GALAX GeForce RTX 3080 10GB SG Review

Published: 30th Nov 2020, 22:00 GMT   Comments

Overclocking

OVERCLOCKING
 BENCHMARK TOOL STABILITY TEST
MSI Afterburner, TechPowerUP GPU-ZTime Spy Extreme Stress Test

Overclocking tools and bundled software

GALAX overclocking software is called Xtreme Tuner Plus. This tool controls every aspect of the graphics card, including RGB lighting, fan speeds, built-in OC profiles, and manual overclocking. The tool has recently been updated with GeForce RTX 30 series support.

GALAX XTREME Tuner Plus Software

Overclocking settings

I have spent quite a bit of time overclocking this graphics card. After trying all possible options, including OC scanner, undervolting, and manual overclocking, we came up with a boost clock of 1800 MHz and a memory clock of 1269 MHz. Any further overclocking led to artifacts or unstable operation.

Overclocking: Games

There is not much of a difference in gaming benchmarks, for instance, Division 2 only sees 1 FPS gain when applying manual overclock. Meanwhile, we gain 4 FPS in Cyberpunk 2077 at 4K and maximum available settings.

Core Clock

The actual clock speed of the 1-Click settings is actually lower on average. With manual overclocking the card gains 70 MHz compared to the stock settings.

OVERCLOCKING RESULTS
BASEBOOSTTIME SPYMEMORY
Default :1440 MHz1710 MHz1885 MHz1188 MHz
1-Click OC :1455 MHz1725 MHz1878 MHz1188 MHz
Manual OC :1530 MHz1800 MHz1955 MHz1269 MHz

Fan Speed and Noise Level

Manual overclocking requires a much more aggressive fan profile. The graphics card is more audible than stock settings. The fans feature 0dB technology meaning that they won’t spin unless the temperature reaches 50C but they will stop once the GPU reaches 40C. In daily use, the graphics card will constantly go through a cycle of fan spinning every 10 minutes or so, which might be a bit annoying. It was actually quite rare to see this card not being cooled by the fans, especially when doing work on two monitors. Galax could really work on their fan profiles, it would certainly give a better everyday experience.

FAN SPEED vs NOISE LEVEL
noise 36 dB37 dB38 dB40 dB43 dB47 dB51 dB55 dB58 dB
Fan Speed25%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%
1410 RPM1410 RPM1450RPM1600 RPM1900 RPM2240 RPM2560 RPM2280 RPM3200 RPM

Temperature

The first graph clearly shows how the card performs when idle. Once the temperature rises to 50C, the fans kick-off and the process repeats itself. We have been using automatic fan profiles for all overclocking presets and it appears that the fans were able to keep the card from reaching 70C throughout our 15min stress testing.

  • Graphics card has been tested in open chassis (Thermaltake P3).
  • Ambient temperature: 26.5°C

IDLELOAD
33°CG
P
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67 °C
32°C37.4°CF
R
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N
T
35°C53°C
AVGMAXAVGMAX
35°C40°CB
A
C
K
48°C71°C
AVGMAXAVGMAX
34°C42°CS
I
D
E
44°C72°C
AVGMAXAVGMAX

Power Consumption

NVIDIA Founders Edition of the RTX 3080 has a much higher TDP limit of 370W. This severely limits overclocking on this graphic card.

POWER LIMITS
POWER LIMIT (W)MAX POWER LIMIT (W)
NVIDIA Reference320 W370 W
GALAX RTX 3080 SG (Stock)320 W340 W
GALAX RTX 3080 SG (1-Click)320 W340 W
GALAX RTX 3080 SG (Manual OC)340 W340 W

We measured power consumption with Afterburner, which is not the best tool for the job, but the idea here is to show you the difference between GPU profiles. Only with manual overclocking, we are able to surpass the average of 338W. The GPU sees spikes in power consumption, especially when using Furmark.

Review Contents
Page 1Intro
Page 2TEST Overclocking ● Stress testing
Page 3GAMES Assassin’s Creed Valhalla ● Battlefield V ● Cyberpunk 2077 ● Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 ● Far Cry New Dawn ● Hitman 2 ● Rainbow Six Siege ● Red Dead Redemption 2 ● Shadow of the Tomb Raider ● Watch Dogs Legion
Page 4CONCLUSION




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