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The Ultimate Water Cooled RTX 2080 SUPER Comparison

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Comparison of the Best RTX 2080 SUPER Graphics Cards

Here is a comparison of the best RTX 2080 SUPER cards available on the market. We know you have been dying to know which models of the RTX 2080 SUPER perform and look the best and we are here to bring you that data. We are comparing top end models from three major aftermarket manufacturers you know well EVGA, GIGABYTE, and MSI. Now let’s get right into it!

EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID - P/N: 08G-P4-3288-KR

To the right you will see the EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID. It is EVGA’s top of the line hybrid water cooled RTX 2080 SUPER GPU capable of gaming at the highest level. It looks sleek, with its silver and black design and it performs even better. The GeForce RTX graphics card utilizes the new Turing GPU bringing untold computational power to consumers. This card boasts six times faster performance that the previous generation, with two excellent new features: real-time ray tracing in games and powerful AI enhanced graphics. Not to mention the ice cold cooling provided by the EVGA Hybrid Cooling system. It provides an all in one, completely self-contained cooling loop that requires no filling, no custom tubing or maintenance. With its custom cooling and one of the best GPU’s available right now you can hardly do better that the EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 Ultra Hybrid.

GIGABYTE RTX 2080 SUPER AORUS WATERFORCE - P/N: GV-N208SAORUS W-8GC

The GIGABYTE RTX 2080 SUPER AORUS WATERFORCE might just be better though. This card also uses the newest RTX 2080 SUPER GPU so it also has access to real-time ray tracing and AI enhanced graphics. However they use there own cooling loop system, AORUS provides an all-around cooling solution for all its important components, ensuring a stable overclock and longer card life span. Additionally this card boasts the highest clock speed of the three, coming in at 1860 MHz compared to the 1845MHz the other two have. One more cool unique fixture of this model is it has two more HDMI outputs taking it to seven total video outputs. Also this card takes inspiration for its design from the wings of the powerful falcon. It has a multi-layered design featuring striking contours, resembling a falcon’s wings. The coolest feature though has got to be the AORUS RGB FUSION 2.0 software that allows for some crazy cool lighting affects. The software allows for over 16.7 million customizable colors and effects to make your rig look amazing!

MSI RTX 2080 SUPER SEA HAWK X - P/N: RTX 2080 SUPER SEA HAWK X

We just received these cards for the first time and we are extremely excited to see how you guys like them. Once again powered by the RTX 2080 SUPER GPU this card also boasts AI enhanced graphics, and real-time ray tracing. This card also uses its own self contained cooling loop, with its own silent 120MM TORX Fan and an aluminum heat radiator that is easy to install, reduces airflow demand and looks excellent. The MSI RTX 2080 SUPER SEA HAWK X uses NVIDIA G-SYNC for the fastest, smoothest and best game play you can possibly get by eliminating any lag. Additionally they have their own excellent MSI custom software called Dragon Center. It is a consolidation of all their software into one unified suite, which will eventually allow you to control your MSI Desktop, Graphics card, and Motherboard all from one place if your build is all MSI.

Conclusion

These cards are the best you can get when talking about any RTX 2080 SUPER chip set with its own cooling loop. They all perform excellently and provide top of the line graphics which can only be beat by an RTX 2080 Ti. Picking the best card at this level is hard as you are really parsing hairs but our favorite card has got to be the GIGABYTE AORUS. Their AORUS software and RGB lighting takes this card to the next level, as it performs slightly better than the others and looks amazing while doing so. Please let us know which one you’d choose in the comment section below!

The RTX 2080 Ti vs the GTX 1080 Ti

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We have an extensive library of FurMarks from testing all the graphics cards we offer here at Cutting Edge Gamer. In order to help out you, our customers, we have posted FurMarks for some of our most popular cards below. Take a look at these comparison scores and let us know what you think of these cards in the comments below. Thank you!

The ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition vs the ASUS GTX 1080 Ti STRIX OC
ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition ROG-STRIX-RTX2080TI-O11G-GAMING
ASUS GTX 1080 Ti STRIX OC STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING

The EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID vs the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 HYBRID
EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID 11G-P4-2484-KR
EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 HYBRID 11G-P4-6698-KR

The MSI RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z vs the MSI GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING X
MSI RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z
MSI GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING X GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING X

Comparing the ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition to the EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID

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ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition vs. EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID

Nvidia has now created the next big thing in gaming, ray-tracing. Ray-tracing is a new technique that allows for better live 3D rendering. As silicon fabrication technology innovations slowdown and with buyers desiring a new leap instead of just packing in more transistors (looking at you Volta), Nvidia has designed new Turing architecture based cards and new RTX technology to drive them. This technology is now consumer ready and I can say it is worth the hefty price tag if you can get it.

RTX technology incorporates both classic CUDA cores with the newly designed RT cores which allow for rendering real time ray traced objects into rasterized 3D scenes in the best way possible. Below we will compare two of the highest rated RTX 2080 Ti cards, the ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition and the EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID and tell you which one we prefer.

ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition

Take a look at that gorgeous beast, ASUS ROG’s flagship card the ASUS RTX 2080 Ti STRIX OC(ROG-STRIX-RTX2080TI-O11G-GAMING) is loaded with some of the best features you could hope to find on a current graphics card. It has dual-BIOS functionality, sweet lighting, newly designed fans and comes factory over clocked. Running at 1650 Mhz, which can be boosted to 1665 Mhz using ASUS’s GPU Tweak II tool, this card runs 120 Mhz faster that Nvidia’s reference design.

The dual-Bios adds some great functionality. And while not super uniquely designed, it looks almost identical to the 2080 Strix OC, the lighting on these cards is great for custom builds and can put the final touches on your new rig. The ASUS RTX 2080 Ti STRIX OC comes with a driver CD, instruction guide, and two Velcro ties in the box, which is also about identical to the 2080 Strix OC box.

Finally ASUS also redesigned their fans, increasing airflow by 27% and hopefully fixing previous issues. If you are not familiar with the ASUS cards of late they used to have big issues with fan blades breaking due to fatigue. This new design takes that into account with sturdier fan blades, but still incorporates an ugly visible multi-color fan cable.Ā  Putting that one cable aside though, we have high hopes for this graphics card and its potential going forward.

EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID

The EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Hybrid can bring RTX to you live and let you see gorgeous game play as it was designed to be seen. This card is excellent and performs that way under pressure hitting over 220 FPS with ease and staying cool while doing it. Try BFV and you can see the ray tracing working hard, light shinning off your gun barrel and anything else reflective. This RTX 2080 Ti comes in a simple box with an instruction Guide(s) a DVI to HDMI Adapter and four screws & washers.

Pushing the frontiers of gaming visualization RTX is awesome, it looks amazing in 4K and eventually will allow for rendering full scenes with ray tracing. Lease one today and we promise you will not be disappointed!

FurMarks for Comparison:
ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition
EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID

Comparing two top tier cards of this magnitude is never easy, and declaring one better than the other is nearly impossible, but don’t worry that’s why we are here. After considering the branding, style, special features and Furmarks of these cards we declare the ASUS ROG RTX 2080 Ti Strix OC to be the best in series. As ASUS fans we can say they hit this one out of the park, it boasts a clock speed of 1710MHz and just looks gorgeous. We would highly recommend this card if you are trying to get the best of the best gear, and it is available now(when in stock) through our lease to own program at only $165.99/month, and remember it only takes 13 payment at the listed lease price to buy out your card.

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