NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review - Must-Have for 4K Gamers 355

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review - Must-Have for 4K Gamers

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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.

Finally! NVIDIA has adopted idle fan stop on their Founders Edition. This has been one of the major reasons for people not to buy previous FE cards and also means AMD now has to follow through with it as well to stay competitive.

NVIDIA's fan-stop mechanism has a much longer delay than what we're used to. Not problematic in any way, I just noticed the longer timeout of up to seven minutes.

Gaming noise levels are comparable to previous RTX 2080 Founders Edition cards, which were of course much lower in performance and heat output. A 320 W dual-slot card that's as quiet as the RTX 3080 Founders Edition is quite an achievement. Still, the card is definitely not whisper-quiet, but at least that leaves something for board partners to address with their custom designs. The fans have pleasant acoustics, definitely more "whoosh" than whine, which is very acceptable.

Fan Noise Idle
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