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.