Asus intros its new RTX 30-based cards: ROG Strix and TUF Gaming flavors with new shrouds, fans and RGB accents
NVIDIA has just announced its second-gen RTX GPUs, which means it now falls to OEMs like Asus to confirm their own cards based on this new architecture. The latest in ROG Strix- and TUF Gaming-branded graphics are indeed rated for much of Ampere's fresh advantages, which include a performance-per-watt boost of up to 1.9 times compared to their predecessors and the scope for up-to-8K support.
Asus has also developed new shroud designs for both new lines of cards, which are available in RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 SKUs for the new ROG Strix cards and the 3090 and 3080 in terms of the TUF Gaming options.
The former group also have new metallic accents and Axial-tech fans that diverge in terms of where they send their airflow: the middle concentrates directly on the chipset, whereas the two on either side are more for lateral cooling.
The ROG Strix RTX 30-series cards take up nearly 3 slots each, and much of this footprint is accounted for by their heat-sinks. They also feature FanConnect II headers that allow PWM fan modulation based on temperatures that affect both the CPU and GPU. They are also adorned with new RGB accents that can be adjusted in Armoury Crate.
The new TUF Gaming cards do not light up; however, Asus claims that they have been fabricated using high-end materials and parts that include "capacitors that meet military-grade certification" (as have the ROG Strix cards). They also have a new metal backplate featuring an extra-large vent, and a hardware Dual Bios switch that allows for software-independent profile changes.
These cards also have 3 fans each. For those in the mood for fewer blades, Asus has also launched a new Dual SKU. It is based on the RTX 3070, and features a "clean" shroud that might fit into a workstation as well as into a gaming rig.
Their fans are also Axial, paired with Auto-Extreme Technology that may ameliorate the ravages of heat, thus (according to Asus) helping the Dual reduce its power consumption and environmental impact. This card, along with the TUF Gaming and ROG Strix RTX 30-based products, should start to become available in North America from September 2020.
Asus Press Release