Overkill… But with RGB! (A review on the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080)


When deciding to buy a graphics card one of the most important questions to ask yourself is, “what am I using it for”. If your answer is as simple as chrome browsing and productivity work then most integrated graphics chips will do you just fine. If you find integrated graphics just is not cutting it for you then even a low end card should work just fine. But for the other people out their in the world with an unlimited money source and love for gaming, the great people at ASUS make cards just for you and others alike. Which also happens to come with RGB… Because who doesn’t like colorful lights?

The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 is everything you need in a GPU and more. Alot more. If you are in need of a “no compromise” video card then you have came to the right place. With the newer generation of Nvidia cards that include top of the line ray tracing technology (which I will not get into today but if you would like to read up on it then click the following link https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/266600-nvidias-rtx-promises-real-time-ray-tracing) the 2080 will most likely suit all of your needs and more without any hesitation or need to overclock.

Not only does it support the latest API’s such as OpenGL 4.5 and DirectX 12 it also has the newest form of video memory in GDDR6. And if you really wanted to, it does support NVlink (SLI) so that you can hook two of these up at the same time. Your mileage may vary on the software support though. Moving forward it does have a whopping 8GB of GDDR6. The 256-bit memory bus is big enough to push all of it through plus some. But memory and API support is just one part of the equation. And on the other side of the equation, it surely does not disappoint. Here is a list of the other important specifications:

  • Core clock: 1515 MHz
  • OC Mode: 1890 MHz 
  • Gaming Mode: 1860 MHz
  • Cuda Cores: 2944
  • Memory Clock: 14000 MHz
  • Ports include: 2x HDMI 2.0B / 2x Display Port 1.4 / 1x USB Type-C 
  • 3x fans (pictured above)
  • 2x 8 pin power connectors
  • Supports SLI
  • Supports up to 8K in resolution
  • Takes up 2.7 slots

Overall if you really need the whole entirety of raw power this gives out then go for it. Did I mention this runs over $800 (Around $870)? Yeah, so really this is a perfect card for future proofing especially due to the fact that game support and other program support for ray tracing technology is not mainstream yet. Lackluster support for the new technology is due to the fact of it being new to consumers. Ray tracing itself has been around for awhile now and is the technology used in most Pixar films. But surely as it comes around in most triple-A titles you can ensure you will be future proofed for years to come and can play any triple-A title today at 4k, 90 MHz or even better. In conclusion, as long as you have the money and monitor/PC to go along with it then I definitely recommend this GPU.

Also… RGB! (With aura compatibility).

If my word is not enough you can also check out more reviews via the Newegg page (which includes the price): 

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

Works Cited:

“Asus ROG STRIX.” RTX 2080, www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814126249&Description=RTX%2B2080&cm_re=RTX_2080-_-14-126-249-_-Product.

Smith, Ryan. “NVIDIA Announces the GeForce RTX 20 Series: RTX 2080 Ti & 2080 on Sept. 20th, RTX 2070 in October.” RSS, AnandTech, 20 Aug. 2018, www.anandtech.com/show/13249/nvidia-announces-geforce-rtx-20-series-rtx-2080-ti-2080-2070.


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