ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Review

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The multi-hued ROG eye logo has become such a familiar part of the Strix range that it is difficult to imagine a package without it. It is both attention grabbing and, perhaps most pleasantly, sets the Strix range apart from the other models of the ROG range.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

This is what you've come to see though, the RTX 2080 Strix and RTX 2080Ti Strix in all their glory. The heavy angular nature of the shroud should be familiar to anyone who has been following the ASUS Strix evolution. There is no doubt that these are beefy cards as we'll see below, but the matte black finish gives them a much sleeker look than you might imagine. Stealthy.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

The ROG eye logo also supports the RGB AURA Sync lighting, so anyone glancing into your case is left in no doubt about the product you're repping. You can also catch a glimpse of the new, much wider, SLI fingers. Sorry, NVLink fingers.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

Both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti the 8+8 PCI Express power input setup, providing plenty of wattage to your cards. You can also see how thick these cards are. They'll be no triple SLI setups here unless motherboards see a wholesale redesign.

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

Having the performance mode and Quiet mode switches on the PCB let you quickly choose the application that is best suited to your needs. Obviously we all want as much performance as possible, but the benefits of having the fans stop completely when the card is barely being stretched cannot be overstated. Silence is, after all, golden.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

Like the GTX 1080Ti that came before it the Strix RTX 20 series have headers to control both your RGB lighting and some system fans, so if the card gets warmer it can speed up your case fans to provide it with better airflow.

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti Preview  

Lastly you can see how black these are, even on the IO bracket. ASUS have moved from the nVidia 3 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI type of the reference cards to a 2+2 arrangement, although there is still a USB Type-C connector on both 2080 and 2080Ti cards.

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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