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If you want to buy a real high-end graphics card, you don't primarily look at your wallet, but primarily at the performance and features. Here, the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce can convincingly score in the test which leaves little left for the competition. However, so many features have their price: For the model, you can dig deep into your pocket with over 1,300 euros.

 

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce Review
The Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce relies on the TU102 GPU in full expansion and Gigabyte delivers the card again slightly overclocked compared to the reference model. The Aorus boost clock is 1,770 MHz, while the reference card's clock frequency is 1,545 MHz and Nvidia own Founders Edition is 1,635 MHz.

For this reason, the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce delivers more power than the competition we have tested so far, for example the Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual with 11GByte GDDR6 VRAM. However, the structure of the graphics cards is the same for the other elements, board partner Gigabyte cannot influence more than cooling and overclocking.

The well-known Turing architecture remains the basis. This is why 4,352 shaders ("CUDA Cores") are also responsible for the graphic calculations in the Gigabyte Aorus. In addition, the 352-bit memory bus with a corresponding transfer rate ensures a bandwidth of 616 GB per second in order to fully utilize the 11 GB GDDR6-VRAM.

Test data for Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce 11GB GDDR6

TDP: 250 W
DVI output: no connection
HDMI output: 3 ports
Benchmark: Ashes of the Singularity (Full HD): 102.7 fps
Benchmark: Ashes of the Singularity (UHD): 87.9 fps
Benchmark: Far Cry 5 (FHD): 96.0 fps
Benchmark: Far Cry 5 (UHD): 31.0 fps
Driver version: 442.50
Test date: 03/10/2020
Chip cycle: 1,350 MHz
Benchmark: Dirt Rally (Full HD): 175.0 fps
Benchmark: Dirt Rally (UHD): 88.2 fps
Benchmark: GTA V (Full HD): 143.6 fps
Benchmark: GTA V (UHD): 99.2 fps
Bandwidth: 622.3 GB / s
Manufacturing process: 12 nm
Occupied slots: 2 slots
Product: Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce 11GB GDDR6
Benchmark: Total War: Warhammer II (FHD): 89.1 fps
Benchmark: Total War: Warhammer II (UHD): 50.3 fps
Graphics chipset: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Cooling: Water cooling
Graphics card length: 29.1 centimeters
Display port output: 3 ports
Storage type: GDDR6
Maximum temperature 3D operation: 59 ° C
Power consumption test system full load: 443 watts
Note Full HD performance (games): 1.0 (very good)
Ultra HD performance rating (gaming): 1.2 (very good)
GPU boost clock: 1,770 MHz
Storage connection: 352 bits
Power consumption test system idle: 75 watts
Memory size: 11,264 Mbytes
Shader units: 4,352 engines
Benchmark: Metro: Exodus (FHD): 62.6 fps
Benchmark: Metro: Exodus (UHD): 28.7 fps
Benchmark: 3DMark Port Royal (overall): 9.224 points
Benchmark: 3DMark Fire Strike (overall): 22,618 points
Benchmark: 3DMark Time Spy (overall): 11,657 points
Benchmark: VRMark: Blue Room Score: 4,920 points
Benchmark: VRMark: Cyan Room Score: 13,841 points
Benchmark: 3DMark Fire Strike (Ultra): 8,241 points
Benchmark: 3DMark Time Spy Extreme (overall): 5,428 points
Medium loudness 2D operation: 1.5 sone
Medium loudness game mode: 3.1 sone


Strong benchmark results show the impressive performance
Even in the synthetic benchmarks like 3DMark, the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce sets the bar even higher than the previous leader, the Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual. This already achieved excellent 5,167 points in the 3DMark Time Spy Extreme, while the Gigabyte graphics card clearly tops it with 5,428 points.

A similar picture emerges in the gaming benchmarks, especially in the UHD resolution. Because here the gigabyte is always a few frames per second ahead of the competition. For example with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, in which the Gigabyte reached an average of 68 and the Palit 63 FPS. The same goes for the GTA V benchmark and here we measure 99 to 93 FPS in favor of the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce.

One of the reasons for purchasing an RTX graphics card is, in addition to performance, the two features DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) and ray tracing. However, the two options are only slowly gaining acceptance in the game industry, so the number of games that support them is manageable. The figurehead should still be Battlefield V and Shadow of the Tom Raider also joins here. Otherwise, many development teams react rather cautiously to these two new technical possibilities.

 

Low temperatures, but not as quiet as a whisper
Gigabyte has given its Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce, as the name suggests, its own water cooling. Nevertheless, the graphics card did not turn out to be quiet in our test. For example, our measurements showed an average of 3.1 sons under full load in 3D operation in comparison, the air-cooled Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual achieved 2.8 sones in the same test run.

Both are acceptable values. On the other hand, the Gigabyte Aorus has the lead in terms of temperature development, thanks to the water cooling, we measure a maximum value of 59 degrees Celsius. In return, water cooling and performance ensure a high power consumption of 443 watts and thus one of the highest values of our cards tested so far.

Due to the large buffer in the cooling performance, we played around a little with the overclocking and once again significantly accelerated the Waterforce: We increased the base clock from 1,350 MHz to 1,506 MHz and the boost from 1,770 MHz to 1,928 MHz. For example, this brought us another 5 FPS on average in Far Cry V in 4K resolution, and in The Division 2 another 3 FPS. So if you like to experiment a bit and if efficiency is not so important, you can get a noticeable gain in performance here.

Despite the water cooling, the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce occupies two slots in a desktop PC. The fans included in the scope of delivery are there, among other things, to blow the warm exhaust air outside and must be installed accordingly in the housing.

After installation, you have three DisplayPorts in version 1.4, three HDMI 2.0b ports and a USB Type-C connection including VirtualLink at your disposal. That is enough connection options for a multi-monitor setup or the connection to a VR headset. In addition, parts of the graphics card and the fans are RGB-illuminated and can be configured using the Gigabyte Fusion software.

 

GTX 1080 TI VS. RTX 2080 VS. RTX 2080 TI (REFERENCE)

- GTX 1080 Ti RTX 2080 RTX 2080 Ti

architecture

Pascal

Turing

Turing

Shader

3,584

2,944

4,352

Tensor cores

-

368

544

RT cores

-

46

68

GPU clock

1,480 MHz

1,515 MHz

1,350 MHz

GPU clock (boost)

1,582 MHz

1,710 MHz

1,545 MHz

Memory interface

352 bits

256 bit

352 bits

Storage

11 GB GDDR5X

8 GB GDDR6

11 GB GDDR6

Render Units (ROPs)

88

64

88

Texture Units (TMUs)

224

184

272

TDP

250 watts

215 watts

250 watts

The size

471 mm²

545 mm²

754 mm²

Manufacturing process

16 nm

12 nm

12 nm

 

You have to dig deep into your pockets for this RTX 2080 Ti
Nvidia RTX graphics cards are anything but a bargain in terms of price, and their own water cooling does not mean that such a copy is cheaper. So it is hardly surprising that the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce currently costs around 1,350 euros if you want to buy it. However, this means that it is only 100 euros more expensive than the Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Dual. So if you want a little more power and a water-cooled graphics card in your desktop PC.

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce Pros:

  • Strong performance values
  • Own water cooling
  • Perfect for 4K displays
  • VR ready

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • High power consumption
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