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The GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio is MSI's flagship RTX 3080. It comes with a large overclock out of the box, and the cooler is massive. This is the fastest RTX 3080 we've tested so far, and it's the quietest as well. Wow, and that with a classic triple-fan design that doesn't use any fancy airflow magic.
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The ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming OC comes with a small factory overclock and a huge cooler that achieves amazing temperatures that are much better than the NVIDIA Founders Edition. The TUF also features a dual BIOS with a "quiet" mode that makes this 4K monster card almost silent.
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Zotac's GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity comes with up to five years of warranty and a large triple-slot, triple-fan cooler. In our review, we saw excellent noise levels that are much better than the Founders Edition, and it runs cooler as well. A very solid card for $699.
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The Palit GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming Pro OC is a close-to-reference Ampere graphics card even though it looks nothing like the Founders Edition. The triple-slot, triple-fan cooler on the Gaming Pro features fan stop and runs slightly cooler than the NVIDIA Founders Edition.
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NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080 "Ampere" Founders Edition is a truly impressive graphics card. It not only looks fantastic, performance is also better than even the RTX 2080 Ti. In our RTX 3080 Founders Edition review, we're also taking a close look at the new cooler, which runs quietly without throttling and has fan stop.
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What's the best processor for NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080? The AMD Ryzen 3900 XT or Intel Core i9-10900K? We dedicate a whole performance review to that question, with 23 games, each tested at 1080p Full HD, 1440p, and 4K Ultra HD.
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NVIDIA Ampere finally brings PCI-Express 4.0 support to the high-end graphics market. The new interface promises twice the bandwidth of PCI-Express 3.0. We've setup an AMD Ryzen 3900XT system to test how various PCIe generations and lane widths affect gaming performance.
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We go hands on with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition, which was announced just a few days ago. This first "Ampere" card comes in an amazing packaging that further supports the product's ultra-high-end premium look and feel. We also take a closer look at the new 12-pin power connector.
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NVIDIA's new Ampere architecture brings many interesting improvements, especially for raytracing and DLSS. In this special article we're going into all the technical details: how the shader counts are doubled and what makes GeForce 3000 RTX so much faster. We also take a closer look at the designs of RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070.
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The ASUS Radeon RX 5600 XT TUF EVO uses the improved version of the EVO cooler. Temperatures and noise levels are excellent because ASUS decided not to downgrade the heatsink for their RX 5600 XT despite the much lower heat output of the GPU. Idle fan stop and a backplate are included, too.
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Our ASUS RX 5700 XT TUF EVO review takes a look at the new cooler design, which fixes the memory temperature problem of the original TUF without the "EVO". The card is very solid and runs quietly with excellent GPU temperatures and idle-fan stop.
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PowerColor's Radeon RX 5600 XT ITX is the most compact RX 5600 XT on the market, optimized for small-form-factor cases. Despite its small size it runs very quietly, almost inaudibly, during heavy gaming. Temperatures are fine, too, and it has idle-fan-stop.
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PowerColor's Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Dragon is a factory-overclocked custom-design with 14 Gbps memory that is among the fastest 5600 XTs out there. Its dual-fan, dual-slot cooler works well: temperatures are good, noise levels are impressive, and idle-fan stop is included, too.
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The ASUS RX 5500 XT STRIX OC is their most premium entry-level Navi design. The large triple-slot, dual-fan cooler achieves outstanding temperatures and is whisper quiet at the same time. Fan stop is included too, and the VRM design is overbuilt, which could explain the good OC results we're seeing.
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The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO is a highly cost-efficient custom-design variant. This dual-slot, dual-fan card comes in at $499, so there is no price increase over NVIDIA MSRP. EVGA's cooler is solid, achieving good temperatures, and idle fan-stop is included, too.
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We put NVIDIA's new GTX 1650 GDDR6 to the test. The upgraded memory offers a +50% bandwidth increase, which definitely helps make up some ground against the GTX 1650 Super and RX 5500 XT. Since Gigabyte installed 14 Gbps chips and clocked them lower, memory OC works really well, too.
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ASRock's Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 is the first card that was designed from the ground up as an RX 5600 XT; it isn't just an RX 5700 XT design with the RX 5600 XT GPU slapped on. Thanks to a BIOS update, the card runs at the highest spec allowed by AMD yet remains cool and quiet.
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The Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX uses a completely passive cooling design, which guarantees the perfect noise-free experience. Thanks to NVIDIA's highly energy-efficient Turing architecture, you also get the latest display connectivity and hardware decoding capabilities..
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The XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC III Ultra comes with a large triple-fan cooler that's still dual-slot and achieves nearly inaudible noise levels at full gaming load. The card also features a large overclock out of the box, dual BIOS, and idle fan stop.
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The XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II is priced very reasonably at $290, just $10 above MSRP, yet comes with a decent overclock out of the box and a solid dual-slot, dual-fan cooler that delivers whisper-quiet noise levels. XFX has also listened to feedback and made various improvements to their heatsink.
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The Galax RTX 2070 Super HOF 10 Year comes with a large overclock on both GPU and memory, it's actually the fastest RTX 2070 we have ever tested, almost matching the RTX 2080. Thanks to a large power limit increase and 16 Gbps memory chips from Samsung, manual overclocking works great, too.
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Palit's RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC is a new variant with a triple-slot, triple-fan cooler, to replace their dual-fan designs. It delivers solid temperatures and noise levels. At $720, the card is priced very reasonably, yet includes a factory overclock, idle-fan-stop, and backplate.
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ASRock's Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming comes at the AMD MSRP of $200, yet features a solid cooler with a metal backplate, idle fan stop, and very low temperatures. 8 GB GDDR6 give the card a performance advantage over the 4 GB version, even at 1080p. Is future-proofing worth it?
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The Red Devil is PowerColor's RX 5600 XT flagship with 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory. It uses a triple-slot, dual-fan cooler that is whisper-quiet when gaming and features fan-stop technology. Also included is a powerful 8-phase VRM, dual BIOS and adjustable RGB lighting.
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The Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super WindForce OC is only marginally more expensive than the NVIDIA MSRP, yet includes premium features like fan-stop, a dual-fan thermal solution, overclock out of the box, and a backplate. We take a closer look, also to decide how it competes against the AMD RX 5500 XT.
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