EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra Review 52

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra Review

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Graphics Card Temperatures

Temperature & Noise Comparison
ASUS RTX 3080 TUF OC42°CFan Stop63°C35 dBA2014 RPM
ASUS RTX 3080 TUF OC (Quiet BIOS)43°CFan Stop71°C31 dBA1562 RPM
EVGA RTX 3080 FTW348°CFan Stop73°C31 dBA1715 RPM
EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 (OC BIOS)27°C26 dBA68°C34 dBA1968 RPM
MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio44°CFan Stop76°C32 dBA1500 RPM
MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio (Low Temp BIOS)41°CFan Stop65°C34 dBA1838 RPM
Palit RTX 3080 Gaming Pro OC49°CFan Stop72°C36 dBA1965 RPM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition34°CFan Stop78°C36 dBA1977 RPM
ZOTAC RTX 3080 Trinity50°CFan Stop73°C32 dBA1520 RPM

Testing notes & interpretation
  • GPU temperatures listed here are based on GPU-Z measurements of the on-chip temperature sensor.
  • We report these GPU temperatures under a constant load for ease of comparison, as well as an idle state most end users will experience often. This combination helps dictate cooling needs and provides context for how well the thermal solution performs.
  • Please note that GPU temperature is contingent on a variety of factors. Some, including clock speed, voltage settings, cooler design, and production variances, are beyond the control of the end user. Others, such as ambient temperature, case design, and airflow pathway affecting the GPU, can be mitigated to certain extents.
  • The data in the table above shows results for similar cards, achieved in identical conditions during previous TechPowerUp reviews.

Fan Noise

Noise Testing Details

In past years, gamers would accept everything for a little bit more performance. Nowadays, users are more aware of their graphics card's fan noise and power consumption.

In order to properly test how much noise a card's fan emits, we use a Bruel & Kjaer 2236 sound-level meter (~$4,000). It has the measurement range and accuracy we are looking for.

Fan Noise Measurement Setup

The tested graphics card is installed in a system that does not emit any noise on its own, using a passive PSU, passive CPU cooler, passive cooling on the motherboard, and a solid state drive. Noise results of other cards on this page are measurements of the respective reference design.

This setup allows us to eliminate secondary noise sources and test only the video card. To be more compliant with standards like DIN 45635 (we are not claiming to be fully DIN 45635 certified), the measurement is conducted at a distance of 100 cm and 160 cm off the floor. Ambient background noise inside the room was well below 20 dBA for all measurements. Please note that the dBA scale is not linear but logarithmic. 40 dBA is not twice as loud as 20 dBA since a 6 dBA increase results in double the sound pressure. The human hearing perception is a bit different, and it is generally accepted that a 10 dBA increase doubles the perceived sound level. 3D load noise levels are tested with a stressful game, not with Furmark.

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.

Fan Noise Idle
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