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Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Xtreme 12G review: Made for 4K

By Hoots the Owl & Aaron Yip - 20 Nov 2021
Launch SRP: S$2730

Performance benchmarks and conclusion

Test setup

Here are the specifications of our test rig:

We'll be comparing the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Xtreme against the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X, and their Founders Edition counterpart.

The following synthetic benchmarks and games were run, with the games chosen from a wide range of genres to give a better indication of performance across different segments:

  • 3DMark
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms (Battle)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Metro: Exodus
  • Watch Dogs: Legion

 

3DMark

3DMark is a synthetic benchmark that tests graphics and computational performance at different resolutions, starting at 1080p and going all the way up to 4K. A series of two graphics test, one physics test, and then a combined test stresses your hardware in turn to assess its performance.

The Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti doesn't exhibit any significant differences with the other competing cards here, and most results are within a few percentage points of each other. 

 

1080p Benchmarks (Max Settings)

In real-world benchmarks however, the Gigabyte card seemed to underperform in select titles. This was most pronounced in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, where it was around 12% slower than the ASUS card. 

 

1440p Benchmarks (Max Settings)

The Gigabyte card continued to trail slightly at 1440p as well, although the differences were less pronounced. It also managed to edge ahead of the ASUS card in Watch Dogs: Legion. 

 

4K Benchmarks (Max Settings)

Performance evens out at 4K, with the Gigabyte card even taking the lead in most titles. In Watch Dogs: Legion, it edged ahead to a 9% advantage. 

 

Ray Tracing Benchmarks (4K, Max Settings)

With ray tracing turned on at 4K, all the cards were mostly neck-and-neck with each other. However, the Gigabyte model managed to squeeze out the slimmest of leads in both titles. 

 

Temperature and power

Temperature numbers were disappointing, and despite the large and hefty cooler, the Gigabyte card still ran hotter than the ASUS and MSI models. It's not a game-changing difference, but when performance numbers are this close, thermal performance matters a lot more.  

3DMark Time Spy Extreme Stress Test NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Xtreme ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X
Temperature (Peak) 74°C 75.5°C 72.5°C 70.9°C
Board power draw (Peak) 349W 408W 411W 408W

 

Conclusion

The Gigabyte Aorus RTX 3080 Ti Xtreme is going up against some serious competition. While it flags at 1080p, it regains its footing at 4K, which is the resolution that anyone who is willing to pay for a card like this probably plays at. Unfortunately, cooling performance is just about average, running slightly hotter than even the Founders Edition model. At S$2,730, it is a significant investment that you'll want to weigh carefully. It's a great card, but the fact remains that the competition is simply putting out better numbers. For the price, you might want to consider shelling out a little more for the ASUS model instead. 

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8.5
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Excellent 4K performance
Nifty LED display on the edge for additional customisation
A whopping total of six display outputs
The Bad
Runs slightly hotter than competing cards
1080p performance lags the competition
Very expensive
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