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The ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 O10G GAMING graphics card features a buffed-up design with chart-topping thermal performance. It features the NVIDIA Ampere Streaming Multiprocessors, which are the building blocks for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU. The all-new Ampere SM brings 2X the FP32 throughput and improved power efficiency.

For reference, NVIDIA’s blueprint for a 3080 calls for a 1.44-GHz base clock and 1.71-GHz boost clock. It also features 8,704 CUDA cores and 10GB of GDDR6X memory at 19Gbps on a 320-bit bus, which yields 760.3GB/s of memory bandwidth. NIVIDIA considers the 3080 its flagship consumer GPU, with the higher spec’d 3090 primarily intended for creators.

The TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 has been stripped down and built back up to provide more robust power and cooling. A new all-metal shroud houses three powerful axial-tech fans that utilize durable dual ball fan bearings. Fan rotation has been optimized for reduced turbulence, and a stop mode brings all three fans to a halt at low temps. 

Beneath, independent heatsinks for the GPU and memory keep thermals under tight control. Additional features, including TUF components, Auto-Extreme Technology, a new GPU bracket, and a backplate vent make the TUF a proper powerhouse. For builders looking for a new “old faithful”, this card has your back.

Since the GPU comes with 2nd Generation RT Cores, you can experience 2X the throughput of 1st gen RT Cores, plus concurrent RT and shading for a whole new level of ray tracing performance. You also get 3rd Generation Tensor Cores, that allows you to get up to 2X the throughput with structural sparsity and advanced AI algorithms such as DLSS. 

Now with support for up to 8K resolution, these cores deliver a massive boost in game performance and all-new AI capabilities. The new Axial-tech Fan Design has been newly tuned with a reversed central fan direction for less turbulence. The three fans work in tandem to satisfy the thermal demands of NVIDIA’s new high-octane design. The fans rely on dual ball fan bearings to ensure consistent performance and increased longevity compared to sleeve bearings and other bearing types.

To get heat into the heatsink array efficiently, so that it can be whisked away by the powerful axial-tech fans, ASUS uses a manufacturing process that improves the surface smoothness of the heatspreader at the microscopic level. The extra flatness allows for better contact with the die for improved thermal transfer.

The heat spreader draws heat up into heatpipes that carry it through a fin stack that fills most of the card’s large, 2.7-slot footprint. This generation of TUF Gaming graphics cards also feature a dedicated heatsink for VRAM to keep temperatures well under maximum operating specs. The card offers a digital max resolution of 7680-by-4320 pixels.

In terms of connectivity, you get two native HDMI 2.1 ports, three native DisplayPort 1.4a ports, and HDCP 2.3 Support. The GPU also comes with Dual Ball Fan Bearings that are known to last up to twice as long as sleeve bearing designs. You also get military-grade capacitors and other TUF components that enhance durability and performance. GPU Tweak II, meanwhile, provides intuitive performance tweaking, thermal controls, and system monitoring.

Top-notch components are selected for TUF Gaming graphics cards based on their durability and performance. In addition to top-shelf chokes and MOSFETs, capacitors that meet military-grade certification make the TUF stand tall amongst the competition. 

The components are soldered to the PCB using our advanced Auto-Extreme automated manufacturing process. Smooth joints on the rear of the PCB and the elimination of human errors ensure each graphics card meets our rigorous specifications. Finally, to ensure flawless performance when it counts, the cards are subjected to a grueling 144-hour validation trial.

An all-aluminum shroud adds robust protection to TUF Gaming graphics cards and a no-nonsense industrial design and grayscale colorway fits into any build with ease. The underside of the card reveals a host of improvements. Most of the rear is swathed in a protective metal backplate that prominently features a wide vent. The vent allows hot air to escape towards chassis exhaust fans instead of being recycled back into the GPU cooler.

Beneath the GPU, a bracket provides consistent mounting pressure between the die and heat spreader. Stainless steel is used for the I/O bracket to protect ports and provide a more secure mount. A conveniently placed Dual Bios switch allows customization of the card’s default performance profile without software.

The top-side RGB element can be customized with Armoury Crate and synced with other ASUS components to enable uniform lighting. To fulfill the power demands of the GeForce RTX 3080, two 8-pin power connectors are present, along with an onboard circuit that monitors PSU rail voltage. The circuit is fast enough to catch any transients that result in the rail voltage dropping too low. If that happens, a red LED will light up so you know the power supply wasn’t able to keep up with the GPU’s power draw.

The card accompanies the ASUS GPU Tweak II utility, which takes graphics card tuning to the next level. It allows you to tweak critical parameters including GPU core clocks, memory frequency, and voltage settings, with the option to monitor everything in real-time through a customizable on-screen display. Advanced fan control is also included along with many more features to help you get the most out of your graphics card.

In addition, ASUS has partnered with wtfast to help you to play free from lag, latency issues, and lost packets. With a 6-month subscription to the wtfast Gamers Private Network, users can enjoy lower ping for a smoother, more fluid online gaming experience. 

In addition, you also get the XSplit Gamecaster, which offers a premium streaming experience with in-game annotations and other advanced features. A free license is included with select ASUS graphics cards. Another service called Quantumcloud is also included. This is a simple and secure service that lets you effortlessly earn extra money by putting your idle GPU to work. Earnings are automatically transferred to your WeChat or PayPal account, and your privacy remains intact because Quantumcloud doesn’t collect your personal data.

Price: $888

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CORSAIR Announces Partnership Between iCUE and GIGABYTE



CORSAIR today announced a new iCUE partnership with GIGABYTE, making it the latest motherboard manufacturer to support CORSAIR iCUE lighting control software. This collaboration enables compatible CORSAIR products to seamlessly support native lighting synchronization within the GIGABYTE Control Center (GCC) and iCUE.

CORSAIR iCUE software, which allows users to monitor and customise performance and coordinate lighting effects across their settings, will support lighting customisation on compatible GIGABYTE motherboards. This will help create a more immersive and flexible lighting experience than was previously possible, enabling users to open up new possibilities for how their systems look.

Support for GIGABYTE motherboards using CORSAIR iCUE software and GIGABYTE Control Center will begin in June 2024. Along with this new partnership with GIGABYTE, CORSAIR iCUE also supports ASUS, MSI, Philips Hue, Nanoleaf and Govee to enable its customers to create a stunning light show with their gaming setup.

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Nvidia Unveils Rubin: Successor to Blackwell Architecture Arriving in 2026



At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, revealed the name of their next-generation chip architecture during his keynote on Sunday evening. “Rubin,” named after famed astronomer Vera Rubin, will succeed the current “Blackwell” line of GPUs and CPUs. Scheduled for launch in the first half of 2026, this announcement underscores Nvidia’s commitment to releasing new chip architectures annually. With a hint of playful apprehension, Huang joked to the audience right before unveiling the Rubin line, “This is the first time anyone will see this, and I’m not sure if it’s a good idea or not.”

“All of these chips are in full development, 100% of them, and the rhythm is one year, at the limits of technology, all 100% architecturally compatible,” said Huang, “and all of the richness of software on top of it.”

Nvidia’s Rubin reveal follows closely behind their official announcement of the Blackwell architecture at the GTC conference just three months ago. Research firm Jefferies & Co. suggests the Rubin chips will incorporate the next-generation memory standard, HBM4, replacing the current top-of-the-line HBM3e. This applies to both the GPU family (designated R100 GPUs) and a central processing unit (CPU) codenamed Vera.

Jefferies analysts predict Rubin chips will be manufactured by TSMC using their cutting-edge 3-nanometer process, with production slated for late 2025. The design utilizes a “4x reticle design” compared to Blackwell’s 3.3x, meaning it occupies more space on a silicon wafer during the chip creation process. Additionally, Huang hinted at a future “Blackwell Ultra” GPU alongside a confirmation of a “Rubin Ultra” architecture arriving in 2027.

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AMD Unveils New Ryzen, EPYC, and Instinct Processors at COMPUTEX 2024



Reporting from Taipei, Taiwan: Today at the COMPUTEX 2024 opening keynote, AMD detailed new leadership CPU, NPU and GPU architectures powering end-to-end AI infrastructure from the data centre to PCs. AMD unveiled an expanded AMD Instinct accelerator roadmap, introducing an annual cadence of leadership AI accelerators including the new AMD Instinct MI325X accelerator with industry-leading memory capacity planned to be available in Q4 2024. AMD also previewed 5th Gen AMD EPYC server processors, on track to launch in 2H 2024, with leadership performance and efficiency. AMD announced the AMD Ryzen AI 300 Series, the third generation of AMD AI-enabled mobile processors, and AMD Ryzen 9000 Series processors for laptop and desktop PCs, respectively.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for AMD as the rapid and accelerating adoption of AI is driving increased demand for our high-performance computing platforms,” said Dr. Lisa Su, chair and CEO. “At COMPUTEX, we were proud to be joined by Microsoft, HP, Lenovo, Asus and other strategic partners to launch our next-generation Ryzen desktop and notebook processors, preview the leadership performance of our next-generation EPYC processors, and announce a new annual cadence for AMD Instinct AI accelerators.”

“We are in the midst of a massive AI platform shift, with the promise to transform how we live and work. That’s why our deep partnership with AMD, which has spanned multiple computing platforms, from the PC to custom silicon for Xbox, and now to AI, is so important to us,” said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft. “We are excited to partner with AMD to deliver these new Ryzen AI-powered Copilot+ PCs. We are very committed to our collaboration with AMD and we’ll continue to push AI progress forward together across the cloud and edge to bring new value to our joint customers.”

AMD detailed its expanded multi-generational accelerator roadmap, showing how it plans to deliver performance and memory leadership on an annual cadence for generative AI. The expanded roadmap includes the AMD Instinct MI325X accelerators, with planned availability in Q4 2024, delivering industry-leading memory capacity with 288GB of ultra-fast HBM3E memory that extends AMD generative AI performance leadership. The next-generation AMD CDNA 4 architecture, expected in 2025, will power the AMD Instinct MI350 Series and is expected to drive up to 35x better AI inference performance compared to the AMD Instinct MI300 Series with AMD CDNA 3. Continuing performance and feature improvements, the CDNA “Next” architecture will power MI400 series accelerators planned for 2026.

Previewed today at COMPUTEX, 5th Gen AMD EPYC processors (codenamed “Turin”) will leverage the “Zen 5” core and continue the leadership performance and efficiency of the AMD EPYC processor family. 5th Gen AMD EPYC processors are targeted for availability in 2H of 2024. At the keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted how AMD Instinct MI300X accelerators deliver leading price/performance on GPT-4 inference for Microsoft Azure workloads.

Dr. Su was joined by executives from Microsoft, HP, Lenovo, and Asus to unveil new PC experiences powered by 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen AI 300 Series processors and AMD Ryzen 9000 Series desktop processors. AMD detailed its next-generation “Zen 5” CPU core, built from the ground up for leadership performance and energy efficiency spanning from supercomputers and the cloud to PCs. AMD also unveiled the AMD XDNA 2 NPU core architecture that delivers 50 TOPs of AI processing performance and up to 2x projected power efficiency for generative AI workloads compared to the prior generation. The AMD XDNA 2 architecture-based NPU is the industry’s first and only NPU supporting advanced Block FP16 data type6, delivering increased accuracy compared to lower precision data types used by competitive NPUs without sacrificing performance.

Together, “Zen 5,” AMD XDNA 2 and AMD RDNA 3.5 graphics enable next-gen AI experiences in laptops powered by AMD Ryzen AI 300 Series processors. On stage at COMPUTEX, ecosystem partners showcased how they are working with AMD to unlock new AI experiences for PCs. Microsoft highlighted its longstanding partnership with AMD and announced that the AMD Ryzen AI 300 Series processors exceed Microsoft’s Copilot+ PC requirements. HP unveiled new Copilot+ PCs powered by AMD, including the HP Pavilion Aero, and demonstrated image generator Stable Diffusion XL Turbo running locally on an HP laptop powered by a Ryzen AI 300 Series processor.

Lenovo revealed upcoming consumer and commercial laptops powered by Ryzen AI 300 Series processors and highlighted how it is leveraging Ryzen AI to enable new Lenovo AI software. Asus showcased a broad portfolio of AI PCs for business users, consumers, content creators and gamers powered by Ryzen AI 300 Series processors. AMD also unveiled the AMD Ryzen 9000 Series desktop processors based on the “Zen 5” architecture, delivering leadership performance in gaming, productivity and content creation. AMD Ryzen 9 9950X processors are the world’s fastest consumer desktop processors.

Separately, AMD also announced the AMD Radeon PRO W7900 Dual Slot workstation graphics card, optimized to deliver scalable AI performance for platforms supporting multiple GPUs. AMD also unveiled AMD ROCm 6.1 for AMD Radeon GPUs, designed to make AI development and deployment with AMD Radeon desktop GPUs more compatible, accessible and scalable. AMD showcased how its AI and adaptive computing technology is powering the next wave of AI innovation at the edge. Only AMD combines all the IP required for whole-edge AI application acceleration.

The new AMD Versal AI Edge Series Gen 2 brings together FPGA programmable logic for real-time pre-processing, next-gen AI Engines powered by XDNA technology for efficient AI inference, and embedded CPUs for post-processing to deliver the highest-performing single-chip adaptive solution for edge AI. AMD Versal AI Edge Gen 2 devices are available now for early access with over 30 key partners currently in development

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