ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti STRIX LC Liquid Cooled Review 11

ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti STRIX LC Liquid Cooled Review

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Introduction

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The ASUS ROG STRIX LC GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is the company's flagship custom-design RTX 3080 Ti graphics card, characterized by its factory-fitted, all-in-one liquid cooling solution. The cooler combines an AIO liquid cold-plate to pull heat from the GPU and memory, while a set of heatsinks and lateral blower provide additional cooling. Interestingly, this cooler debuted with the Radeon RX 6800 XT STRIX LC, which along with the RX 6900 XT are believed to have triggered product-stack updates among NVIDIA's ranks.



The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti replaces the RTX 3080 as NVIDIA's new flagship gaming product. The RTX 3090 is still positioned higher, but that SKU is more of a TITAN-like halo product, with its massive 24 GB memory favoring certain professional use-cases when paired with Studio drivers. The RTX 3080 Ti utilizes the same GA102 silicon, maxing out its 384-bit memory interface with 12 GB. There are more CUDA cores on offer—10,240 vs. 8,796 on the RTX 3080, and a proportionate increase in Tensor cores, RT cores, and other components. The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is based on the new Ampere graphics architecture, which debuts the 2nd generation of NVIDIA's path-breaking RTX real-time raytracing technology combining third-generation Tensor cores with second-generation RT cores and faster Ampere CUDA cores.

As mentioned earlier, the ASUS ROG STRIX LC lugs a bulky all-in-one liquid cooling and air hybrid solution without it coming across as ugly and tacked on. ASUS appears to have taken a keen interest in adding to the industrial design of the card and radiator. The cooler also supports a major factory-overclock to 1830 MHz, compared to the 1665 MHz reference. This puts its performance well above even the RTX 3090, while also costing more than its MSRP. In this review, we show you whether it's worth just picking this card over an RTX 3090, if available.

GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Market Segment Analysis
 PriceCoresROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RTX 3060 Ti$13004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6700 XT$1000
2560642424 MHz2581 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$14004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$13005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800$14003840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$170046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$15008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RTX 3080 Ti$2000
MSRP: $1200
102401121365 MHz1665 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
ASUS RTX 3080 Ti
STRIX LC
$2200
MSRP: $2100
102401121365 MHz1830 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
RX 6900 XT$210051201282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3090$2900104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
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