Even though ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming is not the flagship card but it doesn’t come short in any aspect of a flagship card. The all-metal build with a full custom design VRM setup can be compared to any other flagship in the market. The card also packs a substantial cooler with a separate VRM heatsink. So, the build quality and design of the card was very impressive. Cooling wise ASUS did a great job with the cooler as the card runs cool and quieter than the previous generation ASUS on STRIX cards even though TDP has been increased.
Let’s talk about performance ASUS has overclocked their card out of the box to a rated boost of 1785 MHz, which is a 75 MHz increase over the Founders Edition’s 1710 MHz, or 4.4%. With GPU Boost pushing it to 1965 MHz and with some OC it reached 1995 MHz. Although with a higher clock the ASUS TUF, the power limit is set to 340W compare to 320W on FE card. If you are looking for fluid 4K gaming, the RTX 3080 is the card you want. At lower resolutions many games are CPU bottlenecked though, so the card won’t be able to play out its full potential. The RTX 3080 is also a good option for 1440p high-refresh-rate gaming, but I definitely wouldn’t spend that much money for just Full HD 1080p gaming. Compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, that’s a 35% performance uplift and with DLSS will easily push the 60 FPS+ on 4K max settings.
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Price-wise I don’t want to comment right now as lack of supply making cards way more expensive than they should have been. ASUS expects their RTX 3080 TUF Gaming OC to retail for $730, which is just a 4% cost increase over FE card. But as of right now price is totally out of the roof.
Overall, ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming is one of the better cards available in the market, it offers a much better cooler in return, and a small overclock out of the box. The build quality and cooling performance were very impressive making it very easy to recommend and we are giving it our Editor’s Choice Award.