ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 4090 OC Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅03-01-23
Closer Look

First up we have the bundled accessories which consist of the following:

• 1 x Collection Card
• 1 x Speedsetup Manual
• 1 x Adapter Cable
• 1 x TUF Graphics Card Holder
• 1 x TUF Velcro Hook & Loop
• 1 x Thank you Card

Just like last seasons TUF gaming cards, the TUF 4090 adopts an all-metal design which definitely screams high-quality, the only downside to this is that it contributes to more weight being added to the card. It is no secret that the RTX 40 Series GPUs are the biggest graphics cards we have ever seen, so adding an all-metal shroud, is this really necessary? On this occasion we’d actually prefer a nicely designed plastic shroud instead, to keep that weight down.

Now this card uses a triple fan configuration. The two outer fans spin counter clockwise, while the middle fan spins in a clockwise motion and all fans come with the zero decibel technology, meaning they will stop spinning if the GPU temperature is under 50 degrees. Underneath the fans we have a huge vapour chamber heatsink.

The overall dimensions for our card are: 348.2 x 150 x 72.6 mm. So, the TUF 4090 OC is gigantic, being long and tall. It is strongly advised that you check your case dimensions before moving ahead with ha purchase.

The backside of TUF 4090 OC, again features a metal backplate which helps with rigidity, but will undoubtedly add more weight to this product. This has a large cut-out which allows airflow to pass through from the cooling fan on the other side. The backside also features a dual-BIOS switch, allowing users to flick to a silent mode, where the fan curve is less aggressive.

Just like other 4090s, this card features the new 12-pin PCI Express and since PSUs lack a 12-pin PCIe 5.0 connector, ASUS has included a 12-pin to four 8-pin (yes, four!). As such it is necessary to have an 850W power supply and no less, and what’s more is that the PSU will need to have 4x PCIe cables. On this edge of the card we have the only real aspect which is RGB lit, the lighting has been kept to a minimum just like other generations of TUF GPUs, but the colours can be tweaked using ASUS Armoury software.

On the rear IO panel there are a total of four video outputs – 3x DisplayPort 1.4 and 2x HDMI 2.1. Having an additional HDMI will be useful to many.

Out of the box, TUF 4090 OC comes with a factory overclock which sees the GPU clock boost elevate from 2520MHz to 2595MHz. Memory sits at the reference settings of 21 Gbps. We would have liked to see the GPU clock boost set to a higher frequency, bearing in mind this is quite a “safe” modification and it places this TUF card below many other models in terms of factory OC.

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