The Turing based NVIDIA RTX-series graphics card were already quite powerful but after the release of AMD RX 5700 and 5700 XT, the company decided to release a couple of improved graphics cards, which are known as RTX Super variants. These graphics cards provided a higher number of Shader Processing Units, Render Output Units, Texture Mapping Units, and some other parameters. The catch here is that these graphics cards are available at the same price as that of the Non-Super models, which makes them quite compelling.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super is a buffed up model of GeForce RTX 2080, although the improvement is not as much as you would see in the RTX 2060 Super or the RTX 2070 Super. There is an increase in Streaming Multiprocessors by 2, leading to a total of 48 from 46. The boost core clocks are increased from 1710 MHz to 1815 MHz while the memory clocks are increased from 1750 MHz to 1937 MHz. All these minor differences might seem too little but combining all of these you get a graphics card that is sufficiently better-performing than the RTX 2080. In this article, we will be discussing some of the best RTX 2080 Super graphics cards, so stay tuned.
1. ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Super OC
Best-Valued RTX 2080 Super
- Got those beastly looks
- Axials fans result in cooler and quieter operation
- The backplate provides beautiful RGB lighting
- Not the best price for an RTX 2080 Super
- The design is a bit repetitive to the previous generation
Boost Core Clock: 1890 MHz | GPU Cores: 3072 | Memory: 8GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1937 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 496 GB/s | Length: 11.8 Inches | No. of Fans: 3 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x Type-C, 2 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 250W
ASUS is among the top brands among the graphics card vendors and there are a lot of reasons for going with an ASUS GPU. ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Super OC is the company’s flagship mainstream variant for the RTX 2080 Super, which comes with a tri-fan design, a lot of RGB lighting; even on the backplate, which looks nice. The graphics card, overall, got those beastly looks, which attract a lot of users and that is why it feels very premium as well. The front of the graphics card also provides various zones for RGB lighting and whether you install the graphics card horizontally or vertically, it will look awesome in both ways, although, those who have used the ROG STRIX variants in the 10-series graphics cards might find the design somewhat repetitive.
The graphics card comes with 1890 MHz of boost core clocks which are the best among all variants. The cooling performance of the graphics card is also very impressive and it runs considerably cooler than most of the other variants, especially those that are priced close to the MSRP. As you can see, the axial fans are one of the improvements they achieved from the 10-series ROG STRIX design and this results in cooler and quieter operation. The heat-sink of the graphics card is also quite thick, which, overall, leads to temperatures around 65-degrees during full load. The overclocking capabilities of the graphics card are not huge because it comes fairly overclocked out of the box. As for the clock-rates are concerned, the graphics card achieves around 2050 MHz average clocks after overclocking. The memory, on the other hand, did fairly well and we were able to see up to 2300 MHz of clocks, which is pretty awesome. The overclock leads to a performance increase of around 7-8 %, which is not bad.
Overall, the graphics card presents itself as one of the best variants of the RTX 2080 Super and we see no reason to not check this out apart from the fact that it is among the higher-priced variants of the RTX 2080 Super.
2. GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super
Best Looking RTX 2080 Super
- The RGB rings on the fan look really nice and shiny
- Impressive factory clocks
- Lots of I/O ports
- Not the best build quality
- Supports only four displays despite providing seven I/O ports
Boost Core Clock: 1860 MHz | GPU Cores: 3072 | Memory: 8GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1937 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 496 GB/s | Length: 11.41 Inches | No. of Fans: 3 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x Type-C, 3 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 250W
GIGABYTE completely changed their design of the AORUS-series variants when it comes to 16-series or 20-series graphics cards. The previous AORUS models weren’t pleasing for many, however, the latest design is really eye-catching. The fan-shroud feels elegant and covers the front of the fan too. Speaking of fans, the graphics card features a tri-fan design and uses fans having RGB rings. The overall looks are so futuristic that can have anyone in awe. Like the ROG STRIX variant, the RGB lighting is also present at the backplate, where it lights up the AORUS logo. One can clearly notice that the central fan is not at the same level as that of the other two fans, which is why the graphics card is not as lengthy as other tri-fan variants. Most of the material of the shroud is plastic though, which feels a bit low-end. A great advantage of buying the AORUS variant is that you get tons of I/O ports, although the graphics card still supports only four displays at max and the extra ports are just for the ease of use for multiple-monitor setups.
The boost core clocks of the graphics card are not the best but still quite impressive at 1860 MHz, out of the box. The cooling solution of the graphics card is quite different from the rest, though. It uses seven heat pipes of 6 mm which are in direct contact with the GPU chip. Also, the fans of the graphics card are not at the same level, as mentioned and in fact, rotate in opposite directions as well. This leads to the noisier operation than other graphics card but the cooling performance of the graphics card is quite good due to these design factors. Upon overclocking, the graphics card reaches clock rates of the around 2050 MHz, which is the same as the previously mentioned card.
Conclusively, the GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super is a great alternative to the ROG STRIX version and if you want something with a completely new design, it might even be worth over the ASUS variant.
3. MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super GAMING X TRIO
- Extremely shiny and bright RGB lighting
- Provides a marvelous backplate
- Keeps the price and performance balanced
- One of the longest variants
- The design feels a bit odd
Boost Core Clock: 1845 MHz | GPU Cores: 3072 | Memory: 8GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1937 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 496 GB/s | Length: 12.91 Inches | No. of Fans: 3 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x Type-C, 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 250W
MSI graphics cards have always been one of the shiniest graphics cards in the market and their latest GAMING X TRIO design from the 10-series graphics is somewhat changed. Instead of the smallest fan in the centre, MSI has placed the fan at the left-most area due to the NVLINK being there as well. This makes the look of the graphics card a bit odd, however, the graphics card provides such bright LEDs at the front that this gets forgotten. There is RGB lighting at the top of the graphics card as well, which is why it looks fantastic in both the horizontal and vertical ways, although the backplate is not RGB at all. The backplate provides a brushed aluminium texture and these backplates really are a great improvement over the previous generation graphics cards. The features of the graphics card are quite similar to the previously mentioned ASUS STRIX and AORUS variant, although it is available at $20 lower price which makes it stand out.
The boost clock of the graphics card is a tad bit slower than the other overclocked variants, at 1845 MHz, although the real-time clock rates are not very different. The graphics card runs slightly warmer, roaming around 70 degrees, although these temperatures are perfectly safe, even for overclocking. Speaking of overclocking, the graphics card ran at maximum clock rates of 2050 MHz, as expected and the memory did fine in overclocking too, being at slightly higher than 1750 MHz.
All-in-all, you cannot go wrong with this graphics card, as it provides a great balance between price and performance while the looks are excellent too.
4. ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP
- Very sturdy build quality
- The cooling is on par with tri-fan variants
- Much cheaper than most of the high-end variants
- The design doesn't feel so attractive
- Could have provided RGB lighting at the front
Boost Core Clock: 1845 MHz | GPU Cores: 3072 | Memory: 8GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1937 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 496 GB/s | Length: 11.73 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 250W
ZOTAC lineup is not as attractive as other brands when it comes to RTX 20-series graphics cards, however, their graphics cards from the 10-series were quite good already, which is why there should not be many problems if one cannot spot much of an improvement. The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP edition is not the flagship variant by the vendor, however, the performance it provides is just fantastic. The graphics card features a solid build quality, thanks to the Exo armour, which has been present in the ZOTAC cards since the 9-series cards. If not much, ZOTAC could have provided a couple of RGB lights at the front to make the card attractive. Moreover, despite providing a dual-fan design, the graphics card is fairly long, which is why one shouldn’t worry about the thermals.
The boost clock of the graphics card is set at 1845 MHz, just like the MSI GAMING X TRIO. The temperatures of the graphics card roam around 70 degrees, although, with a 50% fan speed, we noticed up to degree drop. Sadly, the fans of the graphics card are not as optimized as other variants, which is why the graphics card gets somewhat noisier as well. A particular thing to note here is that the graphics card despite being dual-fan is longer than the tri-fan AORUS variant, which seems such a strange fact.
So, we recommend you to buy this graphics card if you want the performance of high-end variants while keeping the price lowest as possible.
5. EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Hybrid Gaming
Efficient Cooling Performance
- Really shines in the cooling department
- Great for rigs with low airflow
- Comes with power link
- The price is the same as tri-fan variants
- Slight risk of liquid cooling
Boost Core Clock: 1830 MHz | GPU Cores: 3072 | Memory: 8GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1937 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 496 GB/s | Length: 10.46 Inches | No. of Fans: 1+1 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x Type-C, 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 250W
The reason for putting the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Hybrid is not that it is the worst card of all of these but that the graphics card is pricier than all of these variants and yet it does not look as good as the previously mentioned cards. Although the risk of liquid cooling is reduced a lot in the last couple of years, one cannot be too sure about it. The design of the graphics card is still, much better than the past EVGA Hybrid cards, especially the pre-10-series graphics cards. There is a very nice thing about this graphics card that it comes with a power link, which greatly reduces the headache of PCIe power cables. EVGA has used its latest design of the fan in the graphics card while the fan with the radiator is somewhat different. The backplate seems very airy but it is not aesthetically pleasant at all.
The biggest advantage of the liquid-cooled graphics cards is that you can just stop worrying about the temperatures of the graphics card. The temperatures stay under 50 degrees most of the time and rise up to 52-55 degrees when the graphics card is put to extreme stress. As for the clock rates are concerned, the graphics card is set at low boost clock rates of 1830 MHz, although it can be overclocked with an offset of 70-90 MHz easily, taking the graphics card close to 2050 MHz.
Overall, EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Hybrid is a unique variant and if you own a case with relatively lower airflow, this graphics card will do wonders for you.