|Temperature & Noise Comparison|
|ASUS RTX 3080 TUF OC||42°C||Fan Stop||63°C||35 dBA||2014 RPM|
|ASUS RTX 3080 TUF OC (Quiet BIOS)||43°C||Fan Stop||71°C||31 dBA||1562 RPM|
|EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3||48°C||Fan Stop||73°C||31 dBA||1715 RPM|
|EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 (OC BIOS)||27°C||26 dBA||68°C||34 dBA||1968 RPM|
|MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio||44°C||Fan Stop||76°C||32 dBA||1500 RPM|
|MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio (Low Temp BIOS)||41°C||Fan Stop||65°C||34 dBA||1838 RPM|
|Palit RTX 3080 Gaming Pro OC||49°C||Fan Stop||72°C||36 dBA||1965 RPM|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition||34°C||Fan Stop||78°C||36 dBA||1977 RPM|
|ZOTAC RTX 3080 Trinity||50°C||Fan Stop||73°C||32 dBA||1520 RPM|
Just like the Founders Edition, the EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra has fan stop, which is ideal for keeping system noise levels low outside of gaming, as they shut down completely. When using the "OC" BIOS, fan stop gets disabled, I'm not 100% convinced if that decision is optimal, but I can see how EVGA wanted to sufficiently differentiate the options.
Gaming noise levels with the default BIOS are outstanding, almost whisper quiet—very impressive for a card in this performance class. This also makes the card the quietest RTX 3080 we've ever tested. The ASUS TUF with quiet BIOS is just as quiet, but you have to activate the 2nd BIOS, which runs a little bit slower. The EVGA on the other hand has the best noise and performance at the same time, thanks to its large factory overclock.
The OC BIOS is for those people who prefer lower temperatures and are willing to live with a bit higher noise. In that mode the card is still quieter than the Founders Edition.