ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3080 OC Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅28-09-20

Should you upgrade to NVIDIA’s RTX 3080 and more specifically, the ASUS TUF RTX 3080 OC? Well, that will largely depend on your current configuration, but we believe what ASUS presents is a solid representation of an excellent graphics card for this series.

While those with an RTX 20 Series GPU may not see a monumental performance boost, it will still be fairly significant. It is those who completely skipped the first phase of RTX that will benefit the most. Those looking to retire the GTX 1080 Ti will see spectacular improvements by stepping up to the new RTX 3080 and this time round, it won’t cost as much!

We really like what ASUS has done with the TUF RTX 3080 OC, both in the styling department and thermal design. The shroud gracing the externals of the card makes use of metal, giving it a superb finish and a durable outer shell. Underneath that shroud there is a gargantuan double-heatsink with triple axial tech cooling fans, this killer combo contributes to low-noise and low-temperatures. ASUS has gone further by equipping the GDDR6X chips with their very own heatsinks, to help alleviate heat.

The memory on the TUF RTX 3080 OC has been left at the default NVIDIA frequencies which is somewhat disappointing, however the GPU clock has been given a generous factory overclock, seeing it modified 100MHz+. By shifting this particular attribute gamers can benefit from some extra fps in-game.

It should be highlighted that the RTX 3080 really comes into its own at resolutions above 1440p, when detail presets are intended to be maxed out and when a high-refresh monitor is being used. The provided horsepower and HDMI 2.1 paves for the way for gaming at 4K 120Hz – something which is steadily gaining popularity.

Of the varying RTX 3080s on the market the TUF RTX 3080 OC is grouped with some of the more affordable models and is priced at: USD $750 | AUD $1489 | GBP £750. This is backed by a solid, 3 year warranty which adds in some peace of mind.

The ASUS TUF RTX 3080 OC should not be overlooked. It carries an adept thermal solution and is well equipped to provide solid performance.

+ Clean aesthetics with subtle RGB
+ Excellent build quality
+ Factory overclock to GPU
+ Zero decibel technology
+ Low-noise under load
+ Tops out at just 60C
+ Dual-Bios switch for lower noise
+ Excellent performance in the latest games
+ Supports 4K 120Hz

- Power hungry
- Large
- Heavy
- No memory overclock

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