ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Review


ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview


This is a quick overview of the features available to you if you choose to purchase a ROG Strix RTX 20 series graphics card. As you would expect from a ROG product the cooling has been beefed up, the power phases given the once over, and the whole thing wrapped up in the familiar Strix design.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

We know that most of you will - rightfully - never take a screwdriver to your latest purchase, so it's nice to see the exploded view and get a feel of what is going on beneath that shroud. With the Strix we find three fans, a massive heatpipe and fin arrangement, a bracket to reinforce the card so that it doesn't begin to bend under extreme thermal loading, Super Alloy Power II to let you push things to the maximum, and all topped off with the AURA backplate so that it looks as splendid in your case as the visuals on your screen.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

The RTX 2080 and 2080Ti have a lot of additional elements on the PCB so it isn't a surprise to see that the cooling of the Strix has been significantly boosted to help keep the whole card cool no matter how much you stress it.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  
ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

Having plenty of fins and heatpipes is all well and good but you still need airflow to help dissipate that heat and allow your components to work as fast as possible for as long as possible. The Axial fans on the Strix promise to give a 33% increase in airflow without compromising the acoustics.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

There are two different modes available at the flick of a switch, from the Performance mode which is pretty much the 'stock' card, to the Quiet mode which reintroduces the fan stopping mode that we've all enjoyed from the Pascal architecture.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

One area the Republic of Gamers range has always been famous is in the power delivery. You don't get to break world records without having smooth, efficient, consistent power and the combination of high quality chokes, capacitors and DrMOS should let you break new ground without enduring the capacitor squeal that has been known to drive some people crazy.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

It wouldn't be a modern product without including RGB lighting, and with the Strix RTX cards you get the AURA Sync lighting that has been such a staple of recent ASUS hardware launches. We like the included "go away" stealth button that turns the lights off without needing to delve into the software.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview 


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Most Recent Comments

26-09-2018, 11:05:16

Good review, as always.
Can't help by wonder why you didn't included the Strix 1080Ti OC in these tests?
And i'm still going to wait on more tests before even considering placing an order.Quote

26-09-2018, 11:33:54

I like the ASUS kit but Tom you're spot on. The premium on this thing is ridiculous especially when compared to the MSI for example.

The other thing that's mad is that for that price they couldn't even braid or blackout the connector cables that dangle out the side of the cooler.

Poor show ASUS, poor show indeed!Quote

26-09-2018, 12:25:25

Considering they use automatic assembly now you'd think the price would decrease if there's less wages to pay.

They're £200 more than MSI trio and not enough ahead in performance to justify that and the MSI cards look just as good now, I've always admited I'm an Asus fanboy but if I was looking at selling 1 of my testicles or both to get 1 of these i'd go MSI and a good sized M.2 to go with itQuote

26-09-2018, 12:56:02

So it could be as much as 2.5K in canada. Awesome, seriously whats up with GPU pricing now.Quote

26-09-2018, 13:37:30

Eddie long
I have got to agree with the Guv on the pricing on these . I know i'm a bit of and Asus fan ,and it looks like they have done a pretty good job on these with performance , but for me 1500 of my hard earned pounds is just too much to swallowQuote

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