After the heartening unveiling of NVIDIA’s next generation of graphics cards, RTX 2080 series, ASUS has launched their very own modified versions of RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 GPUs, namely, ROG Strix, ASUS Dual, and ASUS Turbo cards designed for different kinds of builds. Their purpose is to complement the original GPUs with sublime cooling systems to push their potential to their fullest.

You can take a look at the awe-inspiring specification of NVIDIA’s GPUs from “here” Now let’s take a look at how ASUS complements the RTX series to build a better GeForce RTX in the form of ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080. Both embody a custom circuit engineered to draw upon every ounce of performance from the GPU. NVIDIA’s aim is to achieve higher frequencies, however, the VRM is required to keep up with these frequencies. ROG Strix cards have substantial power on demand for both automatic clock scaling and manual overclocking under a stunning 16 phase RTX 2080 Ti. ROG Strix has premium alloys chokes and solid polymer capacitors to feed the GPU with adequate power.

Auto-Extreme technology is used to nestle the components with robotic precision which is a completely automated process under the navigation of machine, free of human errors, to achieve higher consistency.

 

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In Strix, they have reinforced the GPU with a muscular frame that resists torsional twisting and lateral bending, thus, protecting the GPU from physical stress ensuing from visible sagging. This frame greatly improves the integrity of card which is further enhanced by a metal plate on the back.

A beautiful Ara Sync RGB lighting system flashes the backplate and shroud with a variety of customizable colors which also synchronizes with the system components. There is stealth mode which turns the LED off at the touch of a button exposing the dark side of the card. In a nutshell, you can enjoy both modes; vibrant glow mode as well as a blacked-out look as per one’s taste and mood.

The cooling system is the cornerstone of consistent work output from the GPU at high clock speeds. In Strix, they have upgraded the fans and heat sinks to achieve a reasonably superior heat dissipation. It starts with the MaxContact surface that nestles with the GPU. Precision machining is providing a smoother slug which doubles the contact area of conventional coolers, as a result, achieving an improved heat transfer. From there, heat is conveyed to across a vast array of heatsink fins having 20% more surface area compared to the previous generation. All the extra metal is placed in massive 2.7 slot design excelled for maximum cooling performance with minimal audial accompaniment. The heatsink is crafted with such fine skill which allows the Strix to work in pin drop silence for day-to-day desktop tasks and even light gaming. 0dB tech keeps the fans turned off until GPU temperature hits 55 degrees. They have employed brand Axial tech fans with more airflow and lesser noise. Hub is minimized to make room for larger blades which will then generate stronger air currents with each revolution, and they added a barrier ring that helps the fan direct air downward and maintains its shape at higher speeds. All these enhancements generate higher air pressures through the heatsink and allow the fan to hit higher RPMs with same acoustic level.

 

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Strix RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 have dual FanConnect 2 headers which are compatible with standard DC and PWM system fans, these additional fans will aid the fans on the card to bring about an absolute stunner of a cooling system. FanConnect 2 allows system cooling to respond immediately to GPU and CPU temperature changes resulting in optimal cooling at all workloads.

 

This image shows the ASUS Fan Connect 2 fan connector that is connected to the system fan.
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The GPU tweak enables the full blown control over fan profiles, overclocking settings, and even a configurable OSD. You can also switch between quiet modes and the predetermined performance by a physical switch on the card. Basically, this switch shifts between BIOS profiles with various fan curves that have an effect over how GPU enters into Boost domain.

Next-gen displays and headsets: GeForce RTX series boasts enough prowess to give you the top-notch VR experience, so the platform is arranged for the next generation of headsets. Which means, it can support open VirtualLink standard, which adds up four DisplayPort lanes, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and 27W power delivery in a single Type-C connector which simplifies setup for future VR gear. You can attach an existing headset a well through Dual HDMI 2,0b outputs which provides greater flexibility for connecting a monitor and big-screen TV simultaneously.

ASUS Dual: 

ASUS  GeForce RTX 2080Ti and RTX 2080 Dual encompass a more dramatically strong cooling system that does justice to the heavy duty Turing GPUs. Similar to Strix, they cover 2.7 slots to maximize the heatsink size. Compared to their predecessor, Cerberus, their surface area is increased by a remarkable figure of 50%.

 

 

The massive heatsink enjoys adequate air flow by the courtesy of patented Wing-blade fans. They embody similar 0dB tech as the Strix fan which allows silent operation with lighter loads, and they have the same IP5X-certified dust resistance which bestows them the longevity needed for good fans. Dual RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 are reinforced by an Aluminum plate protecting traces on the back of these cards.

The new ASUS Turbo: 

The ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turbo is good at keeping the temperatures low. You can’t deny its supremacy when it comes to blowing the heat away in tight cases and multi-GPU settings where you have to cool without the space to house massive heatsinks and multiple fans, especially the latest version which offers a heartening cooling upgrade.

 

This image shows the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti TURBO along with its box.
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The shroud is mildly remodeled to allow a smoother ventilation when the blower is blocked by adjacent graphics cards or case panels, raising portions to create a shunt, and angling a larger portion to funnel air toward the fan intake. The rear I/O panel is also remodeled to allow an ample airflow freely out the back of the chassis. The new fan has more diameter than the antecedent fan spanning over 80mm instead of 60mm. Obviously, it will generate more airflow irrespective of the conditions and spin on dual ball bearings. IP5X-certified dust protection blocks the infiltration of dust particles to increase the lifespan of the fans.

 

Dual GeForce 2080 Ti OC Edition Turbo GeForce 2080 Ti ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition Dual GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition
CUDA Cores 4352 4352 2944 2944
Memory 11GB GDDR6 11 GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
OutPuts 1 USB Type-C 1 HDMI 2.0b 3 DisplayPort 1.4 1 USB Type-C 1 HDMI 2 DisplayPort 1.4 1 USB Type-C 2 HDMI 2.0b 2 DisplayPort 1.4 1 USB Type-C 1 HDMI 2.0b 3 DisplayPort 1.4
Price $1,239.99 USD $1,649 CAD $1,209.99 USD $1,599 CAD $869.99 USD $1,149 CAD $839.99 USD $1,099 CAD