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Exclusive Review: ASUS STRIX RTX 3080 10GB OC Edition

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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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Kingston’s FURY Range of Memory Products Start Shipping

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Kingston FURY, a division of Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., announced today it has begun shipping its high-performance memory: Kingston FURY Renegade, Kingston FURY Beast, and Kingston FURY Impact. Enthusiasts and gamers can give their systems the upgrade they need and want with modules in DDR4 RGB, DDR4 non-RGB, and DDR3.

Perfect for the gamer who wants cutting-edge performance, Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4 RGB allows you to crank up your frame rate, keep your streams broadcasting smoothly, and plough through your highlight reel editing. Offering speeds up to 4600MHz2 paired with quick CL15-CL19 latencies. The dynamic RGB lighting utilises Kingston FURY’s patented Infrared Sync Technology to provide smooth, synchronised lighting effects. With its own aggressive, stylish black heat spreader and matching black PCB Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4 also provides ultra-fast speeds up to 5333MHz, paired with quick CL13-CL20 timings.

Both are Intel XMP certified with profiles that are optimised for Intel’s latest chipsets – just select the hand-tuned profile in your BIOS and you’re ready to strike fear in the hearts of your foes. Available in single module capacities of 8GB – 32GB and kits of 2, 4, and 8 with capacities up to 256GB. Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB and Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 provide powerful performance boost for gaming, video editing, and rendering with speeds up to 3733MHz and CL15–19 latencies.

Those looking for a cost-efficient upgrade will have the option of the smooth and stunning lighting effects of Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB. Available in single module capacities of 8GB–32GB and kit capacities of 16GB–128GB. Or the stylish low-profile heat spreader design of Kingston FURY Beast DDR4, available in single module capacities of 4GB–32GB, and kit capacities of 8GB–128GB. Both feature Plug n Play automatic overclocking at 2666MHz and are Intel XMP ready and ready for AMD Ryzen DDR3 kits also available.

Fully equip your notebook or small form factor machine with Kingston FURY Impact SODIMM to minimise system lag and open up a world of detail. Intel XMP ready and ready for AMD Ryzen in capacities up to 64GB, Plug N Play Kingston FURY Impact DDR4 auto overclocks to the highest frequency published, up to 3200MHz, to support Intel and AMD’s latest CPU technologies. Install the sleek black PCB for a hassle-free boost, no need to tinker with the BIOS and still run cool, quiet, and efficiently, thanks to Kingston FURY Impact DDR4’s low 1.2 voltage. DDR3 also available at speeds up to 1866MHz.

“We’re happy to continue to provide the same great high-performance memory and customer service that gaming and PC enthusiasts have come to expect from us, now through Kingston FURY,” said Iwona Zalewska, DRAM business manager, Kingston EMEA. “Whether you’re contemplating a simple budget-friendly upgrade or ready to max out your system’s capabilities for the ultimate gaming experience Kingston FURY has the products for you.”

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CORSAIR Launches New Full-Tower 7000 Series Cases

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CORSAIR has announced a new series of full-tower ATX cases to accommodate the biggest, most ambitious enthusiast builds: the CORSAIR 7000D AIRFLOW and the CORSAIR iCUE 7000X RGB. Available in black and white, both 7000 Series cases feature a mammoth interior for maximum cooling potential, accommodating multiple radiators – up to three 360mm or two 420mm simultaneously. Exceptional airflow comes courtesy of included 140mm PWM fans featuring CORSAIR AirGuide technology, while the popular CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system helps you easily create tidy, professional-looking builds.

Choosing from either the 7000D AIRFLOW’s perforated steel high-airflow front panel, or the 7000X RGB’s three beautiful tempered glass windows to showcase your system and lighting, PC enthusiasts will find the ideal case for their next masterpiece. The cavernous interior of 7000 Series cases offers a multitude of cooling configurations to handle almost any PC cooling setup, with room for up to 12x 120mm or 7x 140mm cooling fans, or multiple radiators including up to 3x 360mm or 2x 420mm simultaneously. A specialized motherboard tray with customizable fan mounts enables you to install up to four 120mm fans or up to a 480mm radiator into the side of the case.

The 7000D AIRFLOW includes three 140mm fans with CORSAIR AirGuide technology, for concentrated airflow directed toward your PC’s hottest components. The 7000X RGB goes a step further and adds radiant RGB lighting with four included SP140 RGB ELITE AirGuide fans, each equipped with eight individually addressable RGB LEDs. An included iCUE COMMANDER CORE XT controller, CORSAIR iCUE software, and a PWM fan repeater provide comprehensive control of not only lighting but fan speed and performance too. Both the 7000D AIRFLOW and 7000X RGB offer an abundance of storage space including 6x combo 2.5in / 3.5in drive trays and 3x 2.5in SSD mounts. A full array of front panel I/O connections including a USB 3.1 Type-C port and 4x USB 3.0 ports ensure the 7000 Series meets the needs of nearly any system.

The 7000 Series’ tempered glass window showcases your premium components, while the case cleverly conceals your cables. The CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system routes major cables through a single hidden channel, with a spacious 30mm of routing depth behind the motherboard and two tool-free hinged side panels for easy access. A three-slot vertical GPU mount on the PSU shroud puts any size graphics card center stage.

The spacious interior of both 7000 Series cases are optimal for housing the new CORSAIR H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler. With a massive 420mm radiator, three ML140 RGB PWM fans, and an eye-catching RGB pump head, the H170i ELITE CAPELLIX is the highest performing all-in-one cooler from CORSAIR to date. Its extreme cooling performance is powered by a low-noise centrifugal pump, generating less than 20 dBA. A split-flow copper cold plate rapidly absorbs heat from your CPU, while the ML140 RGB fans spin up to 2,000 RPM to disperse that heat after it reaches the radiator.

This top-tier performance is complemented by dynamic RGB lighting from 33 ultra-bright, power-efficient CAPELLIX LEDs in the pump head and eight individually addressable RGB LEDs per ML140 RGB fan. With the incredible customization offered by the included CORSAIR iCUE COMMANDER CORE Controller and powerful CORSAIR iCUE software, you can put the spotlight on your cooling. The H170i ELITE CAPELLIX is compatible with almost every modern Intel and AMD CPU, including LGA 1200, 115X, 2066, and AM4 sockets.

With the launch of the 7000 Series, ORIGIN PC is adding the 7000D AIRFLOW and 7000X RGB cases to its award-winning line of GENESIS custom PCs. Boasting the highest-end hardware, from Intel Core i9 and AMD Ryzen CPUs to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-Series graphics, ORIGIN PC’s GENESIS line of desktops combines superpowered specs with maximum customization, letting you configure your dream PC just the way you want.

The CORSAIR 7000D AIRFLOW, 7000X RGB, and H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler are available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The CORSAIR 7000D AIRFLOW and 7000X RGB are backed by a two-year warranty, and the H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler is backed by a five-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

For up-to-date pricing of the CORSAIR 7000D AIRFLOW, 7000X RGB, and H170i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler, please refer to the CORSAIR website or contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative. ORIGIN PC GENESIS systems are available immediately with the 7000D AIRFLOW and 7000X RGB as chassis options.

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Kingston Technology Announces New Gaming Brand: Kingston FURY

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Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the name of its new high-performance, enthusiast, and gaming brand: Kingston FURY. Building on the incredible success of the HyperX memory products, Kingston has rebranded its DRAM, flash and SSD gaming line into Kingston FURY, investing resources and knowledge from its core business to create the next generation of performance products.

Kingston FURY continues the evolution of leading-edge, high-performance, enthusiast and gaming memory solutions from the largest independent memory manufacturer in the world, backed by three decades of Kingston engineering, testing, manufacturing and customer service expertise. The company’s leadership position in the DRAM industry demonstrates it has the passion, commitment and resources to make Kingston FURY the leading high-performance, enthusiast and gaming memory solution in the market.

The Kingston engineering expertise which is behind the numerous overclocking records and awards that the HyperX memory line has gathered since 2002 continues into the new era of high-performance DRAM and flash solutions. Behind the scenes, it has always been Kingston: Kingston engineering, Kingston manufacturing, Kingston testing and world-renowned Kingston customer service.

“We are extremely proud to debut the new Kingston FURY brand representing the highest-performing memory modules for PC enthusiasts and gamers,” said Bernd Dombrowsky, VP Sales & Marketing, Kingston EMEA. “Kingston’s core strength and global leadership as a manufacturer of quality DRAM and flash solutions brings resources and enthusiasm to the brand and firmly demonstrates our dedication to both performance and reliability.”

Kingston will soon unveil its full line of Kingston FURY DDR4 and DDR3 offerings, and in Q4 will launch highly-anticipated DDR5 memory modules currently undergoing compatibility and qualification testing with motherboard vendors.

Kingston FURY will consist of the following product categories:

  • Kingston FURY Renegade: High-performance speeds and low latencies for insane performance. Top-of-the-line performance leader (in RGB and non-RGB) with DDR4 frequencies up to 5333MHz.
  • Kingston FURY Beast: Kingston’s popular enthusiast and gaming memory is the perfect high-performance, cost-effective upgrade (in DDR3 and DDR4 RGB and non-RGB), with speeds up to 3733MHz. 
  • Kingston FURY Impact: Powerful SO-DIMM performance boost for laptops, NUCs and other small form-factor PCs (in DDR3 and DDR4) with speeds up to 3200MHz. 

“The name leverages the already popular FURY memory product category (established in 2014) and has earned the right to carry the torch, expanding the Kingston tradition of delivering high-performing and ultra-reliable DRAM in the market for PC enthusiasts and gamers. With Kingston’s commitment to gaming, the company will soon make global announcements of numerous esports teams joining the Kingston FURY team,” the company said in a statement.

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