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PNY RTX 2080 Ti XLR8 Gaming Review

Rating: 8.0.

Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti launched over a year ago, and since then it has remained the fastest consumer graphics card on the market, withstanding challenges from AMD's Radeon VII and Nvidia's own RTX 2080 SUPER. We've reviewed a number of ultra high-end 2080 Ti custom cards, many costing close to £1500. If you don't want to spend quite so much, PNY's 2080 Ti XLR8 Gaming may be worth a look – it's a triple-fan card that's priced just over £1000.

There's no such thing a ‘cheap' RTX 2080 Ti, but for a card like PNY's XLR8 Gaming the price of £1009 is somewhat lower than we have seen from other triple-fan behemoths like MSI's Lightning Z. Despite that, the XLR8 Gaming still ships with a weighty, three-fan cooler while its shroud also sports some aluminium plates as well.

We've updated a number of our games since our initial 2080 Ti review, so how well does this card perform when testing some of the latest titles? Let's find out.

GPU RTX 2080 Ti (FE)  RTX 2080 SUPER  RTX 2080 (FE)  RTX 2070 SUPER RTX 2070 (FE) 
SMs 68 48  46 40 36
CUDA Cores  4352 3072 2944 2560 2304
Tensor Cores  544 384 368 320 288
Tensor FLOPS 114 89 85 72 63
RT Cores 68 48 46 40 36
Texture Units 272 192 184  160 144
ROPs 88 64 64 64 64
Rays Cast  10 Giga Rays 8 Giga Rays 8 Giga Rays  7 Giga Rays 6 Giga Rays
GPU Boost Clock  1635 MHz 1815 MHz 1800 MHz 1770 MHz 1710 MHz
Memory Data Rate 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Total Video Memory 11GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Memory Interface  352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth  616 GB/sec  496.1 GB/sec 448 GB/sec 448 GB/sec  448 GB/sec
TGP  260W  250W 225W 215W 185W

Before we get into the review itself, let's just remind ourselves of the core spec of RTX 2080 Ti. Using the TU102 GPU, with a 754 mm² die size, this is nothing short of a monster – 68 Streaming Multiprocessors, each with 64 CUDA Cores, gives this GPU total of 4352 cores, which is still over 1200 more than the RTX 2080 SUPER which launched in July. Each SM also houses one RT Core, so we have 68 of those used to power real-time ray tracing in games which support the technology.

Boost clocks for this card are unchanged from the Founders Edition, with a 1635MHz rated clock speed. Technically this means the card is factory overclocked, as true reference clock for 2080 Ti is 1545MHz boost, but PNY hasn't pushed clocks further than the Founders Edition.

Elsewhere, the 11GB of GDDR6 memory is the most VRAM we've seen on a consumer RTX card, though it is clocked at 14Gbps instead of 15.5Gbps as per 2080 SUPER. Still, over a 352-bit bus this puts total memory bandwidth at 616 GB/s. Lastly, total graphics power (TGP) is rated at 260W.

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