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ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3080 OC Review

Official pricing for ASUS RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 can be seen here

Let’s open up with a clear distinction. The card we are reviewing today is the factory overclocked model of the ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3080. There also exists a very reasonably price stock ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3080 which goes by that model name.

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Factory overclocked cards usually modest and usually do not show performance improves over similarly cooled cards. The situation is quite different for the RTX 3080 as NVIDIA’s custom-cooled Founders Edition boasts a relatively decent cooler which is a historical first for the company but this also means that subvendors like ASUS need to show up NVIDIA since these value-added boards or custom design cards will have a higher asking price than the Founders Edition.

The chart above shows us a gaming workload and most people will readily notice the very impressive temperatures with the ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3080 OC (again this is the OC model) boasting a steady 60*C peak at a 28*C ambient temp. For an enthusiast-class, these are almost watercooling levels. That is simply how cool the new Ampere silicon is and with an effective cooler design, there is simply no reason for this chip to go past +40*C delta on gaming loads. But the other thing I’d like to bring to your attention is the GPU clock that this card has. At 60*C, this GPU is boosting to nearly 2Ghz with just the factory OC. This in turn provides us with a relatively significant boost in games that can utilize it. The drawback is that we are sipping a bit more power from the socket versus a reference card. We’re looking anywhere from +10 to +50W of extra power for the increase in performance. If that doesn’t sound impressive then the non-OC ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3080 would be the better choice for you. To be completely honest, with ASUS being a priority partner for NVIDIA, its not rare to see non-OC cards to go further despite being advertise as stock cards.

Moving over to cooling, there’s just simply nothing to more to say about this aspect of the card. The cooling is just phenomenal allowing the card to perform so much better than it would normally would. The Axial-tech fans are a great addition and something I had hope to see ASUS include in all of their cooler and now we’re seeing that. Axial-tech fans feature a design which allows it be more powerful than previous designs. The TUF GAMING cooler itself features 3 fans with the central fan being a separately controlled which spins the other way to help reduce turbulence within the cooler. That in itself doesn’t really mean a lot to me, but I just felt like throwing that one out because whatever it is ASUS is doing with this cooler, simply just works. Makes you wonder what to expect from the beefier ROG Strix models.

So we have performance out of the, we cooling down, so its time to weigh-in value. Why is this the RTX 3080 card that you should choose? At Php49,400 MSRP, the argument here is that for Php8,000 less, you can have the same cooling yet still gain the performance through manual overclocking and to which I agree. But the Php41,000 price of the ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3080 (non-OC) is only abiding by NVIDIA PH’s SRP mandate despite it being¬† a custom card, reference cards potentially selling for the same, the allure of a custom ASUS card will easily sway buyers to go for ASUS. This will undoubtedly affect availability on closer to launch but in a more relaxed market, price should be a bit more forgiving.

That said, this is a wonderful product and an amazing demonstration of just how far the Ampere GPUs from NVIDIA can go given excellent cooling. ASUS has definitely leveled-up the TUF GAMING line and puts the product line right next to the conversation together with the ROG Strix on which RTX 3080 is good?

The ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3080 OC is a solid, purpose-built, high-performance graphics card for those that want straightforward gaming throughput with no extra bells and whistle but still boast excellent build quality and a cleaner, industrial look. ASUS backs the TUF GAMING RTX 3080 OC with a 3-year warranty. We give it our B2G Recommended  Seal!


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BossMac Suba

Owner and lead reviewer for Back2Gaming. More than 10-year of corporate IT experience as well as consumer IT journalism. His extensive skill set and experience in communicating complicated technical details into easily understandable bits. He's been with you since dial-up and the ISA slot. His favorite animal is the scapegoat.

4 Comments

  1. These Witcher 3 results are strange. Do you have any idea why the ASUS TUF is doing so well? The average and minimum frame rates are so much higher than the Zotac and FE?? Did the other cards thermal throttle or something?

    1. The ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3080 OC is effectively running at 2Ghz during these tests giving it a bit of an edge versus the 1850Mhz or lower that we see from the FE and Trinity.

      Actually, a rep from ZOTAC stated that the Trinity is by design, slower than other cards and that’s actually mind boggling an employee will say that. It’s on Reddit just don’t have the link right now.

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