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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review : RDNA 2 Rocks!

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review : RDNA 2 Rocks!

Thanks to the new RDNA 2 architecture, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is a killer graphics card, with serious raytracing chops!

Find out why we gave the Radeon RX 6800 XT our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Powered By RDNA 2!

  • DirectX 12 Ultimate – offering support for the next-generation games with DirectX Raytracing and Variable Rate Shading.
  • New Ray Accelerator – delivers real-time lighting, shadow and reflection realism through DirectX Raytracing.
  • Variable Rate Sharing (VRS) – dynamically reduces shading rate for better performance at little to no loss in image quality.
  • DirectStorage Support – delivers faster load times and high-quality textures in the future.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Price + Availability

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT has a RRP of US$649, and will be available for sale starting 18 November 2020.

Custom boards will be available from brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte starting in November 2020.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Specifications

This table summarises how the RX 6800 XT compares against the RX 6900 XT and the RX 6800.

Specifications Radeon RX
6900 XT
Radeon RX
6800 XT
Radeon RX
6800
Transistors 26.8 billion
Fab Process 7 nm
Die Size 519 mm²
Total Graphics Power 300 W 250 W
Compute Units 80 72 60
Ray Accelerators 80 72 60
Stream Processors 5120 4608 3840
Game Clock 2015 MHz 2015 MHz 1815 MHz
Boost Clock 2250 MHz 2250 MHz 2105 MHz
TFLOPS 23.04 20.74 16.17
TMUs 320 288 240
Max. Texture Rate 720 GT/s 648 GT/s 505 GT/s
ROPs 128 96
Max. Pixel Rate 288 GP/s 202 GP/s
Infinity Cache 128 MB
Graphics Memory 16 GB GDDR6 (16 Gbps)
Bus Width 256-bit
Bandwidth 512 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x16

 

Unboxing The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT comes in a large and heavy cardboard box. Very heavy duty, with thick foam packaging.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Hands-On Experience!

Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT in our hands-on video, and pictures.

Be careful when you handle it, because it is a rather bulky and heavy card.

That’s partly because it comes with a large (and heavy) 2.5-slot cooler with triple axial fans.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is kept cool by a really thick heatsink, covered by a shroud with triple axial fans.

Part of the reason why it’s so heavy – it has a full-length die-cast aluminium backplate at the back.

Here you can see its thick heatsink, and how its cooler is designed to suck in air from the front of the card, and exhaust the hot air from the top and the bottom of the card.

It has four display connectors. From left to right : one USB Type C port, two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and one HDMI 2.1 port.

The card uses up to 300 watts of power, and comes with two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors.

It should work with two 6-pin power cables though – both 8-pin and 6-pin cables deliver 150 watts.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT supports PCI Express 4.0, which offers double the bandwidth of PCI Express 3.0.

However, that requires you to use a PCI Express 4.0 motherboard, like the recommended AMD X570 motherboards.

But do not fret if you are on the Intel platform. It is backward-compatible with PCI Express 3.0, and will work just fine with PCIe 3.0 motherboards.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance (with and without Smart Access Memory), and compare it to seven other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications:

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Graphics
Memory
Memory
Bandwidth
Radeon RX 6800 XT 580.3 GT/s 257.9 GP/s 16 GB GDDR6 512 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 316.8 GT/s 105.6 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 496 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 XT 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 2070 SUPER 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 224.3 GT/s 102.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage 1TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Graphics Drivers NVIDIA GameReady Driver 457.30
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.45.01.12-11.6 Beta

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : In Action!

Our testbed pairs the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor with the ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII Hero (AMD X570) motherboard, with 32 GB of DDR4 memory.

Take a look at the Radeon RX 6800 XT in action, and listen to how quiet it sounds… even when it revs up during the strenuous part of the test!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Peak Exhaust Temperature

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Rated for 300 watts, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is definitely a hot card, blowing out really hot air like a hairdryer. The good news is – its triple axial fans are quiet even during the most strenuous tests.

But please make sure your case is well-ventilated, as the hot air is expelled from the top and bottom of the card, and will recirculate within the case.

It will get really, REALLY hot inside the chassis if you don’t ventilate well!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Look at that! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 52% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 73% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER!

In the overall gaming score, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT ends up about 42% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 58% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER. Very impressive!

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT did even better – it was about 56% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 77% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER!

In the overall score, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 48% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 65% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER!

Port Royal (Ray Tracing)

Nice! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 29% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 49% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER in ray tracing!

DirectX Raytracing Test

We ran the standalone DirectX Raytracing test too, and it confirmed that the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 22% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 47% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER in ray tracing!

PCI Express Bandwidth

The AMD cards all support PCI Express 4.0, which gives them an edge over the NVIDIA cards.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Very impressive! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 48% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 53% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

When we turned on Smart Access Memory, it was about 58% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 62% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT pulled further ahead – it was about 57% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 64% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

When we turned on Smart Access Memory, it was about 74% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 82% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

2160p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! It was far ahead of the competition at 4K!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 61% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 77% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was about 84% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 XT!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was only 11% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 21% faster than the RX 5700 XT and RTX 2070 SUPER.

Smart Access Memory did not make much of a difference – it was about 13% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 23% faster than the RX 5700 XT and RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

But when we ramped up the resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT showed its real mettle!

With or without Smart Access Memory, it was 52% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER70% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 75% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT further extended its lead at the 4K resolution.

It was now 69% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER92% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 76% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER2X faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 2.1X faster than the RX 5700 XT.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 49% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER68% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 74% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 49% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER75% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 85% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 44% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER71% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 97% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Dirt 5

Dirt 5 is a brand new off-road racing game by Codemasters, released on 6 November 2020.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game appears to be highly-optimised for AMD graphics cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

 

Look at that! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 70% faster than the RX 5700 XT72% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 97% faster than the RX 5700 and RTX 2070 SUPER.

Smart Access Memory gave it a small boost, making it 77% faster than the RX 5700 XT79% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 and RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 64% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER73% faster than the RX 5700 XT, and 87% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 80% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER91% faster than the RX 5700 XT, and 2X faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was the only card capable of delivering frame rates in excess of 60 fps with maximum image quality.

It was 65% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 88% faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 69% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 93% faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 44% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 63% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 71% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti and the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 45% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 67% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER72% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 77% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 45% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 60% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER68% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 78% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics is a turn-based tactical combat game, released on 28 April 2020.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 10% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER19% faster than the RX 5700, and 26% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER25% faster than the RX 5700, and 33% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 2% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER14% faster than the RX 5700, and 18% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 12% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER25% faster than the RX 5700, and 30% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

That changed at the 4K resolution. Suddenly, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER managed to edge out the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 5% slower than the RTX 2080 SUPER22% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 30% faster than the RX 5700 and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 2% slower than the RTX 2080 SUPER27% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 35% faster than the RX 5700 and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Star Control : Origins

Star Control : Origins is a procedurally-generated action adventure game, released on 20 September 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Great Graphics settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 27% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 38% faster than the RX 5700 XT, 41% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 42% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 30% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 43% faster than the RX 5700 XT, 44% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 48% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 34% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 51% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 53% faster than the RX 5700 XT, and 55% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an action adventure game released on 14 September 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 22% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 40% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 55% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 67% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 32% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 51% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 67% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 80% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 34% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 52% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 69% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 82% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 41% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 60% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 78% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 92% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 40% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 63% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 75% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 96% faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 43% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 67% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 79% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Total War Saga : TROY

Total War Saga : TROY is a new turn-based strategy game released on 13 August 2020.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 20% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 26% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 32% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 47% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 39% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 46% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 53% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 71% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 34% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 43% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 48% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 58% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 48% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 57% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 62% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 74% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 36% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 40% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 53% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 69% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 42% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 46% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 59% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 76% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Our Verdict + Award!

The new RDNA 2 architecture delivered what AMD promised – a serious threat to NVIDIA’s dominance in gaming performance.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is an impressive piece of work, offering seriously good gaming performance, with really competitive ray tracing performance.

Pundits may have been worried about its relatively narrow 256-bit memory bus, but the new Infinity Cache appears to have solved that problem.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say… and our benchmarks have shown that the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is a leap forward in gaming performance!

Here is a quick summary of its gaming performance over the last-generation Radeon RX 5700 XT.

  • Time Spy | Time Spy Extreme : +91%
  • The Division 2 : +82%
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider : +77%
  • Metro Exodus : +75%
  • Dirt 5 : +75%
  • F1 2019 : +61%
  • Total War Saga TROY : +55%
  • World War Z : +53%
  • Star Control Origins : +44%
  • Gears Tactics : +27%

And here is how it compares against NVIDIA’s last-generation GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

  • Dirt 5 : +68%
  • Time Spy | Time Spy Extreme : +55%
  • F1 2019 : +54%
  • The Division 2 : +49%
  • Metro Exodus : +45%
  • World War Z : +36%
  • Star Control Origins : +30%
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider : +29%
  • Total War Saga TROY : +28%
  • Gears Tactics : +12%

As you can see, we are talking about a completely new level of gaming performance. Significant enough that it’s worth upgrading from the last-generation cards, never mind older cards!

But we do have to caution you about one thing – its considerable heat output. With a board power of 300 watts, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT produces A LOT of heat.

Fortunately, the triple axial fans are more than capable of keeping it cool… while remaining very quiet.

However, the heat it produces may interfere with CPU performance, if you are pairing it with powerful but hot 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor.

If you do not ensure that there is adequate ventilation inside the case, the heat build-up could result in thermal throttling of the CPU and/or graphics card.

That issue aside, we would like to applaud AMD for a job well done! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is an awesome graphics card, and it deserves no less than our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Price + Availability

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT has a RRP of US$649, and will be available for sale starting 18 November 2020.

Custom boards will be available from brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte starting in November 2020.

 

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition Review!

Of the three NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards, the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER is the one true SUPER card.

Instead of using cut-down versions of existing cards, it boasts a full TU104 GPU, higher clock speeds and faster GDDR6 memory!

Find out how the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER matches up against the competition, including the flagship AMD Radeon VII graphics card!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Primer

Designed to extend NVIDIA’s performance lead against the new AMD Navi-based graphics cards, the NVIDIA RTX SUPER graphics cards are based on cut-down versions of existing GeForce RTX models.

The GeForce RTX 2060 survives to remain the cheapest RTX card you can buy, while the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti remains the most powerful RTX graphics card that money can buy.

This is how the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series compares to the older NVIDIA GeForce RTX series.

Specifications RTX
2080 Ti
RTX
2080
SUPER
RTX
2080
RTX
2070
SUPER
RTX
2070
RTX
2060
SUPER
RTX
2060
GPU TU102
-300
TU104
-450
TU104
-400
TU104
-410
TU106
-400
TU106
-410
TU106
-200
CUDA Cores 4352 3072 2944 2560 2304 2176 1920
Base Clock 1350 MHz 1650 MHz 1515 MHz 1605 MHz 1410 MHz 1470 MHz 1365 MHz
Boost Clock 1545 MHz 1815 MHz 1710 MHz 1770 MHz 1620 MHz 1650 MHz 1680 MHz
TMUs 272 192 184 160 144 136 120
Min. Texture Fill Rate 367.2 GT/s 316.8 GT/s 278.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 203.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s 163.8 GT/s
Max. Texture Fill Rate 420.2 GT/s 348.5 GT/s 314.6 GT/s 283.2 GT/s 233.3 GT/s 224.4 GT/s 201.6 GT/s
ROPs 88 64 64 64 64 64 48
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 118.8 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 97.0 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 90.2 GP/s 94.1 GP/s 65.5 GP/s
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 136.0 GP/s 116.2 GP/s 109.4 GP/s 113.3 GP/s 103.7 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 80.6 GP/s
Tensor Cores 544 384 368 320 288 272 240
RTX-OPS 76 T 63 T 57 T 52 T 42 T 41 T 37 T
Giga Rays/s 10 8 8 7 6 6 5
Memory Size 11 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Bus Width 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Bandwidth 616 GB/s 496 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 336 GB/s
TGP 250 watts 250 watts 215 watts 215 watts 175 watts 175 watts 160 watts
Launch Price $999 $699 $699 $499 $499 $399 $349

Recommended : How & Why NVIDIA Calculates RTX-OPS For GeForce RTX!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Price + Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER has a launch price that starts at $699 / ~£560 / ~€623 / ~RM 2,875. This makes it $100 more expensive than the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER.

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080S Advanced OC $789.99 £739.99 $1,535.21 RM 3,999
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080S Gaming OC $739.99 £823.29 NA NA
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080S Gaming NA £803.09 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2080 SUPER EVO OC $729.99 £731.55 NA RM 3,750
ASUS DUAL RTX 2080 SUPER EVO
NA £763.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER XC Hybrid Gaming $789.99 £770.39 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 Ultra Gaming $836.19 £769.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming $789.99 £739.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER XC Gaming
$729.99 £729.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER Black Gaming $699.99 £689.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming $849.93 NA NA NA
GALAX RTX 2080 SUPER EX
NA NA $1,234.80 RM 3,288
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2080S WATERFORCE $839.99 £844.44 NA NA
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2080 SUPER
NA £799.99 $1,419.00 RM 3,939
GIGABYTE RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC
$739.99 £734.99 $1,380.80 RM 3,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2080 SUPER Turbo NA £826.42 NA NA
MSI RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio $759.99 £774.96 $1,398.06 RM 3,790
MSI RTX 2080 SUPER Ventus OC
$729.99 £778.67 $1,328.85 NA
NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition $789.99 $1,455.00 NA
PNY RTX 2080 SUPER XLR8 OC Triple Fan
NA £790.25 NA NA
PNY RTX 2080 SUPER Blower 8G $2,050.41 £751.98 $2,050.41 NA
ZOTAC RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Extreme NA £739.00 NA RM 3,599
ZOTAC RTX 2080 SUPER AMP
$739.99 £709.99 NA RM 3,399
ZOTAC RTX 2080 SUPER Twin Fan NA £699.98 NA RM 4,089.59
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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) comes in a large cardboard box that doubles as a stand. Let’s take a quick look around, before we unbox it and see what we find inside!

The GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) package is rather basic, but for those who are still using monitors with DVI ports, the bundled DP-to-DVI dongle will be very useful.

Next Page > NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER : Hands On + Key Features

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Hands On!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has the full NVIDIA TU104 GPU with 3072 stream processors.

This gives it 192 TMUs and 64 ROPS, delivering a peak output of 349 GT/s and 116 GP/s, thanks to its higher clock speeds.

Its 8 GB of GDDR6 memory runs at a higher speed speed of 1937.5 MHz, giving it a peak memory bandwidth of 496 GB/s.

Even though the TU104 GPU is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology, the card only needs 250 watts of power.

 

NVIDIA Turing

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series continues to use the NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture, the first to introduce real-time ray tracing capabilities and new Tensor Cores.

It also continues to benefit from NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), which can be used to deliver better than TAA quality with a significantly lower performance penalty, or much better image quality – equivalent to 64X super sampling.

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RTX 2080 SUPER Power Requirements

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is a true SUPER version of the GeForce RTX 2080.

It uses the full TU104 GPU with additional 256 stream processors, so it comes to no surprise that it would require 250 watts of power as well.

Like the GeForce RTX 2080 and the RTX 2070 SUPER, you will need a power supply with both 6-pin and 8-pin PCI Express power cables.

 

RTX 2080 SUPER Display Ports

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, each supporting up to 8K HDR resolution at 60 Hz, or 4K HDR at 120 Hz or more.

There is also a tiny USB-C VirtualLink port, which allows you to connect a VR headset. But guess what – it works like a standard USB-C port, so you can also connect any USB-C device to it!

For compatibility with older displays, there is a HDMI 2.0b port, which supports up to 4K HDR displays at up to 60 Hz… as well as a DP-to-DVI dongle, which allows you to hook it up to older monitors with a DVI port.

Next Page > RTX 2080 SUPER : Thermal Output, Noise Level + 3DMark Results

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance, in comparison to 7 other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory
Size + Type
Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
Radeon VII 336.0 GT/s 89.6 GP/s 16 GB HBM2 1028 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 316.8 GT/s 105.6 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 496 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 64 319.2 GT/s 81.5 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s
GeForce GTX 2070 SUPER 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 163.8 GT/s 65.5 GP/s 6 GB GDDR6 336 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Noise Level

In case you are wondering how loud the cooler is, we recorded it running Time Spy Extreme benchmark at the 4K resolution.

The GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is quite a bit louder than the RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY), and much louder than the RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY).

But the two fans sure do keep it running cool, even during heavy loads!

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Synthetic Game Test – 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

In the Time Spy test, the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was far ahead of the competition.

It was 14% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 24.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 33% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and a whopping 50% faster than the Radeon RX 5700!

Let’s see how much of an effect they have on the overall gaming score…

It turned out to be 12% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 25% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 27% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and a 41% faster than the Radeon RX 5700!

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) maintained its lead over the other cards.

It was 13.5% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 23% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 31% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and a whopping 53% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700!

And here were their overall gaming scores at 4K…

Its overall performance gap tightened a little at 4K.

It was now 11% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 19% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 26% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 44% faster than the Radeon RX 5700!

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F1 2019

F1 2019 is a really new racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 11% faster than the Radeon VII, 13% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 32% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 34% faster than the the Radeon RX 5700 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was now 13% faster than the Radeon VII, 16% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 38% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped up the resolution to 4K, it was the only graphics card to deliver frame rates in excess of 60 fps at all times.

It was now 17% faster than the Radeon VII and RTX 2070 SUPER, and 41.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game is known to be highly optimised for AMD Radeon cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, World War Z was CPU-limited even with the new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor. So these results do not accurately reflect the performance of the cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was just 2% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 9% faster than the Radeon VII and RTX 2060 SUPER, and 12% faster than the RX 5700 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we kicked up the resolution, it was now 7% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 8.5% faster than the Radeon VII, 10.5% faster than the Vega 64 and RX 5700 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) surprisingly lost to the Radeon VII by 4%.

On the other hand, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER and Vega 64, and 40% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and the Radeon RX 5700.

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The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 13% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 17.5% faster than the Radeon VII, 31% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 46% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution to 1440p, it was 17% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 22% faster than the Radeon VII, 41% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 53% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was 17% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 23% faster than the Radeon VII, 45.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and an astounding 60% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is also a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 14-15% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER and Radeon VII, 34% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 44% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it was 12.5% faster than the Radeon VII, 15% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 34% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 43% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we increased the resolution to 4K, it was just 2.4% faster than the Radeon VII, basically a tie.

On the other hand, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 34% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Radeon RX 5700.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a relatively new first-person shooter game, released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 10-11% faster than the Radeon VIIGTX 1080 Ti, and RTX 2070 SUPER graphics cards, and 27-29% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it was 8.5% faster than the Radeon VII, 12% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2070 SUPER; 23% faster than the RX 5700, and 33% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Vega 64.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was just 5% faster than the Radeon VII, but 14% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2070 SUPER; and 33% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Vega 64.

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Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 realtime strategy game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, AOTS is CPU-limited. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) more or less tied with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Radeon VIIRadeon RX 5700 and RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

Even at 1440p, it was still CPU limited. It was just 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2070 SUPER, and 5% faster than the Radeon VII and Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, we could finally see the performance difference between the eight cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was now 12% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER and Radeon VII, 17% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 29% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER – Our Verdict!

Coming up with the RTX SUPER cards was easy for NVIDIA. They reused the same NVIDIA Turing GPUs that powered the RTX 20 series.

But of the three RTX SUPER cards they released, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is the one true SUPER card.

While the RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2060 SUPER use cut-down versions of the RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 cards respectively, the RTX 2080 SUPER uses the full TU104 GPU and came with higher clock speeds, and faster GDDR6 memory.

This allows it to be much faster than a regular RTX 2080, at the same price point!

NVIDIA naturally dropped the RTX 2080, offering consumers the choice of the much faster RTX 2080 SUPER, or the much cheaper RTX 2070 SUPER.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) far outclasses the RX 5700, and the RX 5700 XT. But we managed to get our hands on the Radeon VII, which arguably is its closest AMD rival. Here is a summary of their performance in our six real world game benchmarks :

  • F1 2019 : RTX 2080S is faster by 11% (1080p), 13% (1440p) and 17% (2160p)
  • World War Z : RTX 2080S is 9% faster at 1080p and 1440p, Radeon VII is 4% faster at 2160p
  • The Division 2 : RTX 2080S is 17.5% faster at 1080p, 22-23% faster at 1440p and 2160p
  • Strange Brigade : RTX 2080S is 15% faster at 1080p, 12.5% faster at 1440p, but ties with the Radeon VII at 2160p
  • Metro Exodus : RTX 2080S is 10% faster at 1080p, 8.5% faster at 1440p, and just 5% faster at 2160p
  • AOTS : RTX 2080S is 5% faster at 1440p, and 12% faster at 2160p

Generally, we would say that GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is roughly 10-15% faster than the Radeon VII and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is not only the one true SUPER card, it is the only one that can reliably deliver 4K gaming performance at 60 fps and beyond.

It is therefore, the logical choice, for those who want to game at 4K with most, if not all, of the graphics bells and whistles turned on.

However, you must be prepared to pay a 40% price premium of $200 over the RTX 2070 SUPER for roughly 12.5% better performance.

If you plan to game at 1440p, or don’t mind turning down some graphics features, buy the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER instead.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Game Bundle

NVIDIA is bundling TWO GAMES – Wolfenstein : Youngblood and Control – with the RTX 2080 SUPER. They are worth at least $50, so that’s a really nice deal… if you like those games.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER – Where To Buy

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080S Advanced OC $789.99 £739.99 $1,535.21 RM 3,999
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080S Gaming OC $739.99 £823.29 NA NA
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080S Gaming NA £803.09 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2080 SUPER EVO OC $729.99 £731.55 NA RM 3,750
ASUS DUAL RTX 2080 SUPER EVO
NA £763.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER XC Hybrid Gaming $789.99 £770.39 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 Ultra Gaming $836.19 £769.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming $789.99 £739.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER XC Gaming
$729.99 £729.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER Black Gaming $699.99 £689.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming $849.93 NA NA NA
GALAX RTX 2080 SUPER EX
NA NA $1,234.80 RM 3,288
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2080S WATERFORCE $839.99 £844.44 NA NA
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2080 SUPER
NA £799.99 $1,419.00 RM 3,939
GIGABYTE RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC
$739.99 £734.99 $1,380.80 RM 3,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2080 SUPER Turbo NA £826.42 NA NA
MSI RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio $759.99 £774.96 $1,398.06 RM 3,790
MSI RTX 2080 SUPER Ventus OC
$729.99 £778.67 $1,328.85 NA
NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition $789.99 $1,455.00 NA
PNY RTX 2080 SUPER XLR8 OC Triple Fan
NA £790.25 NA NA
PNY RTX 2080 SUPER Blower 8G $2,050.41 £751.98 $2,050.41 NA
ZOTAC RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Extreme NA £739.00 NA RM 3,599
ZOTAC RTX 2080 SUPER AMP
$739.99 £709.99 NA RM 3,399
ZOTAC RTX 2080 SUPER Twin Fan NA £699.98 NA RM 4,089.59

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Founders Edition Review!

NVIDIA spiked the AMD Radeon RX 5700 launch party by first teasing, and then launching the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER.

A cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2070, it comes with 2176 stream processors and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, at a $100 lower price point!

How will it match up against the new Radeon RX 5700, and its predecessor, the RTX 2060? Let’s find out!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Primer

Designed to extend NVIDIA’s performance lead against the new AMD Navi-based graphics cards, the NVIDIA RTX SUPER graphics cards are based on cut-down versions of existing GeForce RTX models.

The GeForce RTX 2060 survives to remain the cheapest RTX card you can buy, while the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti remains the most powerful RTX graphics card that money can buy.

This is how the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series compares to the older NVIDIA GeForce RTX series.

Specifications RTX
2080 Ti
RTX
2080
SUPER
RTX
2080
RTX
2070
SUPER
RTX
2070
RTX
2060
SUPER
RTX
2060
GPU TU102
-300
TU104
-450
TU104
-400
TU104
-410
TU106
-400
TU106
-410
TU106
-200
CUDA Cores 4352 3072 2944 2560 2304 2176 1920
Base Clock 1350 MHz 1650 MHz 1515 MHz 1605 MHz 1410 MHz 1470 MHz 1365 MHz
Boost Clock 1545 MHz 1815 MHz 1710 MHz 1770 MHz 1620 MHz 1650 MHz 1680 MHz
TMUs 272 192 184 160 144 136 120
Min. Texture Fill Rate 367.2 GT/s 316.8 GT/s 278.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 203.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s 163.8 GT/s
Max. Texture Fill Rate 420.2 GT/s 348.5 GT/s 314.6 GT/s 283.2 GT/s 233.3 GT/s 224.4 GT/s 201.6 GT/s
ROPs 88 64 64 64 64 64 48
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 118.8 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 97.0 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 90.2 GP/s 94.1 GP/s 65.5 GP/s
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 136.0 GP/s 116.2 GP/s 109.4 GP/s 113.3 GP/s 103.7 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 80.6 GP/s
Tensor Cores 544 384 368 320 288 272 240
RTX-OPS 76 T 63 T 57 T 52 T 42 T 41 T 37 T
Giga Rays/s 10 8 8 7 6 6 5
Memory Size 11 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Bus Width 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Bandwidth 616 GB/s 496 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 336 GB/s
TGP 250 watts 250 watts 215 watts 215 watts 175 watts 175 watts 160 watts
Launch Price $999 $699 $699 $499 $499 $399 $349

Recommended : How & Why NVIDIA Calculates RTX-OPS For GeForce RTX!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Price + Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has a launch price that starts at $399 / ~£314 / ~€351 / ~RM 1,649, just $50 more than the GeForce RTX 2060.

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO
$419.99 £423.74 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC
$429.99 £439.99 NA RM 2,050
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060 SUPER OC
$469.99 £473.88 $869.37 RM 2,200
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060S Advanced
$464.99 £479.99 $847.98 NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Gaming
$439.99 £439.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming
$449.99 £449.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER SC Ultra Gaming
$409.00 £389.99 NA NA
GALAX RTX 2060 SUPER EX
NA NA $689.00 RM 1,888
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2060 SUPER
$449.99 £449.98 $845.99 RM 2,299
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
$419.99 £428.85 $749.00 RM 2,179
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPERS OC
$445.00 £421.19 $749.00 RM 2,089
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Ventus OC
$409.99 £411.59 $756.33 RM 1,890
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X
$429.99 £424.99 $785.23 RM 1,989
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Armor OC
$419.99 £451.28 NA RM 1,889
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER AERO ITX NA NA $738.18 NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER Dual Fan
NA £409.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER XLR8 OC Dual Fan
NA £454.74 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP Extreme
$439.99 £438.99 $989.98 RM 2,089
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP
$574.99 £419.00 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Mini
$399.99 £389.94 NA RM 1,849
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Twin Fan NA NA NA RM 1,899
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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) comes in a large cardboard box that doubles as a stand. Let’s take a quick look around, and see what we find inside!

As you can see, it basically comes with just a Quick Start Guide, and a Support Guide. Nothing else.

Next Page > NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER : Hands On + Key Features

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Hands On!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has an NVIDIA TU106 GPU with 2176 stream processors.

This gives it 136 TMUs and 64 ROPS, delivering a peak output of 224 GT/s and 106 GP/s, thanks to its higher clock speeds.

Its 8 GB of GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz, giving it a peak memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

Even though the TU106 GPU is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology, the card only needs 175 watts of power.

 

NVIDIA Turing

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series continues to use the NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture, the first to introduce real-time ray tracing capabilities and new Tensor Cores.

It also continues to benefit from NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), which can be used to deliver better than TAA quality with a significantly lower performance penalty, or much better image quality – equivalent to 64X super sampling.

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RTX 2060 SUPER Power Requirements

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is a cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2070, so it comes to no surprise that it would require 175 watts of power as well.

Like the GeForce RTX 2070, you will need a power supply with an 8-pin PCI Express power cable.

 

RTX 2060 SUPER Display Ports

Surprisingly, it comes with a wide variety of display options. It has two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, that allows it to support up to 8K HDR resolution at 60 Hz, or 4K HDR at 120 Hz or more.

There is also a tiny USB-C VirtualLink port, which allows you to connect a VR headset. But guess what – it works like a standard USB-C port, so you can also connect any USB-C device to it!

For compatibility with older displays, it also comes with a HDMI 2.0b port, which supports up to 4K HDR displays at up to 60 Hz… as well as a dual-linked DVI port.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : Thermal Output, Noise Level + 3DMark Results

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance, in comparison to 7 other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory
Size + Type
Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 64 319.2 GT/s 81.5 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 56 258.9 GT/s 74 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 410 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 180.7 GT/s 96.4 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 163.8 GT/s 65.5 GP/s 6 GB GDDR6 336 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1060 120.5 GT/s 72.3 GP/s 6 GB GDDR5 192 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Noise Level

In case you are wondering how loud the cooler is, we recorded it running Time Spy Extreme benchmark at the 4K resolution.

Listen to how quiet its dual-fan cooler is, even when the fans are spinning at maximum speed!

It is definitely much quieter than the new AMD Radeon RX 5700.

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Synthetic Game Test – 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Wow! In the Time Spy test, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 16% faster than the RTX 2060, 13% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and just 6.5% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti!

Let’s see how much of an effect they have on the overall gaming score…

Amazingly, it came within 2% of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and was 11% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 14% faster than the RTX 2060.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was just 6.2% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

It was now 17% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 20% faster than the RTX 2060.

And here are their overall gaming scores at 4K…

Again, its performance gap closed against the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in the overall score – it was now just 5% slower.

It was also 14% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 17% faster than the RTX 2060.

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F1 2019

F1 2019 is a really new racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly (less than 2%) faster than the Radeon RX 5700 and Vega 56 graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it tied with the Radeon RX 5700, and they were both about 12.5% faster than the RTX 2060, Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped up the resolution to 4K, it continued to tie with the Radeon RX 5700, and they were both 13% faster than the RTX 2060 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game is known to be highly optimised for AMD Radeon cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, World War Z was CPU-limited even with the new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor.

So take these results with a big pinch of salt. The top 5 cards – Vega 56, Vega 64, RX 5700, RTX 2060S and GTX 1080 Ti – were producing roughly the same frame rates.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we kicked up the resolution, it was 21% faster than the RTX 2060, but was now 10% slower than the RX 5700 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Switching to 4K shook things up again. It now tied with the RX 5700, and they were both 6% slower than the Vega 56, 12% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 16% slower than the Vega 64.

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The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 20% faster than the RTX 2060, and 11.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution to 1440p, it was 14.5% faster than the RTX 2060, and 9% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was 18% faster than the RTX 2060, and 10% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is also a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 14.6% faster than the RTX 2060, and 7.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2060, and 6.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it basically tied with the new Radeon RX 5700, and was 18% faster than the the RTX 2060.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a relatively new first-person shooter game, released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly faster than the Vega 64, and tied with the new RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it now tied with the Vega 64, and was now 8% slower than the RX 5700, and 16% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it tied with the Vega 64, and they were both 14% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 7% faster than the new RX 5700.

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Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, AOTS is CPU-limited. The GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 3% slower than the RX 5700 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

Even at 1440p, it was still a little CPU limited. The RTX 2060 SUPER was now 7% slower than the the RX 5700, and 8.5% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 9% faster than the Vega 64, and 16% faster than the RTX 2060.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, we could finally see the performance difference between the eight cards.

It was now 9% slower than the the RX 5700, and 17% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 8% faster than the Vega 64, and 18% faster than the RTX 2060 and Vega 56.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Summary

Coming up with the RTX SUPER cards was easy for NVIDIA. They are basically cut-down versions of existing and faster graphics cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is essentially a GeForce RTX 2070 with 128 CUDA Cores disabled, but higher clock speeds to compensate.

This allows it to be almost as fast as a regular RTX 2070, just a whole lot cheaper! In fact, that was precisely why it replaced the RTX 2070, which was $100 more expensive.

But did it do the job of killing the AMD Radeon RX 5700?

In the synthetic 3DMark benchmark, the RTX 2060 SUPER is, without a doubt, far superior to the RX 5700. But in the six real world we put them through, here is a summary of the results :

  • F1 2019 : Tie
  • World War Z : Tie
  • The Division 2 : RTX 2060 SUPER is 12% faster on average.
  • Strange Brigade : RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 1080p and 1440p
  • Metro Exodus : Tie at 1080p, RX 5700 is 8% faster at 1440p, RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 2160p
  • AOTS : RX 5700 is 3-10% faster

In other words, its real world gaming performance vis-à-vis the AMD Radeon RX 5700 really depends on the game you are playing or testing.

Generally, we would say that GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is equivalent to the Radeon RX 5700.

Recommended : The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Game Bundle

To fight off the challenge, AMD immediately cut the launch price of the RX 5700 to $349, which makes it $50 cheaper and therefore a better buy than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

However, NVIDIA is bundling TWO GAMES – Wolfenstein : Youngblood and Control – with each RTX SUPER card. They are worth at least $50, so there goes the AMD price advantage.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Our Verdict & Award!

You can’t go wrong with either card, but what we feel will tilt many buyers to choose this card over the Radeon RX 5700 would be :

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  • The ability to support NVIDIA RTX in certain games for a more realistic gaming experience
  • The ability to use NVIDIA DLSS in certain games to improve image quality with minimal performance penalty
  • It has a much quieter two-fan cooler
  • It uses 10 watt less power
  • It only requires a single 8-pin power connector
  • It has a USB-C port and a dual-linked DVI port

Now, there is nothing “super” about what’s really a cut-down version of the existing GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. What will really sell the RTX 2060 SUPER is the fact it offers a much better value proposition than the RTX 2070.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is basically a slightly slower GeForce RTX 2070 with a $100 discount. It will deliver 16%-20% better performance than the regular RTX 2060 at just $399.

On that note, we believe it makes our grade for a Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, NVIDIA!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Where To Buy

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO
$419.99 £423.74 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC
$429.99 £439.99 NA RM 2,050
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060 SUPER OC
$469.99 £473.88 $869.37 RM 2,200
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060S Advanced
$464.99 £479.99 $847.98 NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Gaming
$439.99 £439.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming
$449.99 £449.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER SC Ultra Gaming
$409.00 £389.99 NA NA
GALAX RTX 2060 SUPER EX
NA NA $689.00 RM 1,888
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2060 SUPER
$449.99 £449.98 $845.99 RM 2,299
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
$419.99 £428.85 $749.00 RM 2,179
GIGABYTE RTX 2060S Windforce OC
$445.00 £421.19 $749.00 RM 2,089
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Ventus OC
$409.99 £411.59 $756.33 RM 1,890
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X
$429.99 £424.99 $785.23 RM 1,989
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Armor OC
$419.99 £451.28 NA RM 1,889
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER AERO ITX NA NA $738.18 NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER Dual Fan
NA £409.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER XLR8 OC Dual Fan
NA £454.74 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP Extreme
$439.99 £438.99 $989.98 RM 2,089
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP
$574.99 £419.00 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Mini
$399.99 £389.94 NA RM 1,849
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Twin Fan NA NA NA RM 1,899

 

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AORUS Aquarium PC Mod – Learn How They Did It!

The highlight of the GIGABYTE showcase at Taipei 101 was the AORUS Aquarium PC Mod! They literally put a high-end desktop PC into a fresh water aquarium of fishes! Want to know how they created the AORUS Aquarium PC mod? Read on and find out!

 

The AORUS Aquarium PC Mod

The AORUS Aquarium PC mod is a deceptively understated mod. At first glance, you might mistaken it for a mere display – a non-functioning GIGABYTE graphics card sitting in an aquarium. Interesting, but nothing special… until the two fans start spinning and you realise – damn, this thing is actually a fully-functional computer! 

What GIGABYTE did was to submerge the PC components in clear mineral oil, before creating a small fresh water aquarium above it. You can see the fishes test water-oil boundary!

As the heat from the graphics card, CPU and other components are transferred to the mineral oil, the oil needs to be pumped out and kept cooled by three AORUS ATC700 coolers behind the bank. It’s really no different from how

GIGABYTE spared no expense in their AORUS Aquarium PC mod. They used nothing but the best they had :

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  • Processor : Intel Core i9-7980XE (Price Check)
  • CPU Cooler : AORUS ATC700
  • Motherboard : X299 AORUS Gaming 7 PRO (Price Check)
  • Graphics Card : AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition (Price Check)
  • Memory : Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4 (Price Check)
  • Optane Memory : 32 GB Intel Optane Memory (Price Check)
  • SSD #1 : Intel Optane SSD 900P Series (Price Check)
  • SSD #2 : 256 GB GIGABYTE UD PRO SSD (Price Check)
  • HDD : 8 TB Seagate Barracuda (Price Check)
  • Power Supply : AORUS AP850GM

 

How GIGABYTE Created The AORUS Aquarium PC Mod

If you are interested in building your own version of the AORUS Aquarium PC, GIGABYTE shared this video on how they built it. Check it out!

 

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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Octa-Core Processor Review

AMD first showed us the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X at an exclusive tech briefing in March. Now, we have the opportunity to test it out for ourselves. So how fast is the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700X? What exactly does it offer over its predecessors? Find out in our review of this new 2nd Gen Ryzen processor!

 

AMD Pinnacle Ridge

Codenamed Pinnacle Ridge, the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processors are based on an improved Zen microarchitecture, what AMD calls the AMD Zen+ microarchitecture. In addition, they’re fabricated on the 12 nm LP process technology.

AMD categorise them as part of the AMD Ryzen 2000 Series. This may be a little confusing since the AMD Raven Ridge APUs are also in the same series, even though they are based on the first-generation Ryzen processors, and fabricated on the original 14 nm process.

 

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Specifications Compared

SpecificationsRyzen 7 2700XRyzen 7 2700Ryzen 5 2600XRyzen 5 2600Ryzen 5 2400GRyzen 3 2200G
Code NamePinnacle RidgePinnacle RidgePinnacle RidgePinnacle RidgeRaven RidgeRaven Ridge
SocketAM4AM4AM4AM4AM4AM4
Process Technology12 nm FinFET12 nm FinFET12 nm FinFET12 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET
Cores / Threads8 / 168 / 166 / 126 / 124 / 84 / 4
Base Clock3.7 GHz3.2 GHz3.6 GHz3.4 GHz3.60 GHz3.50 GHz
Boost Clock4.3 GHz4.1 GHz4.2 GHz3.9 GHz3.90 GHz3.70 GHz
L2 Cache4 MB4 MB3 MB3 MB2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache16 MB16 MB16 MB16 MB4 MB4 MB
Integrated GPUNoneNoneNoneNoneRadeon RX Vega 11Radeon Vega 8
PCIe Lanes1616161688
Max. DDR4 SpeedDDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933
TDP105 W65 W95 W65 W65 W65 W
Bundled CoolerWraith PrismWraith Spire (LED)Wraith SpireWraith StealthWraith StealthWraith Stealth
Launch PriceUS$ 329US$ 299US$ 229US$ 199US$ 169US$ 99
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Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) comes bundled with the new AMD Wraith Prism cooler, which features a rainbow LED ring and illuminated fan blades. Let’s unbox it, and see what we find inside!

Here is what you will find inside the box :

  • The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU and case badge
  • The AMD Wraith Prism cooler, with two cables
  • An AMD CPU installation guide, and certificate of authenticity (missing in our box)

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The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) processor is the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 model. It has eight Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.7 GHz base clock, and a 4.3 GHz boost clock. It supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), and can therefore handle 16 threads simultaneously.

The Ryzen 7 2700X is positioned just under the Ryzen 7 1800X, which could mean a Ryzen 7 2800X is in the pipeline.

 

AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) is based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, and lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

 

12 nm Process Technology

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) is fabricated using the 12 nm LP (Leading Performance)  process technology from GlobalFoundries. While the die size and transistor count remain the same, the smaller transistors allow :

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  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

 

Precision Boost 2

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) supports the improved Precision Boost 2, whose more graceful and linear boost algorithm allows them to “boost more cores, more often, on more workloads“. It can change frequencies in very fine granularity of just 25 MHz.

This will allow the Pinnacle Ridge processors to perform better with apps and games that spawn many lightweight threads, as opposed to apps with persistent loads (e.g. video editing and 3D rendering).

 

Precision Boost Overdrive

AMD will introduce Precision Boost Overdrive in the future. The motherboard will be able to communicate its actual capabilities to the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) processor, allowing for better boost profiles and a relaxed vcore limiter with better motherboards.

 

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 boosts the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor’s performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

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Soldered IHS

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) processor features soldered heatspreaders, using premium indium alloy solder. This allows die temperatures to be reduced by 10°C.

 

AMD StoreMI

AMD StoreMI Technology is an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic. It combines all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

The software than automatically assigns frequently used data blocks to the fastest storage devices, optimising your storage devices to deliver the best performance possible.

 

AMD X470 Chipset

AMD introduced the new X470 chipset to offer better overclocking for the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors. Here is our Ryzen 7 2700X (Pr1ice Check) running on the X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WiFi (Price Check) motherboard.

However, this does not mean you will actually need to buy an AMD X470 motherboard. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) processor will work with all existing AMD 300-series motherboards, with one caveat – the motherboard must be upgraded with the latest BIOS update to support the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

 

AMD Wraith Prism

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) comes with a new cooler – the AMD Wraith Prism. This is an upgraded version of the AMD Wraith Max cooler with heat pipes that are in direct contact with the CPU for better performance, and a rainbow LED ring.

It uses a 7-blade fan, with a maximum noise level of 39 dBA. The fan blades are LED-illuminated, but you can turn off the lights.

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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is priced at US$ 329 / RM 1,559. Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700X : US$ 329
  • Cyberpower PC Gamer Supreme (Ryzen 7 2700X, GeForce GTX 1080, 32 GB RAM, 240 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD) : $2,289.99
  • X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WiFi motherboard : US$ 239

It is available for pre-orders starting 13 April 2018 (9 AM EDT), with on-shelf availability on 19 April 2018.

Next Page > Benchmarking AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, 3D Rendering Performance

 

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Benchmarking The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

In this review, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications

Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L2 Cache L3 Cache Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2666
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 4 / 8 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 2 MB 4 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 4 / 4 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB DDR4-2933

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbeds
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming GIGABYTE X470 AORUS Gaming-7 WiFi
ASRock AB350 Gaming K4
Memory Speed Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-2666 (4 GB x 2)
G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (4 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-2666 (4 GB x 2)
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
(GeForce 391.35)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
(GeForce 391.35)
Storage Western Digital Black² Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Note : The motherboard BIOSes were all updated, and so was Windows 10, to ensure that all Spectre and Meltdown mitigations are in effect.

 

3D Rendering Speed – CINEBENCH R15

CINEBENCH R15 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software. This is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R15 Single Core

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) has a 300 MHz (7.5%) boost clock advantage over the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) and Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check) processors. However, it is 14% faster than both processors.

This is due to the internal improvements made to the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, which almost doubled the boost clock advantage in this test. Otherwise, it would have scored only 163 cb.

CINEBENCH R15 Multi Core

The Multi-Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

With all 8 cores firing, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) is 11.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check). This performance advantage can be attributed to the slightly higher clock speed, XFR 2 and the internal improvements in the Zen+ microarchitecture.

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Multi-Threading Boost

This is not a CINEBENCH benchmark result. The Multi-Threading Boost is our calculation of the performance boost that the processor’s Multi-Threading capability provides. It is based on the MP Ratio and the number of physical cores.

Surprisingly, the multi-threading capability of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) is 10% lower than that of the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check).

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Video Transcoding Speed – HandBrake

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility. Video transcoding basically converts a video file from one resolution / format to another. As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) did very well in this test, transcoding the video 40 seconds (16%) faster than the next best processors – the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and the Intel Core i7-8700K (Price Check).

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Radial Blur Speed – Photoshop CC 14

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores. This radial blur test was performed on a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

Look at that! The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) was a whopping 34% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and 39% faster than the Intel Core i7-8700K (Price Check).

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Ashes of the Singularity

In the RTS game, Ashes of the Singularity, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate. We tested the cards using the Normal setting preset.

1080p Gaming Resolution

Thanks to its improved single-core performance, the Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) was 6% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) it replaces. However, it is still 23% slower than the Intel Core i7-8700K (Price Check).

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) was 8.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and 22% slower than the Intel Core i7-8700K (Price Check).

2160p Gaming Resolution

Little changed when we increased the resolution further. The Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) was 5.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and 22% slower than the Intel Core i7-8700K (Price Check).

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Total War: Warhammer

Like Ashes of the Singularity, the single core performance is crucial in Total War: Warhammer.

1080p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) was, surprisingly, slightly slower than the Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check). However, it was 6% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) it replaces.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher resolution of 1440p, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) tied with the Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check). They were both 6% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check).

2160p Gaming Resolution

AT 2160p, the Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) continued to tie with the Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check). They were now just 2.4% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check).

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For Honor

We tested For Honor using the Medium settings.

1080p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) was 5.5% slower than the Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check). However, it was 7% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) it replaces.

1440p Gaming Resolution

Things flipped at the higher resolution of 1440p. The Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) was now very slightly faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check).

2160p Gaming Resolution

At the 2160p resolution, For Honor was graphics-limited. The CPU played only a minimal role in the frame rate. The fastest processor – the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) only delivered a 5% higher frame rate than the slowest processor – AMD Ryzen 5 2400G.

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Our Verdict On The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) is not only faster than the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), it is also cheaper and offers more value.

Priced at just US$ 329 / RM 1,559, the Ryzen 7 2700X is $20 cheaper, and now comes with an AMD Wraith Prism cooler! This is going to significantly impact the appeal of the 8th Generation Intel Core processors, codenamed Coffee Lake.

But make no mistake – the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) is a refined, faster version of the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check). It is faster and more power-efficient, but not significantly so. The Ryzen Effect forced Intel to buck the hell up, but AMD is under no pressure to do the same.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you currently own a first-generation AMD Ryzen 7 processor, it would not make much sense to upgrade to the Ryzen 7 2700X.
  • If you currently own a first-generation AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 3 processor, the Ryzen 7 2700X is a good upgrade option, offering a significant boost in performance.
  • If you are using an older / slower processor (pre-Ryzen, 6th Gen Intel Core or earlier), the Ryzen 7 2700X would make a great upgrade option, with great value for your money.

What AMD brought to the table with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) is not shock and awe, but refinement and even more value for your money. By our books, that’s worthy of our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Hexa-Core Processor Review

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600X was a very impressive processor when it first launched. Now, AMD has just introduced its successor – the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X. How fast is it? What exactly does it offer over its predecessor? Find out in our review of this new 2nd Gen Ryzen processor!

 

AMD Pinnacle Ridge

Codenamed Pinnacle Ridge, the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processors are based on an improved Zen microarchitecture, what AMD calls the AMD Zen+ microarchitecture. In addition, they’re fabricated on the 12 nm LP process technology.

AMD categorise them as part of the AMD Ryzen 2000 Series. This may be a little confusing since the AMD Raven Ridge APUs are also in the same series, even though they are based on the first-generation Ryzen processors, and fabricated on the original 14 nm process.

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Specifications Compared

SpecificationsRyzen 7 2700XRyzen 7 2700Ryzen 5 2600XRyzen 5 2600Ryzen 5 2400GRyzen 3 2200G
Code NamePinnacle RidgePinnacle RidgePinnacle RidgePinnacle RidgeRaven RidgeRaven Ridge
SocketAM4AM4AM4AM4AM4AM4
Process Technology12 nm FinFET12 nm FinFET12 nm FinFET12 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET
Cores / Threads8 / 168 / 166 / 126 / 124 / 84 / 4
Base Clock3.7 GHz3.2 GHz3.6 GHz3.4 GHz3.60 GHz3.50 GHz
Boost Clock4.3 GHz4.1 GHz4.2 GHz3.9 GHz3.90 GHz3.70 GHz
L2 Cache4 MB4 MB3 MB3 MB2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache16 MB16 MB16 MB16 MB4 MB4 MB
Integrated GPUNoneNoneNoneNoneRadeon RX Vega 11Radeon Vega 8
PCIe Lanes1616161688
Max. DDR4 SpeedDDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933
TDP105 W65 W95 W65 W65 W65 W
Bundled CoolerWraith PrismWraith Spire (LED)Wraith SpireWraith StealthWraith StealthWraith Stealth
Launch PriceUS$ 329US$ 299US$ 229US$ 199US$ 169US$ 99
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Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) comes bundled with an AMD Wraith Spire cooler, albeit without an LED ring. Let’s unbox it, and see what we find inside!

Here is what you will find inside the box :

  • The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X CPU and case badge
  • The AMD Wraith Spire cooler
  • An AMD CPU installation guide, and certificate of authenticity

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The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Processor Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) processor is the top-of-the-line Ryzen 5 model. It has six Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.6 GHz base clock, and a 4.2 GHz boost clock. It supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), and can therefore handle 12 threads simultaneously.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) directly replaces the Ryzen 5 1600X, with the same core clock but a 200 MHz higher boost clock.

 

AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) is based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, and lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

 

12 nm Process Technology

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) is fabricated using the 12 nm LP (Leading Performance)  process technology from GlobalFoundries. While the die size and transistor count remain the same, the smaller transistors allow :

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  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

 

Precision Boost 2

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) supports the improved Precision Boost 2, whose more graceful and linear boost algorithm allows them to “boost more cores, more often, on more workloads“. It can change frequencies in very fine granularity of just 25 MHz.

This will allow the Pinnacle Ridge processors to perform better with apps and games that spawn many lightweight threads, as opposed to apps with persistent loads (e.g. video editing and 3D rendering).

 

Precision Boost Overdrive

AMD will introduce Precision Boost Overdrive in the future. The motherboard will be able to communicate its actual capabilities to the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) processor, allowing for better boost profiles and a relaxed vcore limiter with better motherboards.

 

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 boosts the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor’s performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

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Soldered IHS

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) processor features soldered heatspreaders, using premium indium alloy solder. This allows die temperatures to be reduced by 10°C.

 

AMD StoreMI

AMD StoreMI Technology is an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic. It combines all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

The software than automatically assigns frequently used data blocks to the fastest storage devices, optimising your storage devices to deliver the best performance possible.

 

AMD X470 Chipset

AMD introduced the new X470 chipset to offer better overclocking for the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors. Here is our Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) running on the X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WiFi (Price Check) motherboard.

However, this does not mean you will actually need to buy an AMD X470 motherboard. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) processor will work with all existing AMD 300-series motherboards, with one caveat – the motherboard must be upgraded with the latest BIOS update to support the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

 

AMD Wraith Spire

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) comes with a bundled cooler – the AMD Wraith Spire. This is the basically the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler with a taller heatsink and a copper base. It uses the same 5-blade fan, with a maximum noise level of 32 dBA. It does not come with an RGB LED ring.

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X is priced at US$ 229 / RM 899. Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600X : US$ 229
  • X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WiFi motherboard : US$ 239

It is available for pre-orders starting 13 April 2018 (9 AM EDT), with on-shelf availability on 19 April 2018.

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Benchmarking The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

In this review, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications

Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L2 Cache L3 Cache Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2666
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 4 / 8 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 2 MB 4 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 4 / 4 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB DDR4-2933

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbeds
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming GIGABYTE X470 AORUS Gaming-7 WiFi
ASRock AB350 Gaming K4
Memory Speed Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-2666 (4 GB x 2)
G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (4 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-2666 (4 GB x 2)
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
(GeForce 391.35)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
(GeForce 391.35)
Storage Western Digital Black² Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Note : The motherboard BIOSes were all updated, and so was Windows 10, to ensure that all Spectre and Meltdown mitigations are in effect.

 

3D Rendering Speed – CINEBENCH R15

CINEBENCH R15 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software. This is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R15 Single Core

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) only has a 200 MHz (5%) boost clock advantage over the  Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) and Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check) processors, but you can see that it is 9.2% faster than both first-generation Ryzen processors.

What this means is that the internal improvements made to the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors almost double the boost clock advantage in this test. Otherwise, it would have scored only 160 cb.

CINEBENCH R15 Multi Core

The Multi-Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

With all 6 cores firing, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) is almost 10% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check). This performance advantage can be attributed to XFR 2 and the internal improvements in the Zen+ microarchitecture.

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Multi-Threading Boost

This is not a CINEBENCH benchmark result. The Multi-Threading Boost is our calculation of the performance boost that the processor’s Multi-Threading capability provides. It is based on the MP Ratio and the number of physical cores.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) has the highest MT boost, with a slight 2% advantage over the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check).

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Video Transcoding Speed – HandBrake

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility. Video transcoding basically converts a video file from one resolution / format to another. As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) did well in this test, with 13% better performance than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check). We know that cache and memory performance helps a fair bit in this test, so a significant amount of that performance improvements must be due to the lower cache and memory latencies.

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Radial Blur Speed – Photoshop CC 14

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores. This radial blur test was performed on a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

The CPU cache plays a very important part in this test as well. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) was 15% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check)! It was now almost as fast as the Intel Core i7-8700K!

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Ashes of the Singularity

In the RTS game, Ashes of the Singularity, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate. We tested the cards using the Normal setting preset.

1080p Gaming Resolution

Thanks to its improved single-core performance, the Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) edged past the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and was 3% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check).

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) was 3.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and 7% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check).

2160p Gaming Resolution

Surprisingly, its performance improved with the higher resolution. It was now 4.4% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and 9.5% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check).

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Total War: Warhammer

Like Ashes of the Singularity, the single core performance is crucial in Total War: Warhammer.

1080p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) did surprisingly well in this resolution, beating even the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check)!

It was 7.4% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and 8% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check).

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) was neck-to-neck with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check).

It was now 6.4% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and 5% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check).

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 2160p, the Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) was just 2% faster than both the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) and Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check) processors.

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For Honor

We tested For Honor using the Medium settings.

1080p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) did incredibly well at this resolution. In fact, it came within 2% of the Intel Core i7-8700K!

It was 13% faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and 6.6% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check).

1440p Gaming Resolution

The higher 1440p resolution “levelled” the playing field. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) was now slightly slower than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), but also slightly than the Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check).

2160p Gaming Resolution

At the 2160p resolution, For Honor was graphics-limited. The CPU played only a minimal role in the frame rate. The fastest processor – the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) only delivered a 5% higher frame rate than the slowest processor – AMD Ryzen 5 2400G.

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Our Verdict On The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) is not only faster than its predecessor, the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check)., it is also cheaper and offers more value.

Priced at just US$ 229 / RM 899, the Ryzen 5 2600X is $20 cheaper, and now comes with an AMD Wraith Spire cooler! This is going to significantly impact the appeal of the 8th Generation Intel Core processors, codenamed Coffee Lake.

But make no mistake – the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) is an evolutionary refinement of the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (Price Check). It is faster and more power-efficient, no doubt, but not significantly so. The Ryzen Effect forced Intel to buck the hell up, but AMD is under no pressure to do the same.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you currently own a first-generation AMD Ryzen 5 processor, it would not make much sense to upgrade to the Ryzen 5 2600X.
  • If you currently own a first-generation AMD Ryzen 3 processor, the Ryzen 5 2600X is a good upgrade option, offering a significant boost in performance.
  • If you are using an older / slower processor (pre-Ryzen, 6th Gen Intel Core or earlier), the Ryzen 5 2600X would make a great upgrade option, with great value for your money.

What AMD brought to the table with the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) is not shock and awe, but refinement and even more value for your money. By our books, that’s worthy of our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

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The Acer Predator Orion 9000 HEDT Gaming PC Up Close!

At IFA 2017, one of the most exciting products that Acer revealed was the 18-core, quad-GPU behemoth known as the Acer Predator Orion 9000! We had the opportunity recently to take a close look at the Orion 9000, and get updated on its price and specifications.

 

The Acer Predator Orion 9000

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is a massive HEDT (High-End Desktop) PC that boasts an 18-core processor, and up to four graphics cards. It has a silver-and-black chassis with a spacecraft design and customisable RGB lighting along the sides of the front bezel.

To showcase the powerful hardware inside, it has a massive side window panel with a metal mesh that keeps its electromagnetic interference (EMI) in check. Up to 5 fans can be installed, with customisable RGB lighting to create a virtual light show. The two side panels are also tool-less, allowing for easy upgrades.

Despite its size, Acer made it easy to move – it is outfitted with two handles and wheels covered with a carbon fibre pattern. It also has a headset cradle and cable management to keep everything tidy during and after the move.

Liquid Cooling & IceTunnel 2.0

The Predator Orion 9000 features AIO liquid cooling for the CPU, and Acer IceTunnel 2.0 to keep the temperature down even in the most demanding conditions. IceTunnel 2.0 is an advanced airflow management design that separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual “airflow tunnel” to expel heat.

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There are huge metal mesh panels on the front and top that allow more cold air in, and the rising hot air of the liquid-cooled CPU out. Up to five 120 mm fans can be installed in the front, top, and back to channel cool air through the chassis.

Part of the airflow is redirected towards the back of the motherboard tray to cool the storage devices. The graphic cards feature blower-style fans to drive the heat out from the back, while the PSU is self-contained to avoid thermal interference.

Extreme Performance For Gaming & Content Creation

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is powered by a choice of an 18-core Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, or Intel Core i9 X-Series / Core i7 X-Series processors, with up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory. It comes with a choice of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI, or in some countries, up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards!

 

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Specifications

SpecificationsAcer Predator Orion 9000
Processor OptionsIntel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor
Intel Core i9 X-Series processor.
Intel Core i7 X-Series processor
Cooling SystemAIO CPU Liquid Cooling
Acer IceTunnel 2.0 airflow management
Up to five 120 mm fans
Memory OptionsUp to 128 GB DDR4 memory (quad channel)
Graphics Card OptionsUp to 2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Up to 4 x AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Storage OptionsUp to three M.2 slots
Available Ports2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type C, one Type A)
8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type C, seven Type A)
2 x USB 2.0 ports (Type A)
PortabilityTwo handles + case wheels
Upgradability FeaturesTool-less side panels (EMI compliant)
Top metal mesh push cover
RGB Lighting FeaturesInner chassis RGB LED
RGB lighting bar along sides of front bezel

 

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Price & Availability

The Acer Predator Orion is available for purchase in December 2017, in two configurations :

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The Battlefront II Optimised NVIDIA Driver Performance Revealed!

NVIDIA just announced the availability of the new GeForce Game Ready 388.31 WHQL drivers that are optimised for Star Wars Battlefront II, as well as Injustice 2. It also greatly increases performance in Destiny 2! Check out the details!

 

Game Ready For Star Wars Battlefront II

Available on or before launch day of Star Wars Battlefront II, NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers provide the best experience for GeForce gamers in these titles because NVIDIA engineers work up until the last possible minute to optimise performance and perfect gameplay. And as an additional verification of quality, every Game Ready Driver is WHQL-certified by Microsoft.

For optimal experience, here are the recommended NVIDIA graphics cards, that will guarantee a frame rate in excess of 60 fps in NVIDIA’s tests.

Display Resolution Detail Level Recommended Graphics Card
3840 x 2160 High GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check)
2560 x 1440 High GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check)
1920 x 1080 High GeForce GTX 1060 (Price Check)

 

Double Digit Improvements In Destiny 2

Destiny 2 players are going to get a free performance upgrade by loading up this new Game Ready Driver, with big double-digit jumps in the highest resolutions. These results are in comparison to the older 388.13 WHQL driver.

Graphics Card 2560 x 1440 Improvement 3840 x 2160 Improvement
GeForce GTX 1060 (3 GB) + 39%
GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) + 37%
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti + 30% + 46%
GeForce GTX 1080 + 40% + 47%
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti + 45% + 53%
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI + 28% + 41%
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Game Ready For Injustice 2

The NVIDIA Game Ready 388.31 driver is also the best driver for Injustice 2. To achieve a minimum frame rate of 60 fps, NVIDIA, WB Games, NetherRealm Studios and QLOC recommend the following specifications :

Specifications Minimum Recommended
Operating System 64-bit Windows 7 or later 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor Intel Core i5-750 / AMD Ryz4en 3 1200 Intel Core i3-2100 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
Storage 30 GB 52 GB
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

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The ASUS ROG GeForce Price Cuts Revealed!

November 2, 2017 – ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced new price cuts on their NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. Get the full details on their GeForce price cuts here!

You may notice that we just confirmed with Bryan Del Rizzo that NVIDIA was not dropping the price of any GeForce graphics cards to make way for the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. These GeForce price cuts by ROG are just a coincidence. A happy coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless.

 

The ASUS ROG GeForce Price Cuts

ASUS ROG announced that six GeForce 10 series graphics cards are getting their prices adjusted. They are the ROG Poseidon GTX1080Ti-P11-Gaming, the ROG Strix GTX1080Ti-O11G-Gaming, the Strix GTX1070-O8G-Gaming, the Dual-GTX 1070-O8G, the Strix GTX 1060-O6G-Gaming and the Strix GTX1060 DC2O6G.

For your convenience, we created this table that summarises their key features and new prices. You can also check for the current US prices.

ASUS ROG GeForce 10 Series Models Key Features New Price
(Malaysia)
US Price
ROG-POSEIDON-GTX1080TI-P11G-GAMING 1733 MHz boost clock
DirectCU hybrid water cooler
ASUS Aura Sync
RM 4,799
~US$ 1,140
Price Check
ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING 1708 MHz boost clock
MaxContact cooler
ASUS Aura Sync
RM 4,399
~US$ 1,045
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING 1860 MHz boost clock
DirectCU III cooler
ASUS Aura
RM 2,299
~US$ 545
Price Check
DUAL-GTX1070-O8G 1797 MHz boost clock
Dual fan cooler
RM 1,999
~US$ 475
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING 1873 MHz boost clock
Direct CU III cooler
ASUS Aura
RM 1,699
~US$ 405
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1060-DC2O6G 1809 MHz boost clock
Direct CU II cooler
RM 1,499
~US$ 355
None

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Review

As the drumbeats of the AMD Vega graphics cards got louder and louder, NVIDIA introduced their ultimate Pascal-based gaming graphics card – the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – to take them on. What’s astounding is that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is really a faster variant of the NVIDIA TITAN X at a massive discount!

Read our review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card, and find out why we think it deserves our coveted Editor’s Choice Award!

Updated @ 2017-11-01 : Revamped the entire review, and added new benchmark results comparing the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti against the new AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards, as well as the Radeon RX 580.

Originally posted @ 2017-05-17

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Specifications Comparison

This table compares the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) against the TITAN X (Pascal) and the previous-generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN XNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
GPUNVIDIA GP102NVIDIA GP102NVIDIA GM200
CUDA Cores358435842816
Textures Per Clock224224176
Pixels Per Clock968896
Base Clock Speed1417 MHz1480 MHz1000 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1531 MHz1582 MHz1075 MHz
Texture Fillrate317.4~342.9 GT/s331.5~354.4 GT/s176.0~189.2 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate136.0~147.0 GP/s130.2~139.2 GP/s96.0~104.5 GP/s
Graphics Memory12 GB GDDR5X11 GB GDDR5X6 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width384-bit352-bit384-bit
Graphics Memory Speed1250 MHz1375 MHz1753 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth480 GB/s484 GB/s337 GB/s
TDP250 W250 W250 W
Launch Prices$1,200$699 (Founder's Edition)$649

For more specifications, please take a look at our Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.

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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

This is our video showing the unboxing of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check). This is exactly what you can expect if you purchase the Founders Edition card from NVIDIA.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) comes in a really nice cardboard box that doubles as a display stand. Not that anyone would actually leave the card there just for display!

Inside the box, you will find the following items :

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check)
  • DisplayPort to DVI dongle / adaptor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Quick Start Guide
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Support Guide
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti case badge

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Up Close

In this video, we are going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check), and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check).

Unlike the GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce GTX 1060, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti does not come with any dual-linked DVI port. It only has three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b ports. That’s where the DisplayPort to DVI adaptor comes in.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) has a TDP of 250 W, and requires both 8-pin and a 6-pin PCI Express power cables. It also supports the SLI HB (High Bandwidth) bridge for two-way SLI pairing.

 

Founder’s Edition Advantage

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was designed to be the ultimate expression of NVIDIA’s gaming vision. Hence, they crafted it with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminium-framed shroud for strength, rigidity and looks.

Aesthetics aside, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition comes with an improved cooler built around a radial fan and an improved aluminium heatsink. The new heatsink features vapour chamber cooling and has 2x the surface area.

It also boasts a 7-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dual FETs for both GPU and memory power supplies. Coupled with a low-impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators, they deliver better power efficiency and overclocking headroom.

 

The Thermal Output

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) uses the NVIDIA GP102 GPU, which is fabricated on the 16 nm FinFET process. Thanks to the more efficient FinFET process, and the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture which is designed for power efficiency, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 250 W.

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, and compared it to the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics cards, as well as the older GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 graphics cards.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Despite having a 15% lower TDP than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a cooler-running card, producing 2.8°C cooler exhaust air than the previous-generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card. In fact, its peak exhaust temperature was just 2.6°C hotter than the exhaust air from the Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics card.

 

The Noise Level

Of course, the lower exhaust temperature might be due to a more powerful, and therefore, noisier, fan. Let’s see how noisy the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition fan really is…

In the video above, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was recorded while it was running the 3D Mark Time Spy benchmark. As you can hear, the fan spools up quite a bit at times, but it is still quieter than the Vega 64 (Price Check).

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 385.41 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

 

3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) did very well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 35% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), 54% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), and 64% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070!

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3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards. Even so, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti did well, delivering scores that were 26% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 43% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 58% faster than the Vega 56.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) pulled away with the higher resolution. At 1440p, it was 30% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 48% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 64% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the new AMD Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards, but this is definitely the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti’s domain!

At this resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was 28% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 45% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 63% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was 3.3% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 4.5% slower than the Vega 64 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards have a big advantage in AOTS, thanks to its support for Asynchronous Compute.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At 1440p, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was virtually equal to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 in performance, and just 2.5% faster than the Vega 56.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

Only at the 4K resolution did the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti pull away from the two AMD Vega cards. Even so, it was just 4% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, and 16% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56. It completely outclassed the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 580, beating both by 75%!

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

All six graphics cards were so fast, they were CPU-limited at this resolution. But we can already see that support for Asynchronous Compute gave the new AMD Vega cards a major performance advantage. They actually beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 6-8%!

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the 1440p resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti pulled just ahead of the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), beating it by 3.3%. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was faster, but the performance gap dropped to just 3%.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Only at this 4K resolution did the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) show its true mettle. Suddenly, it was 41% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 60% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 65% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

It was also the only graphics card to deliver an average frame rate at or above 60 fps. If you want to play Warhammer at 4K in Ultra quality, this is definitely the card to use!

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was really fast, delivering average frame rates in excess of 150 fps! This made it 37% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), 55% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 61% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

All the cards took a massive hit in frame rate with the resolution boost to 1440p. But the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was the only card capable of delivering an average frame rate in excess of 100 fps. In fact, its minimum frame rate was higher than the average frame rate of all the other cards in the comparison!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 48% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 65% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 71% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The 4K resolution in The Witcher 3 is really tough on graphics cards, virtually halving their frame rates. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) remained strong though. It was the only card to deliver an average frame rate in excess of 60 fps at this resolution.

Astoundingly, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 53% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 72% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 76% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 at this resolution.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Even at 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) delivered eye-popping results, with an average frame rate of 170 fps. Its minimum frame rate was actually higher than the average frame rate of the other graphics cards in this test!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 39% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), 58% faster than both Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and GeForce GTX 1070.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was the only card to achieve an average frame rate in excess of 100 fps. It was 43% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 63% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 68% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The 4K resolution in For Honor is a real frame rate killer. Even the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was not able to deliver an average frame rate of 60 fps, although it came close. In fact, it is the only graphics card you can consider if you want to play For Honor at the 4K resolution.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was 48% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 66% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 74% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, all six cards did well, delivering average frame rates far in excess of 60 fps. Notably, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check), GeForce GTX 1070, Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), and Radeon RX Vega