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Asus announces its GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards

Asus is set to launch six new RTX 30 series graphics cards. The ROG Strix and ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090, GeForce RTX 3080, ROG Strix and ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3070 models come with improved cooling systems, PCBs, and power design to “complement the new Nvidia Ampere architecture”.

Featuring 2nd gen RT cores, 3rd gen Tensor cores, and new streaming multiprocessors, the RTX 30 series offer up to 1.9X performance-per-watt over the Turing graphics cards. Capable of powering up to 8K@60Hz gaming experiences, the upcoming RTX 30 series graphics cards “represent the greatest GPU generational leap in the history of Nvidia”.

The ROG Strix graphics cards received a complete overhaul, just like we have seen in this leak. The new shroud encircles three Axial-tech fans, each with a dedicated role. The mid fan has 13 blades for high static pressure, allowing it to dissipate the heat accumulated in the GPU heat spreader. The other two 11 blade side-fans offer extra airflow for the cooling array. To reduce fan turbulence, the mid-fan rotation is opposite of the side fans.

The new ROG Strix cards feature a 2.9-slot design and a heatsink that fills most of it. The heat spreader is “polished with MaxContact technology” for increase smoothness, and high-grade capacitors, chokes, and power stages (Super Alloy Power II) were added onto the PCB. These graphics cards also feature ARGB LEDs, a vented backplate, Dual BIOS, FanConnect II headers, and an onboard voltage-sensing circuit.

The upcoming TUF Gaming RTX graphics cards use an all-metal shroud with three Axial-tech fans. Just like the new ROG Strix graphics cards, the TUF Gaming ones are “optimised for reduced turbulence” and feature a 0db mode to stop the three fans when idling. The GPU and memory have their own heatsink and the use of high-quality chokes and MOSFETs ensure that “the TUF stand tall amongst the competition” with its military-grade components.

Similarly to the ROG Strix cards, the backplate of the TUF Gaming RTX 3090 and 3080 are vented to allow the exhaustion of hot air through the case fans. These graphics cards also feature Dual BIOS and allow users to switch between profiles without the need of software.

The Asus Dual graphics cards deliver the “NVIDIA Ampere architecture experience in its purest form” with a mix of simplicity and performance. The clean-looking shroud comes with 2x Axial-tech fans that halt when the GPU is at low temperatures. The aluminium backplate and stainless steel I/O bracket avoid unwanted damage in the PCB, while the Auto-Extreme Technology ensures that components have a reduced “thermal strain” and are well placed on the PCB.

The ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, and Dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs are planned to release worldwide in September. Pricing has not been revealed.

KitGuru says: Are you considering upgrading to an Asus RTX 3000 series graphics cards? Which one would you choose for your system?

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