New Card Report #21: The RTX RGB Edition

Published: 31st Oct 2018, 14:52 GMT   Comments

We are two months past GeForce RTX announcement. In this time period, add-in-board partners unveil their super-high-end models. That includes overengineered, hardly available and overpriced SKUs — exactly what we, the enthusiast, waste our money on.

GAINWARD

There are triple-fan RTX graphics cards and then there is GameSoul Geek with FOUR fans. This card might remind you of Gigabyte’s SuperOverclock series with a tiny (and noisy) 40mm fan on a side.

But why would you need so many fans? Well, it ships with THREE 8-pin power connectors. This little beast features nonstandard 300W TDP and 1755 MHz boost clock (13.6% higher over reference specs). It is not the fastest 2080 Ti, but certainly one of a kind.


 
GAINWARD RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GameSoul Geek Edition
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU102-300/A Base Clock : 1350 MHz
Cores : 4352 Boost Clock : 1755 MHz (+13.6%)
TMUs : 272 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 88 Memory : 11 GB GDDR6 352b

And yes, there is also RTX 2080 non-Ti version with dual 8-pins and 245W TDP.


 
GAINWARD RTX 2080 8GB GameSoul Geek Edition
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU104-400/A Base Clock : 1515 MHz
Cores : 2944 Boost Clock : 1875 MHz (+9.6%)
TMUs : 184 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 64 Memory : 8 GB GDDR6 256b

Although the next model is called Glare OC, it is not actually overclocked, at least not according to Gainward’s own website.


 
GAINWARD RTX 2080 Ti 11GB Glare OC
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU102-300/A Base Clock : 1350 MHz
Cores : 4352 Boost Clock : 1635 MHz (+5.8%)
TMUs : 272 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 88 Memory : 11 GB GDDR6 352b

The cards posted above are China exclusive (GameSoul/Glare series). Below I’ve included Phantom and Phoenix series from Gainward for international buyers.


 
GAINWARD RTX 2080 8GB Phantom GLH
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU104-400/A Base Clock : 1515 MHz
Cores : 2944 Boost Clock : 1875 MHz (+9.6%)
TMUs : 184 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 64 Memory : 8 GB GDDR6 256b


 
GAINWARD RTX 2070 8GB Phoenix GS
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU106-400/A Base Clock : 1410 MHz
Cores : 2304 Boost Clock : 1725 MHz (+6.5%)
TMUs : 144 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 64 Memory : 8 GB GDDR6 256b

There’s also a model based on the pure reference board, meaning, it has reference display connectors (with DVI). This is a very uncommon thing for most RTX 2070 cards.


 
GAINWARD RTX 2070 8GB
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU106-400/A Base Clock : 1410 MHz
Cores : 2304 Boost Clock : 1620 MHz
TMUs : 144 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 64 Memory : 8 GB GDDR6 256b

This card is also available from Palit (both brands have the same owner).

GALAX

The water-cooled Turing is also available. Galax has Hall of Fame OC Lab edition with a pre-installed waterblock.

This card features triple-8pin power connectors, but the clock speed is kinda moderate at 1680 MHz (boost).

What is shocking is the price. Galax has this card in their own store for as little as 1799 USD (yikes!)


 
GALAX RTX 2080 Ti 11GB HOF OC LAB WC Edition
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU102-300/A Base Clock : 1350 MHz
Cores : 4352 Boost Clock : 1680 MHz (+8.7%)
TMUs : 272 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 88 Memory : 11 GB GDDR6 352b

GIGABYTE

Holy RGB Batman — Gigabyte’s AORUS Xtreme Waterforce has a unique eye-catching design. Who says that water blocks have to be boring if you can have this RGB craziness inside your rig?

It is worth mentioning that AORUS RTX series have a nonstandard display connectors (they have more than most cards): 3x DP, 3x HDMI and USB TypeC.


 
GIGABYTE RTX 2080 Ti 11GB AORUS Xtreme WaterForce
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU102-300/A Base Clock : 1350 MHz
Cores : 4352 Boost Clock : 1770 MHz (+14.6%)
TMUs : 272 Memory Clock : 14.1 Gbps (+1.0%)
ROPs : 88 Memory : 11 GB GDDR6 352b


 
GIGABYTE RTX 2080 8GB AORUS Xtreme WaterForce
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU104-400/A Base Clock : 1515 MHz
Cores : 2944 Boost Clock : 1890 MHz (+10.5%)
TMUs : 184 Memory Clock : 14.1 Gbps (+1.0%)
ROPs : 64 Memory : 8 GB GDDR6 256b

 

INNO3D

Inno3D recently showcased their new iChill triple-fan design with a detachable shroud. The idea is to allow you to modify the cooler to your liking. You can, for instance, use a dual-fan shroud instead of the triple-fan. Whether you should, is a different story.


 
INNO3D RTX 2080 Ti 11GB iChill Frostbite
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU102-300/A Base Clock : 1350 MHz
Cores : 4352 Boost Clock : 1695 MHz (+9.7%)
TMUs : 272 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 88 Memory : 11 GB GDDR6 352b

MAXSUN

In this report, I also wanted to include Wind series from Maxsun. There’s nothing particularly interesting about these cards, yet still, I can’t take my eyes off these RGB stripes, so I thought you may also want to look at them for a minute.


 
MAXSUN RTX 2080 Ti 11GB Wind OC
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU102-300/A Base Clock : 1350 MHz
Cores : 4352 Boost Clock : 1650 MHz (+6.8%)
TMUs : 272 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 88 Memory : 11 GB GDDR6 352b

ZOTAC

ZOTAC recently announced RTX 2080 AMP Extreme, which was quickly followed by 2080 Ti. This is the international version of the super high-end model with TDP going up to 300W. The clock speed is also amazing (around 1815 MHz bost). The AMP series are also one of the few offering factory memory overclock (this model features 14.4 Gbps memory).

In other words, this RTX 2080 Ti is one of the fastest on the market. 


 
ZOTAC RTX 2080 Ti 11GB AMP Extreme
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU102-300/A Base Clock : 1350 MHz
Cores : 4352 Boost Clock : 1815 MHz (+17.5%)
TMUs : 272 Memory Clock : 14.4 Gbps (+2.9%)
ROPs : 88 Memory : 11 GB GDDR6 352b

The Maxx series.

I also need to mention the appearance of AMP Maxx series. So far there is only one card, which is a dual-fan design with a relatively moderate clock speed of 1665 MHz.


 
ZOTAC RTX 2080 Ti 11GB AMP MAXX
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : TU102-300/A Base Clock : 1350 MHz
Cores : 4352 Boost Clock : 1665 MHz (+7.8%)
TMUs : 272 Memory Clock : 14 Gbps
ROPs : 88 Memory : 11 GB GDDR6 352b

But wait, there’s more!

The PGF is back. We are not sure why ZOTAC is starting PGF 20 series with RTX 2070 this time around, but honestly who cares. The PCB features dual 8-pin power connectors and 19(!?) phases.

The last model in this report is called RTX 2070 X-Gaming Plus (there’s also non-Plus). This version features the fourth fan mounted on the backplate. This fan is equipped with an RGB ring (similar to most RGB desktop fans these days). The cable hanging on the backplate looks misplaced though.




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