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Exclusive Review: ASUS STRIX RTX 3080 10GB OC Edition



So NVIDIA announced its GeForce RTX 3080 powered by the Ampere architecture a couple of days ago and we have started seeing manufacturers announcing graphics cards based on this architecture.

And we just received the Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3080 OC graphics card for a test drive. So here is our full-on review of the graphics card.

The ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 features a buffed-up design with better thermal performance. From top to bottom, the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 has been radically improved to accommodate the impressive new Ampere chips from NVIDIA and to deliver the next wave of gaming performance innovation to the market. A fresh design and more metal surrounds a grouping of Axial-tech fans. 

Last gen’s uniform fan layout has been usurped by a new rotation scheme and specialized roles for central and auxiliary fans.

Below the blades, a larger, more impressive heatsink is ready for the most demanding thermal loads. The PCB has some new tricks up its sleeves, and even the backplate has received some performance-boosting changes. 

ASUS’ Axial-tech fan design has been optimised for a new, larger heatsink that features more fins and surface area than last gen. The blade count has been increased on all three fans, with 13 on the center fan and 11 on the auxiliary fans.

The barrier ring on the side fans has been slimmed down to allow for more lateral intake and to provide better airflow through the cooling array. The center fan’s extra blades and full-height ring provide boosted static pressure to blast air directly onto the GPU heat spreader.

The STRIX RTX 3080 comes with 10GB of GDDR6X VRAM. The current batches of RTX 3080 cards also have 8704 CUDA cores, along with a 320-bit memory interface and VRAM that operates at 19 Gbps.

The ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC is currently the fastest RTX 3080 of the lot, though. The OC has a 1,440 MHz base clock and can reach 1,905 MHz by default in Gaming Mode, which is way beyond other custom cards.

The ASUS GPU Tweak II utility 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.

By enabling OC Mode, you can increase the card’s peak clock speed to 1,935 MHz, a 13.2% increase over the boost clock of the RTX 3080 Founders Edition. The ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC requires 3x 8-pin power connectors. The card measures 318.5 x 140.1 x 57.8 mm, for reference, making it a 2.9-slot card.

You also get Super Alloy Power II that includes premium alloy chokes, solid polymer capacitors, and an array of high-current power stages. And MAXCONTACT helps with getting heat into the heatsink array efficiently, so that it can be whisked away by the powerful axial-tech fans. 

DLSS functionality of the STRIX RTX 3080 OC Edition improves performance in titles such as Control, Minecraft with RTX for Windows 10 and Death Stranding, while generating beautiful, crisp game images that are often clearer and sharper than native resolution rendering with Temporal Anti-Aliasing. This series of graphics cards are also the world’s first PC GPUs to support HDMI 2.1, the newest display standard.

Input lag, otherwise known as system latency, makes games less responsive, increasing the time it takes for your actions to be reflected in-game. The ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC Edition series comes with NVIDIA Reflex, a suite of GPU, G-SYNC display, and software technologies that allow gamers to measure and optimise system latency.

In order to gauge the real-world tests, we ran a few benchmarks on the ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC Edition graphics card. On 3DMark: Night Raid the graphics score recorded was 126955, while on 3DMark: Fire Strike, the graphics score stood at 44199.

Meanwhile, 3DMark: Fire Strike Ultra threw the graphics score as 11268, while 3DMark TimeSpy gave the GPU score as 18189.

From the above table you can have a glimpse of the card’s performance under 1K, 2K and 4K display settings. The overall gameplay experience was top notch thanks to the excellent quality components used to build the graphics card and the redesigned and upgraded cooling system.

Due to the efficient cooling system employed in the ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC Edition, temperatures are well controlled even under trying circumstances. The graphics card will be able to handle not only intense gaming sessions, but also performance-hungry content creation jobs such as video rendering and 3D graphics designing with ease.

In terms of connectivity, you get two native HDMI 2.1 ports, three native DisplayPort 1.4a ports and it also supports HDCP 2.3. It also supports a display setup of up to 4 displays. Inside the box, along with the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 OC Edition, you also get an ROG Velcro Hook & Loop, one ROG ruler, one Collection card and one Speedsetup manual.

Of course, quality and top notch performance comes at a price. The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 OC Edition comes in at a pricing of AED 4500. Professional Gamers will truly appreciate the value the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 OC Edition brings to the table.

It offers brilliant build quality and top-end components, revamped and better cooling system, overclocking capabilities, and blockbuster performance, all the while keeping itself cool under all circumstances. The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 OC Edition thus gets the Gadget Voize Recommended stamp!

Price: AED 4500

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CORSAIR Launches New DDR5 48GB, 96GB, and 192GB Memory Kits



CORSAIR has announced massive new capacities for its DDR5 memory kits, thanks to new 24GB and 48GB UDIMM modules. For the first time from CORSAIR, PC builders can choose from 192GB (4x 48GB), 96GB (2x 48GB), or 48GB (2x 24GB) memory kits. Available in either VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 or VENGEANCE DDR5 kits, these new high capacities are ideal for the most demanding, high-capacity applications such as 8K video editing, as well as DRAM-heavy AI and deep learning workloads. Motherboards with just two memory slots, including Micro ATX and Mini-ITX builds, where space is tight but large capacities are needed also benefit.

CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5, already top choices for performance enthusiasts, are optimized for the latest gaming PCs and workstations, and at these new capacities give custom PC enthusiasts the option to build with memory configurations that weren’t possible until now. Both 96GB and 48GB kits are available immediately in both RGB and non-RGB flavors, running at 5,600MT/s and 5,200MT/s and support Intel XMP 3.0 memory overclocking to ensure owners can easily run their memory at the intended speeds.

Launching in early March 2023, 192GB (4x 48GB) 5,200MT/s VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5 kits set a new standard for high-capacity DDR5. These quad-DIMM kits are compatible with Intel 13th-Gen systems and support the same Intel XMP 3.0 easy overclocking for optimal performance.

Continuing the CORSAIR tradition of producing superior quality and reliable DRAM, VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5 modules are built using only hand-sorted, tightly-screened memory chips to ensure consistent high-frequency performance, along with high-performance PCBs for excellent signal quality and stability. A limited lifetime warranty grants you peace of mind that your new memory will last throughout your machine’s lifespan and beyond.

DDR5 ensures today’s high-end CPUs receive data as quickly as possible, elevating system performance and processing power to greater heights. These new kits deliver ground-breaking capacities that push the boundaries for small form factor memory performance.

CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5 96GB and 48GB kits are available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5 192GB kits will be available from March 7, 2023 from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB DDR5 and VENGEANCE DDR5 are backed by a limited lifetime warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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MediaTek Launches Dimensity 7200



MediaTek has announced the Dimensity 7200, its inaugural chipset in the new Dimensity 7000 series. The Dimensity 7200 boasts cutting-edge AI imaging features, powerful gaming optimizations, and impressive 5G speeds, all with deeply engrained power savings for extended battery life.

The Dimensity 7200 delivers the same TSMC 4nm second-generation process found in the Dimensity 9200, and is ideal for ultra-slim designs in a variety of form factors. The octa-core CPU integrates two Arm Cortex-A715 cores, featuring operating speeds of up to 2.8GHz, with six Cortex-A510 cores, so users can effortlessly multitask and take advantage of peak performance in every app. To further optimize power and performance, MediaTek’s built-in AI Processing Unit (APU) maximizes the efficiency of AI tasks and AI-fusion processing.

“The MediaTek Dimensity 7000 series will be vital for mobile gamers and photography enthusiasts who are looking for an affordable way to squeeze the most battery life out of their phones without skimping on performance,” said CH Chen, Deputy General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communications Business Unit.

For gamers, the MediaTek HyperEngine 5.0 technology delivers AI-based Variable Rate Shading (VRS) for power savings, CPU and GPU smart resource optimization for better battery life, and other upgrades for smooth gameplay. The chipset also integrates a powerful Arm Mali G610 GPU that supports fast response times and sustains high frame rates.

Utilizing MediaTek’s Imagiq 765 and a 14-bit HDR-ISP, the Dimensity 7200 supports 200MP main cameras for epic photography. The chipset enables impressive video capturing with 4K HDR video, and even allows users to simultaneously capture content from two cameras at Full HD resolution while keeping everything in focus with all-pixel autofocus technology. To ensure users can capture stunning imagery at night and in low-light environments, the chipset has built-in motion-compensated noise reduction. Additionally, the APU supports powerful AI-Camera enhancements such as real-time portrait beautification.

Dimensity 7200 has a 3GPP Release-16 standard Sub-6GHz 5G modem with up to 4.7Gbps downlink and supports triband Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and next-gen Bluetooth 5.3. The fully integrated 5G modem and MediaTek’s 5G UltraSave 2.0 technology suite ensure best-in-class cellular power efficiency. For reliable coverage everywhere, the chipset supports 2CC Carrier Aggregation and Dual 5G SIM with dual VoNR. The Dual SIM capability also lets users have two connections, making it easy to take work and personal calls from a single smartphone.

Additional features of the Dimensity 7200 include:

  • Up to 6400Mbps memory frequency and UFS 3.1 for maximum storage.
  • MediaTek MiraVision Display with HDR supports the latest standards including HDR10+, CUVA HDR, and Dolby HDR.
  • Up to Full HD+ and 144Hz for brilliant displays.
  • AI SDR-to-HDR video playback for enhanced multimedia experiences.
  • Bluetooth LE Audio technology and Dual-Link True Wireless Stereo Audio for wireless earbud support.

Dimensity 7200 will power 5G devices launching in the global market in Q1 2023.

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CORSAIR Launches a Gamut of New Component Products for PC Builders



CORSAIR has launched a slew of upgrades to a wide range of its most acclaimed PC components. With its best-performing RGB fan in the AF RGB ELITE, new liquid CPU cooler options in the iCUE ELITE CAPELLIX XT, ELITE LCD XT, and RGB ELITE Series, and new 4000D/5000D RGB AIRFLOW cases, CORSAIR is delivering stylish looks and upgraded performance in a large-scale coordinated launch to support enthusiasts building a brand-new performance PC or upgrading their system for the new year.

The AF RGB ELITE PWM fan takes the crown as CORSAIR’s highest-performing RGB fan, merging the fantastic airflow of the AF ELITE Series with eight brilliant individually addressable LEDs per fan. CORSAIR AirGuide technology concentrates airflow into a cone directed at your hottest components, with fan speeds reaching up to 2,100 RPM and 1,700 RPM for 120mm and 140mm, respectively. Fluid dynamic bearings ensure low-noise operation, with support for Zero RPM mode at low loads to eliminate fan noise altogether. AF RGB ELITE is available in multi-fan kits with an included iCUE Lighting Node CORE controller or single fan expansions.

iCUE ELITE CAPELLIX XT and ELITE LCD XT liquid CPU coolers incorporate these new AF RGB ELITE fans, as well as pre-applied CORSAIR XTM70 Extreme Performance Thermal Paste, to deliver even better cooling – perfect for the thermally demanding 13th Gen Intel Core and AMD Ryzen 7000 Series processors. The ELITE CAPELLIX XT features a new style with 33 ultra-bright CAPELLIX LEDs in the pump cap, while the ELITE LCD XT comes equipped with a vivid 2.1” IPS LCD screen that displays anything you like, from real-time temperatures to your favorite GIFs. Available in a wide range of radiator sizes from 240mm up to 420mm, with extended tubing length for easy installation, these coolers are ready for any modern system.

The new H60x and H100x RGB ELITE all-in-one coolers offer great cooling complete with one or two SP120 RGB ELITE AirGuide fans. Perfect for first-time builders, these coolers are also compatible with the latest Intel and AMD motherboard sockets and feature simple 5V ARGB motherboard lighting control for fast and easy installation and operation. The H60x and H100x RGB ELITE are also compatible with CORSAIR iCUE software when plugged into a CORSAIR iCUE controller (sold separately) if users wish to integrate their cooling into the iCUE software suite.

Finally, the 4000D RGB AIRFLOW and 5000D RGB AIRFLOW have joined the best-selling lineup of CORSAIR PC cases. These mid-tower ATX cases are renowned for their strong airflow potential thanks to a perforated steel front panel. New to these models is the inclusion of three AF120 RGB ELITE fans and an iCUE Lighting Node PRO controller for amazing lighting out of the box. Two additional 120mm fan mounts have also been added to the PSU shroud, for installing dedicated airflow directed at your high-powered GPU. The 4000D and 5000D RGB AIRFLOW are available in your choice of Black or the new True White color variation, featuring an all-white frame with white trim.

The CORSAIR AF120 RGB ELITE, AF140 RGB ELITE, iCUE ELITE CAPELLIX XT, iCUE ELITE LCD XT, H60x RGB ELITE, H100x RGB ELITE, 4000D RGB AIRFLOW, and 5000D RGB AIRFLOW are available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The AF120 RGB ELITE, AF140 RGB ELITE, iCUE ELITE CAPELLIX XT, iCUE ELITE LCD XT, H60x RGB ELITE, and H100x RGB ELITE are backed by a five-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network. The CORSAIR 4000D RGB AIRFLOW and 5000D RGB AIRFLOW are backed by a two-year warranty.

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