GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER WTF 8 GB GDDR6 Graphics Card Review – Don’t Let The Name Get You!

Nov 20, 2019
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PRODUCT INFO

GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Work The Frames

November, 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $749.99 US

Conclusion - GALAX Works The Frames With RTX 2080 WTF Series Graphics Card!

GALAX has an impressive card in the form of the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Work The Frames. The naming scheme may not be the most ideal but you can call it whatever you want but naming is the least of my concerns. If the card is a great performer, then I'd take it over anything else. The GALAX RTX 2080 SUPER Work The Frames has an impressive shroud design which is part of their new WTF series. A big triple-fan cooler with a meaty heatsink and a custom PCB design. What's interesting is that GALAX doesn't have any flashy marketing or weird names (other than the card itself), for the cooling mechanism.

In terms of design, the RTX 2080 SUPER is equipped with the fastest GDDR6 memory chips which run at 15.5 Gbps. The DRAM chips are actually 16 Gbps certified so users would have a lot of head-room for overclocking them however it's disappointing that no AIBs provide an out of box OC on the memory chips. The GPU gets a nice bump in clocks by GALAX of up to 1860 MHz and the performance benefit can be seen in an instant. The extra cores and the faster memory combine to give a 5-10% performance jump over the RTX 2080.

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Yes, the card comes with an 1860 MHz clock profile but you can only unlock it through GALAX's Xtreme Tuner Plus application. Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with the application itself, it has some intuitive features and lets you control a lot of features on the card itself e.g. RGB, Fan Speed, Temps/Clock monitoring. But AIBs (not just GALAX) could simply add a BIOS switch on their cards or if budget limits them from adding a secondary BIOS on mainstream cards, then simply ship it at the maximum frequency so that users get the rated performance out of the box because there will be many users who would proceed to use the card as it is without tinkering with any tuning software.

Most importantly, the RTX 2080 already gave the AMD Radeon VII a hard time but with the RTX 2080 SUPER, the card is most definitely a no go considering the better performance and extra features you get on the RTX SUPER 2080. Both the RTX 2080 SUPER and the RTX 2080 Ti claim the performance throne at their respective price point with no AMD Radeon powered competitor in-sight.

One more thing, while the card looks great and the RGB implementation is fantastic, GALAX could have opted for a better picture on the backplate. But hey, that's just my own personal opinion, you might like it or not but if you're not in for the looks, then the card is a very solid performer which leads us to the final verdict on the RTX 2080 SUPER Work The Frames. It is a solid performer all around, something that you can expect from a triple-fan cooled graphics card and the new RGB focused design looks very neat. The card rocks one of the highest factory-overclocks we have seen and is a definite recommendation in the large array of custom RTX 2080 SUPER series cards.

Products mentioned in this post

ASUS ROG GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX OC
ASUS ROG GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX OC
USD 569.99
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC
USD 719.99
GTX 1070
GTX 1070
USD 574.99

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The GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Work The Frames is a solid performer all around, something that you can expect from a triple-fan cooled graphics card and the new RGB focused design looks very neat. The card rocks one of the highest factory-overclocks we have seen and is a definite recommendation in the large array of custom RTX 2080 SUPER series cards.

Performance8.8
Value8
Design & Aesthetics9.5
Features10

Pros

  • Decent performance uplift from the same price
  • Great performance at 1440p and 4K resolution
  • Great upgrade from GTX 1080 and GTX 1070
  • Factory Overclocked Out of Box (1860 MHz With 1-Click)
  • Triple Fan Cooler
  • Refreshing new design
  • 0db fan technology
  • Great overclocking potential, full tuning options
  • Memory modules on the Gaming X Trio can hit more than 550 GB/s bandwidth
  • Backplate includes heat pads for increased heat dissipation
  • RGB Lighting support on the shroud and back 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

  • High Price (Around $750 US)
  • 1860 MHz Profile only unlocked through proprietary Xtreme Tuner Plus application
  • The galaxy picture on the backplate may not be of everyone's liking
  • High Power Consumption when overclocked
  • No Memory overclock out of the box
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