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ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3090 Ti evaluate


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After numerous delays and rumors, the RTX 3090 Ti did finally release. We in particular look at ASUS’ ROG Strix RTX 3090 Ti LC OC. A year and six months after the initial flagship launched, the new one brings with it the full potential of the GA102 chip.  The 350 variant of the GPU comes with a 2% increase in its composition, giving it the likely throne for best graphics card.

Along with changes to the memory clock, overall clock rate, and TDP the card does improve upon all of these. Even if increasing energy consumption may not be a benefit but a necessity to keep it running. However, another key difference is the power connectors used for the 3090 Ti. They have been upgraded to the new PCIe Gen 5 spec. Which can provide the required 450W in one cable.

Coming out so late in the lifespan of the current generation it has been seen as a trial for the upcoming cards. With recent reports of it having the same pinout as for the 4090 as well as the power new power connectors. With all that we see how it currently does.

Asus GeForce RTX 3090 Ti ROG Strix LC OC

Core Clock Speed

1560 MHz base, 1950 MHz boost

Dimensions

Card: 293 x 133 x 52mm, Rad: 272 x 121 x 54mm

Packaging and build

The full name of the model is quite the mouthful being the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3090 Ti LC OC. But it does give a good indication of what we have. Along with the Strix OC being the top of the class with the highest overclock it is also liquid-cooled (LC). Which creates quite the bulk package when all boxed into one. Hence why the graphics card comes in such a massive box.

With one of the largest stock coolers for its great TDP, the 3090 Ti comes with a three-slot cooler. Other AIBs even spanning to three and a half. So choosing liquid cooling gives way more space for other PCIe cards, or moving the heat somewhere else. So to keep that all in place in the box you get a bunk bed for your GPU. The card itself nestled on top of the cooler with thick foam to protect them both.

Along with the large GPU, you find all the leaflets for your card as well as its trading card. Which does get six stars if you wondered where it falls on the ROG scale. But also you find the important adapter at the bottom for the new 16-pin power connector. Although this one is only 12 pins as the 4 data pins are not present and not required. So it can only provide 450W until new power supplies with the full 16 pin spec release. As for now, the octopus connector will give the power but not the communication required for the next generation of cards.