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AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme Video Card Review

AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme Video Card Review

Underneath the microscope immediately is the AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme. It not solely sports activities a customized PCB and beefy energy supply but in addition consists of one of many coolest RGB LED implementations we’ve seen. The Xtreme makes use of the Windforce three Stack cooling together with three followers with every fan integrating a single RGB LED on one fan blade. This location for the LED with the fan spinning makes it seem like a steady circle of sunshine round every of the followers and is very customizable. We’ll dig down and see the way it performs in addition to take a look at the lighting and its seemingly infinite choices for tweaking.


Under we have now a desk of high-level specs. Being an RTX 2080, it has 2944 CUDA cores, 368 Tensor cores, and 48 RT cores. The bottom clock is available in at 1515 MHz which is identical because the Founders Version (FE) playing cards. The playing cards base increase clock is 1890 MHz which is above FE speeds. The 8GB of GDDR6 reminiscence comes at 14.14 Gbps (1785 MHz) and sits on a 256-bit bus. The clock speeds are greater than we have now seen beforehand. In reality, that is the primary RTX card we have now seen with overclocked reminiscence from the field within the first place.

AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme SpecsCUDA Cores2944Tensor Cores368RT Cores48GPU Base Clock1515 MHzGPU Increase Clock1890 MHz (1965 MHz precise)Body Buffer8GB GDDR6Reminiscence Interface256-bitReminiscence Clock (Knowledge Fee)14.14 Gbps (1785 MHz)Reminiscence Bandwidth457 GB/sROPs64Texture Models184Texture Fillrate (Gigatexels /sec)347.EightGigaRays /secEight GR/sCompute (TFlops)10.1L2 Cache MeasurementFour MBOutputs3x DisplayPort, 3x HDMI, 1x USB Sort-CTDP (Watts)225W+Worth$879.99 (Newegg), $879.99 (Amazon)


Under we’ve got a picture of GPU confirming the specs listed within the desk above. Nothing out of the unusual right here.

GPUz v2.14


So far as options go, the flagship AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme appears to have lots going for it on this entrance. Together with the cool RGB LEDs on the fan blades (one RBG LED for every fan, three complete), the three 100 mm double ball bearing followers use the Windforce Stack 3x cooling system. With this configuration, the 2 outdoors fan blades overlap the center fan a which helps get air the place it must go. The within fan spins in the other way of the outer followers which GIGABYTE says reduces the turbulent airflow created by three followers. As well as, the followers additionally present semi-passive cooling and can stay powered off whereas the GPU is in a low load or low energy recreation. The highest of the cardboard has an LED fan indicator to offer an immediate show of the fan standing.

The heatsink itself has angled fins with unequal heights which channels the airflow by means of the fins which not solely enlarges the contact space however is claimed to end in decrease noise ranges and higher cooling capability. Composite warmth pipes are used snaking their means via the fin array to the bottom of the heatsink the place it makes direct contact with the GPU core. The pipe additionally covers VRAM although a baseplate so it is ready to be cooled as properly.

NVIDIA’s Founders Version (FE) playing cards use an Eight+2 energy part design to drive the playing cards, whereas AORUS steps it up right here on the Xtreme using a 12+2 part design that permits the MOSFETs to function at decrease temperatures. There are additionally two LEDs on the Eight-pin PCIe energy connectors to point out the consumer if the cardboard is receiving the right energy. If the sunshine is on, the facility cable is disconnected. Whether it is off, the facility is secure, blinking means irregular energy provide.

GIGABYTE has additionally included an “aerospace-grade” PCB coating to guard the cardboard from mud, bugs, dropped screws, drill shavings, and abrasions. The coating is claimed to be moisture resistant in addition to defending the boards from environmental contaminants reminiscent of salt spray, humidity, and corrosion.


The 3x 100mm stack followers present bigger and extra clean airflow. And with extra heatsink protection than different commonplace triple followers, WINDFORCE stack followers have higher cooling efficiency.



The GIGABYTE patent “Alternate Spinning” is the one answer that may remedy the turbulent airflow of three followers. The most important drawback with the three followers is turbulence. Because the followers rotate in the identical course, the airflow path is reverse between the followers, which can trigger turbulent airflow and scale back warmth dissipation effectivity. GIGABYTE turns the center fan in the other way, in order that the airflow course between the 2 followers is identical, decreasing the turbulence and enhancing the airflow strain.

3D Lively Fan

The 3D Lively Fan offers semi-passive cooling, and the followers will stay off when the GPU is in a low load or low energy recreation. It permits players to take pleasure in gameplay in full silence when the system is operating mild or idle. The LED fan indicator on the highest of the graphics card supplies an on the spot show of the fan standing.

Double Ball Bearing Followers

The double ball bearing construction has higher warmth endurance and effectivity than sleeve construction.



The angular and unequal fins peak doesn’t solely channel the airflow via the fins and enlarge the contact floor but in addition leads to a decrease noise degree and higher cooling capability.





The form of the pure copper warmth pipe maximizes the direct contact space with the GPU, enhancing warmth switch. The warmth pipe additionally covers the VRAM by means of a big metallic plate contact to make sure correct cooling.


The composite heat-pipes combines thermal conductivity and part transition to effectively handle the warmth switch between two strong interfaces which will increase cooling capability.




The graphics card makes use of the 12+2 energy part design to permit the MOSFET to function at decrease temperature, and over-temperature safety design and cargo balancing for every MOSFET, plus the Extremely Sturdy licensed chokes and capacitors, to offer wonderful efficiency and longer system life.


Mud -resistant shields the circuit board from mud, bugs, dropped screws, drill shavings, and abrasion. Moisture-resistant prevents undesirable conduction paths and board injury. Corrosion-resistant protects boards from environmental contaminants, resembling salt spray, humidity, and corrosion.


Be alert when PCI-E voltage is unstable with the sensible energy LED indicators. When experiencing any energy abnormality, the indicator will alert players by flashing mild.

Retail Packaging and Equipment

Once we opened up the package deal from the GIGABYTE group, we have been greeted by a typical retail package deal. The entrance of this specific mannequin from AORUS has their gaming falcon image prominently throughout the entrance together with some info on what’s inside together with its RGB ecosystem (RGB Fusion), and noting a Four-year guarantee which is a yr longer than different board/card companions. Flipping the field round, the again aspect covers a couple of of the options talked about above together with some high-level specs.

Contained in the field is one other flip open field which incorporates the GPU together with any consists of equipment. The GPU rests comfortable in type becoming foam to guard it from the trials of delivery. The AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme features a driver disk, I/O information, fast information, AORUS metallic sticker, and a fantastic value-add merchandise with the AORUS VGA holder. The latter is a strut designed to help the heavy card and stop it from sagging on account of weight.

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Meet the GIGABYTE RTX 2080 Xtreme

AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme

Pictured above, the AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme has a singular design on the fan shroud with the AORUS hen sitting within the center backlit by an RGB LED. The black fan body makes use of an open idea permitting for loads of airflow throughout the three 100 mm followers. The cardboard is fairly huge occupying 2.5 slots in width with a peak a bit taller than typical boards. The cardboard measures in at 290 x 134.31 x 59.9 mm. Outdoors of the area it occupies, its largest draw outdoors has obtained to be the RGB LED situated on the finish of every fan blade. That together with utilizing the RGB Fusion software program to regulate it makes for a reasonably cool mild present that basically solely feels restricted by creativeness.


Outdoors of the LEDs on the fan blades, the highest of the cardboard can also be illuminated in two spots. The primary is the AORUS naming, with the second the “NO FAN” wording in the direction of the again of the cardboard by the facility leads. Different RGB lighting may be discovered on the again with the massive AORUS fowl lit up as nicely.

General the cardboard seems to be good and will match into most any theme customers would provide you with.

A Nearer Look


3x DisplayPort, 3x HDMI, and 1x USB Sort-C

2x Eight-pin PCIe Energy Required

Getting a bit of nearer to the cardboard, the primary space we take a look at is are the outputs. Usually, this is able to be a reasonably boring part, nevertheless, this card is exclusive in that as an alternative of getting the standard configuration of 2x DP / 1x HDMI / 1x USB Sort-C, this card has 3x DP and 3x HDMI (2.0b) plus the USB Sort-C port. The extra two HDMI ports permit customers to have higher flexibility when connecting to the shows. Customers can select from 3x HDMI + 1x DP + 1x USB-C or 3x DP + 1x HDMI + 1x USB-C with out utilizing adapters. 

Energy is provided by two Eight-pin PCIe energy connections. When correctly plugged in, the LEDs on the again of the PCB by the connectors ought to be OFF. If they’re on or flashing, there could also be an issue with them being plugged in correctly or one other energy difficulty.

Heatsink Eliminated – Entrance

Backplate Eliminated

Base of the Heatsink

Taking the heatsink and backplates off we’re capable of see simply how totally different the PCB is when evaluating it to an FE based mostly RTX 2080. The facility bits instantly leap out of the image with its 12+2 part setup. We’re additionally capable of see the Micron RAM used on this pattern. Under we will see close-ups of the hardware used. On this case, there are ON Semiconductor FDMF3170 MOSFETs and a UPI UP9512P PWM controller (two of them).

12+ Part Energy Supply

UPI up9512p – PWM (2x)

ON Semiconductor FDMF3170 MOSFETs

Under is a picture of the cardboard on the check bench together with some pictures of the fan LEDs. Fact be informed, these photographs don’t do it justice. This implementation, when you like RGB LEDs, is actually one of many coolest round.

AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme


Check System and Benchmark Strategies

Our check system is predicated on the newest mainstream Intel platform, Z370, and makes use of the i7-8700Okay 6c/12t CPU. The CPU is overclocked to Four.7 GHz on all cores/threads with cache set to Four.three GHz. The clock speeds used supplies a superb base to attenuate any limitations the CPU might have on our titles, notably when utilizing the decrease resolutions, and ought to be attainable with a very good air cooler or higher. The DRAM is in a 2×Eight GB configuration at 3200 MHz with CL15-15-15-35-2T timings which is a center of the street choice that balances efficiency and price.

Thanks goes out to EVGA for offering the CLC 240 CPU Cooler and 750 W G3 Energy Provide to chill and energy the system, G.Talent for the Trident Z DRAM, and Toshiba OCZ for the 480 GB TR200 SSDs storage operating the OS, benchmarks, and video games. With our companions serving to out, we’re capable of construct matching check techniques to mitigate any variations discovered between utilizing totally different hardware. This enables for a number of reviewers in several places to make use of the identical check system and examine outcomes with out further variables.

Under are the exams we run with a quick description of the settings. We’ve got made some vital modifications because the final replace including a couple of new titles and dropping a few of the older video games. Extra particulars could be discovered within the GPU Testing Process article which we have now up to date with our newest benchmarks.

  • UL 3DMark Time Spy – Default settings
  • UL 3DMark Hearth Strike (Excessive) – Default settings
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider – DX12, “Highest” preset (will add RTX when it has been patched)
  • The Division – DX12, Extremely preset, VSync Off
  • Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation – DX12, Loopy preset, GPU targeted
  • Far Cry 5 – Extremely defaults
  • F1 2018 – Very Excessive defaults, TAA, and x16 AF, Australia monitor, present FPS counter
  • World of Tanks: Encore Benchmark – Extremely defaults
  • Last Fantasy XV Benchmark – Excessive defaults

Artificial Benchmarks

Our first set of benchmarks hail from Underwriters Laboratories who acquired Futuremark again in 2014. Earlier in 2018, a rebrand occurred and since that point, Futuremark is now UL. The benchmarks haven’t modified, simply the identify. We selected to stay with 3DMark Hearth Strike (Excessive) and 3DMark Time Spy as these exams give customers a good suggestion of efficiency on trendy titles.

3DMark Hearth Strike (Excessive) is a DX11-based check which UL says the graphics are rendered with element and complexity far past different DX11 benchmarks and video games. This benchmark runs at 1920×1080. 3DMark Time Spy is a DX12 benchmark designed for Home windows 10 PCs. It helps new API options resembling asynchronous compute, specific multi-adapter, multi-threading, and runs at 2560×1440 decision.

3DMark Hearth Strike (Excessive) and 3DMark Time Spy

We will see above from our artificial benchmarks that each one 4 playing cards are inside 1% of one another which for all intents and functions may be deemed inside the margin of error. Regardless that every card has a special set of clock speeds, resulting from how the increase works counting on temperature (and different issues) every card can differ relying on its setting. We did see strong good points of round 7% when overclocking.

Gaming Benchmarks

Shifting on to the gaming benchmarks, we’ve got up to date our testing suite to convey extra trendy titles into the combination. Gone are GTA V, Crysis three, and Rise of the Tomb Raider, which have been changed with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, World of Tanks: enCore benchmark, F1 2018, Ultimate Fantasy XV benchmark, and Far Cry 5. We stored The Division and Ashes of the Singularity (although we up to date to AOTS: Escalation). The video games ought to present a very good view of the general efficiency of the cardboard. Many of those are DX12 video games.

We won’t check DLSS options in FF XV because the benchmark itself is a bit flawed. Ray Tracing may also not be examined right here although BF V and Home windows have now been up to date to help it. Sooner or later, SoTR may have it together with many different titles so we’ll circle again when applicable.

World of Tanks: enCore and F1 2018

In our first set of gaming checks, World of Tanks: enCore has the AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme operating barely quicker on this check by a number of FPS reaching 234 FPS at this decision. F1 2018 shares the identical story with the AORUS providing operating a pair FPS faster than the opposite playing cards. That stated, I extremely doubt anybody will discover this small distinction with such excessive FPS within the first place.

Far Cry 5 and The Division

In Far Cry 5, the AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme reached 135 FPS common out of the field which is true in the midst of the pack in comparison with the opposite RTX 2080s we now have checked out. The Division exhibits a barely totally different story operating a couple of FPS slower than earlier playing cards. This might be brought on by a driver distinction on this title.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Ultimate Fantasy XV

Shadow of the Tomb Raider has this card reaching 119 FPS common, simply a few FPS decrease right here than others, however nothing that will probably be noticeable outdoors of benchmarks. Our FF XV testing exhibits the cardboard reaching 114 FPS which is a number of FPS greater than the others, however once more, not one thing noticeable.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation exhibits this card averaging 82.2 FPS which additionally has it in the midst of the opposite RTX 2080’s we’ve examined.

General, efficiency was strong with it main, following, or mixing proper in with the opposite playing cards. No considerations right here.

2560×1440 and 4K UHD Outcomes

Under are the upper decision outcomes beginning with 2560×1440 and the gaining in reputation 3840×2160 (4K UHD). These resolutions are extra becoming for the playing cards we’re testing because the 1080p outcomes with these playing cards can have a ceiling on them from the CPU (even at Four.7 GHz).

2560×1440 Outcomes

4K UHD Outcomes

Stepping up the decision to one thing a bit extra applicable for the cardboard, we will see within the 2560×1440 outcomes that customers shall be onerous pressed to discover a distinction between all RTX 2080s we’ve got examined. FPS right here is WELL over 60 FPS common and in some titles nicely over 100 FPS. It’s a a lot succesful card for 2560×1440 gaming, even excessive Hz gaming in some titles.

Our 4K UHD outcomes present the cardboard flirting with 60 FPS common or greater 5 of the 7 titles we examined with solely SOTR and FF XV bench falling nicely under that threshold. With some sacrifices, 60 FPS throughout extra titles is feasible.


Overclocking was straightforward breezy as it’s on most playing cards nowadays. Beginning off, I let the EVGA XI Precision program scan the cardboard and see what it comes up with for the core. On this case, it provides us a +39 worth which labored with out situation. The reminiscence I set at +700 out of the gate which is a reasonably conservative overclock as most playing cards we used managed to succeed in 1000+. However this can be a every day driving clock and it must be secure (it was).

When pushing the bounds, I used to be capable of work out a +84 on the core which yielded operating clocks of round 2070 MHz. The reminiscence clocks topped out round +726 or 1949 MHz which is fairly low in comparison with different playing cards. Clearly, your mileage might differ and every card will overclock in another way because of the high quality of its silicon. Even with the voltage cranked, the facility restrict (a max of 127%) nonetheless had some headroom to go.

Software program

GIGABYTE/AORUS consists of their very own software program for monitoring and tweaking its methods named AORUS Engine. This software program permits customers to control their card from the clocks, voltage, and energy restrict for overclocking, and in addition permits fan management by way of profiles or customized curves.

Controlling the RGB illumination is RGB Fusion. It consists of 13 totally different preset lighting patterns together with the power to regulate every. The software program and followers are HIGHLY customizable and one of many coolest (to me) and most versatile we’ve seen on a GPU up to now. Spectacular to say the least.

Some enhancements we want to see on this software program is that it comes up faster. On the check system, it takes almost 10 seconds to return up. And, oddly, once I would deliver up AORUS Engine, regardless that RGB Fusion was put in, the software program would set up it once more. After it put in I used to be unable to regulate the RGB LEDs in any respect with out uninstalling and reinstalling the software program by itself. Maybe that is only a one-off although. GIGABYTE simply had me be sure the newest was put in and all of it labored at that time.

AORUS Engine

RGB Fusion

Temperatures and Energy Use

We check energy consumption by operating by way of the sport benchmarks of Shadow of the Tomb Raider and F1 2018 at each inventory speeds, and whereas overclocked. We monitor temperatures all through this testing with the height temperature what’s listed within the knowledge under. So as to extra precisely simulate actual gaming circumstances, the benchmarks are prolonged (time) to permit the cardboard to settle.


Temperatures on the AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme hit a peak of 77 °C. This can be a couple of levels cooler than the FE we examined with the followers subjectively being round as loud. As soon as these followers hit 65% or so, we have been simply capable of hear them over a few system and CPU followers on the check bench. We can’t quantify it, however it was one of many louder playing cards out of these we’ve got examined.

Energy Consumption

So far as energy consumption goes, the cardboard was within the ballpark of the opposite playing cards peaking at 418W on the wall whereas gaming. This can be a bit larger than the remainder of the playing cards, however nothing out of line. AORUS recommends a 650W energy provide with this card.


The AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme purports to be the flagship RTX 2080 SKU and matches that description fairly properly. The video card makes use of a big 2.5 slot cooler with a warmth pipe outfitted warmth sink together with three 100 mm followers to maintain issues cool. Additionally on the cooling answer are the distinctive implementation of RGB LEDs, one on every fan blade, to create a very cool visible when the cardboard’s followers are lively. The seemingly countless choices for configuration solely add extra worth to the cardboard. And if bling isn’t a function that’s wanted, all RGB LED lighting could be disabled. So it’s a win-win on the looks perspective.

The efficiency was additionally spot on with the cardboard waffling between being each so barely quicker and ever so barely slower relying on the title. It actually looks like though these playing cards have larger increase bins, it appears temperatures and the setting play a task in ensuring the playing cards attain their potential.

On the price entrance, the AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme is priced at $879.99 at each Newegg and This locations the cardboard proper subsequent to an ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080 at $870, a Zotac card for $860, EVGA FTW3 Extremely Gaming for $900. So for the high-end card that it’s, she matches proper in. When evaluating it to the opposite playing cards, it shares the quickest clocks with the ASUS, however, general, has a greater RGB LED implementation. If a consumer want to save $20, they will seize the non-Xtreme model of this card for $859.99. About the one disadvantage on the cardboard versus others is potential fan noise. Whereas it isn’t loud or overpowering, when it will get ramped up a bit, it was louder than I’ve come to anticipate for these playing cards.

General, the cardboard performs properly, seems to be good, has ample overclocking headroom on the facility restrict, and is priced nicely contemplating the playing cards place within the product stack. If a consumer is in search of an excellent performing card and a few nice RGB LED bling, look no additional than the AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme.

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Joe Shields (Earthdog)


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