If there’s one graphics card that everyone is after, it’s the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. I don’t blame anyone for it, either. The specs on the RTX 3080 are so immense for the money. Even Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti, which I reviewed just a few weeks ago, gets bit in the ass by its price to performance. It happily dispatches 4K, ray tracing enabled; no wonder it’s sold out everywhere.
With that in mind, I hadn’t much hope for any RTX 3080 deals, in any form, this Amazon Prime Day. But perhaps I spoke too soon. There are a few deals touting the RTX 3080 late in the retail festivities: They’re not discrete cards, which I would have preferred, but if you’re willing to drop gaming PC cash then these two Dell gaming rigs deliver more than just treasured GPU silicon.
Effectively you’re looking at a choice between Intel and AMD CPUs within these two rigs. In the cheapest of the two, the R12 at $2,199, you’ll find an Intel Core i7 11700F CPU—that’s one of Intel’s latest Rocket Lake 11th Gen numbers. Then in the pricier R10 at $2,689, you’ll find an AMD Ryzen 9 5900, which is a slightly stepped down version of our favourite CPU ever, the Ryzen 9 5900X.
Both, of course, fitted with an almighty RTX 3080.
The Intel-powered R12 comes with 16GB of memory and a 512GB NVMe SSD with a 1TB HDD. That should keep you just about covered for a handful of games—this is, after all, a PC seemingly tailored to high-end gaming.
The Ryzen-powered R10 looks suited to gaming as well, although a few notable improvements make it a little more suited to demanding content creation tasks or professional work too. That includes 32GB of DDR4 memory, which will work nicely alongside that 12-core chip. There’s also a 1TB NVMe SSD for good measure.