Zotac shows off the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm at CES 2019

Did you know that Zotac gets its name from the words "zone" and "tact"? Me neither. That's just one of the many things we learned from running into the company at CES. We also saw some of the company's upcoming products, including a new graphics card: the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm.

As you could surmise from the name, this is a liquid-cooled GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. There's no hybrid cooling here; this card uses a full-coverage waterblock and a 16+4-phase power design to produce what Zotac calls "the ultimate GeForce RTX graphics card." In fact, Zotac further claims that the ArcticStorm has "the strongest cooling ever" for an RTX card. Those are bold claims in a market with some serious competitors.

 

Image: Zotac

This is surely a halo product, so it has to look as good or better than it performs. Zotac says that the waterblock has laser etching on its surface to direct the addressable RGB LED lighting within. That's the Zotac Gaming logo by the way, in case you were confused. If you really love the Radeon Vega logo but can't stand to run a red card, maybe check out the Zotac Gaming portfolio.

On the face of it, the RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm doesn't seem that different from other RTX 2080 Ti cards, but that's mostly because Zotac isn't talking clock rates yet. Truth be told, anyone buying this card is likely to be overclocking it by hand anyway. Still, we expect that the RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm will come with a substantial bump over the Founders Edition card, and perhaps even the company's own RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme. 

The RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm will be joining a Zotac lineup of no less than seven other RTX 2080 Ti cards, and they're all already out for your perusal and purchase. On the other hand, Zotac didn't tell us when, or for how much, we'd be able to buy an RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm. If you're in the market for such a thing, keep your eyes peeled.

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    • WasabiVengeance
    • 11 months ago

    Is that a type-C output in the bottom right?

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 11 months ago

    XBOX ONE X

    • snarfbot
    • 11 months ago

    looks like they just put a graphics card inside a kids transformers lunch box.

    like “zoom zoom, we know you’re all dumb as shit, buy this it looks like a transformers lunch box, vroooom”

    • Dashak
    • 11 months ago

    [quote<]Live to [s<]game[/s<] consume.[/quote<]

    • Chrispy_
    • 11 months ago

    The one saving grace of ugly-ass high-end graphics cards is that most of them look far less ugly once you throw out the 3lbs of garbage plastic and RGBLED to fit a waterblock.

    [quote=”Zotac”<]Hold my beer![/quote<]

    • chuckula
    • 11 months ago

    [quote<]Did you know that Zotac gets its name from the words "zone" and "tact"? Me neither. [/quote<] I thought it was Dorothy's cat since Zotac backwards is Cat Oz. Bonus points if an allusion to backwards words and Oz makes you think of Sean Connery in a red diaper.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 11 months ago

      Is that what Crimson Tide was all about?

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 months ago

        No, he’s referring to maybe the most [url=https://youtu.be/kbGVIdA3dx0<]inexplicable[/url<] movie in the [url=https://i.imgur.com/ENLqbg6.jpg<]Connery oeuvre[/url<]

    • freebird
    • 11 months ago

    Stuff from CES 2019 is SOOOOOO last week….

    That being said, if you are going to pay over $1K for a video card then you might as well go all out and spend a couple hundred more and go liquid cooled.

    I didn’t think I’d ever say that, but then I didn’t ever think $1K+ gaming cards would be the norm. I remember when MAX performance gaming was $300-$400 on a new release. ATI 9800 $399 Pro… but yes there was the XT version for $499 also.

    Maybe it is just inflation.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 11 months ago

      Are they really the norm? It seems like this the started when amd couldn’t compete. There we’re usually 500-600 fancy top end cards, but they ballooned in the last two gens. The mining craze also heavily inflated the market. I think made people far more comfortable with abnormal costs.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 11 months ago

        The companies got smart and realized people were willing to pay far more than what they had been charging. Intel with the $1700 10 core got things moving nicely. I don’t have a problem paying $850 for a GPU I’m going to have for a few years. The cost isn’t a big deal to me and if it is to someone, cheaper options exist.

        • Voldenuit
        • 11 months ago

        IIRC, AMD introduced the first $1,000 consumer card with the 7990X, and followed it in the next gen with the $1,500 295×2.

        EDIT: Honorable mention for Obsidian’s Quantum 3D Voodoo X-24, with 6 Voodoo chips and a whopping 24 mega[b<]bytes[/b<] of RAM, which at $699 in 1998 is equivalent to over $1k today.

          • chuckula
          • 11 months ago

          THANKS AMD!

          But in all seriousness those don’t count because NOBODY.. not even AMD fanboys.. wanted them.

          We get all pissed at Ngreedia because we *do* want their high-end cards. We just don’t want to pay for them so we get upthumbs by whining about their prices instead.

      • Chrispy_
      • 11 months ago

      $1K+ gaming cards aren’t the norm. That’s what they want you to think by marketing the heck out of their $1K+ gaming cards and flooding the reviewers, streamers, tweeters with review samples and sponsoring events.

      Both Steam surveys and retail sales figures show that 99% of people are gaming at 1440p or lower, and 98% of people are gaming on a GPU under $500

      Performance/$ of the $1K+ is shockingly bad, but that’s before you account for the fact that much of their performance is wasted. In the real world, the median gamer is playing at 1080p60 on high/ultra with a GTX 1060 and they’re having a great time with their $250 card from two years ago. That is “the norm” and until those people stop having a great time the norm isn’t going to change.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 11 months ago

      The performance increase doesn’t really go up for the increase in price. Then you have to worry about leaks and failed pumps. No reason to get these imo.

    • Wonders
    • 11 months ago

    [quote<]Did you know that Zotac gets its name from the words "zone" and "tact"? Me neither. That's just one of the many things...[/quote<] This cracked me up... and I'm not even sure why. Nice work!

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 11 months ago

    With 7nm GPUs from Nvidia later this year or early next year, all of these cards seem pointless.

      • ermo
      • 11 months ago

      EA agrees.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 11 months ago

      Don’t release any new models of a 5 month old GPU because it will have a successor in 9 to 15 months?

      • End User
      • 11 months ago

      There is always something better around the corner. Don’t buy anything.

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