Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8 GB Graphics Card Review – WindForce For Full Fat TU104

Jul 23, 2019
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PRODUCT INFO

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC

July 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $739.99 US

Conclusion

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC comes in at a $40 US price premium over the Founders Edition with a price tag of $739.99 US. You're paying $40 US more for a card that would deliver slightly better performance as the Founders Edition while offering a triple-fan cooler and a custom PCB design. In that regards, the pricing makes sense since you're getting a little extra than the Founders Edition and also the fact that the extra cooling would allow more stable boost clocks compared to the standard design.

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.

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But with that said, the RTX 2080 SUPER is also the least exciting part in the RTX SUPER family. The RTX 2070 SUPER offers the most value in terms of GPU performance while the RTX 2060 SUPER got a huge upgrade to its core specs.

The RTX 2080 SUPER, on the other hand, has minor changes and a performance uplift in single-digits. The RTX 2080 was already the least exciting part in the GeForce RTX family considering that it offered performance similar to a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and the RTX 2080 SUPER only manages to push it up by a 7% avg increase. Still, I think that those who have been waiting to get an RTX 2080 are getting a lot more performance than before without paying anything extra. Summing it all up, the new card is a little less SUPER than what its siblings offer over their predecessor but still SUPER nonetheless.

 

In addition to the overclock, you get a nice triple fan Windforce cooler that offers better cooling than the Founders Edition dual axial fan design. It is also a dual-slot design with the standard PCB length which makes it an easy fit inside any PC chassis. The cooler is fitted with a very bulky heatsink that offers larger contact surface and to top it off, the backplate, which looks great and comes with extra thermal pads for good thermal transfer on the opposite side of the card.

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Gigabyte has one of the more solid custom graphics card offerings with a sleek triple-fan cooler, fully custom PCB design and performance that you can't complain about. It's SUPER-charged with more performance over the RTX 2080 Gaming OC for a lower price and I would call it a win, even if the performance gains aren't that significant.

9.1

Gigabyte has one of the more solid custom graphics card offerings with a sleek triple-fan cooler, fully custom PCB design and more performance than their existing RTX 2080 Gaming OC for a lower price point. For $739.99 US, the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC delivers Supercharged performance and a recommendation from us.

Performance8.5
Value8
Design & Aesthetics10
Features10

Pros

  • Utilizes Fastest GDDR6 Memory In Production
  • 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
  • Windforce heatsink cooling performance is great
  • Refreshing new Gigabyte Gaming design
  • Active FanTechnology Included on Triple Fan with Alternate Spinning mode
  • Great overclocking potential (GPU/VRAM), full tuning options
  • Backplate includes heat pads for increased heat dissipation
  • Gigabyte RGB Fusion Technology Support WIth LEDs on the side
  • 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
  • Lot's of display connectivity, great for VR and multi-display PCs.

Cons

  • High Price ($739.99 US)
  • High Power Consumption when overclocked
  • No Memory overclock out of the box
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