Last month, NVIDIA finally released their GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards. Taking a complete departure from traditional GPU design and creating a hybrid architecture that includes a range of new technologies to power the next-generation immersive gaming experiences. The key highlight of the GeForce RTX 20 series was the enablement of real-time raytracing which has been the holy grail of graphics and something NVIDIA spent 10 years to perfect.

In addition to raytracing, NVIDIA also aims to place bets on AI which will play a key role in powering features such as DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling, a unique way of offering the same quality as the more taxing MSAA AA techniques at twice the performance.

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We looked at the performance in detail of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 FE cards and found them to be a good improvement over their predecessors, the GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 1080. When it comes to pricing, the GeForce RTX 20 series are some of the most costly graphics cards NVIDIA has offered to consumers. The reference variants are great with their new cooling design and good looking shrouds but AIBs have also prepped up their own custom models which would rival the FE (reference) cards.

With just a few bucks of asking price over the reference models, the custom variants will offer a range of features such as triple fan coolers, bulky heatsinks, and custom PCBs allowing for better heat dissipation, higher air flow and more overclocking performance and clock stability at their respective boost clocks which will be higher compared to the reference variants.

So today, I'll be taking a look at the AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme, featuring a Windforce 3X cooler and shroud that is redesigned from scratch to offer the best looks and also the best GPU performance by offering a custom PCB for overclocking and to top it all up, a factory overclock higher than the Founders Edition, out of the box. If you are planning to purchase a GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, then you should definitely be checking out this review ahead as the AORUS may just prove to be the choice of custom card you are looking for.

In case you want to read our full NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture deep dive and GeForce RTX 2080 & GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition review, head over to this link.

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Wccftech Rating

For those who are looking to purchase a brand new RTX 2080 graphics card, the RTX 2080 Xtreme from AORUS is a mighty good graphics card with one of the fastest factory out-of-box overclock in the market along with a stunning design and a unique take on RGB lighting which would definitely make your PC shine and stand out from the rest.

Pros
  • Good Performance for 4K / 1440p Gaming
  • Good upgrade for GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Users
  • Good overclocking potential, full tuning options (12+2 Phase PCB)
  • One of the Fastest RTX 2080 Factory Overclock
  • WindForce 3X heatsink cooling performance is great
  • Refreshing new Design With Spiral Fan RGB
  • 3D Active Fan Technology Included For Noise Free Gaming
  • Memory modules can hit more than 550 GB/s bandwidth
  • Backplate includes heat pads for increased heat dissipation
  • RGB Lighting support on the backplate and sides are a plus
  • Support for real-time ray tracing and DLSS features in next-generation gaming titles
  • Good driver support for GeForce products, compatibility with DX11, DX12, Vulkan, OpenGL titles
  • Performance per watt is great on Pascal graphics cards
  • Lot's of display connectivity, great for VR and multi-display PCs.
Cons
  • Very High Price ($879.99 US)
  • Performance similar to custom GeForce GTX 1080 TI models
  • No RTX and DLSS games available at launch

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