ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card review

ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card review

Is ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti TUF Gaming OC worth it? Its military-grade Capacitors and other TUF components enhance durability and performance. The building blocks for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU, the all-new Ampere SM brings 2X the FP32 throughput and improved power efficiency. Find more in ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card review.

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Pros & Cons – ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card

PROS

  • Delivers true 4K 60+ fps gaming
  • Low-noise operation
  • Decent overclocking headroom and stability
  • Two HDMI 2.1 ports instead of the usual one
  • Dual BIOS
  • 8 nanometer production process
  • Fastest GPU (until 3090 arrives)
  • Runs exceptionally cool and quiet

CONS

  • Potential for CPU bottlenecks
  • Highest TDP for a single GPU (until 3090)
  • Requires a very roomy chassis
  • Not much further OC headroom
  • The non-OC edition is arguably the better buy
  • Being TUF, 5-year warranty preferable

Specs – ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card

  • Graphic Engine NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  • OpenGL v4.6
  • Video Memory 12GB GDDR6X
  • Bus Standard PCI Express 4.0
  • Memory Speed 19Gbps
  • Memory Interface 384-bit
  • Engine Clock OC mode : 1695 MHz (Boost Clock)
  • Gaming mode : 1665 MHz (Boost Clock)
  • CUDA Core 10240
  • Maximum Display Support 4
  • NVLink / Crossfire Support No
  • Resolution Digital Max Resolution – 7680 x 4320
  • Interface Yes x 2 (Native HDMI 2.1)
  • Yes x 3 (Native DisplayPort 1.4a)
  • HDCP Support Yes (2.3)
  • Recommended PSU 850W
  • Power Connectors 2 x 8-pin
  • Dimensions 299.9 x 126.9 x 51.7 mm
  • 11.81 x 5 x 2.04 inch
  • Slot 2.7 Slot

Price

The TUF RTX 3080 goes nearly frame-to-frame with the $699 RTX 3080 Founders Edition, but it also falls behind in multiple titles to the supercharged $759 MSI GeForce RTX Gaming X Trio, as expected. Switching gears over to multiplayer titles, the story was again the same: The scores waffle more at lower resolutions, but these cards are way overkill for anyone playing games like these at 1080p, though it bears mentioning that they could make sense for anyone moving up to a 1440p 240Hz panel like the ViewSonic XG270QG.

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Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 OCNvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
ArchitectureAmpereTuring
Manufacturing Process / Die Size8nm / 628mm214nm / 545mm2
Transistor Count28 billion13.6 billion
Processing Cores8,7043,072
GPU Boost Clock1,815MHz1,815MHz
RT Cores6848
Tensor Cores272384
Video Memory10GB GDDR6X8GB GDDR6
Memory Interface / Bandwidth320-bit / 760GBps256-bit / 496.1GBps
Board Power340 watts250 watts
Power ConnectorsTwo eight-pinOne six-pin, one eight-pin
Launch Price$729$699

ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card review

Design

It’s considered large with dimension of 300mm long, 127mm high and 52mm thick. It still has the all-metal shroud that houses three axial-tech fans for better cooling. It still uses the durable TUF components, Auto-Extreme Technology, a new GPU bracket, and also a backplate vent for better ventilation and heat dissipation.

Ports

Connectivity wise, the GPU comes with three DisplayPort 1.4a ports, along with two HDMI 2.1 ports.

Frame rates

The Asus card beats the 3080 FE in all but two of the results. At the same time, no one will notice the difference between 182 fps and 181.5 fps — or 135 fps for 99th percentile vs. 133.7 fps. The margin of error for gaming benchmarks is around 1% anyway, even with running each test on each GPU multiple times, so it’s basically a tie. 

Temperature

Temperature wise, the Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3080 Ti GPU does a great job at keeping itself at sub-70-degrees on a hot day. On idle, temperatures average out at 40-degrees, while gaming will see the temperature go up to about 69-degrees. In terms of noise, it still stays relatively quiet, even when gaming.

Cooling

There’s a metal shroud surrounding the front of the Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3080 Ti card, and it covers half the radiator fins and heatpipes. The back of the card has a thick metal plate that covers most of the GPU’s sensitive bits, with the back of the GPU’s mounting bracket being exposed.

Power consumption

We were frankly blown away when the 3080 FE managed to basically match or beat every other previous reference GPU in our thermal results, even while using at least 60W more power. What’s more, it did that with the lowest fan speed of all the high-end cards we tested. The Asus RTX 3080 TUF Gaming OC goes a step further.

Overclocking

The default boost clock for the card (in ‘game mode’) is 1785MHz, which typically resulted in sustained GPU clocks in the 1850-1900 MHz range in the most demanding tests, and somewhat higher clocks in lighter workloads. If you install the Asus GPU Tweak II software, you also gain access to the OC Mode (1815MHz), Silent Mode (1755MHz), and the option to custom tune your overclock.

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Nvidia RTX 3080

Specs

GPU cores: 8,704Graphics processor: GA102Base clock: 1440 MHzBoost clock: 1710 MHzMemory: 10GB GDDR6X (FE)Memory clock: 1188 MHzMemory bandwidth: 19 GbpsMemory bus: 320-bit

Pros

+Built with 4K firmly in mind+Far more affordable than RTX 3080 Ti+Now available in 10GB and 12GB versions

Cons

-Harder to find since RTX 3080 Ti launchAdvertisement

The RTX 3080 isn’t just a flagship GPU, it’s a once-in-a-decade performance boost that would be far more popular inside the machines of gamers the world over – if you could buy one at MSRP. Also worth considering is the improved thermal design of the Founders Edition model, and comparatively low temperatures when stacked up against some other RTX 30 series models, meaning it’ll tick over like a watch for many years to come. 

Even in 2022, there’s nothing that the RTX 3080 can’t achieve in 4K, especially when factoring in the benefits of DLSS for the less-well optimized titles on the platform. The numbers are suitably self-evident too. If the RTX 3070 base model could outperform the RTX 2080 Ti (at least in many conditions) then the RTX 3080 absolutely trounces those figures. 

If you can find any of the best graphics cards for close to their retail price, then we’re confident in recommending the RTX 3080 as the one you should strongly consider. Having launched at just $699, this Ampere GPU proved that super-fast 4K gaming on PC wouldn’t have to cost as much as the previous RTX generation did. 

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