In the lab: EVGA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra

Well, this is exciting. EVGA has elected to send over one of its GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics cards. EVGA sells ten models carrying that chip, but the specific board we have in-house is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra. Here she is, by the way, divested of her boxy garment:


EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra
 

This card comes equipped with EVGA’s ICX2 “2.75 slot” dual-fan cooler as well as the usual RGB LED lighting and a thick backplate. It gets a small bump to its clock rate over the reference model; Nvidia specs the RTX 2080 Super for a boost clock of 1815 MHz, while EVGA says this card will typically do 1845 MHz. Of course, the real-world clocks will probably be at the discretion of the chip’s boost algorithm.

Don’t fret—I haven’t forgotten about those other video cards that I’ve promised to review. While that article is significantly late at this point, it’s still forthcoming. I’m using the extra time afforded by the delay—caused, as noted before, by the lack of proper comparative hardware—to devote some attention to the new software features that came along with those cards.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control I do not have access to the full arsenal of video cards we might normally use to provide context for such a review. I’m currently rounding up some recent hardware that should give a good enough guideline, I think. Look forward to reviews of both green and red flavor before long. While I must stress that I cannot promise anything, if you have specific requests for games you’d like covered or applications you’d like tested, now is the time.

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Txguy
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Txguy

I just got this about a month ago and according to the X1 software my card steady runs at 1965 under load. They are way underrating this card.

Ulyxx
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Ulyxx

This site has been sold off hasn’t it? 🙁 I don’t even recognize it anymore, and it doesn’t seem the new team cares about the quality coverage of parts.

JC
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JC

IIRC the AMD 5700 and XT reviews aren’t out yet. Tick tock.

Spiral
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Spiral

Your right. Im outa here 5000.

gutted ex-user
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gutted ex-user

I’ve been a member of the forums here since 2002, but I’ve been unable to buy a desktop for ages, so avoided the site for a few years, to dodge the temptation it always used to trigger.

But you’re absolutely right. It’s a shadow of its former self. Massive shame, this site was a hell of a resource.

The Egg
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The Egg

Can’t I’ll ever be in the market for a GPU in this pricerange, but if I was, EVGA would be the only brand I’d even consider due to their level of customer support.

StuG
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StuG

I’ve owned at least 10 different GPUs over the years.

The only ones that were not replaces out of desire were my two EVGA cards.

I like their company but that has always rubbed me the wrong way.

The Egg
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The Egg

Your experience doesn’t seem typical, but you’re going to get a certain percentage of failures from any cardmaker. The question is whether customer support took care of you, and in that regard EVGA is better than most. If I ever went nuts and spent $700 on a card, I’d want the peace of mind for sure.
The trade-up and B-stock programs are also nice. I’m still using a B-stock 970 which is approaching 5 years old.

MASSAMKULABOX
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MASSAMKULABOX

How many of each card do these companys expect to sell ? I mean they’re about £700 or is that £850+ , I mean what are the sales numbers 100’s 10,000 . in lifetime sales ? Whos got that cash to splash (on relatively marginal improvements) …

Krogoth
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Krogoth

It is the legend coming every 1000 years.

The Super Glue!

chuckula
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chuckula

After all these mehs, Krogoth has finally come unglued!

psuedonymous
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psuedonymous

I can only assume Disney’s lawyers prevented this being the EVGA RTX 2080 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

DPete27
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DPete27

I’d buy that!!!
Picture it wrapping all the way around the “thickness” face of the shroud.
RGB-illuminated of course.

K-L-Waster
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K-L-Waster

OMG this naming convention is really quite atrocious.

usacomp2k3 (AJ)
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usacomp2k3 (AJ)

I can load my RX570 if you want for review

usacomp2k3 (AJ)
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usacomp2k3 (AJ)

*lend

DPete27
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DPete27

Since benchmarks are already out for the 5700, 5700XT, and 2080 Super, use that advantage to talk about things nobody else has yet.

Even if/when doing benchmarks, choose things that aren’t already commonplace all over the internet. Choose games nobody else has chosen. If it’s the same games, choose settings nobody else has chosen (aka not Ultra settings).

Proving the same thing everyone else already has doesn’t generate site traffic.

StuG
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StuG

“advantage”

DPete27
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DPete27

The big players have done their testing and have moved on. Their cards are on the table. The only thing left is to contribute something nobody else has.
The advantage is that when your review is “late” you’re not constructing it inside your own black box. You get to collect all the literature everyone else has produced and glean new and interesting conclusions.

DPete27
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DPete27

Tempered glass fan shrouds in 3…2…1…

chuckula
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chuckula

I’m Rick James, and I approve this review.

Neutronbeam
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FWIW, many of us here have ALWAYS considered you to be a Superfreak. ;->

crabjokeman
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crabjokeman

You’re not Rick James, beotch!
Rick James is much cooler than you.

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ludi

Awesome! And props to EVGA for their support.

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