ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming

For most of you, this ASUS model will be the best RTX 3080 – at least in terms of value for money. The TUF Gaming runs excellently even with factory clocking (achieved a whopping 18504 points in TimeSpy in the test by guru3d ) and has an excellent cooling system that keeps the temperatures a low 62 degrees under load. In terms of volume, you are still in the moderate range at 39 dBA, but the card is still audible under load, and other models are quieter.  

Sure, the part can also be easily overclocked, but you have to try around longer here to really get more performance. Because of a new protection mechanism, overclocking can actually lead to poor performance – not ideal.

The card doesn’t look that much either, but some may like the simple black. RGB is only available on a small part of the side of the card, which gives you a rather reserved look.

Overall, however, the TUF-Gaming is a great entry-level model that you can get at the price of the RTX 3080 Founders Edition. If you’re not interested in overclocking your card and want a reliable and solidly built RTX 3080, then this is good for you because you get better cooling and quieter operation than with the standard card from NVIDIA.

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Pros
  • Cheaper than most other models
  • Strong performance
  • Solid cooling
  • Good workmanship
  • 2x HDMI ports
Cons
  • Quite loud under load
  • Overclocking is difficult
  • Boring look

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO

Do you want even better cooling and a little more optics and performance? Then take a look at the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO. Older generations already know this series, and with the RTX 3080, you get a perfect graphics card again.

MSI’s RTX 3080 flagship is overclocked to 1815 MHz Boost at the factory and offers a slight advantage over some competing models. This huge 3-slot card also has three eight-pin PCIe power connections, which offer you a lot of additional power for further experiments.

MSI equipped the card with the Tri Frozr 2 cooler that uses the Torx 4.0 fans. According to MSI, this should achieve the perfect balance between cool and quiet. Tweak town can clearly confirm the first part of this claim in their test, but the trio is one of the louder cards under load.

The card also has a metal back plate for reinforcement and RGB LEDs on the side and the front. Few of these LEDs are on the front, so it’s not the most colorful option when mounted vertically. Also, there is a specially made circuit board with more fuses, which means that the card has better protection against electrical damage.

For an RTX 3080 flagship, the Gaming X Trio from MSI is still quite cheap when you compare it with the competition’s top models. The bottom line is that you can’t go wrong with this thing: The Gaming X Trio looks not only good but also has excellent performance, great thermals, and is extremely high-quality.

Pros
  • With the best cooling
  • Top price-performance
  • High-quality backplate
  • Stylish RGB
Cons
  • Slightly more expensive than the TUF
  • Louder than other cards when gaming
  • Only 1x HDMI

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity OC

The Trinity OC from Zotac is the perfect (quieter) alternative to the MSI model from above. You can often only get a slightly more expensive RTX 3080, which, according to Techpowerup’s test, is barely audible at 32 dBA even when gaming (the two-quietest in our comparison) and still runs relatively cool at 73 ° C. 

This makes the Trinity OC a perfect all-rounder. You can also manually set the fan curve, with the fan keeping the card below 60 degrees Celsius while the noise remains fairly low. In normal operation, the fans also switch off, which logically means that you can no longer hear anything from the Trinity.

The OC model of the Trinity has a small factory overclocking (to 1725 MHz). The normal Trinity model has no factory overclocking and instead runs with the reference boost clock of 1710 MHz. However, both cards use the same cooling solution, consisting of an IceStorm 2.0 cooler with three fans and a metal backplate with RGB LEDs. As you can see from the numbers above, the cooling system works very well.

In other words, this is another great base RTX 3080 that can easily compete with others.

Pros
  • Nice and quiet
  • Great addressable RGB
  • Great cooling
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • A bit expensive
  • Not at the top in the benchmarks
  • Setting range for manual power limitation smaller than with the Founders Edition

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra

Are you looking for one of the quietest RTX 3080 graphics cards? Then you will surely be happy with this high-end model from EVGA. In the Techpowerup test, it achieved a whisper-quiet 31 dBA in gaming. But the part can do more than be quiet. The FTW3 series from EVGA has taken air cooling in graphics cards to a new level, at least since the GTX 1080 Ti FTW3. 

This GPU uses a thick 3-fan cooler, but that is nothing special among the RTX 3080. What sets this card apart is the increased performance limits, the only limiting factor for the RTX 3080’s performance. Almost all other cards are due to the chips’ enormous power requirements and the limited power supply with a power consumption of 320 to 350 W. But the FTW3 pushes that up to a massive 440 W, a whopping 100 W higher than the reference design. 

This performance, of course, gives enthusiasts room for overclocking – the basic principle of this card. With the 9-sensor monitoring array “iCx,” you can precisely monitor the temperatures and independently control each fan’s speed. To support this GPU, you need a solid power supply: We recommend at least 850W with gold certification. If you choose EVGA’s FTW3 Ultra, you’ll be blessed with one of the most powerful versions of the RTX 3080 anywhere.

But you also pay a little more for this and add around 70-80$ compared to the competition. The FTW3 Ultra is definitely worth its price because you get first-class quality in a perfect overall package. If the weird red plastic parts on the side don’t bother you optically, the card definitely looks good.

Pros
  • One of the quietest (if not THE quietest) RTX 3080
  • Around 100W higher power limit – perfect for overclockers
  • Very high quality
  • Sensational performance
  • Great RGB
Cons
  • Extremely bulky to build
  • High power consumption
  • Ugly red “plastic lips” on the side

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3080 AORUS Extreme

Gigabyte’s flagship graphics card of the RTX 3080 series is one of the most expensive and one of the fastest at the same time. The Aorus GeForce GTX 3080 Xtreme 10G is clocked with a boost of 1,905 MHz. This makes it the second-highest factory overclocked RTX 3080, which is only surpassed by the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 O10G Gaming by 30 MHz.

To supply this card with power, Gigabyte has equipped it with three eight-pin PCIe power connections, giving it a considerable amount of leeway in the power budget for overclocking. Like most RTX 3080 graphics cards, this one is cooled by a triple fan with large aluminum blocks and heat pipes and a metal backplate.

To make this card stand out from the crowd, Gigabyte installed an LCD screen on the side that can play animated images, display text, and display the card’s operating temperature. We think it’s a very nice feature.

The bottom line is that you will be pleased with this RTX 3080. Only the price bothers us. If Gigabyte can work on this a bit, then you have an uncompromising purchase recommendation from us. Nevertheless, the card is usually only 50 € more expensive than the ASUS flagship, which is definitely worth the practical and cool LCD display. Because in terms of performance, cooling, and volume, you won’t see any difference.

Pros
  • Cool LCD display
  • Sensational cooling
  • Great design and nice lighting
  • 3x HDMI
  • 4 year guarantee
Cons
  • Extremely expensive
  • Price-performance pretty bad compared to the increase in performance
  • Very clunky