i don't believe Gigabyte uses good components as Asus.
Depends on the card. The ASUS TUF cards last I checked have pretty terrible memory thermal pads stock. ASUS isn't infallible, they've got a lot of good cards but they've also got a lot of really bad cards. Gigabyte 3090s aren't great though and I'd prefer to go with something else.
7 minutes ago, RedhaRay said:
3090 Ti is selling for +2000 here, the prices on this model hasn't dropped here yet.
2 days ago I saw one for sale for $1550 US after a promo code, so I might wait a few days and see if one goes on sale. The 3090 Ti is a much better designed card than the 3090 since it only has single sided memory and doesn't have a super weird VRM design.
9 minutes ago, RedhaRay said:
some cards do better than other, on benchmarks some hit 70 other online in 60s and some go up to 80, i believe they are not talking about the memory temperature.
I've seen some 30 series cards run in the 70s, but I've yet to see one with core temps in the 80s. My XC3 3080 is definitely one of the lower end coolers for a 3080 (there's only really the blower cards and the Gigabyte Gaming OC cards that are worse than it), but it still stayed at 72C in game before I water blocked it, and that was with it overclocked with the power sliders maxed out (roughly same power draw as a 3090 at stock), so I wouldn't expect it any of the cards at 80C. 70C is perfectly fine for one of these cards, memory temps are the thing that actually matter with each of these.
If you don't want to deal with super high memory temps, the 3080 would be the better option. The Strix is a really good 3080, but it's really expensive for what it is. Personally, if I were to get a 3080, I'd want to go for something much cheaper. The FTW is a solid card and the EVGA warranty is hard to mess with, though this will all depend on the pricing of all the cards.
The 3090 is a good card and if you want to re-pad the card, I'd go for that instead, but if you just wanna slot the card in your system and not deal with it the 3080 is likely the safer option.