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Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2080 Xtreme 8G Review

Rating: 6.5.

Our first aftermarket RTX 2080 review was the Gigabyte Gaming OC model which was essentially a triple-fan cooler on top of a reference PCB. Gigabyte's Aorus brand, however, is known for delivering feature-rich custom cards, and this is certainly the case with the RTX 2080 Xtreme 8G we are looking at today. It's one of the most expensive 2080s currently going, though, with a price of £899 here in the UK. Can it justify the extra £150 over Nvidia's Founders Edition?

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For £899, it is safe to say Aorus is delivering a number of interesting features that it will hope justifies the extra expense for its RTX 2080 Xtreme 8G. For one, the card comes factory overclocked to 1890MHz – the joint fastest out of the box clock speed we have seen so far – while it also boasts a whopping 12+2 power phase design. On top of that its RGB implementation is quite unique, while there are a total of seven display outputs as well – two more than usual.

 GPU RTX 2080 Ti (FE)  GTX 1080 Ti RTX 2080 (FE)  GTX 1080 RTX 2070 (FE)  GTX 1070 
 SMs  68 28  46  20 36 15
CUDA Cores   4352  3584 2944 2560 2304 1920
Tensor Cores   544  N/A 368 N/A 288 N/A
Tensor FLOPS  114  N/A 85 N/A 63 N/A
RT Cores  68  N/A 46 N/A 36 N/A
Texture Units 272  224 184 N/A 144 120
ROPs  88  88 64 64 64 64
Rays Cast   10 Giga Rays/sec  1.1 Giga Rays/sec 8 Giga Rays/sec 0.877 Giga Rays/sec 6 Giga Rays/sec 0.65 Giga Rays/sec
RTX Performance   87 Trillion RTX-OPS  11.3 Trillion RTX-OPS 60 Trillion RTX-OPS  8.9 Trillion RTX-OPS 45 Trillion RTX-OPS 6.5 Trillion RTX-OPS
GPU Boost Clock   1635 MHz  1582 MHz 1800 MHz  1733 MHz 1710 MHz 1683 MHz
Memory Clock  14 Gbps  11 Gbps 14 Gbps 10 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps
Total Video Memory  11GB GDDR6  11GB GDDR5X  8GB GDDR6  8GB GDDR5X 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5
Memory Interface   352-bit  352-bit  256-bit  256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth  616 GB/sec  484 GB/sec  448 GB/sec  320 GB/sec  448 GB/sec 256 GB/sec
TDP  260W  250W  225W  180W 185W 150W

With the same number of CUDA cores (2944), Tensor cores (368) and RT cores (46) as any other RTX 2080, what helps differentiate this Xtreme edition is its 1890MHz boost clock, which is the joint fastest we have seen – tied with the Palit GameRock Premium.

This Aorus card, however, is the first we have seen to ship with overclocked memory – 14140MHz instead of the default 14000MHz. With both of these increased clock speeds, it will be interesting to see how the real-world performance compares to the other RTX 2080 cards we have seen so far.

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