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Galax GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SG Review: Quadruple Fan Cooling

High performance, if you can get it.

Galax GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SG
(Image: © Tom's Hardware)

Finding any GeForce RTX 3080 Ti card in stock, at least in the U.S., continues to be an exercise in futility — unless you want to pay eBay prices, in which case you can find RTX 3080 Ti cards for around $1,800. Yeah, thanks but no thanks. At present, there's only one Galax card listed on eBay, and it ships from overseas for $2,200, which we hopefully don't need to point out is an even worse deal. You can try to find a card for sale on the Galax Store, but right now the RTX 3080 Ti doesn't even show up as an option there. U.K. readers might have better luck, though, as there are currently three Palit / KFA2 RTX 3080 Ti cards in stock at Scan — at higher-than-MSRP prices, naturally.

If you're in the market for an RTX 3080 Ti, can find the Galax card in stock, and are willing to pay the high asking price, the Galax card works quite well and might even be able to justify its MSRP of $1,500. That's a lot of qualifiers, and at that price we'd be more inclined to shop around for an RTX 3090 — or, you know, just give the whole Ampere family a pass and wait for Lovelace, and pray that pricing and availability will be better by then.

Galax GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SG

(Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

As we said in the Zotac RTX 3080 Ti review, it's unfortunately still difficult to find any of the top graphics cards in stock, even at inflated prices. It's not clear whether the cards are still going into the hands of miners (unlikely, given the hash rate limiter), or if there simply aren't enough to meet demand. It's probably the latter, and given the widespread reports of continuing shortages — even Intel now says it expects to not be able to manufacture as many chips as it would like this quarter — that's not likely to change until 2022.

For PC gamers, it's been a terrible year for graphics card upgrades. Console gamers aren't doing that hot either, with PS5 and Xbox Series X still routinely out of stock and overpriced, but at least Sony says it has now sold over 10 million PlayStation 5 consoles, and Microsoft says the latest Xbox is its fastest selling console ever — which means maybe 5.6 million Xbox Series S or X consoles sold since launch. We don't know for sure how many RTX 30-series cards have been sold, but it's almost certainly far less than 10 million, across all models.

The one thing Galax appears to get right with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SG is memory cooling. We haven't tested that many other 3080 Ti cards, but the Galax card kept the GDDR6X memory running at less than 100C, regardless of what we threw at it. That might not sound like much, but it's better than 110C while mining on the Founders Edition. Meanwhile, we recommend gamers continue to wait for GPU prices to drop and inventory to improve. What goes up must come down, eventually.

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Jarred Walton

Jarred Walton's (Senior Editor) love of computers dates back to the dark ages, when his dad brought home a DOS 2.3 PC and he left his C-64 behind. He eventually built his first custom PC in 1990 with a 286 12MHz, only to discover it was already woefully outdated when Wing Commander released a few months later. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.

  • Udyr
    The New Galax GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SG*
    *Some assembly required
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  • thisisaname
    What goes up must come down, eventually.

    Maybe when intel produces a competitive graphics card or when hell freezes over.
    Reply
  • coromonadalix
    Ugly as h .... I dont see any advantages, take lots of space for almost nothing ?? will it crash with lots of fps ??
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  • Why_Me
    Will Tom's ever get a drop down menu for their reviews or will they remain 15 years behind the times.
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  • Historical Fidelity
    Hey great article but the only thing I was looking for was the one thing that is different with this card compared to other 3080 tis and that is cooling performance with and without the 4th fan. Is it a gimmick or does it actually help?
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  • Yuka
    Historical Fidelity said:
    Hey great article but the only thing I was looking for was the one thing that is different with this card compared to other 3080 tis and that is cooling performance with and without the 4th fan. Is it a gimmick or does it actually help?
    It actually helps (or should), but the fan alone is not enough; it needs a heatsink as well. It's a famous mod, for 3090s especially, since they get REALLY hot. I have a friend with a 3080 and he modded it for the back heatsink and fan.

    Regards.
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  • JarredWaltonGPU
    Yuka said:
    It actually helps (or should), but the fan alone is not enough; it needs a heatsink as well. It's a famous mod, for 3090s especially, since they get REALLY hot. I have a friend with a 3080 and he modded it for the back heatsink and fan.

    Regards.
    It's why I specifically noted the GDDR6X temps were 14C below the Founders Edition under load, and 6C below the Zotac card. I don't know that it's from the 4th fan necessarily, but the cooler definitely makes better contact with the VRAM.
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  • pedi9004
    Admin said:
    High performance, if you can get it.

    Galax GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SG Review: Quadruple Fan Cooling : Read more

    Th for the review. its look like a solid card with very good thermal performance. also very nice rgb lightning. is overall build quality(chokes, capacitors and ...) also good in galax?
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