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Nvidia RTX 3080 vs. 2080 Super

Nvidia offered a small but notable late-generation refresh to its Turing cards in the form of the RTX 2080 Super in 2019. It offered a slight performance boost over the standard 2080 at the same price as its predecessor. Now, however, it’s hard to find a 2080 Super at all, much less one at a reasonable price.

The next generation of Nvidia GPUs is almost here, though, with the RTX 3080 set to replace the 2080 and 2080 Super. The 3080 is a more powerful card on paper, and it’s the same price as the 2080 Super. But is an upgrade worth it? In this Nvidia RTX 3080 versus 2080 Super comparison, we’re going to find out.

Pricing and availability

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The RTX 2080 Super launched in 2019 with an MSRP of $699, though you won’t find any Founders Edition cards at that price anymore. With the advent of the RTX-3000 series, paying anything more than that, or even slightly less, is not worth it.

The RTX 3080 releases on September 17 for the same price as the 2080, $699. Board partner cards will likely be a little more expensive once they release. If Nvidia’s past launches have taught us anything, it’s that you probably won’t find a 3080 in stock right away. Prices for secondhand 2080 Supers will drop almost immediately, though.

Performance

RTX 3080
RTX 2080 Super
GPU
Unknown
TU104
Interface
PCIExpress 4.0
PCIExpress 3.0
CUDA cores
8,704
3,072
Tensor cores
238
384
RT Cores
58
48
Base clock
Unknown
1,650MHz
Boost clock
1,710MHz
1,815MHz
Memory
10GB GDDR6X
8GB GDDR6
Memory speed
19Gbps
15.5Gbps
Bandwidth
760GBps
496GBps
TDP
320w
250w

Based on specifications alone, the 3080 looks to be massively more capable than the 2080. It should be, but not quite in the way it seems on paper.

The CUDA core count of the RTX 3080 is almost three times that of the 2080 Super. This is partly a standard increase in core count, but also because of a change in the way Nvidia designates what is, and is not, a CUDA core. The RTX 2080 Super has 3,072 floating-point (FP32) CUDA cores, and a further 3,072 integer (INT32) cores. They are both used in gaming, but FP32 more so. The RTX 3080 has 4,352 FP32 CUDA cores, and 4,352 cores that can do INT32 and FP32. That means that in FP32-heavy games, the 3080 could use all those extra cores to increase its FP32 performance, but in games that demand a lot of integer math, the core count increase is closer to 40%.

That’s still a big increase, but the actual performance improvement from those extra cores being multipurpose could be very game dependent.

In the real world, Nvidia claims that the 3080 will double the performance of the 2080, and Digital Foundry’s coverage certainly suggests that it’s possible to get close to such numbers. It found that the 3080 was between 60% and 90% faster than an RTX 2080 with a slight factory overclock, at 4K resolution and all settings on high, whether ray tracing was enabled or not. Considering the slight difference between the stock 2080 and the 2080 Super, this would make the 3080 vastly more capable than the 2080 Super, and even the 2080 Ti, by quite a margin.

The games were hand-picked by Nvidia, however, and with what we now know about the CUDA cores, that may be with good reason. The switch to a much faster GDDR6X memory, and 2GB more of it, will no doubt have helped too, but we’ll need to see some more third-party benchmarks in a wider array of games to see how much faster the 3080 really is.

Power and cooling

The 2080 Super draws 250w on the reference design, with Nvidia’s dual-fan RTX FE design cooling the card. It uses a six-pin and eight-pin connector for power, and Nvidia recommends 650w for total system power for the card. The 3080 comes with a higher power draw, 320w, and uses Nvidia’s new 12-pin low-profile power connector. Third-party cards are set to leverage traditional dual 8-pin designs, though we may see the 12-pin connector appear on more cards as supporting power supplies become more widely used.

Where those same board partners will use their typical array of multi-fan and water-cooling designs to cool custom RTX 3080s, Nvidia has revamped its Founders Edition cooling for the Ampere generation. The 3080 and 3090 use a new, push-pull fan configuration to get extra air into the card and push it out the top and rear. This, we’re told, improves cooling performance and allows for reduced noise levels.

Again, we’ll need to wait until we get our hands on a card, but Nvidia’s design is intriguing and makes the Founders Edition cards even more attractive an option for early adopters.

Ray tracing, DLSS, and more

The 3080 pushes the features of the 2080 Super further rather than introducing much of its own. DLSS 2.0 is available on both cards, offering higher resolutions through Nvidia’s deep learning algorithm, though the RTX 3080 leverages a new generation of tensor cores to deliver far greater upscaling performance.

Ray tracing is present on both cards, too, but the 3080’s second-gen RT cores should provide better ray-tracing performance at higher resolutions. With ray-tracing support in the PS5 and Xbox Series X, we’ll likely see an uptick in games that support the feature. Here are all the games that support Nvidia’s RTX-driven ray tracing now.

New software features like Nvidia Reflex, which lowers system input lag to make gamers more competitive, will be available on both the RTX 3080 and 2080 Super. What won’t be available is Nvidia’s new RTX I/O. This leverages the new RTX 3000 GPU to handle in-game asset decompression tasks, allowing for faster loading of assets located on system storage, potentially leading to faster load times, and less pop-in in games. It could also reduce CPU overhead, too.

The next-gen leap

The 3080 shows that Nvidia’s next generation of GPUs is all about refinement. RT cores boast 1.7x performance over Turing, GDDR6X improves memory speed and bandwidth, and the 3080 has twice the number of CUDA cores as the Titan RTX, which was already vastly more capable than the 2080 Super. All of this, and the 3080 is the same price as the 2080 Super.

It’s hard recommending a 2080 Super now, with limited availability and massively inflated prices. Those prices will come down on the secondhand market, so if you’re on a budget, a pre-owned 2080 Super is still an option. The 3080’s specs show that it should outperform even the 2080 Ti, though, so it’s the better option if you’re looking for raw performance.

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Verizon Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Verizon Wireless is the the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving approximately 120 million subscribers. You’ve surely seen more than your share of advertising and promotion for the brand, but how much do you truly know about Verizon?Did you know, for instance, that it provides prepaid service? It sure does. It also license its network to other companies for usage as Mobile Virtual Network Operators.Here, we’ll help spell out some of the details worth knowing as it pertains to Verizon. Read on for information about the carrier’s rate plans, features, 5G, and phones.Rate PlansGone for the most part are plans with set amounts of data. Verizon now offers a number of “Unlimited” options, each of which includes unlimited talk and text and access to 4G LTE and 5G nationwide network.Verizon describes each of its plans in the following way:Start Unlimited – Get started with unlimited talk, text and data and never worry about overage charges again.Play More Unlimited – Our best plan for streaming, with tons of shows, movies and sports and premium network access—all included.Do More Unlimited – When productivity is your top priority, get it all done with premium data and a discount on a connected device plan.Get More Unlimited – Experience our ultimate in performance on our best plan with extra features, including more music and entertainment.Just Kids – Manage screen time, filter content, track location and get Unlimited data on your kid’s first phone, so you get peace of mind.Select plans include access to the Ultra Wideband 5G network which is much faster and features ultra-low latency. Verizon also offers extra features on its different plans, including Disney+, Apple Music, and cloud storage. As of today a single line costs at least $70 per month.Customers with multiple lines can mix and match the various options, giving each user their own specific features. The more lines you have on an account, the cheaper each one is per month.Device PlansVerizon offers a few options for customers who need coverage for their smartwatch, tablet, hotspot, or laptop. These device plans start as low as $10 per month for wearables and go as high as $30 per month for laptops, hotspots, and tablets.ExtrasVerizon rate plans are not just about minutes, messages, and data. Indeed, customers can save money on other services just by signing up for Verizon. Here are some of the extras available on plans; features vary by plan.Disney+Apple MusicDisney+, Hulu, ESPN+Cloud StorageDiscounts for device plansMobile hotspot (available on most plans)5G NetworkVerizon’s 5G network is steadily making its way across the country, hitting major markets, stadiums, and arenas. Its “5G Ultra Wideband” is an incredibly fast network with lighting quick downloads and uploads and very low latency.Unfortunately its signal does not travel as far as other carriers and their network. It can also be impacted by buildings and obstacles and often relies on line of sight with a cell. The reason that Verizon’s network differs is because of the mmWave-based technology used.In the future Verizon will turn to a technology called dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) that lets it share spectrum between 4G and 5G.5G PhonesVerizon has a rapidly growing list of phones designed to support its 5G network. Some of the devices are exclusive to Verizon, including the Motorola Edge Plus.Models which are available through other carriers are sometimes more expensive through Verizon. This is because of the hardware maker having to include support for the mmWave bands. Examples include the LG Velvet and OnePlus 8 which are about $100 more than at other service providers.Smartphone SelectionVerizon has one of the widest selections of smartphones with models from entry-level devices aimed at first-time users all the way up to flagships. It also has a couple of phones that fold or have unique designs. Examples here include the Motorola Razr and LG Wing.It’s also possible to bring your own device to Verizon, provided it is a CDMA phone or universally unlocked device.Check out our guide on which are the best phones at Verizon.

Klipsch T5 True Wireless Earphones review

Up for review today are the T5 True Wireless Earphones from Klipsch. Priced about $80, you can get your hands on them today. How do they sound? Are they comfortable? Read on to learn what we thought about these budget-friendly earphones.DesignWithout a doubt, the Klipsch T5 True Wireless headphones have the most premium case I’ve ever seen or used. The brushed metal Zippo inspired case exudes quality, but the downside is, that it’s also the heaviest headphone case I’ve ever used.Besides its Zippo styling, some other key characteristics of the case include, a USB-C charging port and three LEDs on the front that display the battery level of the case.Unlike every other headphone case I’ve used, the Klipsch T5 True Wireless allows you to place the left and right earbud in either charging slot. At first, I thought this would be helpful, however, after using it for several weeks, I found it to be a nuisance. It turns out, you cannot easily tell which bud is the left or right, and if you happen to be in a room that is not well lit, you can easily mix them up and put the buds in the wrong ears.The buds are also held in place with a weak magnet, and a good shake is all it takes to send one or both flying out of the case. That’s unfortunate, because true wireless buds are already easy enough to lose due to their small size.The stems on the earbuds are thin and quite long, so much so, they made me feel like I had Shrek ears while wearing them. Fortunately, they are lightweight and the long stem prevents the larger parts of the earbuds from resting on your ears which can lead to quicker ear fatigue.Fit and ComfortKlipsch uses patented oval ear tips with its in-ear headphones that I’ve always found extremely comfortable. Not only does the shape make for a fantastic fit, but Klipsch also includes extra-small ear tips, perfect for people like me. 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The best phones available at Verizon (October 2020)

Verizon has a far-reaching wireless network in the US and compliments it with a wide variety of phone choices. There’s no shortage of selection, at any price point, and the carrier does well to support its growing 5G network. Indeed, it also nabs an exclusive phone from time to time, too.Here, we gather up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Verizon today. This isn’t a list of the best overall with the top-notch performance. Rather, our list aims to speak to specific users.Samsung Galaxy Note 20 UltraBiggest and BestIf you’re looking for the biggest and most powerful all-around device from Verizon, this is it. With a screen size (6.9-inches) that rivals early tablets, it packs an upgraded S Pen stylus and cutting-edge hardware. Oh, and then there’s a first-of-its-kind 108-megapixel camera, too.Powered by Android 10 with Samsung’s custom UI, the handset has generous battery, tons of (expandable) storage, and support for Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G network. Choose from Cosmic Black and Cosmic Gray color options, both of which are stunning.Shop Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at VerizonSamsung Galaxy A51The Affordable Galaxy ExperienceSamsung’s Galaxy is a big one, to be sure. But if you’re not careful, you could end up spending more money on a phone than necessary. The “Galaxy A” series is a great way to get many of the better features found in more prominent models.Here you’ll get a sizable (6.5-inch) screen, plenty of memory and storage, and a triple-camera setup on the back. Powered by Android 10, it also supports Verizon’s 5G network. The best part? It leaves a few hundred bucks in your pocket.Shop Samsung Galaxy A51 at VerizonGoogle Pixel 4aHard to Beat Value PropositionSure, there are plenty of other devices with considerably more robust hardware at Verizon. Do you want, or need to spend hundreds for that luxury? Nope. This phone is a mid-range phone that punches above its weight. The stock Android experience stays as current as anything you’ll find and it only get better with each, timely update. Toss in a camera that wows anyone and everyone, a solid battery, and a surprising $350 price tag and you’ll just why we like it so much.Shop Google Pixel 4a at VerizonMotorola Moto G PowerEntry-level AttractionWhen you care more about messaging, social media, and tasks than gaming, you don’t need to worry about high-end hardware. But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the important stuff.This phone runs a lean and mean Android 10 and features a sizable 6.2-inch FHD+ screen. The inner workings are sufficient enough to get the job done for many users and the 5,000mAh battery ensures it goes all day.Shop Motorola Moto G Power at VerizonMotorola RazrBest Folding PhoneThe selection of folding phones isn’t all that vast, but we do have a favorite. Indeed, we’re fond of the Motorola Razr and it’s not just for its familiar branding.Instead of two phone screens unfolding to form a giant tablet-like display, the Razr is a throwback to clam shell phones. Once opened you’ve got a generous 6.2-inch screen with the same ultra-wide dimensions used by the film industry.It doesn’t hurt that there’s a solid processor and plenty of storage tucked away. The camera experience is also cooler and more practical than you’d imagine, too.Shop Motorola Razr at Verizon