Update June 3rd, 3:23PM ET: All initial stock of the RTX 3080 Ti, including Best Buy’s in-store stock, appears to be sold out. Newegg’s lottery-like Shuffle has also ended; if selected, you’ll be notified between 5PM and 9PM ET.
The Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti is here, at least for those lucky enough to find one. Announced earlier this week alongside the forthcoming RTX 3070 Ti, the 3080 Ti serves as the pricier successor to the GeForce RTX 3080, an excellent graphics card that made 4K gaming that much more affordable and exemplified just how transformative DLSS technology could be.
Like the RTX 3090, Nvidia’s newest flagship touts impressive 1440p and 4K performance, albeit in a smaller, quieter package with half the VRAM. It certainly isn’t cheap at $1,200, but given the ongoing semiconductor shortage and the outlandish street prices of most GPUs right now, the RTX 3080 Ti might be more affordable at MSRP than if you were to succumb to the resale market.
While we expect availability to be limited at launch and throughout the remainder of the year, several retailers currently have the RTX 3080 Ti in stock. Best Buy announced yesterday that it would give customers a chance to purchase a Founder’s Edition of the card at select stores today, however, unlike previous years, Best Buy will only offer the GPU in-store. Customers who are hoping to pick it up at launch will need to line up early and secure a ticket at 7:30AM local time before it officially goes on sale at 9:00AM local time. If you’re reading this now, chances are good that you’re already too late.
Heading to your local Micro Center might be your only other viable option, if you’re hoping to get one in-store. That retailer lists five RTX 3080 Ti models on its site from Gigabyte, Asus, EVGA, and MSI. If you’re looking to purchase the RTX 3080 Ti online, your options are limited. The cards will go on sale at B&H Photo, Newegg, Micro Center, and Amazon, however, we expect stock to sell out fast. You might have luck getting one online through MSI, PNY, Zotac, or EVGA’s site.
Here are some of the specific models available at the online retailers above (we’ll add more individual listings as they go live at other sites):
EVGA RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming$143021% off
EVGA’s RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 PCIe 4.0 video card has 12GB of GDDR6X video memory, support for ray tracing and DLSSS AI scaling, and a bright strip of RGB lighting across its metal housing and three-fan array.
Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti is expensive, but it offers sterling 4K performance, impressive DLSS, and quiet operation, something not found on all 30-series cards.
If these options fail you, try your luck in the Newegg Shuffle lottery, which begins today at 9AM ET: