In short, the RTX 3080 is capable of playing resource-heavy games like Control and Metro Exodus in 4K at 60 FPS with DLSS balanced mode-enabled. Previously, one would have needed an RTX 2080 Ti for such performance, a card that would have set you back US$1,199 for the Founders Edition version. By contrast, the RTX 3080 will retail for US$699, which is a snip in comparison.
Overall, it would seem that NVIDIA has achieved two things with its Ampere cards. On the one hand, it has greatly improved performance from the Turing generation, albeit in the limited set of benchmarks that we have seen so far. On the other hand, this increase in performance has not been met with price hikes. You can watch Digital Foundry’s early look at the RTX 3080 below.