Nvidia has captivated the gaming and PC world with the announcement of the hotly anticipated new line of Ampere processors. Amongst this line, Nvidia announced a release date of September 17th for their flagship GPU the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.
Not only is the RTX 3080 reported to clock speeds nearly twice as fast as previous models like the RTX 2080 and perform considerably better than the top of the range old generation models like the RTX 2080 Super. But the RTX 3080 also has a slew of impressive performance benchmarks; like the new GPU which boasts 10GB of GDDR6X memory and a 1.71Ghz boost clock.
These impressive hardware feats are coupled by a number of new and improved technologies like that of the second generation ray-tracing cores – which will allow ray tracing enabled games to run much smoother than ever before. The advancements seemingly made in this new GPU offering not only surpass older models but allows the RTX 3080 to eclipse the likes of the RTX 2080 Ti for a reasonable $699.
Even if all these hardware and technological advancements don’t do it for you. Something has to be said for the sleek design of the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. Elements like the seamless integration of the heat sink within the GPU, allow this model to really look the part in any serious gaming setup.
It’s hard not to see the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 as truly representing the next generation in graphics technology. Centrally, however, to utilize the full power of such a GPU, you will need appropriate accompanying components, that don’t throttle performance.
To ensure that your system is RTX 3080 ready. Here are our custom recommendations, for the most seamless pairing to allow you to get the most out of Nvidia’s flagship GPU.
Best CPUs for RTX 3080 Builds – Our Selections
Best Enthusiast Gaming CPU for RTX 3080 – Intel i9-10900K
If you want to pair up your top of the range RTX 3080 with a CPU worthy of being placed in the same high echelon of tech performance, then look no further than Intel’s recently released ‘Comet Lake’ i9-10900k. This CPU pushes the boundaries of processing performance forward. Boasting an eye-watering 5.3 boost clock and 16 cores, which allows the CPU to boast the single highest output of any current CPU on the market.
Coupled well with the RTX 3080 this CPU will provide the key components to jaw-dropping 4k 144Hz is possible at serious frame rates. If you feel like you need to juice even more power out of this processing monster, the CPU offers the option to overclock further, with better OC potential than its AMD counterpart. However, to facilitate this you’ll need a high-end cooling solution. This being said the i9-10900k boasts Intel’s own ‘Thermal Velocity Boost’ interface, in order to raise boost clocks when temperatures permit. Even if you’re not a fan of overclocking your CPU Intel also provides a custom safe overclocking ‘Thermal Velocity Boost’ system which allows the CPU to hit even higher levels of performance.
As the key components of any top-end gaming PC, the i9-10900K is the current top of the range option. If paired with the RTX 3080 and other central components like that of a 4k 240Hz monitor and a capable Z490 motherboard – this setup will handle any triple-A title with jaw-dropping frame rates and a smooth seamless picture. As such the i9-10900K is our choice for the best option for an ultimate no holds barred, gaming PC with the RTX 3080.
Best High-FPS Gaming CPU for RTX 3080 – i7-10700K
If you are looking to pair up the RTX 3080 with a processor able to handle high frame rate gaming, then the 8-core i7-10700 is worth a look in. This processor has a 3.8GHz base clock and 5.1GHz boost clock, making this processor more than capable of handling high frame rates and smooth picture. Importantly, pairing this impressive GPU and CPU to a reliable and a capable Z490 Motherboard with a decent feature-set and VRM. Will allow you to enjoy high-performance frame rates and smooth images. A high frame rate is essential to competitive high-level FPS gaming, as it enables you to see the run of play in real-time and often before your competitors.
Paired with integrated technologies like that of Nvidias ‘lag reduction’ that has been reported to be integrated within the new line of GPUs and Nvidia’s commitment to giving serious gamers the best experience possible.
If you are looking for competitive FPS gaming. The combination of the RTX 3080 paired with the i7-10700k provides a lethal setup for any high-stress FPS games that will draw your competitor’s envy.
Best VR-Gaming CPU for RTX 3080 – Ryzen 7 3800X
In the last few years, virtual reality gaming has progressed from a gimmicky side attraction and moved towards something that has gandered gamers’ attention worldwide. Namely, the release of games like that of Half-Life Alyx, a game that received stellar reviews from across the board. Releases of huge triple-A titles continue to support the idea that VR represents the future of gaming. Further, the release and popularity of headsets like that of the Oculus Rift S, only further support the idea that VR gaming is the way in which gaming is heading.
Virtual Reality gaming, however, places a unique demand on any PC. Despite the Nvidia RTX 3080 being a model that is a worthy match for HD VR gaming, you’ll need a worthy CPU that can match up to the high demands of VR gaming. That is why we recommend the Ryzen 7 3800X as the appropriate processor to meet your VR needs. Stats like that of an 8-core and additional 16 thread CPU, offers killer performance along with impressive boost clocks of up to 4.5GHz.
AMD has also managed to future proof their systems with the seamless integration of PCIe 4.0 slots on their motherboards. Meaning that you can utilize their forward-thinking in order to integrate NVMe SSDs to your setup, in order to allow fast transfer of data compared to the previous generation PCIe 3.0 devices. On top of this, the Ryzen 3800 goes for a modest $320 dollars, making it a much more affordable option than the processors previously talked about in this list.
Best Content-creation CPU for RTX 3080 – Ryzen 9 3950X
While the majority of talk about the new release of the Ampere line has generally focused on the ability of the GPUs to handle games. Something has to be said for just how useful this new line of GPUs could be for content creators. Just looking at the advancements that the RTX 3080 provides in sheer computation power and rendering, it is hard not to see the benefit for the world of content creation.
Nevertheless, if you are looking to really render the power of such an impressive GPU, to really take your editing, rendering or 3D imaging to the next level. Then the Ryzen 3950x is our CPU recommendation for you.
Supported by stats like he 3950x eye watering stats like that of a 16 core 32 thread system, that will make high stress tasks like that of 3D rendering and high-quality video rendering much easier than before. Importantly, AMD’s seamless integration of PCIe 4.0 slots for integration of high end NVME SSDs will make transferring large files something that eclipses that of storage on older hard drive models.
Combined with the power of the RTX 3080 the Ryzen 3950 would go well in the arsenal of any content generator to perform a large amount of 3D animation or rendering and priced at a modest $400, it really is one of the best options on the market for content creators.