ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 Review




ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
Article index

 

1 – Overview

Finally, the Turing GPU has arrived at Geeks3D’s lab. It was time!

The GeForce RTX 2080 is based on the Turing TU104 GPU. It’s not the most powerful Turing variant (RTX 2080 Ti) but compared to previous generation (Pascal) there is a important leap in performances and in features. In performances because in many cases the RTX 2080 is 30% faster (even more, look at the hashcat/OpenCL test) than the GTX 1080 and in features thanks to new tensor cores (for AI apps and for the new DLSS antialiasing), RT cores (for real time ray tracing), or mesh shading. In this review I will focuse on regular 3D tests and I won’t talk about ray tracing.

The TU104 GPU that powers the RTX 2080 Strix is factory-overclocked: 1515MHz for the base clock (same as reference board) and 1860MHz for the boost clock (+60MHz overclock compared to the ref board). The 8GB of GDDR6 memory (vendor: Samsung) are clocked at 7000MHz (or 1750MHz real speed) like the reference board.

The ROG Strix RTX 2080 is heavy and bulky with its enormous 2.7 slot VGA cooler and its three 85mm fans. The VGA cooler is massive but does its job perfectly as you’re going to see. The Strix also supports the 0dB technology that allows the VGA cooler to be passive (fans are stopped) if the GPU temperature is below 55°C.

The Strix RTX 2080, as many other models from ASUS, supports the AURA RGB lighting technology. AURA lighting can control the lighting of your ASUS graphics card, motherboard and even mouse. Moreover, ASUS is one of the rare manufacturers that provide a SDK allowing programmers to embed AURA lighting into their applications. I added last year the support of AURA lighting to GeeXLab. So you can now control by code the RGB lighting of your Strix (see this article for an overview).

More marketing stuff can be found on the Strix RTX 2080 OC Edition homepage.

 

2 – Gallery

The box!


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
The bundle: the graphics card, an install doc and a CDROM. Very very minimal!


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
Now the real stuff: the RTX 2080!
Let’s start with an overview of the beast:


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
The RTX 2080 Strix has a reinforced frame (the GEFORCE RTX logo is printed on it):

Our engineers have boosted the ROG Strix GeForce® RTX 2080’s structural integrity by 3X with a metal brace that prevents excessive torsion and lateral bending of the PCB.


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
The VGA cooler and its 3 Axial-tech fans:


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
The cooling of the VRM transistors:


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
Connectors: 2 X DisplayPort 1.4, 2 X HDMI 2.0b and 1 X USB Type-C


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
At the end of the card, there is an ugly fan-cable and three free connectors. The red connector is a 4-pin RGB header for an RGB fan or LED strip. The two other connectors are for additional fans.


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
The rear side of the Strix RTX 2080 is protected by a nice backplate:


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
The button for ninjas:

Sometime you just want to turn off all the lights… That’s why we’ve outfitted the ROG Strix GeForce® RTX 2080 with a convenient stealth mode button. Give it a press and you’ll instantly transform from a master of the color-verse into a stealthy ninja.

Ok it’s just a button to quickly turn ON/OFF all RGB lighting of the card…


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
Dual-BIOS: the RTX 2080 board comes with a dual-BIOS switch to quickly select performance or quiet mode.

Do you prioritize low core temps or low noise levels? Performance mode will let the fans spin up to keep the card running cool all the time. Quiet mode keeps the same power target and top-end settings, but offers a less aggressive fan curve for quieter operation at medium temps. For even more customization and control, check out our GPU Tweak II software.


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
The Strix RTX 2080 has two 8-pin power connectors. That means this RTX board is designed to support up to 375W (150W per power connector + 75W via the PCIe slot) of power consumption.


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
Each power connector has a LED that shows if the power feeding is correct or not:


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 
The new NVLink connector for fast data exchange between several GPUs.


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6

 

3 – GPU Information

The usual GPU Caps Viewer, GPU Shark and GPU-Z screenshots.


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 - GPU Caps Viewer

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 - GPU Shark

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 - GPU-Z

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 - GPU-Z

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 - GPU-Z

 

4 – GPU Benchmarks

 

Test System
CPU Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.7GHz
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z390 Gaming X
Memory 16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance LED @ 3000MHz
PSU Corsair AX860i
Storage Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
OS Windows 10 v1809 64-bit

 

4.1 – 3DMark Sky Diver

48278 (graphics:91140, physics:16624, combined:28892)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
43293 (graphics:71813, physics:16355, combined:28711)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
40120 (graphics:58829, physics:16745, combined:29143)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
39287 (graphics:58162, physics:16492, combined:28877)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
32212 (graphics:40542, physics:16557, combined:28694)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
30441 (graphics:36767, physics:16692, combined:28858)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
29985 (graphics:35749, physics:16838, combined:28889)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
29740 (graphics:35526, physics:16603, combined:28751)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
23492 (graphics:25059, physics:16757, combined:27136)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 26% faster than the GTX 1080 if we look at the graphics score only.

 

4.2 – 3DMark FireStrike (1920×1080)

22003 (graphics:28030, physics:18578, combined:9419)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
19146 (graphics:22604, physics:18585, combined:9109)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
16504 (graphics:19574, physics:18586, combined:29143)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
16414 (graphics:18561, physics:18629, combined:8025)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
11708 (graphics:13426, physics:18640, combined:4651)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
11538 (graphics:13079, physics:18534, combined:4711)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
11075 (graphics:12839, physics:18597, combined:4201)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
10292 (graphics:11368, physics:18595, combined:4325)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
7899 (graphics:8616, physics:18629, combined:3175)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 24% faster than the GTX 1080 if we look at the graphics score only.

 

4.3 – 3DMark FireStrike Ultra (4K / 3840×2160)

6680 (graphics:6581, physics:18559, combined:3617)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
5517 (graphics:5446, physics:18595, combined:2819)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
4634 (graphics:4654, physics:18592, combined:2148)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
4593 (graphics:4512, physics:18631, combined:2304)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
3117 (graphics:3013, physics:18669, combined:4711)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
2869 (graphics:2830, physics:18652, combined:1325)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
2681 (graphics:2594, physics:18622, combined:1321)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 20% faster than the GTX 1080 if we look at the graphics score only.

 

4.4 – 3DMark TimeSpy (Direct3D 12)

10028 (graphics:10725, cpu:7330)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
7524 (graphics:7562, cpu:7316)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
6284 (graphics:6144, cpu:7218)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
6284 (graphics:6131, cpu:7324)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
4524 (graphics:4244, cpu:7239)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
4259 (graphics:3966, cpu:7338)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
3957 (graphics:3660, cpu:7330)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
3814 (graphics:3515, cpu:7368)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 41% faster than the GTX 1080 if we look at the graphics score only.

 

4.5 – Unigine Superposition – 1080p Medium – Direct3D

20795 (avg FPS: 155.5)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
16419 (avg FPS: 122.8)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
13039 (avg FPS: 97.5)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
12078 (avg FPS: 90.3)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
9082 (avg FPS: 67.9)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
8290 (avg FPS: 62)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
7469 (avg FPS: 55.9)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
7127 (avg FPS: 53.3)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
5332 (avg FPS: 39.9)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 26% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

4.6 – Unigine Superposition – 4K Optimized – Direct3D

9069 (avg FPS: 67.8)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
7014 (avg FPS: 52.5)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
5639 (avg FPS: 42.2)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
5060 (avg FPS: 37.8)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
3886 (avg FPS: 29.1)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
3026 (avg FPS: 22.6)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 29% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

4.7 – Unigine Valley – Extreme HD – Direct3D

Unigine Valley is a Direct3D/OpenGL benchmark from the same dev team than Unigine Heaven. More information can be found HERE and HERE.


Unigine Valley

Settings: Extreme HD (Direct3D 11, 1920×1080 fullscreen, 8X MSAA)

5594 (avg FPS: 133.7)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
4645 (avg FPS: 111.0)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
3953 (avg FPS: 94.5)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
3106 (avg FPS: 74.2)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
2853 (avg FPS: 68.2)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
2695 (avg FPS: 64.4)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
2414 (avg FPS: 57.7)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
1967 (avg FPS: 47.0)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
1730 (avg FPS: 41.4)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 18% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

4.8 – FurMark 1.20

P1080 (1920×1080)

10203 (avg FPS: 170)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
7322 (avg FPS: 122)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
6691 (avg FPS: 112)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
6201 (avg FPS: 103)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
4946 (avg FPS: 83)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
4556 (avg FPS: 76)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
3845 (avg FPS: 64)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
3367 (avg FPS: 56)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
3246 (avg FPS: 54)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 39% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

P2160 (3840×2160)

3817 (avg FPS: 64)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
2734 (avg FPS: 46)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
2261 (avg FPS: 38)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
2217 (avg FPS: 37)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
1600 (avg FPS: 27)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
1556 (avg FPS: 26)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
1330 (avg FPS: 22)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
1071 (avg FPS: 18)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1
1030 (avg FPS: 17)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 39% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

4.9 – Rhodium LC

Rhodium LC (LC for Liquid Carbon!) is a new GPU pixel shader benchmark made with GeeXLab and based on this shadertoy demo. You can download RhodiumLC from THIS PAGE.


GeeXLab pixel shader benchmark

 

P1080 (1920×1080)

4853 (avg FPS: 80)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
3650 (avg FPS: 60)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
2835 (avg FPS: 47)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
2640 (avg FPS: 43)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
1923 (avg FPS: 32)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
1484 (avg FPS: 24)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
1418 (avg FPS: 23)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
1192 (avg FPS: 19)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
937 (avg FPS: 15)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 32% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

P2160 (3840×2160)

1269 (avg FPS: 21)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
930 (avg FPS: 15)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
735 (avg FPS: 12)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
669 (avg FPS: 11)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
497 (avg FPS: 8)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
378 (avg FPS: 6)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
305 (avg FPS: 5)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
302 (avg FPS: 5)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
231 (avg FPS: 3)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 36% faster than the GTX 1080.
I know this benchmark is tough, even for the RTX 2080 😉

 

4.10 – MSI Kombustor 2017 – TessMark X32 OpenGL

MSI Kombustor 2017 (v0.6.2.0) is the new version of MSI Kombustor. For this test, I used TessMark X32 which is an OpenGL 4.0 tessellation benchmark with a tessellation level of 32. You can download MSI Kombustor 2017 from THIS PAGE.


MSI Kombustor - TessMark

 

P1080 (1920×1080)

16248 (avg FPS: 270)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
13515 (avg FPS: 225)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
10440 (avg FPS: 173)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
8845 (avg FPS: 147)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
7106 (avg FPS: 118)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
6992 (avg FPS: 116)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
6288 (avg FPS: 105)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
1886 (avg FPS: 32)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
1669 (avg FPS: 28)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 20% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

4.11 – World of Tanks enCore (Direct3D)

World of Tanks enCore is a new graphics benchmark based on the game World of Tanks. More information about this benchmark can be found HERE.


World of Tanks enCore Graphics Benchmark

 

P1080 (1920×1080)

34887
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
30453
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
25112
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
21658
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
17832
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
16394
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
15257
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
13465
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
9347
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 14% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

P2160 (3840×2160)

13236
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
10495
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
8310
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
7609
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
5779
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
5590
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
4572
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 26% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

4.12 – Final Fantasy XV (Direct3D)

This benchmark is based on the Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition video game. More information HERE.


Final Fantasy XV benchmark

 

P1080

Settings: High Quality – 1920×1080 fullscreen

10629
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
8778
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
7124
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
5842
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
5140
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
4408
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
3770
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
3669
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
2268
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 21% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

P2160

Settings: High Quality – 3840×2160 fullscreen

4854
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
3687
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
2925
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
2683
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
2089
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
1630
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
1569
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 31% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

4.13 – Resident Evil 6 Benchmark

Resident Evil 6 (RE6) is a Direct3D 9 benchmark. RE6 benchmark can be downloaded from this page.


Resident Evil 6

 

P1080

Settings: Resolution: 1920 x 1080, anti-aliasing: FXAA3HQ, all params to high.

27422
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
26157
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
24683
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
20382
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
19779
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
16970
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
14629
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
13270
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
10384
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 4% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

P2160

Settings: Resolution: 3840 x 2160, anti-aliasing: FXAA3HQ, all params to high.

15463
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
12483
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
9994
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
7688
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
6831
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
5751
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
5276
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
4855
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 24% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

4.14 – Far Cry 5 (Direct3D)

This test is based on the built-in benchmark shipped with Far Cry 5. More information HERE.


Far Cry 5 benchmark

 
Graphics settings in Far Cry 5: Ultra Quality

P1080

6910 frames (117 FPS)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
6483 frames (110 FPS)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
5833 frames (99 FPS)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
5605 frames (95 FPS)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
4278 frames (73 FPS)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
3661 frames (62 FPS)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
3654 frames (62 FPS)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
3479 frames (59 FPS)
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
2855 frames (48 FPS)
MSI Radeon HD 7970 – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 6% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

P2160

3485 frames (59 FPS)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
2642 frames (45 FPS)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
2253 frames (38 FPS)
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
2097 frames (36 FPS)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
1471 frames (25 FPS)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
1321 frames (22 FPS)
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 31% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

4.15 – HashCat 5.0 (OpenCL)

hashcat is a OpenCL-based password cracker. More information on hashcat can be found in this article.

You can download the latest HashCat for Windows HERE.

For this review, I used the built-in benchmark and tested the MD5 and SHA-256 performances.
For testing the MD5 perfs, run the following command:

> hashcat64.exe -b -m 0

For testing the SHA-256 perfs, run the following command:

> hashcat64.exe -b -m 1400

 

MD5

42306 MH/sec
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
26206 MH/sec
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
20713 MH/sec
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
19866 MH/sec
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
11633 MH/sec
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
11595 MH/sec
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
10433 MH/sec
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94
10354 MH/sec
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 61% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

SHA-256

5775 MH/sec
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
3365 MH/sec
MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 AIR BOOST – Adrenalin 18.11.1
3295 MH/sec
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC 8GB – GeForce 416.94
2465 MH/sec
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
1811 MH/sec
MSI Radeon R9 290X – Adrenalin 18.11.1
1606 MH/sec
MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB – Adrenalin 18.11.1
1471 MH/sec
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB – GeForce 416.94
1302 MH/sec
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94

In this test, the RTX 2080 is 71% faster than the GTX 1080.

 

5 – Burn-in Test


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 - FurMark burn-in test

 
This burn-in test has been done with FurMark 1.20.1.0.

As usual, the first thing to do before running a stress test is to set to the max the power target limit. I used ASUS GPU Tweak II 1.6.7.0 for this job. The RTX 2080 Strix has a max power limit of 125% TDP (value read in GPU Shark and in GPU Tweak). So I set the power limit to 125% TDP using GPU Tweak. If you don’t set the power limit to the max, the GPU is throttled when FurMark is running. I also did a test with default power limit (100%TDP).


ASUS GPU Tweak II

 
Idle state
– total power consumption: 53W
GPU temperature: 29°C

Load state – 100% TDP
– total power consumption: 341W
– GPU temperature: 63°C

Load state – 125% TDP
– total power consumption: 405W
GPU temperature: 68°C

A rough estimation of the power consumption of the RTX 2080 Strix is:
– at 100% TDP
P = (341-53-20) * 0.9
P = 241W

– at 125% TDP
P = (405-53-20) * 0.9
P = 298W

where 0.9 is the efficiency factor of the Corsair AX 860i PSU and 20 is an estimation of the additional CPU load when FurMark is running.

These numbers looks coherent with the theoretical TDP: 250W.

The GPU temperature reached a max value of 68°C which is very nice. The massive VGA cooler of the RTX 2080 Strix does its job very well and what’s more, it does it quietly. Amazing!

Thermal imaging


idle state
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 - Thermal imaging - idle

 
load state
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 - Thermal imaging - load

 

6 – Automatic Overclocking / NV OC Scanner

With Turing GPU, NVIDIA provided to graphics cards makers a library (NV OC Scanner) to automatically find stable overclocking settings. EVGA Precision, MSI Afterburner or ASUS GPU Tweak II have all added this feature.

Since it’s a review about an ASUS graphics card, let’s use ASUS GPU Tweak II. The new OC Scanner function is available in ASUS GPU Tweak II v1.8.9.0+. You can download the latest version of GPU Tweak from THIS LINK.

To start the automatic overclocking, just click on the OC Scanner button. The scanner runs during around 10 minutes and at the end displays the result. In my case, GPU Tweak found +107MHz.


ASUS GPU Tweak II - OC Scanner

ASUS GPU Tweak II - OC Scanner

ASUS GPU Tweak II - OC Scanner

ASUS GPU Tweak II - OC Scanner

 
If you’re ok with the value found by the OC Scanner, just click on Apply.

I did a quick performance test with 4.9 – Rhodium LC in 1920×1080 and here is the result:
– default boost frequency: 4853 points (80.9 FPS)
– overclocked boost frequency (+107MHz): 5109 points (85 FPS) => +5%.

 

7 – Conclusion

During this review I had to upgrade my testbed. Why? Because with my previous testbed based on an AMD Ryzen 7 1700, I got very abnormal results showing sometimes a RTX 2080 slower than a GTX 1080 or even than a GTX 1070! I suspected the Ryzen CPU and I was right! I upgraded the test bench setup with an Intel Core i7-8700K + a Z390 motherboard and things got back to the normal.

The RTX 2080 is a beast at eating pixels and crunching numbers! And such a beast must work with a powerful CPU. In my case, the Ryzen 7 1700, even with its 8 cores / 16 threads was not enough fast for delivering commands to the RTX 2080. The Core i7-8700K with its 6 cores / 12 threads does that job perfectly!

Moreover, the RTX 2080 is so fast at computing 3D graphics that in some benchmarks, there is only a small difference in speed between the RTX 2080 and the GTX 1080. In these cases, we have clearly a CPU-bound situation. If you plan to run 3D graphics and games at full HD resolutions (1920×1080), the RTX 2080 is just overkill: a GTX 1080 is enough and perfectly suited. Higher resolutions such as 4K (3840×2160) are the realm of the RTX 2080. In 4K, the RTX 2080 is more or less 30% faster than the GTX 1080.

In GPU-intensive tasks, such has TimeSpy, FurMark, or RhodiumLC, the difference in performance with the GTX 1080 is very visible: +36% in RhodiumLC, +39% in FurMark and +41% in 3DMark TimeSpy. In GPU computing tasks, the difference is more important: up to +70% in hashcat!

In 4K gaming (Far Cry 5, Final Fantasy XV, World of Tanks enCore) the RTX 2080 is 30% faster than the GTX while it’s not the case in full HD gaming. For example, the RTX 2080 is only 6% faster than a GTX 1080 in Far Cry 5 @ 1920×1080! In the same situation with the Ryzen 7 1700, the RTX 2080 was slower than the GTX 1080.

ASUS Strix RTX 2080 is a nice card and I really like its finishing (except the ugly fan cable). The backplate, the reinforced frame and the imposing VGA cooler (next-gen DirectCU cooler) give you the feeling that the card can resist to anything. The VGA cooler is quiet in idle state and thanks to 0dB technology (enabled with the dual-bios switch on the PCB), the card is passive in idle state if the GPU temperature does not exceed 55°C. With serious graphics loads, we can hear the fans, but it’s really acceptable.

And real time ray tracing? NVIDIA RTX/DXR??? I will talk about real time ray tracing with the GeForce RTX as soon as I will have coded some tests in . I’m waiting for the VK_NV_raytracing extension to be released in the GeForce driver (should happen as soon as NVIDIA will release a Vulkan 1.1.91 driver). Currently there is no real test or demo with real time ray tracing (except BFV).

Final words: the RTX 2080 (as well as the RTX 2080 Ti) is a extremely powerful graphics card but it requires a powerful CPU. No mercy. This ultra processing power could it explain the excessive price?


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6





One thought on “ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 Review”

  1. Dennis

    Hello Jegx,

    i really hope that you read this and maybe can help me!

    I have really Issues with the RTX 2080 Card – i have my 3rd Card now and also switched Motherboard,CPU ,RAM and even PSU to test.

    But I still have Stuttering while Gaming – Benchmarks seems fine.

    I have almost a very similar setup like yours in this Test:

    I7-8700K
    ASUS STRIX-F Z390
    ASUS Strix 2080OC
    G.SKILL TRIDENTZ 3200 DDR4 /16
    Windows 10 64 BIT 1809
    Seasonic 750W

    Could you maybe make a Video and show your Frametimes while playing BFV with DX11?
    Or CS:GO?

    I have frametime spikes going up to 30-50ms

    You would really help me!

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