NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series Review Ft. RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Founders Edition Graphics Cards – Turing Ray Traces The Gaming Industry



NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & GeForce RTX 2080

19th September, 2018
Type Graphics Cards
Price $1199 US / $799 US

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series - Founders Edition With NVTTM 3.0

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series would first be available in reference only models which are also known as Founders Edition. These variants adopt NVIDIA's reference cooler and PCB design which are set as the standard for AIB partners and their non-reference designs. This time, NVIDIA has taken a different approach with the Founders Edition cards.

We know that the Founders Edition cards rock a higher price compared to the non-reference models. This time, however, the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition costs $200 US more than the reference MSRP of $999 US while the RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 Founders Edition cost $100 US higher than the non-reference models.

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This time, NVIDIA also gives a fresh new design and the best PCB design to date. Gone is the blower fan cooler and now we get dual axial fans. Gone is the aggressive design from GeForce 10 series cards and instead, we get an elegant aluminum shroud which covers the entire frame around the PCB. And one more thing, Founders Edition cards come with a factory overclock so those non-reference cards we talked about a bit earlier, yeah, those would be lower clocked than NVIDIA's reference FE cards.

NVIDIA Founders Edition Graphics Cards - Now With 90 MHz Out of Box Overclock!

All founders edition cards come with a 90 MHz overclock out of the box. This applies across the three GeForce RTX 20 series cards that were announced today, including the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and the RTX 2070. All cards are tested by NVIDIA to ensure they run at the stated clock speeds and are backed by a 3-year warranty.

But if you want more performance, then manual overclocking is also available and there's much you can gain by configuring the cards yourself.

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To deliver record-breaking performance, the factory-overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 uses 225 Watts of power out of the box and tops out around 280 Watts for enthusiasts chasing the best and most ultimate overclocking performance.

Dual-Axial Fans For Double The Cooling Performance and Quiet Operation? I'll Take it!

When it comes to the cooler design, NVIDIA is taking a major departure from their blower styled cooler from previous reference designs and going for a strong dual-axial fan cooling system which is said to deliver better cooling performance. The cooler comprises of dual fans that push cool air towards a large heatsink block that is made up of several aluminum fins and interconnects via heat pipe technology. NVIDIA is using a 3-phase monitor to limit vibrational noise, offering quieter GPU operation, even in intensive gaming loads.

The cooler has a high-performance vapor chamber underneath the hood which uses a copper base to effectively dissipate heat from the GPU and surroundings such as the VRAM. NVIDIA is stating that the cooler performs 10 degrees (Celcius) better than the previous founder edition cards while emitting 1/5th the noise.
The factory overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition graphics card features a next-gen 8-phase power supply for maximum overclocking and dual-axial 13-blade fans coupled with a new vapor chamber for ultra-cool and quiet performance. via NVIDIA

NVIDIA's GPU Boost 4.0 - User Editable Targets and More Control

Like every major GPU generation, NVIDIA continues to provide tools to users so they can get the most from each GPU. GPU Boost 4 is the fourth iteration, and it adds the ability for users to manually adjust the algorithms that GPU Boost uses to dial in the clock.

The algorithms used with GPU Boost 3.0 were completely inside the driver and were not exposed
to users. However, GPU Boost 4.0 now exposes the algorithms to users so they can manually modify the various curves themselves to increase performance in the GPU. The biggest benefit is in the temp domain where new inflection points have been added.

Where before it was a straight line that dropped directly down to the Base Clock, the clock now holds the Boost Clock where it can be set to run longer at higher temperatures before a second temp target (T2) is reached where it will drop the clocks. This new plateau is where higher performance is gained and it is an area where many apps tend to move around. And if users can reduce heat in the system or add more cooling to the chip, they can take advantage of the lower temps by adjusting the curve to achieve higher levels of performance.

NVIDIA RTX 20 Series Reference PCB - Overclockers Rejoice! You Can Actually Overclock This Bad Boy

NVIDIA states that the GeForce RTX 2080 Founder Edition makes use of 225W of power out of the box and up to 280W when pushed to the max by overclockers. Furthermore, the entire power delivery system has been rebuilt for GeForce RTX Founders Edition graphics cards, starting with the all-new 13-phase iMON DrMOS power supply. Of particular note, there is a new ability to switch off phases, for drastically-reduced power consumption at low workloads, which greatly increases power efficiency.

Similarly, we’ve cranked up the number of capacitors on GeForce RTX graphics cards, enabling them to run at lower voltages by reducing voltage noise, or at high frequencies for improved performance.

Controlling all this is a new dynamic power management system, which adjusts power usage on a sub-millisecond basis, for a less variable current draw, which further improves efficiency and allows us to crank up the amount of power available for overclocking compared to previous-generation Pascal Founders Edition graphics cards. via NVIDIA

NVIDIA states that their new reference PCB allows for more power headroom of around 55W. That is where the 280W figure is coming from. The new electrical components also ensure much cleaner power delivery, allowing for better overclocks without wasting excess of power.

NVIDIA's OC Scanner Utility Helps Push Massive Overclocks in Under 20 Minutes

While Manual overclocking is fully supported, NVIDIA has also provided their latest OC scanner application which reduces the time it takes for configuring your graphics card to hit the highest clock speeds. Traditionally, a user would increase the clock speeds gradually with different voltages applied and that could result in up to an hour worth of time when taking in factor the stability test process.

NVIDIA is streamlining the process by offering a simple one-click overclocking utility that runs on the NV Scanner API and features a sophisticated Test algorithm that is designed to test various workloads during overclocking. It not only reduces the time taken to hit the best and stable clocks but also ensures that the card would run stable in all applications by testing a known set of voltage points that ensures no variability to be caused different games or load.

NVIDIA has also promised that their OC scanner application won't crash or TDR since the utility would be collecting data and errors or windows corruption would be detected far before they become a nuisance for the user. During their presentation, NVIDIA showed the OC scanner pushed the cards to 2130 MHz with 1.06V.

New RTX Brand With New RTX Coolers - Diecast Aluminum Shroud, Dual Anodization For Scratch Resistance and Durability

All of this is packed beneath an elegant looking cooler which doesn’t use the same design pattern as the GeForce 10 series founders edition cards. Those went with a more polygonal texture but this is more of a plain design featuring a die-cast aluminum shroud with a matte black finish in the center.

The RTX 2080 / 2080 Ti logo is seen on the side and has LEDs to glow when the card is operational. The shroud engulfs the entire card, leading from the top and even the back which acts as a backplate and looks very neat.

The edges of the diecast aluminum fan shroud are diamond-cut to create a precision reflective trim, dual anodization offers durability and scratch resistance, and the forged, stamped and machined cover provides a classy rigid-yet-lightweight frame for the open cooler design.

Then, to make the shroud look even better, we utilized Physical Vapor Deposition on the RTX 2080 name label, and LED-lit the GeForce GTX logo, creating a unique look that’s never before seen before now on a graphics card.

You might also notice that the card is fully enveloped by a beautiful shroud, and even the NVLINK connector is protected by a matching removable cover, giving GeForce RTX GPUs a clean appearance. And to round things out, there’s a black anodized bracket, a stamped aluminum backplate with GeForce RTX branding, for a consistent black and silver appearance across the entire card.


Next Generation Graphics Cards With Next-Gen Display Connectivity

Since this is a next-generation launch, we were expecting to see new display connections on the cards and that was confirmed during the announcement a few hours ago.


The display outputs for the card include 3 DisplayPort 1.4 (4K @ 120 Hz), 1 HDMI 2.0b (4K @ 60 Hz/ HDCP 2.2 support) and USB Type-C connector for the Virtual link for next-generation VR headsets which means that it is capable to support all next-gen displays with new standards. Power is fed through a dual 8 pin connector configuration.

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