New ROG Strix and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs get an extra helping of VRAM

Jan 11, 2022 Written by:ROG Article

The best keep getting better. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards from ROG and TUF Gaming are already some of the most coveted PC DIY components on the market, and now we’re adding a new option to the lineup with a more plentiful pool of VRAM. The new ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 12GB and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 12GB GPUs debut with an additional 2GB more VRAM than their predecessors. For the best 4K gaming experience today—and peace of mind tomorrow as VRAM requirements for games trend upward—these are the best GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs for your next build. 

Exceptional performance, cooling, and style 

Our latest refinements and innovations in air cooling set the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 12GB apart from the competition. Like the previous model, this graphics card features a massive 2.9-slot heatsink cloaked in an angular shroud with a full-length addressable RGB LED array on the left edge. A cooling cutout on the robust full-length metallic backplate helps dissipate heat into your case’s natural airflow path. 


Three Axial-tech fans arranged in a counter-rotating pattern deliver a steady stream of air through the high-surface-area fin stack. With their higher blade counts, these fans offer both increased static pressure and airflow, all the while maintaining whisper-quiet operation. The outer fans use notched barrier rings to manage turbulence, and the central fan has a solid barrier ring to ensure direct airflow to the hottest parts of the heatsink. For unobtrusive day-to-day operation at idle or light loads, the fans drop into 0dB mode. FanConnect II headers let your case fans deliver a blast of cool air right when it's needed. 

Ampere graphics offer massive generation-on-generation performance improvements, and one component of that boost comes from increased power draw. Our redesigned ROG Strix heatsink and PCB allow us to support that improved performance with large amounts of raw electrical power. To maximize overclocking headroom and system stability, three eight-pin PCI Express power connectors draw current directly from your PSU for less stress on your motherboard, and a high-resolution transient-sensing circuit monitors that flow of power for dips that can negatively impact system stability.  

Gaming excellence and stealthy style 

If you’re looking for understated yet high-performance components for your next DIY PC build, the new TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 12GB graphics card might be more to your liking. The blacked-out, brushed-aluminum cooling shroud atop this potent card gives it a confident, stripped-down style that coordinates easily with a wide range of components—especially the gear gathered under the banner of the TUF Gaming Alliance.  


That shroud houses a trio of Axial-tech fans and sits atop a thick 2.7-slot heatsink. As with the fans on the ROG Strix card, these fans can drop down into a 0dB mode at idle for silent operation. A cooling cutout in the full-length aluminum backplate helps heat flow into your case’s natural airflow path. For a dash of style, there’s an Aura RGB LED accent atop the card that you can sync with the rest of your Aura Sync devices. 

Like the original TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 card, the new higher-memory variant is built inside and out for reliable performance. Auto-Extreme assembly technology, used for both TUF Gaming and ROG Strix cards, precisely places and solders components to boost reliability and build quality—all without human intervention. We selected extra-sturdy capacitors in the power-delivery subsystem for their long life spans under grueling conditions, and our 144-hour testing regime at the factory ensures that each card is ready to perform. 

For more information about the pricing and availability of the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 12GB and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 12GB, please contact your local ROG representative.