Gigabyte RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Review

NVIDIA just launched their GeForce RTX 20 series and have introduced their RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. It comes at a specific time when the silicon-fabrication technology is not progressing similarly to how it was about four years ago, breaking the architecture roadmaps of some of the giant names like NVIDIA, which is urging them to create innovative and fresh architectures on current nodes.

The brute transistor count boosts are not considered as available options today, so NVIDIA needed to have a really notable feature to be able to sell fresh new GPUs. This feature we speak of is the RTX Technology, which is so huge for the brand that it was able to alter the classification of the client segment graphics cards. This is also with the launching of GeForce RTX 20 Series.

While the lineup of Gigabyte’s RTX 20 series graphics card is coming in fast, the series from AORUS has seen some short delay; yet today, we’re going to check out two extreme products namely the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Ti. On offer, these feature a factory overclock to the memory and GPU and triple fan coolers.

With the inclusion of the Ray Tracing and DLSS, the contemporary Turing architecture, plus a power-filled boot, the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are surely exciting. Today, we’re going to see what these cards have to offer us, and if these are products that you’d need for your PC build.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Review – What’s in the Box?

Gigabyte RTX 2080

The RTX 2080 comes in a glossy black packaging with a mechanical eye of a robot printed in front. At the corner, you will find a summary of the product’s key features. One side of the box has a few details about its extended warranty when you register to AORUS Care online.

The back of the box displays more details and photos about the highlights of the RTX 2080 such as its triple fan setup with the middle fan rotating in the opposite direction. According to Gigabyte, this helps unify the direction of the wind between the fans since it reduces turbulence. This results in wider coverage when cooling. Other highlights are the Super Overclocking via one click and its compatibility with AORUS engine. The side of the GPU shroud also has the RGB for the logo o GIGABYTE.

When you open the box, you will see the RTX 2080 itself together with a utility / driver and a quick-start guide. The larger black leaflet tells about the additional one year to the product’s 3-year warranty. We think that this is a nice touch that the company made.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Ti

Let’s begin with the package of the RTX 2080 Ti. It comes in a rather large cardboard box; and if you think about it, it’s actually bigger than the rest of the cards under the RTX 20 series.

The front portion of the box features a huge GeForce RTX logo, together with the AORUS logo right at the top left area of the package. You’ll also read the AORUS X-treme series logo right at the center.

The company put a lot of emphasis on their packaging, especially on the RTX side where the first feature listed by AIBs was the Ray Tracing. The next would be the GDD-R6, the Direct-X 12, then the Ansel support. NVIDIA took the support of Ray Tracing and bet the future of their GPUs with them. Of course, they highlighted other features on the package like the RGB fusion support, 8 GB GDD-R6, Windforce cooling, plus the 4-year warranty.

The back of the package features your typical information and highlights; these are the primary features as well as the card specifications. The main features of the top-notch custom cards from AORUS would be its blazing and excellent performance which is accomplished by having a fully custom design, the lighting systems featuring the Stack x3 fans, the Windforce cooling, and the latest angular fin heatsink. The latter offers enhanced cooling performance unlike the classic flat-surfaced fin heatsinks that most people know of.

They also focused on the site, GeForce.com, on the AIB cards where you can easily download all the newest drivers, as well as GeForce Experience applications. These are vital for every gamer to be able to access all the feature sets of their brand-new cards.

When you check out the sides of the package, you’ll be again, greeted by the large branding from GeForce RTX. There’s also the mention of their 8 GB GDD-R6 memory which is available on these cards.

The increased bandwidth dispatched through the latest GDD-R6 interface would greatly boost the efficiency in gaming titles at much higher resolutions over the GDD-R5X and GDD-R5 based graphics cards.

Now that we’re done with the outer portion of the package, it’s time for us to check the good stuff and see what’s inside the box of the RTX 2080 Ti. Within the box is another box that comes with a dotted texture plus a reflective AORUS logo at its center. AORUS is obviously aiming for the more premium and sophisticated look with this specific product, and we’re not complaining. It really does look nice and appealing.

Here, the accessory package and graphics card are both held in place by a sturdy foam container. For the graphics card, it comes with a couple of manuals and accessories that might not really be useful if you’re a hardcore enthusiast; but of course, it is something that will prove to be useful for the regular gaming audiences. Following is a list of accessories included in the box: the AORUS VGA Holder, AORUS Metal Sticker, a quick guide, an I / O guide, the 4-year warranty registration, and a driver CD.

The Product

Gigabyte RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Review

RTX 2080

The appearance of the RTX 2080 is obviously inspired by the G1 Gaming GTX 1080 which was released previously. It is made of plastic with a matte black finish while some of its sections are grey. What makes this different from other Gigabyte cards is that it doesn’t have orange accents. The grey and black theme is great since no one will have any problems when creating a build with matching colors.

For the triple fan setup, it is part of the cooling solution called Windforce 3X. For its measurements, each of the fans have a diameter of 82 millimeters. As mentioned earlier, the fan at the center rotates at the opposing direction of the two other fans.

Now when it comes to removing the heatsink from the PCB, all you have to do is take the seven screws from the back and you’re good to go. Upon seeing the PCB, you will see that the design of NVIDIA has been used. It retains the similar 8 + 2 power phase layout of the Founders card. The eight GDDR6 chips are produced by Micron.

Now for the cooler, it is completely different from that of the Founders card. The cooler of the RTX 2080 makes use of six heatpipes made of copper. Each of these have a diameter of 6 millimeters and these have contact with the core of the GPU. For the large fin array that is made of aluminum, this makes up the bulk of the cooler. A cold plate with thermal pads is also present for the MOSFETs and the VRAM chips.

When looking at the front portion of the card, you will find a little Gigabyte logo that RGB LEDs illuminate. You can configure this using the RGB Fusion software. At the back is a full-length backplate made of metal that looks and feels like anodized aluminum. It also has Gigabyte’s logo printed in white. The logo is not an RGB zone and this portion is kept simple.

The RTX 2080 from Gigabyte is fitted with the Turing TU-104-based GPU; it is also a product series that is created and released to take the place of the GeForce GTX 1080. Its graphics card is fully customized and fitted with Gigabyte’s newest model – the Windforce 3x cooler.

Once again, the cooler is direct heatpipe touch-based – this means that the heatpipes are really fixed on top of the GPU. The Windforce 2x is installed with a top side RGB LED logo that can be animated and color-controlled.

RTX 2080 Ti

The thickness of this card is quite evenly-split between the fan shroud and its heatsink. This device mostly has matte black plastic which is accented with nice silver swoops together with gleaming black edges.

Beneath its adorning cover, a total of three 100-millimeter fans in a stacked setting overlaps each other across the length of the cooler. By spinning and coinciding in the opposite course, Gigabyte notes that the Windforce Stack 3x system yields costless airflow from each of the fans instead of having ineffective turbulence.

Interestingly, based on the company’s own experiments and diagram, the right and middle fans blow down on the motherboard, while the middle and left fans push the air out of the card’s top.

Its heatsink is divided into two similar sized portions which are shaped uniquely to welcome the surface mounted elements just underneath them. Right at its core, the fins are cut to have the same height to maximize the surface area; however, about ⅔ of the outer portions of both sinks utilize an angular-fin style with every other fin present, sitting lower. Gigabyte claims that this aids in channeling air via fins while simultaneously decreasing noise.

The heatsink that is nearest the display outputs is set at the top of the TU-102 processor of NVIDIA. A total of 7 heatpipes make direct contact with the GPU where two of these bends back into the heatsink’s bottom and top edges to guarantee evenly dissipated thermal energy.

Also, there are 5 pipes that go through the other sink, running throughout its far edge. A spacer located beneath the GPU sink squeezes the thermal pads between itself and the GDD-R6 memory modules that surround the TU-102. Additionally, both sides o link to the voltage-regulation circuitry on the board to mitigate hot spots.

Instead of establishing its thermal solution to a metallic frame that is almost similar to the RTX 2080 Ti Extreme 11G’s PCB, the backplate from Gigabyte directly bolts to the heatsink in 10 areas. A metallic frame located at the top of the sink enhances the rigidity by maintaining the thermal solution and preventing it from flexing. Despite this, it is a bit weighty to hang from a PCIe slot; so what Gigabyte did was to bundle a stand for supporting the card. It pushes up from the floor of your chassis or your bottom mounted PSU.

Above the Fan Stop sign, you will see a pair of 8-pin power connectors rotating at 180-degrees to bypass hanging up on the heatsinks beneath them.

The LEDs at the top of each connector aids in diagnosing power supply concerns. When they’re switched off, it means that all’s good; if you end up forgetting to run a cable from the PSU, these will light up. It also works when the power is intermittent; these blink to point out that there’s something wrong. At the other end of the top portion, you’ll see an NV-Link interface which is safeguarded by an orange piece made of plastic. As for the built-in cover on NVIDIA’s Founders Edition card, it sure looks better and classier.

Since the heatsink’s fins have the ability to direct air up and down, you won’t really need to have ventilation on the expansion bracket. Instead, Gigabyte fills the two-slot cover with a total of seven display outputs: 3 HDMI ports, 3 Display Port connectors, plus 1 USB Type C interface. Of course, the TU-102 only simultaneously drives four displays; so, a total of 7 connectors should be used.

At any time, either the two DP interfaces or the two HDMI ports are switched off. We really liked that Gigabyte gave gamers all that connectivity which saves everyone from having to utilize those annoying adapters. Additionally, there is a metal backplate that provides 2 heatsink pieces something solid and sturdy to screw into. This also hosts the logo of AORUS which is controllable and backlit via the RGB Fusion 2.0 software from Gigabyte. The plate is also solid, concealing the PCB from one end to another.

The Gigabyte RTX 2080 Ti is the latest and leading consumer graphics card coming from NVIDIA. This series has been integrated with the TU-102 GPU which has active shader processors which is vital when you compare this with the GTX 1080 Ti.

The device will get 11 GB GDD-R6 graphics memory; and together with this, you’ll also get the 352-bit -wide memory bus. The GPU comes with a total of six GPCs (Graphics Processing Clusters), 72 SMs (Streaming Multiprocessors), and 36 TPCs (Texture Processing Clusters). Each of the SMs has a total of 64 CUDA cores, 4 texture units, 8 Tensor Cores, plus 96 KB of L1 / shared memory. This can be set up for different capacities based on the graphics or the computer workloads.

Ray tracing acceleration is done via the new RT Core processing, the TU-102 has a total of 72 of these with 576 tensor cores plus 96 ROP units. When it comes to the clock frequencies, we’re looking at a base frequency of around 1,350 MHz that has a turbo allowance that’s going to 1,635 MHz.

Product Features

The Windforce 3x – Cooling System

This cooling system features the 3x 82-millimeter distinct blade fans, 6 combined copper heat pipes, 3D active fan functions, heatpipe direct touch, and alternate spinning fans. Together, these deliver a highly effective and efficient heat dissipating capacity for better performance at decreased temperatures.

Extreme Durability + Overclocking

The graphics card utilizes the 8 + 22 power phase style to let the MOSFET operate at the lowest temperature as possible, load balancing and over temperature protection style for each of the MOSFET available, and the Ultra Durable approved capacitors & chokes to give you a longer system life and excellent performance.

Alternate Spinning Patent

The patent of Gigabyte which is “Alternate Spinning” is the one and only solution that can readily deal with the rough airflow of three fans.

Usually, the biggest issue with three fans is the turbulence. Since these rotate simultaneously in the same direction, the airflow direction becomes opposite with between the fans. This will cause turbulent and rather rough airflow, thus, decreasing the heat dissipation efficiency.

Gigabyte made the fan turn the opposite direction so the airflow direction between the other two fans are the same. This decreases the turbulence while also enhancing the airflow pressure.

NVIDIA NV-Link Support

Support for the NVIDIA NV-Link TM technology combines two similar GPU’s with a GeForce RTX NV-Link Bridge to provide the best experience in VR or 4K gaming. You can also readily modify the light effects on the bridge via the AORUS engine.

Distinct Blade Fan + the 3D Active Fans

Airflow is divided by the triangular fan’s edge while being seamlessly guided through the 3D stripe curve found on the fan’s surface. This, in turn, effectively improves the airflow. The 3D Active Fan gives you semi passive cooling so the fans will stay off when the GPU is on low power game or low load. This will allow you to fully enjoy your gameplay in total silence even when your system is running idle or light.

The Direct Touch Heat Pipes

The structure of the copper heat pipe increases the direct contact area together with the GPU, thus, improving the transfer of heat. Also, the heat pipe conceals the VRAM via large metallic plate contact to guarantee adequate cooling.

Composite Heat Pipes

The available composite heat pipes associate phase transition and thermal conductivity to thoroughly control the heat transfers occurring between the two solid interfaces that boost cooling capacity.

Using the Product

RTX 2080

Are you wondering if the RTX 2080 can play games using the highest possible settings at a 1080p resolution? Well yes, it sure does, and it will be able to handle pretty much any game you can throw at it.

Another great thing about the card is that it is extremely quiet. Not only does this benefit from the “3D Active Fan”. This means that the spinning of the fans stop at low-load instances. However, even if we ran our stress tests on loop, the card was still hardly audible. Honestly, the fact that we could barely hear the fans spinning already tells you a whole lot of things you’d need to know about how silent this specific card is.

And while performance is a given to the RTX 2080 graphics card from Gigabyte, the company’s continuous effort on ensuring that things stay cool and quiet is extremely commendable. These are indeed little details that greatly affect your overall gaming experience, and we really loved that the company focused on this specific feature. Further, by having an efficient and effective cooling system, the card was able to readily overclock appropriately, and even on higher speeds. Plus, it allowed all games to perform much better than how it usually would.

RTX 2080 Ti

As for the RTX 2080 Ti, it provides you with an overall excellent performance. We’re seeing a couple of caps when on the decreased resolution of gaming.

Depending on the workload and title, you will see about 25% to even 40% boosts in performance for this specific resolution. The RTX 2080 Ti really begins to flex after a resolution of 2560 x 1440, and anything that is below will be normalized because of processor and driver bottlenecks.

In all honesty, we can’t really think of a game that won’t operate well combined with the most excellent image quality settings. The more challenging you make it on the card, the better it will perform if you compare this to the last generation products. When it comes to gaming, you should do away with at least a monitor that is 24 inches at 2,560 / 1600, or higher to make it a better fit. All in all, the 11 GB graphics memory is perfect, thus, making the products extremely future proof.

A benefit of the 2080 Ti is that it features a zero RPM fan mode. During low load situations, we were really amazed that it was able to stay completely silent. Even when on full load, it was still performing quietly, hitting only 43 dBA in total.

Though this may not be the most appealing cooler around, the company clearly made the perfect choice for their brand-new GPU. So, without questions, this surely is a fast card. It also set most of everyone’s second highest scores to date in the synthetic benchmarks.

When we speak of the 4K gaming, it is absolutely one of the best around, thus considered as a beast by many. Even if it’s considered cheaper, it was able to run and perform quietly and it wasn’t also wasteful when it comes to the power. To top it off, it was able to overclock really well and effectively.

So after testing both products for some time, we can definitely say that we highly suggest both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti to you.

AORUS Engine Utility

The company bunched the RTX 2080 and their RTX 2080 Ti with its own service for overclocking, lighting, and fan control. Its newest version of the software, which is called the AORUS Engine Utility, has a cutting edge and instinctive interface that lets you alter the clock speed, fan performance, voltage, as well as the power target based on your needs.

From the home screen, the software lets you easily toggle between the default Gaming Mode (1815 MHz), OC Mode (1830 MHz), the Silent Mode (1710 MHz), and the User Mode which can be customized based on your preferences. The buttons located on the bottom-right area corresponds to the RGB Fusion or lighting control, toggle, and hardware monitoring to switch the semi-passive fan mode either off or on.

If you click on the “Professional Mode” text located at the top right portion, the AORUS Engine will switch to another interface that is complete with the memory clock rate slider, GPU boost control, manual fan speed, GPU voltage adjustment, and connected power target / temperature target sliders.

For the single-click super overclocking feature, all you need to do is click on the AORUS engine to easily modify the card to meet a variety of requirements even without knowledge on overclocking.

Conclusion

The RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti delivers superb gaming performance. We would recommend the RTX 2080 over the RTX 2080 Ti if you are a gamer who uses 1440p as native resolution especially if you want to limit your expenses.

On the other hand, if you are an ultra HD gamer, go for the RTX 2080 Ti. It works excellently and we think that it’s an enthusiast class graphics card. As we mentioned earlier, it’s really quiet and delivers a nice cooling performance.

Even under load, its cooling system is able to maintain proper temperature levels throughout every area. The overall results of its performance is great. Aside from ultra HD gaming, we recommend the RTX 2080 Ti if you’re willing to pay for its higher price. Either one you pick you will sure as heck be onto a winner.

Where to Buy

You can pick up the Gigabyte RTX 2080 for around $1200 AUD whilse the RTX 2080 Ti can be had for around $1999 AUD. For more head on over to the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti product pages.

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