ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB OC and ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB OC Graphics Cards Review – STRIX Now With Axial Tech
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080October, 2018
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Overview
The ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 20 OC series graphics cards come with a beefy, triple fan cooler. This is ASUS’s latest DirectCU III cooling system that combines Super Alloy Power II components. These deliver the best stability and overclocking results under any circumstance. The card is further built-in ASUS’s industry-leading Auto-Extreme process which ensures the best quality for graphics cards.
ASUS’s triple slot behemoth comes with ASUS AURA RGB LED support and features a fully custom PCB with the superalloy power II design. Clock speeds are configured in two models, gaming and overclock.
ASUS GeForce RTX 20 ROG STRIX Features:
- NVIDIA TURING: ROG GeForce RTX graphics cards are powered by the Turing GPU architecture and the all-new RTX platform. This gives you up to 6X the performance of previous-generation graphics cards and brings the power of real-time ray tracing and AI to games.
- DirectX 12: Power new visual effects and rendering techniques for more lifelike gaming.
- 4K: Step up to the ultimate 4K gaming experience with GeForce RTX and enjoy today’s biggest games in amazing detail.
- Axial-tech Fans feature an all-around better design and IP5X dust resistance.
- 2.7-Slot Design expands cooling surface area by over 20% compared to last gen.
- MaxContact Technology allows 2X more contact with the GPU chip for improved thermal transfer.
- Auto-Extreme Technology uses automation to enhance reliability.
- Super Alloy Power II includes premium alloy chokes, solid polymer capacitors, and an array of high-current power stages to fuel Turing’s cores.
- ASUS FanConnect II equips 2 hybrid-controlled fan headers for optimal system cooling.
- GPU Tweak II provides intuitive performance tweaking and thermal controls.
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Graphics Card:
The ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the flagship RTX 2080 Ti card that ASUS is offering. The card rocks the same but much-refined cooler as the ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti which is one of the best design schemes I have seen to date on a triple slot graphics card and it is also very bulky. In overall size and weight, this thing is just tons of massive performance packed in one triple slot form factor.
In addition to the custom design, the ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti comes with a non-reference PCB, featuring a 16+3 phase design that features higher quality components than the reference variant which is already a really good design by itself. In terms of clock speeds, the graphics card features the same base frequency of 1350 MHz but the boost clock is rated at 1665 MHz over the Founders boost of 1635 MHz.
Following are some of the features of the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti before I go in detail:
- OC Mode - GPU Boost Clock: 1665 MHz, GPU Base Clock: 1350 MHz
- Gaming Mode (Default) - GPU Boost Clock: 1650 MHz, GPU Base Clock: 1350 MHz
- 11GB GDDR6 (Default 14 Gbps)
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Graphics Card:
The ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 is the top-tier RTX 2080 card that ASUS is offering. The card rocks the same coolers as the ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti which is one of the best design schemes I have seen to date on a triple slot graphics card and it is also very bulky. In overall size and weight, this thing is just tons of massive performance packed in one triple slot form factor.
In addition to the custom design, the ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 comes with a non-reference PCB, featuring a 10+2 phase design that features higher quality components than the reference variant which is already a really good design by itself. In terms of clock speeds, the graphics card features the same base frequency of 1515 MHz but the boost clock is rated at 1890 MHz over the Founders boost of 1800 MHz.
Following are some of the features of the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 before I go in detail:
- Gaming Mode (Default) - GPU Boost Clock: 1860 MHz, GPU Base Clock: 1515 MHz
- OC Mode - GPU Boost Clock: 1890 MHz, GPU Base Clock: 1515 MHz
- 8 GB GDDR6 (Default 14 Gbps)
TORX FAN 3.0: Supremely silent
- Dispersion fan blade: Steeper curved blade accelerating the airflow.
- Traditional fan blade: Provides steady airflow to massive heatsink below.
- Double ball bearing: Strong and lasting core for years of smooth gaming.
The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 20 Series With Next-Gen DirectCU Cooling
With the differences out of the way, now let's talk about the similarities and the main highlights of the new ROG STRIX design. You won't see a huge change in the shroud design compared to ASUS GeForce 10 series cards but differences do exist and that's what I am going to talk about here. First up, we have the new Axial Tech fans. These new fans feature extended blades that connect to a barrier ring. This ring adds to the structural integrity of the frame itself, offering higher cooling and thermal performance compared to last-gen design.
To keep Turing's temperatures under tight control, we've brought a larger cooler to the table, which necessitates a more powerful and efficient fan that must maintain a whisper-quiet acoustic profile. Axial-tech meets these three design challenges by implementing our latest innovations for fan performance.
We've reduced the size of the fan's hub to allow for longer blades and added a barrier ring that increases structural integrity and downward air pressure through the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080Ti's heatsink array. And we've also implemented IP5X dust resistance to seal the fan's internals from particle ingress to keeps things running smoothly. The new design allows Axial-tech fans to shift more air and spin at higher speeds without increasing noise levels.
ASUS is also using a larger heatsink compared to the previous generation. This time, they have a 2.7 slot design which is due to the increased surface area that has grown by 20%. The heatsink is fitted with several copper heatpipes and has a very dense aluminum surface with a cold plate that makes direct contact with the GPU and runs the entire length of the PCB.
ASUS's MaxContact technology allows for a precision-machined heat spreader which makes up to two times more contact with the GPU than a traditional contact surface, allowing for better heat dissipation.
The fans are fully compliant with 0dB Technology and are actually comprised of three areas. All of these would stay at 0 RPM (idle state) if the temperatures don't exceed 55C. When it does exceed 55C, all fans would start spinning. You can enable this with the onboard BIOS "Quiet Mode" switch. The other mode is the Performance Mode which always spins the fans for better cooling and GPU performance.
Compared to their older Wing-blade fans, the Axial Tech fans offer higher air flow (27% increase), greater static pressure (40% increase) and around the same acoustics. The fans are also designed to last longer thanks to their IP5X dust resistance certification.
ASUS is also supplying a much larger reinforcing frame on the RTX 20 series cards compared to GTX 10 series. The new frame includes plastic braces that are mounted on the backplate and I/O shield and extends on both sides of the cards and the front too. This increases the structural integrity of the card by 3 times, preventing from torsion and bending.