MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio 8 GB Graphics Card Review – Team Leader Has Arrived!
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X TrioJuly 2019
Last year, NVIDIA introduced their latest Turing based GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards, which made a complete departure from traditional GPU design and created a hybrid GPU architecture that would include a range of new technologies to power the next-generation immersive gaming experiences
The GeForce RTX 20 series was the enablement of real-time raytracing which is the holy grail of graphics and something NVIDIA took 10 years to perfect. In addition to raytracing, NVIDIA also aimed to place bets on AI which would go on to play a key role in powering features such as DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling.
While the GeForce RTX 20 series was generally well-received in the tech industry, the launch didn't go without a few issues. The first and foremost problem with the new cards was the heavily taxing RTX features and a few key titles that supported it. Since the technology was new, it needed time to deliver results and it felt kind of rushed on NVIDIA's part. The second was the pricing with each tier getting a bump in price over its predecessor.
But all of that changes this month! In less than a year, NVIDIA is now bringing forth their new RTX SUPER lineup. Think of it as the original Turing lineup but supercharged with better performance & more sensible prices. The lineup includes three cards, the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, and GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER. Termed in our original review as what Turing should've been in the first place, the GeForce RTX SUPER is to bring more gamers over the RTX bandwagon.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER Pricing Per Segment
When it comes to prices, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER is going to retail at $699 US, the RTX 2070 SUPER is going to retail at $499 US and the RTX 2060 SUPER is going to retail at $399 US. One would ask the question that if the prices are the same as they were before, what has changed?
Well, everything aside from the prices has been upgraded. When it comes to specifications, the RTX 2080 SUPER is going to offer around 10% better performance than the Titan XP for $699 US. The RTX 2070 SUPER is said to offer 16% better performance than the RTX 2070 for $499US, putting it right under the current RTX 2080 and the RTX 2060 SUPER is said to be 15% faster than the RTX 2060 for $399 US which puts it at 1% slower than the existing RTX 2070 for a much lower price.
What happens to the existing cards? The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2070 are entirely replaced by their SUPER equivalents so NVIDIA and their AIBs would no longer be making more of those. There might be heavy promotions and discounts on the existing stock to clear up an inventory. As for the RTX 2060, it would exist because of the $349 US price point which makes it the perfect step up to RTX performance and feature set in this category. All cards below that fall in the GTX 16 series portfolio which offer the Turing architecture but exclude RTX features. Following is what the latest pricing chart for NVIDIA GeForce lineup looks like.
NVIDIA GeForce GPU Segment/Tier Prices
|Titan Tier||Titan X (Maxwell)||Titan X (Pascal)||Titan Xp (Pascal)||Titan V (Volta)||Titan RTX (Turing)|
|Price||$999 US||$1199 US||$1199 US||$2999 US||$2499 US|
|Ultra Enthusiast Tier||GeForce GTX 980 Ti||GeForce GTX 980 Ti||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||GeForce RTX 2080 Ti||GeForce RTX 2080 Ti|
|Price||$649 US||$649 US||$699 US||$999 US||$999 US|
|Enthusiast Tier||GeForce GTX 980||GeForce GTX 1080||GeForce GTX 1080||GeForce RTX 2080||GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER|
|Price||$549 US||$549 US||$549 US||$699 US||$699 US|
|High-End Tier||GeForce GTX 970||GeForce GTX 1070||GeForce GTX 1070||GeForce RTX 2070||GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER|
|Price||$329 US||$379 US||$379 US||$499 US||$499 US|
|Mainstream Tier||GeForce GTX 960||GeForce GTX 1060||GeForce GTX 1060||GeForce GTX 1060||GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
GeForce GTX 1660
|Price||$199 US||$249 US||$249 US||$249 US||$399 US
|Entry Tier||GTX 750 Ti|
|GTX 950||GTX 1050 Ti|
|GTX 1050 Ti|
|GTX 1650 SUPER
|$149 US||$139 US|
In addition to the specs/price update, NVIDIA's RTX technologies are being widely adopted major game engines and APIs such as Microsft DirectX (DXR), Vulkan, Unreal Engine, Unity and Frostbite. While there were only three RTX titles around the launch of the RTX 20 series cards, NVIDIA claims that they have at least 13 new titles coming soon which would utilize their RTX feature set to offer real-time ray tracing. These titles include the hugely anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, DOOM Eternal, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Watch Dogs Legion, Wolfenstein Youngblood, and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. In addition to that, with the upcoming consoles confirmed to feature ray tracing, developers can also make use of the RTX technology to fine-tune future games for the GeForce RTX hardware.
So for this review, I will be taking a look at the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio. This card uses the renowned triple fan Gaming X Trio cooling solution and a custom PCB design which delivers better performance than the reference variant while supporting a factory overclock. The card retails for $729.99 US which is $30 US more than the reference Founders Edition but with the added feature set of the custom design.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER Family
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series is currently composed of three cards, the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, and GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER. Nothing has changed in terms of architecture and the cards feature the same 12nm FinFET process node. Only the assigned GPU config has changed on all three cards along with a new shroud design. But before we get into the visual changes, let's talk specs.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER - Full TU104 GPU, 15.5 Gbps Memory
Based on the previous information and what we have seen so far, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER would be using the TU104-450 GPU with 3072 CUDA cores, 8 GB of GDDR6 memory and would be clocked in at 15.5 Gbps along with a 256-bit bus interface. This would boost the total bandwidth to 496 GB/s which is just shy of that sweet 500 GB/s figures which could now easily be achieved with a slight overclock.
The core clocks would be maintained at 1650 MHz base and 1815 MHz boost. The card would have a TDP of 250W and would feature 8 Giga Rays/second worth of ray tracing horsepower. The card is expected to launch on the 23rd of July.
In terms of performance, the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER is said to be around 10-15% faster on average than the Titan XP which makes it a lot faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, a card that the RTX 2080 was only able to match. The card is rated to deliver 11 TFLOPs of FP32 and 11 TFLOPs of INT32 Compute power and the tensor operations are rated at 89 TOPs which are clearly faster than RTX 2080s 10.1 TFLOPs FP32 and around 81 TOPs worth of horsepower.
It is still unclear about the wattage of this card but it is expected to hit the market later this month for $699 US. Those who have been saving up to buy a graphics card would find this a great high-end card compared to the original RTX 2080 or the Radeon VII.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Official Photo Gallery:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER - The Navi Killer For $499 US
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER is the replacement for the RTX 2070 and while the RTX 2070 was not as popular as its predecessors, the GTX 1070 or the GTX 970, the RTX 2070 SUPER might actually change that. For $499 US, the existing RTX 2070 was clearly priced a bit too high. Even if it was faster than the RTX 1080 ($649 US), the price point was higher for the card to get attention from the mainstream audience who had previously seen the **70 tier cards under $400 US. The RTX 2070 SUPER doesn't change the price point but it changes the specs and now it's no longer faster than the GTX 1080, it's faster than the GTX 1080 Ti and just around the same performance of a reference RTX 2080.
In terms of specifications, the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER is everything that the rumors have told us. The GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER would be utilizing the Turing TU104-410 GPU with 2560 CUDA Cores, 184 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It would also feature 320 Tensor Cores and 40 RT cores. The clock speeds would be maintained at 1605 MHz base and 1770 MHz boost with the TGP (Total Graphics Power) being set at 215W. The chip will be accompanied by 8 GB of GDDR6 memory operating at 14Gbps along with a 256-bit wide bus interface, delivering a total bandwidth of 448 GB/s.
When it comes to competition, the card would compete against AMD's recently announced, 7nm RDNA based Radeon RX 5700 XT which does cost $100 US less but doesn't have the RTX feature set that GeForce cards do support. In addition to that, while the Radeon RX 5700 XT was shown to be about 10% faster than the RTX 2070 on average, the RTX 2070 SUPER is about 16% faster average and up to 24% faster. It also has a maximum compute power of 9.1 TFLOPs FP32 / 9.1 TFLOPs INT 32 and 72 Tensor OPs. Another surprising fact about this card is that it has 10W lower power than the Radeon offering and the reference design offers two axial tech-based fans compared to just one on AMD's reference design. So in an all reference battle, you know who the real winner would turn out to be.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Official Photo Gallery:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER - More VRAM, More Cores, Higher Clocks For $399
Out of all the cards, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER has received one of the major upgrades. The GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER would be utilizing the full Turing TU106-410 GPU die with 2176 CUDA Cores, 136 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It would also feature 272 Tensor Cores and 32 RT cores. The clock speeds would be maintained at 1470 MHz base and 1650 MHz boost with the TGP (Total Graphics Power) being set at 175W. The chip will be accompanied with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory operating at 14Gbps along with a 256-bit wide bus interface, delivering a total bandwidth of 448 GB/s. The Vram would be the biggest upgrade over the 6 GB RTX 2060 which also featured a cut down 192-bit bus interface.
When it comes to performance, you are paying $100 US lower for the same performance as the GeForce RTX 2070. This places the card ideally against AMD's Radeon RX 5700 (non-XT) which has been priced at $349 US. The GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is 15% faster on average than the existing RTX 2060 in 1440p.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Official Photo Gallery:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 SUPER Lineup Specifications:
|Graphics Card Name||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti|
|GPU Architecture||Turing GPU (TU106)||Turing GPU (TU106)||Turing GPU (TU106)||Turing GPU (TU104)||Turing GPU (TU104)||Turing GPU (TU104)||Turing GPU (TU102)|
|Process||12nm FNN||12nm FNN||12nm FNN||12nm FNN||12nm FNN||12nm FNN||12nm FNN|
|Transistors||10.6 Billion||10.6 Billion||10.6 Billion||13.6 Billion||13.6 Billion||13.6 Billion||18.6 Billion|
|CUDA Cores||1920 Cores||2176 Cores||2304 Cores||2560 Cores||2944 Cores||3072 Cores||4352 Cores|
|GigaRays||5 Giga Rays/s||6 Giga Rays/s||6 Giga Rays/s||7 Giga Rays/s||8 Giga Rays/s||8 Giga Rays/s||10 Giga Rays/s|
|Cache||4 MB L2 Cache||4 MB L2 Cache||4 MB L2 Cache||4 MB L2 Cache||4 MB L2 Cache||4 MB L2 Cache||6 MB L2 Cache|
|Base Clock||1365 MHz||1470 MHz||1410 MHz||1605 MHz||1515 MHz||1650 MHz||1350 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1680 MHz||1650 MHz||1620 MHz|
1710 MHz OC
|1770 MHz||1710 MHz|
1800 MHz OC
|1815 MHz||1545 MHz
1635 MHz OC
|Compute||6.5 TFLOPs||7.5 TFLOPs||7.5 TFLOPs||9.1 TFLOPs||10.1 TFLOPs||11.1 TFLOPs||13.4 TFLOPs|
|Memory||Up To 6 GB GDDR6||Up To 8 GB GDDR6||Up To 8 GB GDDR6||Up To 8 GB GDDR6||Up To 8 GB GDDR6||Up To 8 GB GDDR6||Up To 11 GB GDDR6|
|Memory Speed||14.00 Gbps||14.00 Gbps||14.00 Gbps||14.00 Gbps||14.00 Gbps||15.50 Gbps||14.00 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||336 GB/s||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||496 GB/s||616 GB/s|
|Power Connectors||8 Pin||8 Pin||8 Pin||8+6 Pin||8+8 Pin||8+8 Pin||8+8 Pin|
|Starting Price||$349 US||$399 US||$499 US||$499 US||$699 US||$699 US||$999 US|
|Price (Founders Edition)||$349 US||$399 US||$599 US||$499 US||$699 US||$699 US||$1,199 US|
|Launch||January 2019||July 2019||October 2018||July 2019||September 2018||July 2019||September 2018|
In case you want to read our full NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture deep dive and GeForce RTX 2080 & GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition review, head over to this link.