X review

Design

The dimensions of the card are 32 x 12 cm and it weighs close to 1.5 kg. The card has three fans and uses the traditional power connector design, e.g. dual 8-pin. The card has a nice stylish shroud with underneath it a very beefy cooler.

Ports

We have 3 x DP 1.4 and 1 x HDMI 2.1 for display outputs. The IO panel shows three DisplayPort 1.4, and one HDMI 2.1 connectors that will bring 8K 60 Hz HDR to a single HDMI cable. No more USB type-C VirtualLink connector, as that one is going the way of the dodo.

Memory

The Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity is powered by an NVIDIA GA102 GPU armed with 8704 Shader cores, paired with 10GB of all new GDDR6X graphics memory. The out of the box boost clock for this product is 1710 MHz (and 1710 MHz = reference), and it’s memory clocked at reference 19 Gbps (19 Gbps reference). ZOTAC applies a three fan cooler for the Trinity. This is not an OC SKU, and as such, it will (should) have a reference MSRP of 699 USD.

Frame rates in ZOTAC gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC 12GB GDDR6X

The ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity comes very close to the RTX 3080 FE, just 2FPS off — with 218FPS average in DOOM Eternal. This still destroys the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 SUPER, and everything else on the chart.

Red Dead Redemption 2 screams along at 100FPS average, demolishing the RTX 2080 SUPER and its 70FPS — while in the rest of the gaming benchmarks ZOTAC’s new GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity offers virtually identical performance to the RTX 3080 FE — but does it looking slick, and running cool.

The card pushes right over 60FPS into 67FPS average in Red Dead Redemption 2, which the RTX 2080 SUPER lags behind big time in with 45FPS average. It doesn’t beat NVIDIA’s own GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition — but it comes close.

Temperature

IceStorm 2.0 cooling: ZOTAC has a damn fine custom cooler on its GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity graphics card, where we’re looking at 72C under load with stock fan settings (79C on the RTX 3080 FE) and just 55C with the fans at 100%. You can find a nice fan curve and sit in between that balance of power and silence.

Cooling

ZOTAC is using a new IceStorm 2.0 cooler here, which has been built to keep the RTX 3080 Trinity cooler, and run stronger — although it’s the slowest RTX 3080 that I’ve tested so far. Still, the thermal performance is far better than the RTX 3080 Founders Edition from NVIDIA.

Power consumption

ZOTAC’s GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity inside of my Intel Core i7-8700K test bed consumes a total of 420W, 10W less than the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition. When overclocked, the power consumption jumps by 20W up to 440W total.

Overclocking

The performance hit is around 1-3% on average, sometimes a little more depending on the game, resolution, and detail level. After an hour in heavy GPU load situations, the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity would hit a ceiling of around 1870MHz or so — with my sample sitting comfortably at 1830-1840MHz. This is 150MHz+ under the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition and MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO.

Alternate of ZOTAC gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Trinity OC 12GB GDDR6X

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

Specs

RDNA cores: 5,120Base clock: 1,825MHzBoost clock: 2,250MHzTFLOPs: 23.04Memory: 16GB GDDR6Memory clock: 16GT/sMemory bandwidth: 512GB/s

Pros

+Occasional RTX 3090 performance…+…but cheaper!

Cons

-Can lag behind RTX 3080 at times-Mediocre ray-tracing performance

For that reason, it’s simply the better buy for any PC gamer without any ulterior motives of the pro-creator variety. But there’s a reason it’s not number one in our graphics card guide today, and that’s simply due to the fact it’s not that much better than an RTX 3080, and sometimes not at all. It’s another $300 on top of the RTX 3080’s price tag, and you’d hope for higher performance in both rasterized and ray tracing workloads. Yet, inevitably its ray-tracing acceleration lags behind the competition.

The RTX 3090 may have sat unchallenged at the top rungs of graphics performance at launch, but it wouldn’t be long until AMD rustled together a challenger in the RX 6900 XT, or ‘Big Navi.’ The RX 6900 XT hopes to knock Ampere’s finest from its perch on high and send it spiraling back down to Earth. And it gets kind of close, too, with 4K performance a little off the pace of the RTX 3090—and all for one-third off the asking price.Advertisement

But the RX 6900 XT does come with assurances that the RTX 3080 can’t make, such as its 16GB of GDDR6 memory, which is a whole 6GB greater than the 10GB of (faster) GDDR6X memory on the green team card. With that in mind, for raw gaming alone, the RX 6900 XT is a cheaper alternative to the RTX 3090 is still a victim to its own extreme price tag.

Editor’s recommendation