• GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Clockspeed: 1,860MHz (gaming mode), 1,890 MHz (OC mode)
  • Ports: 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
  • Slot Size: Dual-Slot
  • Other: 256-bit interface, 2,944 CUDA cores
  • Dimensions: 300 x 130 x 54 mm
  • Pros:
  • 4K near 60fps
  • Built-in headers
  • Cons:
  • Price

Stable 4K Gaming No Longer A Pipe Dream

It was believed that Nvidia wouldn’t have released a new generation of GPU this year but it did. Now, partner cards have launched and we got our hands on a shiny new ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080.

The Strix GeForce RTX 2080 comes in an all-black body, with a 3-fan setup over a thick aluminium heatsink. Other physical features include the RGB lighting accentuating the cooler shroud, as well as a backplate (with RGB-lit ROG logo) to support the GPU’s weight. Besides the large cooler, this GPU comes with two HDMI ports, two DisplayPorts, and a USB Type-C port for VR headsets. The Type-C port could also be useful if you intend to use it with an external GPU enclosure.

Extra connectors on the GPU's PCB itself for chassis fans and a RGB LED strip

Extra connectors on the GPU’s PCB itself for chassis fans and a RGB LED strip

It also has a 4-pin header for an RGB LED strip on the end of the card, very handy if you want to synchronise an RGB LED to the GPU. Similarly, there are two additional 4-pin headers for chassis fans equipped here. You can use those to sync your case fans to the temperature of the GPU, as the GPU is the biggest heat producer in cases most of the time.

For the purpose of benchmarking this card, we ran it on an Intel Z390 board with an Intel Core i7-8700K at base clocks, along with 16GB DDR4 RAM without XMP on (check benchmark scores above). Overclocking everything later, we easily got an increase of about 15-20% in benchmark scores.

Turn the lights off if you happen to dislike them

Turn the lights off if you happen to dislike them

In game benchmarks, we got high framerates across titles like Battlefield 1, The Witcher 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. At 1080p, all these titles actually go above 100 fps (Very High quality), while 1440p usually see speeds of around 90+ fps and 50+ fps for 4K. It’s still not quite that magic 60 fps stable at that resolution, but it’s likely to be possible with higher overclocks and when drivers become more optimised in the future.

The card is pre-overclocked to 1,860 MHz and can climb to 1,890 MHz in OC mode. However, our experience with the card is that the OC mode will just crash without overclocking the other components to match, or raising the manually adjusting the GPU’s voltage. Of course, this increases the power draw, which could potentially go up to a maximum of 225 Watts. Thus, it’s a good idea to at have a 600W PSU if you plan to buy this card. Temperatures are fair overall, ranging from 30 degrees Celsius at idle to 60 degrees on 100% utilisation.

CHIP CONCLUDE: It may be pricey but it’s a very powerful graphics card worth investing in, as further optimisation can potentially help it achieve that magical 60fps on 4K resolution.

(to be published in issue November 2018)