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ASUS ROG RTX 2080 Strix OC (08G) Review

Rating: 7.0.

Having already analysed RTX 2080 cards from Palit and Gigabyte, today our attention turns to ASUS ROG and its RTX 2080 Strix OC (08G). This card is nothing short of a monster – in terms of its size, feature-set and its price. That's because, at £999, this is the most expensive RTX 2080 currently on the market. Could it be worth an extra £250 over Nvidia's Founders Edition? Let's find out.

With a whole raft of features – including dual-BIOS functionality, an on-card Aura RGB header and two 4-pin fan headers as well – the ASUS ROG RTX 2080 Strix OC (08G) has a lot going for it. On top of that, the fans have been redesigned, the power delivery has been improved compared to Nvidia's reference design, and ASUS even claims its heatsink has 20% more surface area than its previous generation of cards.

It certainly sounds good on paper, but most importantly – how does it perform? That what we will be testing today.

GPU RTX 2080 Ti (FE)  GTX 1080 Ti (FE)  RTX 2080 (FE)  GTX 1080 (FE) 
SMs  68 28  46  20
CUDA Cores   4352  3584 2944 2560
Tensor Cores   544  N/A 368 N/A
Tensor FLOPS  114  N/A  85 N/A
RT Cores  68  N/A 46 N/A
Texture Units 272  224 184 160
ROPs  88  88 64 64
Rays Cast   10 Giga Rays/sec  1.1 Giga Rays/sec 8 Giga Rays/sec 0.877 Giga Rays/sec
RTX Performance   87 Trillion RTX-OPS  11.3 Trillion RTX-OPS 60 Trillion RTX-OPS  8.9 Trillion RTX-OPS
GPU Boost Clock   1635 MHz  1582 MHz 1800 MHz  1733 MHz
Memory Clock  7000 MHz  5505 MHz 7000 MHz  5005 MHz
Total Video Memory  11GB GDDR6  11GB GDDR5X  8GB GDDR6  8GB GDDR5X
Memory Interface   352-bit  352-bit  256-bit  256-bit
Memory Bandwidth  616 GB/sec  484 GB/sec  448 GB/sec  320 GB/sec
TDP  260W  250W  225W  180W

While a Founders Edition RTX 2080 ships with a rated boost clock of 1800MHz, out of the box the ROG Strix 2080 operates at 1860MHz. This is fast, certainly, but the Palit RTX 2080 GameRock Premium we reviewed operates at 1875MHz – so it is not quite the fastest boost clock we have seen.

You can, however, download GPU Tweak II – ASUS' GPU utility tool – and enable ‘OC mode' which works as a one-click overclock to run the Strix card at 1890MHz. This is how we did our testing, to get the most from the card.

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