Introduction

Hold your breath, as we’re going to enlighten you with yet another beast of a Graphics Card Unit with none other than your most favorite vendor, Asus. As the icing on the cake you’d say, we have the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G in our hands today which is eagerly waiting to get reviewed by PGR’s best reviewers!

We’ve previously reviewed a lot of products from Asus, and we’re absolutely stoked to review this one as well. We have high hopes from this Strix RTX 2080 as the new RTX is a new revolution of graphics as stated by Nvidia itself. However, we’ll have to test the integrity of this statement.

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ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G is powered by the Turing GPU architecture and the all-new RTX platform. We’ll especially test the RTX features of this GPU to verify the integrity of the RTX platform. As a new architecture, we aren’t going to cut any slack to the RTX 2080. We’ll test the limits of this beast properly for the satisfactory of our readers.

A little briefing about the company. I’m sure you must have heard of the brand ASUS as they’ve been manufacturing computer components for about 30 years. And it is also one of the brands that are easily available in Pakistan. ROG, short for Republic of Gamers, founded in 2006, is a sub-brand of ASUS that handles the PC gaming oriented hardware.

We’d like to thank Asus Pakistan for providing us with the review sample of the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G. At th e time of review, the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G is available internationally on Amazon at $849.99. The ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G is available in Pakistan for PKR 140,000.

Without further ado, let’s dive straight into the review!

Specifications

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Dual Bios

ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 20 series graphics cards come with dual bios switch on the back of the graphics card. There are two modes Q Mode & P Mode. Quiet mode keeps the same power target, settings, and offers less aggressive fan curve for quieter performance with optimal temps. While P mode means Performance Mode, it increases the default power target, settings, and offers a comparatively steeper fan curve for controlling temperature increases as a result of increased power target and setting.

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Unboxing/Packaging

The ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G comes in a very flashy and aesthetically pleasing box. At first glance, you can immediately notice the big Geforce RTX Nvidia branded logo, coupled up with the ROG Strix Gaming graphics card label at the top left side of the front side of the box. We can also see that the Strix RTX 2080 is Asus Aura Sync enabled which means you can sync the lighting of the GPU shroud to other Aura Sync compatible hardware in your PC. We can also notice it has 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and comes pre Overclocked from the factory.

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The back side of the box is very detailed and contains all of the information and features of the GPU itself which includes MaxContact Technology, Auto-Extreme technology, Aura Sync Compatibility, Axial-Tech Fans, Dual Bios Switch, and GPU Tweak II.

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The back side of the box also depicts information related to all of the inputs/outputs of the GPU which includes

  • 2x DisplayPort
  • 2x HDMI
  • 1x Type-C (For VR)

We can’t ignore the 3 Year Warranty stamp as well. It feels good to have that long-term support from the vendor when you’ve bought an item as expensive as the RTX 2080.

The rest of the side of the outer box isn’t much interesting. Let’s unbox the beast and take a look at it!

After unboxing the GPU itself, we get to see a flip-box with Asus branding written in golden on it. Beneath the flip-box, we get to see the driver CD and some documentation related to Speed setup.

Below all of these accessories a beast is waiting to be unpacked, let’s unpack it and take a closer look at it!

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Closer Look

Taking the first glance of the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G we can immediately notice the three fan design which, to be honest looks sleek!

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At the top of the GPU shroud, we can see the newest addition in the Strix is series is the “Geforce RTX” emblem which was not available in the previous generation of the Strix GPUs.

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The GPU shroud itself is made out of industrial-grade plastic. It is plastic but feels premium. The fan blades have been revamped, I could instantly notice that. We’ll see if this has made any difference in terms of thermals.

Coming at right end side of the GPU, we can take a sneak peek here and check out the naked heatsink. The heatsink has 5 heat-pipes which are enough to keep the RTX 2080 cool as good as possible.

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Coming at the backside of the GPU, we can see the backplate in all its glory with a wild ROG logo embedded which sports RGB lighting inside it. We’re really stoked to fire this beast up and check out its aesthetics.

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The GPU’s front shroud also incorporates a lot of led lighting making it perfect for the people who are looking for excellent aesthetics in their GPUs.

The I/O side of the Strix RTX 2080 is amazing because it is painted black too. I totally miss this feature in my own GTX 1060 Strix. Previous gen Strix GPUs had silver I/O plate which was a partial deal breaker for all of the stealthy look. It’s good to see Asus took notes and painted the I/O plate black in the new gen.

The cooler is fairly beefy in comparison with the old gen. The cooler is wider and thicker now. We expect wonderful thermal performance from this beast.

Overclocking/Power

Overclocking is going to be briefly for the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G as we couldn’t overlock it properly no matter what. We tried incrementally increasing the core clock and memory tried different combinations but to our luck, we couldn’t fiddle with the memory and core clocks much. Maybe the RTX 2080 isn’t a good overclocker. However, still, the Strix variant comes factory overclocked so you don’t have to worry much because it’ll use the utmost power of the RTX 2080 itself.

But still, we got away with a good +60Mhz on core and 100-120+Mhz on memory. It didn’t give any notable gain but still, we could not see marginal performance gains.

Performance/Benchmarks

Here, I am going to show you how good RTX series graphic cards will perform in games and synthetic benchmarks. I would like to mention that, RTX series graphic cards surely showed good improvements from the previous generation’s Pascal based graphics cards.

Test System/Methodology

Test Bench
Processor AMD Ryzen 1700
Motherboard ASUS Crosshair VI
Memory xx
Storage Samsung 960 Evo 500GB
Power Supply Thermaltake iRGB PLUS 1250W Titanium
Cooler DEEPCOOL CASTLE 280
Software Windows 10 64-bit latest 2018 Update
Drivers Geforce version: 398.36
    • All games and cards were tested with the drivers listed above, and no performance results were recycled between test systems. Only this exact system with exactly the same configuration was used.
    • All games are set to their highest quality setting unless indicated otherwise.
    • AA and AF are applied via in-game settings, not via the driver’s control panel.
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Following are the games and programs we used to benchmark the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G:

Games: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Far Cry 5, Rise of The Tomb Raider, Shadow of The Tomb Raider, Shadow of War, Battlefield V

Software: 3DMark Time Spy, Unigine Superposition

Results

The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 OC shined bright in performance but showed drastic results to its sole purpose which was the Raytracing abilities of the GPU. When we turned on the RTX features of Battlefield V we saw a massive drop in FPS. We went from 112 fps to 64 fps by just turning on and off the RTX features. Nvidia really needs to implement their drivers or I should say optimize games enough to satisfy us with the integrity of the RTX features. Until now, the RTX feature just feels like another gimped up thing that is just there for advertisement. In real time it doesn’t exhibit much eye candy. However, what it does is that; Eat your GPU power on a whole new level.

Here are the test results for the games & softwares, I have mentioned above.

3DMARK Timespy / Timespy Extreme

3DMark is one of the leading benchmarking tools in the industry and something that is used very profoundly by PC enthusiasts to break-in their new hardware and get a feel of what kind of performance to expect from it.

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Unigine Superposition | 1080p Extreme

Unigine Superposition is one of the newest benchmarking software from the same developers that have given us one of the industry leading softwares like Unigine Heaven and Unigine Valley. The benchmarking tool utilises the Unigine 2 Engine for extreme hardware stability testing in stock and overclocked modes.

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Shadow Of War | 1080p Ultra

Shadow of War is an action RPG game that many fans hold dearly and in very high regard. Cranking up the settings on the game and seeing it in all of its glory was truly mesmerising for this game.

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Shadow Of War | 2160p(4k) Ultra

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Battlefield V | 1080p, 2160p(4k) Ultra with/without DXR

Battlefield V is EA’s flagship first-person shooter titles and one of the first ever games that featured the Ray Tracing technology. Ray Tracing is an outstanding leap forward in innovation and truly makes a game stand out in its visual clarity and quality. Battlefield V is one of the best looking games out there at the moment.

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Shadow of The Tomb Raider | 1080p & 2160p(4k) Ultra

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the newest release of the Tomb Raider franchise and builds upon the narrative from the previous game, the Rise of the Tomb Raider. Square Enix has out done themselves with such a gem of a game like this one.

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Rise of The Tomb Raider | 1080p Ultra

The Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the most popular releases in the Tomb Raider franchise and has always been one of the games held dearly by video-game critics. The action-adventure game developed by Crystal dynamics features the DirectX 12 API and has absolutely stunning visuals.

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Rise of The Tomb Raider | 2160p(4k) Ultra

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Far Cry 5 | 1080p Ultra

The game takes place in Hope County that is based off on a region in Montana, United States. This is one of the best looking maps ever developed by Ubisoft and brings together an amazing storyline with very appealing visuals. Cranking up the settings on this game truly brings out the beauty of the map.

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Far Cry 5 | 2160p(4k) Ultra

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Dues Ex Mankind divided | 1080p Ultra

Deus-Ex Mankind divided utilises the next-gen Dawn Engine from IO interactive that is based on their previous Glacier 2 engine. The game features DirectX 12 API and is one of the titles that have already been in the market for a long time and still prove to be a challenge for some GPUs to this date.

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Dues Ex Mankind divided | 2160p(4k) Ultra

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Thermals/TDP

ASUS is using MaxContact Technology and their latest DirectCU cooler on their ROG STRIX Geforce RTX 20 series graphics cards. ASUS’s DirectCU cooler features a great heatsink with multiple copper pipes & the aluminum fin-based design that is embodied with a large dense heatsink block. The card comes with an anti-bending plate & PWM cooling.

I tested the graphics cards with furmark run of 1 hour each at native 1080p resolution with 8x MSAA. 

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Power Consumption

I took the power consumption results by testing the graphics card under idle and full stress while testing games and synthetics benchmarks. All graphics cards are set to manufacturer’s default TDP, Core clock & Memory clock.

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Conclusion

To wrap it off, the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G does what its supposed to do. It operated well during our entire array of benchmarks. To put things clearly, the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 ROG STRIX Gaming OC Edition is moderately faster than an NVIDIA RTX 2080 Founder’s Edition, but the difference isn’t exciting. In real-world gaming scenarios, there’s no way anyone would notice any sort of difference.

ASUS fused a number of added features on the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 ROG STRIX Gaming OC Edition, which will likely present it as a favorite amidst enthusiasts. The triple-fan cooler utilized on this card is very quiet and works well. Supreme GPU temperatures during normal gaming sessions infrequently capped between 65 – 68 degrees. The card also proposes customizable RGB lighting with headers to connect additional LEDs. ASUS ticks all of the right boxes.

In the end, the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 ROG STRIX Gaming OC Edition is a killer GPU and deserving of consideration, particularly if you’re rocking other ASUS gear and want to tie everything all together with ASUS’ Aura Sync software.