ASUS GeForce RTX 4080 STRIX OC Review

Introduction

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 OC is the company’s top air-cooled, factory overclocked rendition of the GeForce RTX 4080 “Ada” being launched today, and the company’s attempt to beat the NVIDIA Founders Edition in the aesthetics game. Premium multi-tone metal surfaces and a cyberpunk-esque ensemble of shapes concealing RGB LED elements, create something that truly elevates your gaming PC build’s appearance. This is also the physically-largest custom-design RTX 4080 we have in our wide selection of custom-design graphics card reviews published for you today.

NVIDIA designed the GeForce RTX 4080 “Ada” with many of the same design goals as its generational flagship launched last month, the RTX 4090. With this card, you get to play any of today’s games at 4K Ultra HD with maxed out settings, including ray tracing; but at a more acceptable price-point of $1,200 (NVIDIA baseline price), which is 25% less than that of the RTX 4090. Of course partners like ASUS have done a ton of value-addition, and so their premium custom-designs will be priced higher. This ASUS ROG Strix, for example, is priced at $1550, which is just $50 shy of the RTX 4090 baseline.

The RTX 4080 succeeds both the RTX 3080 10GB and the RTX 3080 12GB. This was originally meant to be the RTX 4080 16 GB, with a more affordable $900 12 GB variant supposed to launch today, which NVIDIA decided not to launch due to a branding problem. The RTX 4080 16 GB still has a mighty specs-sheet, with 9,728 CUDA cores, 304 4th gen Tensor Cores, 76 3rd gen RT cores, 304 TMUs, and 112 ROPs. While NVIDIA has enlarged the memory size generationally to 16 GB GDDR6X, the memory bus is actually narrower, at 256-bit. The memory ticks at a higher data-rate of 22.4 Gbps (compared to 19 Gbps of the RTX 3080), and the company enlarged the on-die caches on the silicon, which should make up for the slight bandwidth shortfall.

The ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4080 OC features the same “Vented Exoskeleton” cooling solution that made the RTX 4090 ROG Strix stand out as the most premium custom-design, which is among the largest and heavies air-cooling solutions out there. The card offers factory overclocked speeds of 2.62 GHz compared to 2.50 GHz reference, and all of the premium aesthetic and functional features as the RTX 4090 ROG Strix, with a few handy inclusions such as case fan headers and dual-BIOS.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Market Segment Analysis
PriceCoresROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUtransistorsMemory
RTX 2080$3802944641515MHz1710MHz1750MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3060Ti$4104864801410MHz1665MHz1750MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RX6700XT$3602560642424MHz2581MHz2000MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192 bit
RX6750XT$4702560642495MHz2600MHz2250MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192 bit
RTX 2080 Ti$6004352881350MHz1545MHz1750MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352 bit
RTX 3070$5005888961500MHz1725MHz1750MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3070Ti$6006144961575MHz1770MHz1188MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RX6800$5803840961815MHz2105MHz2000MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RX6800XT$53046081282015MHz2250MHz2000MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3080$6608704961440MHz1710MHz1188MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320 bit
RTX 3080Ti$950102401121365MHz1665MHz1188MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit
RX6900XT$65051201282015MHz2250MHz2000MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RX6950XT$80051201282100MHz2310MHz2250MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3090$900104961121395MHz1695MHz1219MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit
RX7900XT$90053761922000MHz2400MHz2500MHzNavi 3158000M20 GB, GDDR6, 320 bit
RTX 3090 Ti$1400107521121560MHz1950MHz1313MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit
RX 7900XTX$100061441922300MHz2505MHz2500MHzNavi 3158000M24 GB, GDDR6, 384 bit
RTX 4080$120097281122205MHz2505MHz1400MHzAD10345900M16 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
ASUS RTX 4080
STRIX OC
$145097281122205MHz2625MHz1400MHzAD10345900M16 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RTX 4090$2400163841762235MHz2520MHz1313MHzAD10276300M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit