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Ultimate Battle of The RTX 3080’s – ASUS VS Gigabyte

We had the ASUS TUF RTX 3080 and the GIGABYTE GAMING RTX 3080. And we thought lets make them battle are going to put these 2 head to head. There will be a price difference. But these two that will compete in the same class. 

Firstly a quick run down of the specs, design and cooling of each card before we get into how they perform. Specs wise the new 3000 series cards do have quite a big increase over the previous 2000 series cards. As the 3080 has almost triple the amount of CUDA cores compared to the 2080 super and exactly double the amount of the 2080Ti. 

RTX 3080RTX 2080TiRTX 2080 Super
CUDA Cores870443523072
Boost Clock1815MHz1635MHz1800MHz
Memory 10GB11GB8GB
Memory TypeGDDR6XGDDR6GDDR6
Memory Clock19Gbps14Gbps15.5Gbps
Memory Interface320 Bits352 Bits256 Bits

Design

Comparing the design on these two 3080’s they have very similar designs, but do look very different as well. With a backplate that covers the whole PCB and curves around the tail of the GPU with the Gigabyte card. And with the ASUS a very nice and beefy backplate with some new tyre skid mark graphics all around. Both these cards have a triple fan design. With the gigabyte having a not too great look cut out for where your NVLink would have been. The ASUS is just straight right through continuing the tyre mark graphics. 

On the side you get a RGB logo where ASUS shows off their TUF design and gigabyte shows off their brand name. An RGB stripe features on both cards below their respective branding. However I did notice that the RGB on the stripe on the Gigabyte card is a bit jerky.

Both these cards have a 2.7 slot design, but the Gigabyte card is almost 2cm longer than the ASUS TUF. A GPU support bracket will be needed for either these cards.

IO

Both the cards have the same lay out.

3x Display Ports v1.4a

2x HDMI 2.1 ports

Power 

Both these cards come overclocked out of the box. The ASUS has a boost clock of 1740Mhz, the GPU base clock is 1440Mhz. The Gigabyte has a boost clock of 1800Mhz. So the Gigabyte is overclocked 60mhz higher than the TUF so that might give a frame or 2 extra performance. But he just straight away manually overcloked the cards  to see the true potensial.

So this is where it changed a bit, for the Gigabyte card we hard a bit of a harder time getting a stable overclock so we settled at an extra 50mhz to the core and 150mhz to the memory, the ASUS on the other hand, we could add an extra 100mhz to the core and 300mhz to the memory. 

So after everything it was extremely close in clock speeds. But we’ll see how that transforms into performance.

They both have dual 8pin power connections that with our overclock, drew a max of 360W on the Gigabyte and 380W on the ASUS. 

We would recommend at least a 700w power supply. 

Cooling solutions

Getting into cooling both cards feature 3 fans with and preform pretty much the same. Our Gigabyte did run a bit hotter than the TUF at 68c compared to 65c but it was also a bit hotter day when we tested it. Both cards fans was also not overly loud even at 80% or 2100 – 2200RPM. So no clear winner here.

Benchmarks

As for the long awaited benchmarks. One Thing to keep in mind is that the Asus is running on press drivers and the Gigabyte on 1st Day release drivers, which defiantly helped with 1% in certain games. Also for the people who want a side by side visual comparison we will have one on our other channel WeDoBenchmarks with plenty more comparisons to come.

Overall these cards were very similar and couldn’t really determine a winner. The TUF did oddly enough perform quite a bit better in our 3Dmark tests but most of the others there was less than 3 frames difference 

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Written by Ruan Bronkhorst

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