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The state of RTX…
If there was a time to feel sorry for the state of things, it is now. Both with Nvidia and Intel. Nvidia’s RTX launch is one hot mess. It is not possible to justify the price tag any RTX 2080Ti commands especially there is just one game that supports RTX. RTX 2080 is something that’s just ignored for now. We should have seen an armada of RTX-ready games, similar to what console makers would naturally do. Nvidia did have similar practice with DirectX 12. Prices of the high-end card made many adopters skeptical, but it was still reachable for some. So the question is- where are the RTX and DLSS content months after launching three graphics card with this feature?
This is all valid even without considering the RTX 2080Ti dying on its own for some reason, something that Nvidia has not addressed at all. Its unfortunate, but CPU/GPU chipset marketing has become a game of deception where suddenly chipmakers go silent if facts are brought into the light. It is the AIB partners and its users who are at the receiving end. Lack of competition may have made the green team lazy. It is very disheartening because no enthusiast would want to see this happening. At the end of the day, they are ready to spend money provided its justified.
Real-time Ray Tracing in games is something to look forward to. But at a price that is a premium and likely will chop down its overall performance once enabled makes RTX look like a novelty feature. A very expensive one.
But if you do happen to purchase it…
I prefer the Gigabyte variant over the orange-accent AORUS- so far. It looks matured and minimalistic appearance to the graphics card. I haven’t checked the AORUS cards yet, but if this also has Gaming/OC profiles, how does Gigabyte differs itself from AORUS apart from some clock speed difference? This comes down to preference- obviously.
The GPU cooling is pretty good for a factory overclocked RTX 2080Ti since I’ve never seen it cross 78 degrees Celsius with OC profile in a closed case setup with an ambient temperature of 31 degrees C. Again, we didn’t test the reference edition to say if THIS RTX 2080Ti is good or bad. The cooling system isn’t different from the ones used by AORUS graphics card I’ve tested in the past. It is not a bad implementation. It works on this card so there’s no reason to have a radically different approach. Gigabyte does need to accessorize premium cards better. People are spending a fortune on a graphics’ card whose main feature is something they cannot take advantage of right now. Other graphics card manufacturers are in a similar situation. In any case, this is the right direction.
However, Gigabyte should just make it simple by having a single higher factory clock in its graphics card, much like how ZOTAC does it with AMP! and AMP! Extreme series for so many years. Why not make factory OC preset as its default and make it easy to plug-and-play without the added utility? The difference between Founders Edition and this card’s Gaming profile is minuscule.
Maybe now or later. If we see a plethora of games using DLSS and RTX and you can play comfortably on it, you would shortlist this graphics card.
- Tried, tested and widely used air cooling system
- Down-to-earth design
- Four years warranty
- Factory overclocks are minor
- Lack of accessories