Asus GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming OC Review: Traditional Design, Same Performance, Better Cooling

The Asus GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming OC is our first third-party AIB (add-in board) for the new GeForce RTX 3080, which now ranks as the best graphics card for gaming and sits atop the GPU benchmarks hierarchy. We have a few other 3080 AIB card reviews coming soon, but the Asus arrived first and thus gets our attention first.

Perhaps the biggest question people have right now is where to buy an RTX 3080, and the simple answer is to keep searching, sign up for alerts, and click buy as soon as you find one in stock. Or just wait a month or two for things to quiet down — and hope that the cryptocurrency miners don’t stretch GPU shortages into 2021. Sigh. Either way, we’ve got the Asus custom card in for review, and if you’re looking for an alternative to Nvidia’s 3080 Founders Edition, it stacks up nicely. Performance is basically a wash, but the Asus card runs cooler and slightly quieter. It also costs $50 extra, assuming you can find either card for MSRP right now (which is doubtful).