Crucial Design Difference #1: The 8 in 3080 has been corrected, and this fact alone may be worth the upgrade from an RTX 3080 FE if you were THAT bothered by the upside-down 8 before. As stated, this is crucial stuff. Next, we have Crucial Design Difference #2: No, your eyes did not deceive you. If you studied the above gallery photos you will undoubtedly note that the original RTX 3080 Founders Edition’s powder black I/O backplate is GONE, replaced by a shiny chrome backplate.
The audacity of this move is difficult to put into words. Now, I’m sure this backplate finish modification will divide a lot of people, but I can see both sides of this crucial issue – such as the potential for scratching the black finish on the original. Disaster averted? Oh, and we still have the 12-pin power connector that everyone loves, along with the same popular Y-cable. Thank goodness.