ASUS recently announced that they’re releasing 3 new NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs. These are the ROG Strix and ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090, GeForce RTX 3080, ROG Strix and ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3070 models. These new GPUs are decked out with beefier cooling capabilities, thicker PCBs, and new power design to complement the new Ampere architecture from NVIDIA.
The new RTX 30 Series GPUs features new RT cores, Tensor cores and streaming multiprocessors, deliver top-notch performance, stunning visual displays, higher frame rates and AI acceleration to games and content creation tools alike. The Ampere architecture promises an increase of up to 1.9x performance-per-watt than the previous generation. NVIDIA dubbed the RTX 30 Series as the greatest GPU generational leap in the history of its company.
ROG Strix: Take Flight
Being the flagship models, these cards has all the bells and whistles you would expect to maximize the power of the upcoming RTX 30 Series cards. It has a new shroud design with metal accents and has a triple-fan setup for cooler components. The central fan leverages a full-height barrier ring with 13 fan blades to provide boosted static pressure to dissipate heat more effectively. The 2 fans on the flanks feature 11 blades and half-height barrier rings designed to allow for more lateral dispersion through the fins and the cooling array. The turbulence between the fans is reduced due to the center fan’s reverse direction of airflow.
A huge heatsink makes this card take up 2.9, effectively 3, pci-e slots on your case. The heat spreader in this card is polished with MaxContact technology to ensure maximum surface heat dissipation. The improvements doesn’t stop there as it also features top-shelf capacitors, chokes and power stages to deliver hundreds of watts at the blink of an eye. The Super Alloy Power II components are soldered to the PCB by using the ASUS-exclusive tech of Auto-Extreme automated manufacturing process, ensuring high quality cards that meets ASUS’s rigorous specifications.
The FanConnect II headers allow the PWM fans to be tuned based on the CPU’s and GPU’s temperature at any given time. It can be set to either Quiet or Performance profiles in the bios to ensure maximum thermal performance and avoiding thermal throttling. It also has an onboard voltage-sensing circuit that monitors the rail voltage from the PSU. It’s very helpful in diagnosing issues as it can detect if the rail voltage is low. If such a thing occurs, it will alert the user by lighting up a red LED signifying a problem, making it easier to identify a source of a problem.
At the back, you can see the vents that help the ROG Strix RTX 30 Series GPUs to allow hot air to escape towards exhaust fans, instead of lingering around the card and potentially, increasing temperature further. The sum of all these design improvements provides a platform with a leap forward in thermal design.
TUF Gaming: Built TUF
Aiming to the more utilitarian gamers, the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 30 Series has been stripped down and provides the bare necessities needed in order to perform and deliver high frame rates while maintaining low temperatures. There’s an all-new metal shroud with 3 powerful axial-tech fans that has dual ball fan bearings for longevity. Inside, there are independent heatsinks for the GPU and memory to stay cool under intense workloads.
These cards are built TUF. Top-shelf chokes and MOSFETs, capacitors with military-grade certification, these cards are durable and reliable. The Auto-Extreme manufacturing process ensures components are accurately placed down to its microscopic specs. And if that still doesn’t convince you, these cards are subjected to a grueling 144-hour validation trial.
The backside of the card is encased in a protective metal backplate with a wide vent. This wide vent helps heat to escape effortlessly. There’s also a Dual Bios switch that allows customization of the card’s performance profile.
If you’re not a fan of RGB lighting or the gamery riceness, this lineup of TUF Gaming RTX 30 Series GPUs might be a fit for you.
ASUS Dual: Twice Fans, Twice Fun
Not referring to Onces, the ASUS Dual is the barebones version of ASUS’s RTX 30 Series GPU. The design chooses a more performance-oriented look and is more suitable to look neutral on a case.
The clean shroud matches most workstations and gaming rigs out there. The axial-tech fans must be able to cool the GPU with no problems.
For gamers, content creators, and enthusiasts who want a robust plug-and-play experience, the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3070 is ready.
ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, and Dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs will be available worldwide this month. Please stay tuned for Philippine local pricing and availability.