Last week, the desktop market got hot with the sale of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. Delivering a huge jump in performance over the previous generation while retaining an extremely competitive price point makes all RTX 3080 graphics cards models, from NVIDIA’s Founders Edition to custom editions of their competitors. AIB partners are out of stock. Even NVIDIA was criticized by the media for being too rushed to launch products and not preparing enough GPUs to meet market demand.
Fortunately, however, I still had the opportunity to see with my own eyes and hand the ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3080 OC. TUF Gaming Series featuring ASUS RTX 3000 is also highly appreciated for its very good board design and high quality components. In terms of appearance, it can be seen that this graphics card is designed in harmony with the new logo of the TUF series, which tends to be minimalized with straight lines, strong, less cumbersome and angular like many models. RTX 3080 differs. As a clean, minimalist, this is arguably the RTX 3080 I like best in terms of design.
The box is relatively simple with the card image, product name, ASUS TUF logo, VRAM amount and “OC”, indicating that the version has been pre-overclocked, different from the one without OC. The difference between these 2 versions on the market is about 1-2 million VND depending on the store. The back panel is also unremarkable with images and information of some outstanding features. The back box is similar in full black and the ASUS logo.
Accessories include only the instruction manual and related documents, which can be considered as minimalism for the low-cost version.
The heatsink is made of metal for a solid feel while also helping with heat dissipation. The main color tone is metallic gray. Three Axial Tech fans with a reversed middle fan also help to increase heat dissipation performance somewhat.
The backplate is also metal fabricated to minimize the chance of the PCB from warping. It also helps with the heat dissipation of the card. Of course, if ASUS equips the anti-sag support frame like some high-end products, it will probably be better because the card is quite long and heavy.
The surrounding edges of the card are also nothing special. The lack of an NVLink connector at the top shows that NVIDIA is no longer interested in a multi-graphics setup. This connection is now only kept on the RTX 3090. The card is equipped with up to 2 HDMI 2.1 and 3 DisplayPort 1.4a ports with the ability to output up to 4 monitors at once.
The radiator is chrome-plated for increased durability. Similar to the design of the Founders Edition and many other RTX 3080 or RTX 3090, the heatsink of this card also extends quite a bit longer than the PCB.
The card is equipped with a switch to switch between two BIOS modes: Performance and Quiet. These 2 modes differ basically only in fan setting. Performance mode will have a maximum fan speed of about 2200 rpm, making the GPU as cool as possible. Quiet mode limits fan speed to 1500rpm, reducing noise levels but at the cost of slightly higher temperatures.
The power of this TUF RTX 3080 OC still uses the old 8pin PCIe standard. I personally appreciate this pick from ASUS as well as other AIB manufacturers because NVIDIA’s 8pin 2-pin bright 12-pin adapter looks really ugly and ungainly.
The TUF RTX 3080 OC’s colorful lights are also very limited, only the TUF Gaming logo and a small led strip below the lights. For someone who doesn’t like RGB like me, this is a design to be honored.
CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
Mainboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming itx / ac
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x16GB 3200MHz CL16
NVMe: Samsung PM981 256GB
PSU: Corsair SF750
In terms of performance, the TUF RTX 3080 OC in particular and the RTX 3080 in general are undisputed because it is too powerful. Tested quickly with Red Dead Redemption 2 and Horizon: Zero Dawn at 2K resolution and the highest setting, the average FPS of these two games was at 100-120 FPS, suitable for frequency monitors. high scan.
Labeled OC, this TUF RTX 3080 OC can clock up to 1995 MHz, which is quite different from NVIDIA’s standard 1710 MHz figure. Yet the highest temperature is only up to 64 degrees C at room temperature 25 degrees C. The idle idle temperature of the card is about 36 degrees C. Also the fan will not spin until the temperature reaches about 55 degrees Celsius to limit noise. When switching between BIOS Performance and Quiet modes, there is no difference in temperature, the fan speed is only about 300 rpm. What is performance is no change. Perhaps because the card is too cool, the rare user can comfortably reduce the noise of the heatsink without having to compromise any factors.
All in all, the ASUS TUF GeForce RTX 3080 OC is one of the best gaming graphics cards worth buying today, in all aspects from performance to price. Its power can completely conquer all current AAA games at 4K resolution and stable FPS, especially when using AI super-sampling technology with NVIDIA’s exclusive DLSS name. This graphics card also bitterly gave the RTX 2080 Ti back to the garden. The only unfortunate point of the RTX 3080 in general is that there is no product to buy. The scarcity situation is expected to be resolved until October or November.