Ding Dong! Your RTX 3080 has just arrived at your doorstep!
First of all, congratulations on buying the new GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 or 3080Ti. So now you must be excited to test the graphical power of this beast and you just want to install it. Here I come to cover you, my friend. I will help you to do that.
However, you will need a motherboard compatible with RTX 3080 so you won’t face any issues.
One of the major reasons for changing the old GPU with a new one is lags, shuttering, low FPS, and bottlenecks. In my case, I have bought the RTX 3080 for Call of Duty Warzone. I have been playing Warzone for years and I would have to say that RTX 3080 is just a perfect blend of features that goes flawlessly with CoD Warzone.
So get ready as I am going to help you thoroughly with installing RTX 3080 or 3080Ti on your PC. However, you need to be careful as you have to pull out your old graphics card and replace it with the new one.
How to Pick a Graphics Card for Gaming?
There are things to consider when going to pick a graphics card for gaming.
I have already explained everything in my guide about “How to Pick a Graphics Card for Gaming” in complete detail. If you want to check it then you can click on it.
However, here is an overview of those factors.
- Form factors
- Memory type
- Cooling system/Fans
- Ray Tracing & AI Rendering
Installing RTX 3080 & 3080Ti – Step-By-Step Guide
Just follow my footsteps to install the new GPU.
Step 1 – Remove All the Old GPU Drivers
First thing first. You have to uninstall all the previous GPU drivers from your system. However, you need to do it only if you have installed the different GPU manufacturer’s drivers. Otherwise, you can go with the old ones.
To uninstall the drivers, here is what you need to do.
- Go to Control Panel and uninstall old drivers
- You should use Display Driver Uninstaller so it will remove all the traces from the registry
Step 2 – Discharges the Electric Static Current From the Power Supply Unit
The next thing you have to do is to discharge the static electricity from your PSU. For that, you need to touch any metal object so the static will be gone.
This is an optional step but taking proper precautions can prevent any kind of hardware damage.
Step 3 – Unplug the Power Cables
Now you need to disconnect all the cable connectors from the old GPU. These include PCIe power connectors, SATA power connectors, and Molex. You can find them near the GPU or on the side of the PSU.
If you are not sure about any of the cables then it is better to check the GPU or PSU manual.
Step 4 – Install the New GTX 3080 or 3080Ti
Now it is time to install the new RTX 3080 or 3080Ti into your motherboard. For that, you need to remove the old graphics card and then insert the new one into the PCIe slot.
However, make sure that you have inserted it properly as installing it wrongly can damage both your GPU and motherboard.
Step 5 – Connect All the Power Cables to the New RTX 3080
Once you have installed the RTX 3080 on your PC, it is time to connect it to the power supply. For that, you need to plug in PCIe power connectors, SATA power connectors, and Molex. You can find them near the GPU or on the side of the PSU.
Step 6 – Install the New Drivers
Now you need to install the new drivers for your RTX 3080. To download the latest drivers, visit Nvidia’s website or you can use GeForce Experience.
GeForce Experience is software that will help you to find the drivers, and download and install them easily.
So this is how you can easily install the RTX 3080 on your motherboard. These steps are so simple, aren’t they?
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to update the BIOS for RTX 3080?
No, you do not need to update your BIOS for RTX 3080. However, if you are facing issues then you can do it.
Can you put a 3080 on any motherboard?
Not a yes for all! You need to use only compatible mobo. You should always use the best compatible motherboard with RTX 3080 GPU.
Is 16GB RAM enough for 3080?
Yes, it is pretty perfect for 3080. However, you need to use DDR4 RAM.
I hope my guide will help you to plug into the RTX 3080 and enjoy your gaming at the next level. One thing I will say to you is that please share your RTX 3080 gaming experience with me. Moreover, if you have any confusion, or you want to know more about the installation of RTX, then feel free to contact me.
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