5 Best Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards (2020)

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Performance Winner
EVGA 11G-P4-2487-KR GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ftw3 Ultra, Overclocked, 2.75 Slot Extreme Cool Triple + iCX2, 65C Gaming, RGB, Metal Backplate, 11GB GDDR6
Best Price-Performance Ratio
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC 11GB Graphic Cards GV-N208TGAMING OC-11GC
MSI G208TVGP11 Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDRR6 352-bit HDMI/DP Ray Tracing Turing Architecture Graphics Card (RTX 2080 Ti Ventus GP)
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP MAXX 11GB GDDR6 Graphics Card, ZT-T20810H-10P
Asus ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080TI Overclocked 11G GDDR6 HDMI DP 1.4 USB Type-C Gaming Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RTX-2080TI-O11G)
Model
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ftw3 Ultra OC
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC
MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP
Asus ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080TI OC
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent July 2020
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
EVGA
EVGA
MSI
Zotac
Asus
Performance
Video Memory
11GB GDDR6
11GB GDDR6
11GB GDDR6
11GB GDDR6
11GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base 1350 MHz / Boost: 1575 MHz
Base: 1350 MHz / Boost: 1620 MHz
Base: 1350 MHz / Boost: 1635 MHz
Base: 1350 MHz / Boost: 1650 MHz
Base: 1350 MHz / Boost: 1650 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
3 fans
2 fans
3 fans
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Best benchmark with amazing performance
  • Zero Fan Mode
  • Good cooling
  • Slim 2 slot design
  • Good value for money
  • High watt limit for overclocker
  • Very short construction
  • Strong benchmark result
  • Large baseplate for cooling
  • One of the strongest 2080 Ti
  • Impressive design
  • High standard GPU boost
  • Extremely efficient cooling
  • Good benchmark values
  • Zero Fan Mode
Cons
  • High power consumption for multi-monitor setup
  • Not the best cooling
  • No zero-fan mode
  • Low performance increase due to overclocking
  • One of the louder cards
Recommended by us?
Performance Winner
EVGA 11G-P4-2487-KR GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ftw3 Ultra, Overclocked, 2.75 Slot Extreme Cool Triple + iCX2, 65C Gaming, RGB, Metal Backplate, 11GB GDDR6
Model
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ftw3 Ultra OC
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent July 2020
Manufacturer
EVGA
Performance
Video Memory
11GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base 1350 MHz / Boost: 1575 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Best benchmark with amazing performance
  • Zero Fan Mode
  • Good cooling
Cons
  • High power consumption for multi-monitor setup
Recommended by us?
Best Price-Performance Ratio
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC 11GB Graphic Cards GV-N208TGAMING OC-11GC
Model
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
EVGA
Performance
Video Memory
11GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1350 MHz / Boost: 1620 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Slim 2 slot design
  • Good value for money
  • High watt limit for overclocker
Cons
  • Not the best cooling
Recommended by us?
MSI G208TVGP11 Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDRR6 352-bit HDMI/DP Ray Tracing Turing Architecture Graphics Card (RTX 2080 Ti Ventus GP)
Model
MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
MSI
Performance
Video Memory
11GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1350 MHz / Boost: 1635 MHz
Ventilation
2 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Very short construction
  • Strong benchmark result
  • Large baseplate for cooling
Cons
  • No zero-fan mode
Recommended by us?
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP MAXX 11GB GDDR6 Graphics Card, ZT-T20810H-10P
Model
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Zotac
Performance
Video Memory
11GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1350 MHz / Boost: 1650 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • One of the strongest 2080 Ti
  • Impressive design
  • High standard GPU boost
Cons
  • Low performance increase due to overclocking
Recommended by us?
Asus ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080TI Overclocked 11G GDDR6 HDMI DP 1.4 USB Type-C Gaming Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RTX-2080TI-O11G)
Model
Asus ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080TI OC
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Asus
Performance
Video Memory
11GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1350 MHz / Boost: 1650 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Extremely efficient cooling
  • Good benchmark values
  • Zero Fan Mode
Cons
  • One of the louder cards
Recommended by us?

5 Best Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards

The RTX 2080 (Super) and RTX 2080 Ti are currently the strongest gaming graphics cards on the market, but one thing is clear:

There are simply too many different models out there. Do you really know which ones are good for what? Because you don’t want to spend your money on crap, do you?

If you’re looking for the best RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti among the incredibly wide range of partner cards, you’ve come to the right place (we recently added three recommendations for the new RTX 2080 Super).

We’ll show you the best models for each purpose and answer any questions you may have about nVidia’s high-end graphics card range in the purchase advice section.

In addition, you’ll find all the important key data of the cards (temperature, volume, benchmarks).

Let’s get started!

Test Results: 5 Best Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards

First of all we would like to present the selected RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards individually.

For this purpose, we have summarized several tests and comparisons for you.

Accordingly, you will find all important data, useful additional information and evaluations of the graphics cards here.

Ranking First: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ftw3 Ultra Gaming

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ftw3 Ultra Gaming

Pros

  • Best benchmark with amazing performance
  • Zero Fan Mode
  • Good cooling

Cons

  • High power consumption for multi-monitor setup

Best Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Aftermarket / Partner Card

The FTW3 Ultra Gaming not only has one of the highest boost clock rates among our 2080 Ti but also the one with the lowest power consumption.

However, this turns out excessively high if you use several monitors.

But who is shocked by this when you can show the clearly best benchmark?

Technical specifications:

  • Ventilation: 2 fans
  • GPU clock: 1350 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1575 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • Dimensions: 11.2×29.2 cm; 2.5 slots
  • Memory: 11 GB
  • Power consumption: 250 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 650 W

Cooling & Features

The three built-in fans are supposed to be an improvement, but this is only partially successful.

A positive aspect is the low heat development, which is inspiring, but the noise level is again rather sobering.

Even though there are clearly louder cards, the FTW3 Ultra Gaming unfortunately doesn’t manage to score here.

At least it has a fan stop under low load.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ftw3 Ultra Gaming

The fans are also the focus of the design.

They are highlighted by RGB LEDs, but this looks a bit unlovely and the transparent cover around the fans also looks rather unadorned.

Moreover, the iCX2 technology is still hidden inside the card.

It is supposed to ensure precise cooling of the system via the nine built-in heat sensors and also provides an overview of your power consumption.

According to our test, the card reaches the following values:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 64° C
  • Volume: Idle 0 dBA, under load 38 dBA
  • Overclocking: techpowerup has upclocked the card to 2010 Mhz, performance increase of 9% in benchmarks
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 14055

Second: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC

Pros

  • Slim 2 slot design
  • Good value for money
  • High watt limit for overclocker

Cons

  • Not the best cooling

Second Best Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Aftermarket / Partner Card

Those who need a slim design should take a look at the 2080 Ti Windforce OC from Gigabyte.

Although it is by no means one of the small versions with a length of 12.3 inches, it only occupies two slots.

Interesting fact: The Windforce OC offers a fairly high performance limit of 366W, which makes it well suited for overclocking.

Technical specifications:

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1350 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1620 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • dimensions: 11,6×28 cm; 2 slots
  • Memory: 11 GB
  • Power consumption: 250 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 650 W

Cooling and features

The graphics card is cooled by three fans.

These automatically switch off at low load and thus ensure silent use.

The “alternate spinning” used seems extremely sensible at first glance.

The two outer fans rotate in the same direction, while the center fan rotates in the opposite direction.

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC

The targeted effect of transporting the air out of the graphics card with less turbulence can’t be confirmed by the temperature values.

Nevertheless, 74°C are still to be noted under load, but the noise development seems to be within limits.

The RGB lighting of the otherwise nicely designed fairing can only set itself in scene to a limited extent.

In the end, only the manufacturer’s logo is illuminated nicely.

Other cards have more to offer here.

All in all you get a lot of performance for fair money compared to other RTX 2080 Ti cards.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 74° C
  • Volume: N/A
  • Overclocking: n.a.
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 13480

Third: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ventus

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ventus

Pros

  • Very short construction
  • Strong benchmark result
  • Large baseplate for cooling

Cons

  • No zero-fan mode

Third Best Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Aftermarket / Partner Card

The MSI RTX 2080 Ti Ventus OC stands out in the circle of the Ti versions because of its two fans and is the shortest Ti card in the comparison with just 10.5 inches length.

Technical specifications:

  • Ventilation: 2 fans
  • GPU clock: 1350 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1635 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • Dimensions: 11.2×26.8 cm; 2.5 slots
  • Memory: 11 GB
  • Power consumption: 260 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 650 W

Cooling & Features

One thing first, we couldn’t find a detailed benchmark test of the 2080 Ti Ventus OC.

Therefore, the question about the exact volume remains unanswered.

The two fans reportedly perform their service relatively quietly even at full speed.

However, it remains questionable why the card is built so short so that only two fans find room, but it still needs 2.5 slots.

Thus, we can only partially recommend it for smaller cases.

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ventus

Regarding the fans, it should be noted that there is apparently no zero-fan mode.

The fans operate silently under low load, but don’t come to a complete stop.

The built-in heatpipes are especially noticeable because they are square.

Their shape and the enormously large baseplate are supposed to additionally support the heat dissipation.

The design is appealing, but gets by without the almost usual LED gimmicks.

It’s all the more pleasant that the card is not stingy in the benchmark and is one of the best Ti versions (at a fair price!).

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 72° C
  • Volume: N/A
  • Overclocking: n.a.
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 13201

Fourth: ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme

Pros

  • One of the strongest 2080 Ti
  • Impressive design
  • High standard GPU boost

Cons

  • Low performance increase due to overclocking

Fourth Best Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Aftermarket / Partner Card

With a length of over 12.8 inches, the Zotac RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme is one of the absolute heavyweights.

The same applies to clock speed, benchmark results and price.

Technical specifications:

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1350 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1815 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • Dimensions: 13.6×32.4 cm; 2.5 slots
  • Memory: 11 GB
  • Power consumption: 300 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 700 W

Cooling & Features

The card is cooled by three 90 mm fans.

They fit perfectly into the GPU’s design, but the rates rather speak for a relatively moderate cooling performance.

Merely Gigabytes 2080 Ti Windforce OC gets even warmer.

Moreover, the already quite loud fans are perceived as annoying because they always start to turn up again in a probably too large temperature range.

This gives the “Freeze Fan Stop”, which stops the fans at low load, a bitter aftertaste.

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme

Obviously, the existing Active Fan Control, which regulates your fans individually, doesn’t change that much.

However, performance and looks are convincing.

The LEDs are fantastically integrated into the card and the design also looks very harmonious.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 75° C
  • Volume: Idle 29 dbA, under load 43 dbA
  • Overclocking: Guru3D has pushed the card up to 1965 Mhz, performance increase of 4% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 13223

Fifth: Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC

Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC

Pros

  • Extremely efficient cooling
  • Good benchmark values
  • Zero Fan Mode

Cons

  • One of the louder cards

Fifth Best Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Aftermarket / Partner Card

Chic design, good performance and always freezing cold?

What sounds like a deodorant advertisement also applies to the Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC.

Aptly, as the Asus card is the “coolest” in our comparison.

Technical specifications:

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1350 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1650 MHz
  • I/O: 2xDP; 2xHDMI
  • Dimensions: 13×30.4 cm; 2.7 slots
  • Memory: 11 GB
  • Power consumption: 250 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 650 W

Cooling & Features

The three fans used do an excellent job of cooling.

None of the other RTX 2080 Ti cards in our comparison succeeds in dissipating heat so efficiently and reaching a value below 60°C.

The fans are a bit louder in comparison, but that also depends on the mode used.

You can choose between a silent mode and a performance mode.

But there’s no reason to worry in low load, as the fans are only activated above 55°C.

The black design is supported by RGB LEDs, which blend in discreetly.

Cool: The logo is also illuminated on the backplate.

Various modes can be selected, for example, adapting the color to the GPU temperature.

Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC

Compared to the high price and the successful design, the multi-coloured and only partially covered cable at the front end of the card looks extremely unattractive.

Fortunately, it’s not impossible to remedy this yourself.

If you are looking for performance, you will also get your money’s worth here.

The RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC positions itself at the top of the benchmarks.

A free license for the streaming program “XSplit” is also included.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 59° C (72° in silent mode)
  • Volume: Idle 0 dBA, under load 43 dBA (0/39 dBA in Silent Mode)
  • Overclocking: Kitguru achieved a good 2500 points more in the test in the 3D Mark Firestrike, as well as 3-5 FPS in 4K gaming
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 13477

Design & Heat sink

We have a partner card from Asus for this test.

The Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC is considerably longer than the Founders Edition with a length of 303 mm, which comes to 267 mm.

Asus relies on two 8-pin connectors for the power supply, whereas the reference model from Nvidia relies on one 8-pin and one 6-pin connector each.

Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC

Asus also goes other ways with the connections: Instead of three DisplayPort connections, there are only two.

In return, Asus’ model can show two HDMI 2.0b connections; Nvidia’s solution only has one HDMI connection.

Both have a USB type C port in common, which can be used for next generation virtual reality glasses, among other things.

The chip clock of the Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti is 1.350 MHz and 1.650 MHz in boost mode.

The boost clock climbs a bit higher to 1.665 MHz in enabled OC mode.

The reference design has the same base clock, but reaches a slightly lower 1.635 MHz per boost.

The Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC is optically oriented to the Strix models of the GTX 1000 series.

However, the Ti model’s heatsink has grown from 2.5 slots to 2.7 slots in comparison to the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC.

Asus wants to have increased the graphics card’s cooling surface by 20 percent with this step.

Asus once again relies on three fans so that cool air can cool down the heatsink.

The 0dB technology ensures that the fans only switch on from a core temperature of 55°C.

A new feature is the dual BIOS with which it is possible to switch between a performance mode and a quiet mode.

The silent mode is intended to provide the same power target and top-end settings as the power mode.

However, the fan curve is slightly adjusted to allow quieter operation.

The fans always rotate a bit faster in performance mode and can only be animated to stop under low load with GPU Tweak II software.

The Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC has small strip-shaped recesses above and below the fans in which the RGB LEDs of the Aura Sync lighting are embedded.

The ROG logo is also illuminated on the back.

New is a button on the back, which can be used to switch off the lighting.

Once installed, however, the software should be the simpler solution to deactivate the lighting.

Power & Temperature

Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC

In order to determine the performance of the graphics card in games with Vulcan interface, we tested the RTX 2080 Ti with Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.

The majority of the games are still programmed with DirectX 11, here we chose Middle Earth: Shadows of War and GTA 5.

We determined the performance under DirectX 12 with Battlefield 1.

Battlefield 5 was used to determine the raytracing performance.

All games were tested in the common 16:9 resolutions Full HD, Wide Quad HD and Ultra HD with maximum detail level.

All tests were performed by us in the performance mode of the card.

Unigine Superposition, 3DMark FireStrike and Timespy were used for the synthetic benchmarks.

We continue to rely on our experience in terms of volume and judge it purely subjectively.

We determine the temperature with the GPU-Z program.

The Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC can distinguish itself from the GTX 1080 Ti, especially in high resolutions.

In Battlefield 1 it is almost 28 fps faster in UHD resolution with 95 fps and can even distinguish itself in WQHD with 39 fps.

In Full HD, the advantage is the smallest at 23 fps, which was to be expected with a graphics card in this performance class.

In Middle Earth: Shadow of War a similar picture emerges.

The result is similar in GTA V, but the CPU in Full HD seems to limit the performance.

Here, the RTX 2080 Ti and GTX 1080 Ti are almost the same on and reach 108.5 fps and 106 fps respectively.

Nvidia’s new flagship also sets itself clearly ahead of its predecessor in the synthetic benchmarks.

Update with raytracing benchmarks

Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC

At the time of the test’s release, there were no games available to perform raytracing benchmarks, so the focus was on classic game benchmarks.

In the meantime, the developers of the 3DMark benchmark have released a synthetic raytracing benchmark with Port Royal.

With Battlefield 5 there is also a game where the technology can be switched on demand.

Therefore, we gave the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti again, but we had to fall back on a KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OC, since the Asus graphic card had to be sent back after our test and Asus didn’t have any test samples available anymore.

However, since both graphic cards only differ in terms of clock rates, the KFA2 model can certainly allow an assessment of the Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC’s performance.

We have given Battlefield 5 with all GeForce RTX graphic cards in Full HD and WQHD resolutions.

Every resolution was tested without raytracing, with low raytracing settings as well as the ultra settings.

The remaining graphics settings were set to Ultra.

In this article you will find a more detailed raytracing comparison.

Without raytracing, the RTX 2080 Ti achieves 111 fps in WQHD, which is a solid value and suitable for competitive gaming.

With low raytracing effects, the average fps drops to 84 fps, but the game already looks a bit better.

The ultra settings push the frame rate down to 66 fps, but also provide for a significantly enhanced look.

We assume that Dice and Nvidia will further optimize the effects in order to achieve higher frame rates with activated raytracing effects.

As expected, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti takes the lead in the Port Royal benchmark and comes in at a value of points

Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC

The Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC draws 57 watts from the adapter in idle. It’s 340 watts under full load, which is a quite acceptable value in view of the performance.

The temperature rates are also impressive.

If the graphic card isn’t required, it heats up to 30°C in performance mode.

If it is properly demanded, the graphic chip heats up to 62°C.

The fans are pleasantly quiet and not obtrusive even when the graphics card is under heavy load.

Verdict: Fifth Best Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Aftermarket / Partner Card

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti offers a significant performance leap in comparison to the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in the form of the Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC we tested.

As expected, it is much too strong for games in Full HD and is usually underchallenged.

In WQHD or Ultra HD it lets its muscles flex and allows smooth gaming without compromise.

The custom model tested by us remains pleasantly quiet and heats up to a maximum of 62°C.

There’s also nothing to complain about in terms of power consumption with 57 watts in idle and 340 watts under full load.

Meanwhile, we could measure the card’s raytracing performance, although the results are only conditionally meaningful, as only one game and a synthetic benchmark were available with Battlefield 5 and Port Royal.

At least they allow an approximate estimate of the performance of RTX graphics cards with raytracing effects enabled.

As expected, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the most powerful model and is the only RTX graphics card that can display Battlefield V in WQHD resolution with more than 60 fps.

Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC

However, values below 100 fps are only conditionally suitable for a competitive multiplayer title, which is why the performance should be increased even more by optimizations in the future.

In single player scenarios like Shadow of the Tomb Raider the technology might make more sense, but the number of announced raytracing games is still manageable.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is currently the most powerful graphics card for gamers and is clearly superior to its predecessor.

However, the high performance in combination with the support of new technologies like DLSS and raytracing has a high price.

The custom model we tested, the ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti, costs 1,349 Dollar.

About the RTX 2080 Ti

It took Nvidia ten years to finalize the real-time ray tracing technology built into the new Geforce RTX cards.

But we testers only got five days to test the next generation of graphics hardware.

Of course we will add new insights and data to this test as soon as possible.

But we can already show you today how strong the new cards are compared to their predecessors and give you an idea of what the Turing architecture is capable of in terms of brand new features.

But it remains a hunch for now – Turing may have real-time ray tracing and a potentially groundbreaking and performance-enhancing image reconstruction technology, but there is no game on the market that can use it right now.

In any case, I can already tell you about my impressions of the hardware.

We’re testing the cards in the Founder’s Edition, whose fan solution for the first time moves away from its traditional, waste heat blowing design of the manufacturer and uses a cooling system in the style of many third party manufacturers.

Dual axial fans blow air into the case instead of out of the back.

The fans themselves are obviously quieter than in previous Nvidia cards.

I haven’t been able to look at the temperature data in detail yet, but at the peak, the RTX 2080 Ti’s temperature seems to be around 78 degrees Celsius.

None of the products ever reached the 83 degrees, where thermal throttling usually kicks in.

The 2080 and 2080 Ti feel heavy and valuable – their chassis are almost identical, the only visible difference being the eight-plus-eight PCIe power configuration of the Ti compared to the eight-plus-six solution of the standard 2080.

The video outputs are an evolution of what we saw on the GTX 1080 Ti.

Dual-Link DVI is once again missing, but HDMI 2.0 is still represented, while USB-C with VirtualLink is represented in addition to the three DisplayPort outputs – a new protocol that is intended to thin out the cable jungle of VR headsets and reduce it to a user-friendly strip.

Paying more money for the Founder’s Editions was never particularly uplifting, but at least the manufacturing quality justifies the price difference this time and Nvidia delivers right from the factory with reasonable overclocking.

On chip level, Turing represents a considerable risk for Nvidia.

Real-time ray tracing and Deep Learning Tensor cores enlarge the processor significantly, which is reflected in much higher manufacturing costs.

The TU102 of the RTX 2080 Ti is 60 percent larger than its predecessor, while the TU104 of the RTX 2080 is 74 percent larger in terms of floor space.

If one considers then still the ultramodern GDDR6 memory, not to mention the lack of competition in the market segment – and the high prices for the final consumer are easily comprehensible.

The RTX 2080 costs more than the 1080 Ti and has less memory, while the RTX 2080 Ti goes even into titanium price regions.

So while many dealers are going into sellout mode of the old models, price-reduced GTX 1080 Ti might tempt many gamers.

For the start of the Turing graphics cards there are three models, of which the two top models are the first.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is for the time being the fastest graphics card for gamers from Nvidia, which is reflected in the high price of 1,259 Dollar for the Founders Edition (FE).

For comparison: The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was offered at the market launch for a recommended retail price of 819 euro. For the GeForce RTX 2080 FE, 849 euro are due and the GeForce RTX 2070 FE will cost 639 euro.

The RTX 2080 Ti is based on the TU102 graphics chip of the Turing generation, which is manufactured in a 12-nanometer process.

In comparison to the GP102 of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Nvidia has given the chip significantly more shader and texture units.

The GP102 comes up with 4,352 shader units and 272 texture units, while the GP102 “only” has 3,584 and 224 units respectively.

The Turing chip is divided into three areas, two of which are intended for raytracing and deep learning calculations.

The new graphics chip is also equipped for the first time with computing units for ray tracing and deep learning calculations.

There are 68 cores available for ray tracing scenarios and deep learning applications benefit from 544 tensor cores.

We have summarized the most important facts about the RTX 2080 Ti for you:

  • it uses the TU102 graphics chip based on the Turing architecture
  • the chip has a surface of 754 mm² with 18.6 billion transistors
  • 5,352 shader and 272 texture units are available
  • it has special computing cores for raytracing and deep learning
  • the GPU is equipped with the new GDDR6 video memory
  • the RTX 2080 Ti is Nvidia’s most expensive gaming graphics card with a price of 1.259 Dollar

In addition to the special computing cores for ray tracing and deep learning, the GDDR6 video memory is one of the innovations of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

Eleven gigabytes of this are built in, which is the same as on the GTX 1080 Ti, but it is only equipped with GDDR5X memory.

The new memory effectively clocks at up to 14 GHz (11 GHz for the 1080 Ti), increasing memory bandwidth from 484 GB/s to 616 GB/s while maintaining the 352-bit memory interface.

More realistic graphics with ray tracing

Raytracing is a technology that is designed to provide more realistic rendering of light and shadow.

In addition, raytracing makes reflections more lifelike, as not only objects in the player’s field of vision are reflected, but also those that are not directly visible to the player.

An exemplary scene from the Battlefield V demo shows how airplane bombers are reflected in the hood of a car even though the player has no view of the sky.

Up to now, game developers have used the rasterization method, which requires a lot of trickery to achieve halfway realistic reflections.

The RTX graphics cards are the first graphics cards for the gaming sector that are supposed to render this technology sufficiently fluid.

At the time of testing there was no game supporting the technology.

In the meantime a few months have passed and Battlefield V has been enriched with a patch with raytracing effects. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also shown with raytracing effects for demonstration purposes, but there is still no trace of a suitable patch (as of January 2019).

Deep Learning Super Sampling

The Tensor cores of Turing graphics cards enable a new type of image optimization, the so-called Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS).

For this purpose, a neural network with high-resolution and almost perfectly smoothed images is trained on supercomputers.

The Tensor cores apply this type of subsequent edge smoothing to the game in question, which is intended to look much better than previous edge smoothing methods and at the same time cost less performance.

However, the games must support the technology, it can’t be used in every game.

Games with DLSS support include Final Fantasy 15, PUBG and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Nvidia Scanner: Overclocking for everyone

Nvidia has done without overclocking in its Founders Edition models – so far.

The chip manufacturer introduces the Nvidia scanner with the Turing generation.

This determines the highest clock frequency in about 20 minutes, at which stable operation with a moderate temperature increase should be possible.

If you wanted to overclock your graphics card up to now, you had to perform the procedure yourself and slowly approach the graphics card’s limit.

Alternatively, there was the possibility to buy a custom model from one of the Nvidia partners, who often offer factory overclocking.

The function should find its way into more and more tools of the partners and should also work with GeForce GTX 1000 generation at a later date.


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