This has been a big week for the graphics card world. Nvidia has officially launched the RTX 20 series and custom cards will be available at the same time as the Founder’s Edition release in September. Today, we are taking a look at the launch line-up from ASUS.
The Nvidia RTX 20 series is based on the Turing architecture, which packs in new cores to handle real-time ray tracing in gaming for the first time. Nvidia’s Founder’s Edition cards now pack dual-fan coolers, but partners all have their own cooling designs too. You can see some of the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti options from ASUS in the gallery below:
For launch, ASUS will have the following RTX 20 GPUs available in September and suggested retail pricing:
- Asus DUAL RTX 2080Ti 011G- £1344.48
- Asus TURBO RTX 2080Ti 11G- £1275.44
- Asus ROG STRIX RTX 2080 08G- £1006.31
- Asus DUAL RTX 2080 08G- £889
Obviously Asus GPUs come with their own benefits. The ROG STRIX cards for instance use new fans and a smaller fan hub to allow for longer blades and a barrier that provides more downward air pressure. This allows more air to pass through the heatsink without increasing noise levels.
The Dual series RTX 20 cards come with ‘Wing-blade’ fans after previously debuting on previous Strix cards. This allows support for better dust resistance, a 0dB fan mode and better air pressure than before. Both the Dual and Strix cards have a 2.7 slot design, which allows Asus to squeeze in a larger heatsink, making it 20 percent larger on ROG Strix GPUs and 50 percent larger on Dual GPUs.
Finally, the ASUS Turbo cards still use the same blower-style cooler, which can be good for multiple GPU set-ups as less heat is dumped directly into the PC case. This time around, the fan has been upgraded to an 80mm IP5X dust resistance rated fan with dual-ball bearings.
KitGuru Says: We’ve got plenty of details on custom RTX 2080 and 2080Tis at this point but the RTX 2070 is getting very little spotlight at the moment. Are any of you thinking about upgrading to Turing, or is the new pricing putting you off?