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AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme 8 GB Graphics Card Review – Round Goes The RGB On A Triple Fan, Custom PCB Design

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PRODUCT INFO

AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme

October, 2018
Type Graphics Card
Price $879.99 US

Conclusion

The AOURS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme is a really impressive graphics card when compared to the Founders Edition. It has one of the fastest out-of-box factory overclock, with a clock speed of 1890 MHz which is 90 MHz higher than the FE model and 180 MHz higher than the standard models that ship with 1710 MHz boost clocks.

AORUS is taking the more premium approach which is highlighted by their Xtreme branding. The new Windforce cooler and heatsink design change a lot of what we have seen over the previous variants. AORUS has been adopting a finer RGB system on their motherboards for a while and this is the first LED lit design that stands out from the rest of the market. The spiral lighting on the fans looks stunning while the card itself and the shroud design goes for a more futuristic look.

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When it comes to the heatsink, the Direct Touch heat pipe methodology does provide good thermals under gaming performance at stock clocks but overclock can be slightly more difficult for the heatsink to handle. Still, it's nothing to worry about as the temps are always around the 70C mark which is far from anything worrisome.

Next up, we have the custom PCB (12+2 phase) design which does help churn out more clocks over the already great factory overclock. I couldn't push the card much on the stock BIOS but a higher wattage BIOS can really push the PCB to its true limits. The card performs great but just like my previous concerns, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti still shows tremendous potential and the price of the RTX 2080 doesn't really make it an ideal choice, especially when you have to deal with 3 GB lower VRAM on 2080 compared to 1080 Ti which costs much less, although in the used market.

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.

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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.

Performance8
Value7.5
Design & Aesthetics10
Features10

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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