The ROG Strix LC GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, and the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GPUs come in both Standard and OC flavors, and features some of the fastest graphics chips produced by Nvidia. Both the cards packs 10,752 CUDA Cores, 78 RT-TFLOPs, 40 Shader-TFLOPs, 320 Tensor-TFLOPs, and 24GB GDDR6X memory that can provide a staggering 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth.
The biggest difference between ROG Strix LC and TUF Gaming 3090 Ti cards are the cooling solution. The ROG Strix LC comes with a closed-loop liquid cooling system, with a custom-designed cold plate that extends over the GPU die and the onboard memory to keep things nice and chilly. It also features a 240 mm radiator that is cooled by a pair of 120 mm ARGB fans, and comes tagged with a blower-style fan and a low-profile heatsink under the shroud to expel heat produced by the power delivery components.
ROG Strix LC GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
The ROG Strix LC cards are also equipped with some nifty features that should make installing them a relatively pain-free experience. If you are someone who routinely forgets to connect their graphics card after slotting them in and then have a panic attack as to why your thousand dollar hardware isn’t working, Asus has thankfully installed a static LED light that gives you a heads-up if you have failed to connect it properly (or at all), or are providing the card with insufficient wattage.
Then there is the Two FanConnect II headers that allow you to connect case fans to the GPU for additional cooling under load, a dual-mode BIOS that offers a choice between highest cooling performance and clock speed, or quieter operation with a small hit in performance. Of course, both the editions of the ROG Strix LC are adorned with RGB LEDs that can be customised with Aura Sync.
TUF Gaming RTX 3090 Ti
The TUF Gaming RTX 3090 Ti on the other hand is air-cooled but is no slouch, as per Asus. An angular, matte black metallic shroud covers a massive 3.2-slot heatsink that is designed to keep the GPU, VRAM, and power circuitry from getting too warm.
This along with a dedicated memory heatsink for the onboard GDDR6X VRAM, and a large-cut out ahead of the PCB that provides another route for hot air to expel, should keep the graphics card sweating too much under heat.
The TUF cards are also cooled by a trio of Axial-tech fans which has seen a width increase to 1.5 cm to increase static pressure, and all three fans have received a half-width barrier ring to help it blow air where it is indeed. Of course, this being a TUF product, Asus is ensuring military-grade capacitors and 144-hour testing regime for out-of-the-box reliability and long service life.
The Asus ROG LC GeForce RTX 3090 Ti OC and Standard Editions are nearly identical but for some differences in their clock speeds. The OC Edition will come with the OC Mode Boost clock speed set to 1980 Mhz and the Gaming Mode Boost clock set to 1950 Mhz, as compared to the Standard Edition’s 1890 Mhz and 1860 Mhz, respectively.
The case is similar for the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Ti OC and Standard Editions. The OC Edition features the OC Mode Boost clock speed at 1950 Mhz and Gaming Mode Boost clock at 1920 Mhz, while the Standard Edition is set to 1890 Mhz and 1860 Mhz, respectively. All four cards are now available in the region.