The ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 is a stunning GPU. Compared to the previous generation, the company has toned down the aggressive “gamer” styling a little, resulting in less RGB lighting, though you will still be able to see the card through tempered glass. It’s the usual ROG Strix affair though with premium materials, a full backplate, and three large fans.
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 is a serious GPU for 4K gaming.
There are three 8-pin PCIe connections for supplying enough current to the GPU. That’s a lot of power and many PSUs may not have enough connectors available, especially at the lower end of the capacity scale. This is why ASUS recommends an 850W PSU as a minimum and we’d agree since this puppy can draw up to 320W alone.
Keeping everything cool, ASUS took a few cues from NVIDIA’s reference design with the passthrough of air. You’ll see the same feature here with this card. The right fan will actually blow air all the way through and out the top, helping to reduce blowback. The heatsink is huge with full copper heat pipes.
The RTX 30 series from NVIDIA delivers serious performance gains over the RTX 20 series, making the RTX 3080 a worthy recommendation for anyone with a 10- or 20-series GPU. The RTX 3080 offers up to 70% gains compared to the older RTX 2080 at the same price, and that’s just for the NVIDIA reference cards.
For aftermarket RTX 3080s, there are plenty to choose from, including a few from ASUS too. The other ASUS cards aren’t as capable and do cost a little less, but compared to other aftermarket vendors, it really comes down to price, availability, design, and cooling. Most of them will perform as well as this GPU.
If you were to want a competing AMD option to the RTX 3080, it would be the AMD RX 6800 XT with 72 compute units, 16GB of GDDR6 RAM over 256-bit and 16Gbps clock for a total bandwidth of up to 512GB/s. We reviewed the AMD RX 6800 favorably and the XT version offers a little more performance to hit 4K resolutions.
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080: Should you buy it?
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Unfortunately, for most people, GPUs are still way too expensive right now. The silicon shortage and crypto mining demand are still making it difficult to locate stock at reasonable prices. This ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 is no different. The MSRP is $850, and you should not fork out more than $1,000 at the very most if you really need one now.
If you were to pick one up at the original asking price, the RTX 3080 is an incredible GPU. What ASUS managed to add on top of the reference design from NVIDIA is astounding for in-game performance. The design is subtle but bold with effective lighting. The cooling is more than enough for long gaming sessions, and the stock overclock is excellent and stable.
It’s a little staggering that we’re now at a point where you can buy a very capable 4K graphics card for $850. Both NVIDIA and ASUS have done stellar jobs on their fronts that result in one of the best graphics cards available. It’s a great choice for anyone wanting to buy a GPU and not have to replace it for many years to come, so long as you have a 4K monitor to enjoy it.
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