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ASUS ROG RTX 2080 Ti Strix OC (O11G) Review – £1,500 beast!

Rating: 8.0.

Having already analysed ASUS ROG's RTX 2080 Strix model, today our attention turns to the company's flagship RTX 2080 Ti offering. It's overall a very similar card to the Strix RTX 2080, but with all the power of the RTX 2080 Ti, it promises to be an absolute beast. It definitely has a price tag to match, however, as this card comes in at an eye-watering £1499.99, making it £400 more expensive that Nvidia's own Founders Edition 2080 Ti., could it possibly be worth it?

Given that the RTX 2080 Ti Strix OC (O11G) is ASUS ROG's flagship card, it is no surprise to see that it ships packed to the gills with features. If you have read our review of the Strix 2080, many of these features will be familiar to you – but to pick out some of the highlights, there is dual-BIOS functionality, an on-board Aura RGB header, completely redesigned fans and a factory overclocked GPU as well.

Even then, asking £400 more than Nvidia's Founders Edition is certainly brave to say the least, so we will have to see if this card is worth it. £1,500 is a lot of money.

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

Being an RTX 2080 Ti, the Strix OC model we are looking at today shares all its core specs with every other 2080 Ti on the market. That means 4352 CUDA cores, 544 Tensor cores and 68 RT cores, while the 11GB of GDDR6 memory operates over a 352-bit bus, with a total bandwidth of 616GB/s.

What this ROG Strix card changes compared to Nvidia's Founders Edition card, however, is clock speed. Out of the box, the Strix runs at 1650MHz – 15MHz faster than Founders – but there is an OC mode within ASUS' GPU Tweak II tool which adds an extra 15MHz on top, giving a rated boost clock of 1665MHz. That makes the card 30MHz faster than Founders, but 120MHz faster than Nvidia's reference design. We did our testing with OC mode enabled to get the most from the card, though we also look at manual overclocking later.

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