With all the hype going around because of Nvidia’s new RTX Series, we finally get our hands on one of the new beasts in the market – Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC. To date, only a few games existing that actually support Ray Tracing and will only be available in the upcoming Windows 10 October update.
|Graphics Processing||GeForce RTX 2080|
|Core clock||1815 MHz – Gaming Mode
1830 MHz – OC Mode
1710 Mhz – Reference Card
|Memory Clock||14000 MHz|
|Memory Bus||256 bit|
|Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)||448GB/s|
|Card Bus||PCI-E 3.0 x 16|
|Digital max resolution||7680×4320@60Hz|
|Recommended PSU||650W ( With One 8-Pin and One 6-Pin EXTERNAL POWER CONNECTOR)|
|I/O||DisplayPort 1.4 x3, HDMI 2.0b x1, USB Type-C ™ (support VirtualLink™) x1|
|SLI support||2-way NVIDIA NVLINK™|
From the early release, all we’ve seen are based on reference PCB of the Founder’s Edition launched by Nvidia. The RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8GB come with a triple fan cooler with the middle fan spinning in the opposite direction supposedly to have smoother airflow and for better cooling performance.
Moving to the side, we see that the card is equipped with a thicker cooler with 3 parts of Aluminum fins, which entirely makes it a 2.5 slot design as a whole with the design pipes in direct contact with the GPU die.
With the current power requirement of 250W, you’ll need an 8-pin and a 6-pin PCIe connector for its peak performance.
Behind, we get a fully covered metal plate that enhances the durability of the card. Definitely a simple looking backplate, but again, it uses the Nvidia reference PCB. It would be a better choice to swap it with a custom water block if you plan to go with a custom water cooling setup.
For the output, you’ll see the new type-C connection for the next generation VR headset, as well as the usual 3 Display Port 1.4s and HDMI 2.0.
Toshiba M.2 SATA 256gb SSD (Ksg60zmv256g)
|CPU||Intel Core i5-6600k OC 4.5GHz|
|Memory||8×2 3000mhz DDR4 Kingmax|
|Graphics Card||Gigabyte RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G|
|Power Supply||Thermaltake Smart RGB 700W|
|CPU Cooler||ID COOLING AIO|
|Chassis||LianLi LanCool One|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
Benchmark and Performance
Right now, we are unable to gauge the full capacity of the RTX series due to the unavailability of the Ray Tracing and with raw power alone. We have yet to test other cards with the next Windows 10 Update in October. This along with the implementation of DirectX Ray Tracing and Machine Learning Add-on.
Without the big RTX package, all we are able to do is compare the RTX with the previous generation GTX 10 Series card. For our test here, all we are able to conclude is that if you are on a GTX 1080/ti, it would definitely be a sidegrade for you to get an RTX 2080/ti, unless you have the extra cash to burn.
Price wise, it is still too early to tell if the P49,280 premium can be justified without the RTX features. Coming from a GTX 1060/1070, we will definitely get ourselves a piece of the Gigabyte RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8GB. Unless, of course, Gigabyte decides to bring in the Aorus Windforce edition locally.