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ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Review: Chilly performance

By Aaron Yip & Hoots the Owl - 23 Apr 2021
Launch SRP: S$1499

Performance benchmarks and conclusion

Test setup

Here are the specifications of our test rig:

We'll be comparing the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition and the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio.

The following synthetic benchmarks and games were run, with the games chosen from a wide range of genres to give a better indication of performance across different segments:

  • 3DMark
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms (Battle)
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Metro: Exodus
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Control

 

3DMark

3DMark is a synthetic benchmark that tests graphics and computational performance at different resolutions, starting at 1080p and going all the way up to 4K. A series of two graphics test, one physics test, and then a combined test stresses your hardware in turn to assess its performance.

With a base clock of 1,440MHz and boost clock of 1,905MHz, the ASUS card sports the most aggressive clock speeds of the lot. On the other hand, the MSI and Founders Edition cards top out at 1,815MHz and 1,710MHz respectively in terms of boost clocks. The higher clock speeds are reflected in the card's performance, where the ASUS model inched ahead of the MSI card by a couple of percentage points.

 

1440p Benchmarks (Max Settings)

The GeForce RTX 3080 is more than capable of taking on the 1440p resolution at maximum settings. The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 sailed through all the tests, coming in faster than the MSI card by a few frames in most of the games tested. However, once again these differences are barely worth mentioning, and you'll probably end up paying more attention to things like cooling performance, noise, and aesthetics. 

 

4K Benchmarks (Max Settings)

Performance was more of a mixed bag at the 4K resolution. Each of the three cards traded blows in different games, and there's not really a clear winner across the board. 

 

Ray Tracing Benchmarks (4K, Max Settings)

With ray tracing turned on, the performance of all three cards inched even closer to each other. There's virtually no significant difference between them, and ray tracing continues to impose a significant performance penalty. 

 

Temperature and power

Temperature and power consumption are where the cards start to really differ. The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 impresses with its excellent thermal performance, posting significantly lower temperatures than the other two cards. What's more, power consumption is lower than the MSI card too, despite its higher boost clock speeds. 

3DMark Time Spy Extreme Stress Test ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition
Temperature (Peak) 66°C 78°C 76°C
Board power draw (Peak) 542W 600W 479W

 

Conclusion

At S$1,499, the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 is one of the most pricey custom cards available today. However, it justifies that price with a truly premium feature set and stellar performance that puts it ahead of the competition. Combined with its excellent cooling numbers, the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 is the card to get if you want no compromises. 

ASUS has made meaningful improvements coming from the previous generation, and its upgraded build and new look are a breath of fresh air for the ROG Strix line. The only thing you have to do is make sure your case can hold its triple-slot design. 

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8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 7
The Good
Attractive looks and robust build quality
Aggressive clock speeds
Leading thermal performance
Uses normal 8-pin PCIe connectors
The Bad
Triple slot design may not be suitable for all cases
Expensive
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