MSI GeForce RTX 2080 DUKE OC 8 GB Graphics Card Review – $829.99 US For Tri-Frozr Cooler on Founders Edition PCB

Sep 27, 2018
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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 DUKE OC

September 2018
Type Graphics Cards
Price $829.99 US

Conclusion

We already disclosed the performance numbers for the DUKE OC in the other review so here, I’ll talk about why you should be getting this variant over the Founders Edition if you’re planning to buy one.

First of all, the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 DUKE OC comes in at a $30 US premium over the Founders Edition with a price tag of $829.99 US. That isn’t much higher compared to NVIDIA’s own solution but the price is already too high, to begin with.

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For an extra $30 US, you get slightly better performance, thanks to a +45 MHz out of the box boost overclock. The Founders Edition has a +90 MHz out of the box at 1800 MHz while the DUKE OC is rated at 1845 MHz out of the box. You get the same Founders Edition PCB which allows you great overclocking results considering it packs a 10+2 phase PCB design. It is a really good design but if you want a custom PCB like the ones on the Gaming X Trio, you have to pay $20 extra ($849.99 US).

In addition to the overclock, you get a nice triple fan Tri-Frozr 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 is stunning, comes with extra thermal pads for good thermal transfer on the opposite side of the card.

Overall, the graphics card is a really good performer but with most of the features still not of much use to gamers at the moment like DLSS and RTX, we would have to wait and see whether the price would be justified over something like a GTX 1080 Ti which you can easily get for much lower at the moment.

8.5

MSI's GeForce RTX 2080 DUKE OC packs a superb cooler on a nicely designed Founders Edition PCB, offering great performance at just $30 US over the NVIDIA FE solution. But the high-price for a **80 series cards and lack of RTX titles at launch still makes the GTX 1080 Ti looks like an impressive card.

Performance7
Value7.1
Design & Aesthetics10
Features10

Pros

  • Great performance at the 4K resolution
  • Great upgrade from GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Users
  • Factory Overclocked Out of Box
  • Tri Frozr heatsink cooling performance is great
  • Refreshing new MSI Gaming design
  • ZeroFrozr Technology Included on Torx 3.0 fans
  • 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 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 ($829.99 US)
  • Performance same as custom GeForce GTX 1080 TI models
  • Not much of a performance improvement over Founders Edition RTX 2080
  • Very high power consumption when overclocked
  • No RTX and DLSS games available at launch
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