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.

23 Comments
    • Ulyxx
    • 4 weeks ago

    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.

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      • JC
      • 4 weeks ago

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

      Reply
      • Spiral
      • 2 weeks ago

      Your right. Im outa here 5000.

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      • gutted ex-user
      • 2 weeks ago

      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.

      Reply
    • The Egg
    • 4 weeks ago

    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.

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      • StuG
      • 4 weeks ago

      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.

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        • The Egg
        • 4 weeks ago

        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.

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    • MASSAMKULABOX
    • 4 weeks ago

    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) …

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    • Krogoth
    • 4 weeks ago

    It is the legend coming every 1000 years.

    The Super Glue!

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      • chuckula
      • 4 weeks ago

      After all these mehs, Krogoth has finally come unglued!

      Reply
    • psuedonymous
    • 4 weeks ago

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

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      • DPete27
      • 4 weeks ago

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

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      • K-L-Waster
      • 4 weeks ago

      OMG this naming convention is really quite atrocious.

      Reply
    • usacomp2k3 (AJ)
    • 4 weeks ago

    I can load my RX570 if you want for review

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      • usacomp2k3 (AJ)
      • 4 weeks ago

      *lend

      Reply
    • DPete27
    • 4 weeks ago

    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.

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      • StuG
      • 4 weeks ago

      “advantage”

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        • DPete27
        • 4 weeks ago

        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.

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    • DPete27
    • 4 weeks ago

    Tempered glass fan shrouds in 3…2…1…

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    • chuckula
    • 4 weeks ago

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

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

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      • crabjokeman
      • 4 weeks ago

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

      Reply
    • ludi
    • 4 weeks ago

    Awesome! And props to EVGA for their support.

    Reply

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