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About Gigabyte RTX 2080Ti Gaming OC 11G
Like everytime when new SKUs come out, GIGABYTE comes up with few graphics card variants. For a while, this was observed to be under AORUS sub-branding but surprisingly this is a Gigabyte labeled graphics card. Hmm…
As much as I would like to talk about the RTX 2080Ti, we couldn’t get a review unit of the Founders Edition simply because of how the chipmaker operates itself in India- and how some website owners cater to such needs. I am sure by now people have well caught up with RTX 2080Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 Founder’s Edition reviews. This review emphasizes on the Gigabyte RTX 2080Ti 11G OC graphics card. It has a triple fan cooling system we’re all familiar with, with two factory overclock profiles. This is in addition to four years warranty (three years + one-year post registration).
Packaging and Contents
The packaging for the Gigabyte RTX 2080Ti is typical of what Gigabyte/AORUS provides for its high-end graphics card over the years, but it really needs to think about incentivizing its customers with real accessories. In today’s times, you would never need those additional PCIe power splitters. Providing a PCIe support bar to hold the graphics card in the system is a more useful accessory. Also, the accessory box is pretty big for two manuals, a disc, a case badge and an accessory you are unlikely to use.
Maybe a Gigabyte colour scheme inspired paracord sleeved extension cables is something they can consider.
|Graphics Processing||GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti|
|Core Clock||1665 MHz in OC mode
1650 MHz in Gaming mode(Reference Card: 1545 MHz)
|Memory Clock||14000 MHz|
|Memory Size||11 GB|
|Memory Bus||352 bit|
|Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)||616 GB/s|
|Card Bus||PCI-E 3.0 x 16|
|Digital max resolution||7680×4320@60Hz|
|Card size||L=286.5 W=114.5 H=50.2 mm|
|Power Connectors||8 Pin*2|
|Output||DisplayPort 1.4 *3
HDMI 2.0b *1
USB Type-CTM(support VirtualLinkTM) *1
|SLI support||2-way NVIDIA NVLINKTM|
Graphics Card Design
The graphics card has three fan design but has a dark ‘stealth’ look to it, typical to ‘Gigabyte’ branding compared to a flashier AORUS sub-branding. From the PCIe x16 slot, you can easily see the heatsink having contact with the GDDR6 RAM array.
The Gigabyte RTX 2080Ti is 11.27 inch long, 4.50 inch wide and 1.97 inches thick, making it as a 2.5-slot graphics card, typical of such class irrespective of the manufacturer. Like many graphics cards, the heatsink covers the entire PCB with all three fans pushing air through it for the air to escape sideways.
Remember AORUS cards with a copper plate on the other side of the GPU core, placed on the GPU plate? This doesn’t have any but it would be nice to see some ventilation holes since front case fans will blow the air through it. Whether that will be effective depends on your room and ambient temperatures, the ability of the case to allow air circulation and the number of components inside it. You can see four ends of the copper heatpipes but usually, there is one U-shaped pipe for a set of VRAMs. We’ll see as we progress with this review.
Rear I/O Options
The Gigabyte RTX 2080Ti 11G Gaming OC has one HDMI 2.0b, three DisplayPort’s 1.4a Ready and a virtualLink connector for VR. By default, this is also the first lineup where DVI ports are ditched by AIB partners, unlike the GTX 10 series where only the Founder’s Edition getting the treatment.
What I do appreciate from companies like Gigabyte is that they provide covers for all connectors and outputs, though at this point it is very standard. In a country like India where dust and humidity is a problem, this does its bit to protect the ports.
Like many (and hopefully all of them) AIB units, the Gigabyte RTX 2080Ti Gaming OC does not have any of its 82mm fans spin up unless it hits higher temperature typical of mid-tier load temperatures around 60 degrees C. Even in initial startups, the fans have a very small acoustic footprint. It is only when you crank up the speed manual to 85-90%, you get to hear it through a closed-case PC in a pin-drop silence room. Nothing new.
NVLink and Power Inputs
The RTX 2080Ti Founders Edition has a TDP rating of 260 watts with 2x 8-PIN PCIe for additional power delivery. There are 2x 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The Gigabyte RTX 2080Ti Gaming OC 11G card has a TDP rating of 275 Watt TDP with LED indicators on it. The RTX 2080Ti Founders Edition has a TDP rating of 260 watts, also with 2x 8-PIN PCIe for additional power delivery.
GPU Cooling system
Unlike ZOTAC and MSI graphic cards, Gigabyte/AORUS have thermal pads of different sizes. The main issue, however, is that you will have to be very careful when opening/resealing the card as they will stretch and/or tear. Additionally, there are two connectors from the cooler to the PCB. You will see six copper heatpipes having direct contact with the core, with one of the U-shaped heatpipes for one side of the VRAMs.
The Gigabyte RTX 2080Ti uses the TU102 GPU AND 11GB stacks of GDDR6 RAM chips. It is not just another updated graphics card since NVidia’s RTX takes advantage of Windows 10 OCT 2018 update’s real-time ray-tracing update to be used in games, provided the games support them. Till date, there’s only one game and few benchmarks that support RTX. So far, RTX looks like an overpriced novelty. I hope, for everybody’s sake, the developers are more keen on updating currently available games to take advantage of real-time ray tracing feature for games. Obviously, since it is Microsoft’s implementation, at some point AMD Radeon will enable its own labeled ray tracing feature for games. It will be interesting to see if game developers enable it for both GPU makers or just one with who they are associated with for the title.
Note that out of the two connectors, one is for the LEDs and the other is for the fans. The fans will not run if it is connected on the one that’s meant for powering and controlling the LEDs.
There are two thermal pads for the other side of the soldered points for the GDDR6. I am not sure why would Gigabyte skip on the third side. These thermal pads are thicker than the ones used internally.
No LEDs here. All of them are on the GPU cooler.
Since this is a factory overclocked card, this is a 300A revision. The actual numbering on the core is TU102-300A-K1-A1. This Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080Ti has 11 Micron manufactured D9WCW GDDR6 memory, each clocked at 1750 MHz/16 Gbps.
The graphics card has two profiles- Gaming and OC. OC has a higher clock speed.
|RTX 2080Ti Gaming OC
|RTX 2080Ti Gaming OC
The factory overclock is rather underwhelming considering base clock has +15MHz on the OC profile, and boost is up to 15MHz on Gaming profile and 30MHz on the Boost clock.
- Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT Rev 1.0 motherboard
- WD India for providing 4x WD Red 3TB NAS drives
|Test Setup for:||GIGABYTE RTX 2080Ti 11G Gaming OC|
|CPU+ CPU Cooler||Intel i7 4790K + Noctua NH-U12S|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT Motherboard|
|Memory||Kingston 16 GB 1600 MHz DDRIII|
|Primary OS drive||SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD + WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX|
|Power Supply||ANTEC 1200 Quattro|
|Chassis||Lian Li A70F Full Tower PC Case|
Driver Version: 416.34 WHQL
- 3DMark: Fire Strike Extreme (DX11) and Time Spy (DX12)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider DX 12
- Far Cry 5 DX11
- LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
Super Position Benchmark
- 1080p Extreme
- 4K Optimized
Shadow of the Tomb Raider DX12
Far Cry 5 DX11
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
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) December 3, 2018