ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 4090 OC Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅03-01-23

One thing is certain from the performance results on the preceding pages, the RTX 4090 is an outstanding GPU, that pushes the possibilities for 4K gaming to a level we haven’t yet seen.

The performance benefits are evident as higher resolutions are utilised. So, while 1440p is still relevant, 4K is really where the RTX 4090 shines.

Under the guise of ASUS TUF Gaming, the RTX 4090 is a decent card. While the physical design does look good, using an all-metal design on a GPU which is so large is an unwise move. Models which use a plastic shroud are already hefty, so adding in metal just contributes more to the weight (and strain on the PCI Express slot). ASUS has provided a support adapter/bracket but it is seriously pathetic. It resembles a retractable pencil which sits at the bottom of your case, to hold up the edge of the card. It features a magnetic tip – but this assumes the bottom of your case is metal.

Something which has been reported elsewhere is coil whine. Yes, we can confirm that the ASUS TUF Gaming 4090 OC does suffer from excessive coil whine, and it is probably the worst we have encountered before. This doesn’t seem to be an isolated issue since others have also experienced it too.

The TUF RTX 4090 OC comes in at a USD $2400 | AUD $3500 | GBP £2000. Such figures are reminiscent of the RTX 3090 Ti AIB models at launch – a premium, expensive. Other models of similar spec come in at a lower cost, with similar cooling performance, factory overclock and no coil whine, so we would point gamers in that direction.

The ASUS TUF RTX 4090 OC will satisfy those with a thirst for high-performance, and while this card does provide excellent gaming performance, it is let down by its size, weight, coil whine and pitiful support bracket!

+ Features a solid design
+ Handy dual BIOS switch on rear IO
+ 4090 is currently the fastest card on the market
+ Zero decibel technology

- Insignificant factory overclock
- Huge power draw
- Ridiculous dimensions
- Heavier due to metal shroud
- Poor support bracket
- Excessive coil whine
- Cost

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