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GeForce RTX 3080 Holiday Deals: Where to Find Them

Finding a true GeForce RTX 3080 deal right now — meaning, finding the GPU at a great price — would be rather like finding Bigfoot: Blurry photos and bad costumes aside, neither one exists. The conjunction of the pandemic, increased demand from a variety of sectors, supply chain difficulties, shortages of several key components, and then cryptocurrency mining fever all lined up in such a way as to destroy all hope of finding an RTX 3080 for Nvidia’s $699 MSRP.

You might also be interested in our GeForce RTX 3070 deals and GeForce RTX 3060 deals. Those contain similar information and analysis for Nvidia’s slightly less expensive GPUs.

Outside of periodic small restocks at brick and mortar retailers such as Best Buy or Micro Center, you won’t be able to acquire any of the best graphics cards without paying a big markup. Depending on your definition of a deal, however, you can still find savings. We can’t provide absolutely awesome prices, but we can point to some options that are at least worth considering in the current GPU climate.

Three Kinds of RTX 3080

There are actually several graphics cards that can be lumped together under the GeForce RTX 3080 deal banner. Do you want the original GeForce RTX 3080 10GB desktop card, which remains our favorite (theoretical) pick for the best overall graphics card? Or do you want the more recent GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB, which boasts similar performance to the GeForce RTX 3090 but with half the VRAM? Finally, there are laptops sporting the mobile GeForce RTX 3080, which is really more like the desktop RTX 3070, but it’s branded as a 3080 — probably because getting a GA102 GPU into a laptop would be difficult at best, considering the desktop cards draw 320W or more power. We’ll look at all three options here.

Before we get into how to find RTX 3080 deals, let’s set the stage. Our GPU price index tracks recently sold GPUs on eBay. That’s not a perfect look at the market, but it does give a reasonable indication of what some people are willing to pay. Not surprisingly, retail prices at places like Amazon and Newegg tend to follow the eBay trends — perhaps minus eBay’s 14% pound of flesh, perhaps not. If you can find a GeForce RTX 3080 or GeForce RTX 3080 Ti for several hundred dollars less than the typical eBay price, we’d consider that a “deal” — even if it still ends up being rather expensive. 

How Much Does a Standalone GeForce RTX 3080 Cost?

Asus GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming OC

(Image credit: Asus)

We have a few places we can look for a standalone GeForce RTX 3080. Most vendors charging “reasonable” prices are sold out and have been since the cards launched last year. The easiest place to find an RTX 3080 is eBay, though as usual you’ll want to exercise caution — avoid buying from new accounts, and if the price looks too good to be true (basically, anything under $1,000), it probably is. There are tons of scams going on right now, so act accordingly. Beyond eBay, there are third parties selling GPUs on Amazon and Newegg, and there’s also the Newegg Shuffle. Here’s what we’ve found looking at current prices. 

Theoretically, the Newegg Shuffle looks like the best bet, but I can speak from experience and say that out of hundreds of attempts, I have never been selected for an RTX 3080 shuffle — I’ve only “won” the opportunity to buy an expensive bundle four times, and twice it was for a CPU bundle. The other two times were for an RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090 bundle priced at over $2,500. Thanks but no thanks. If you can find a card that’s actually in stock, Newegg still might be your best bet, but do note that the typical price for the RTX 3080 is over twice the MSRP in all of the cases we checked.

That takes care of the RTX 3080 10GB cards, but what about the more expensive RTX 3080 Ti 12GB? 

GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, coming June 2

(Image credit: Nvidia)

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