The RTX 2080 SUPER was announced together with the RTX 2060 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER for the RTX 20 series lineup refresh and replaces the previously launched RTX 2080. Board partners like Gigabyte too have released their own custom design of the RTX 20 SUPER graphic card, we’ll be looking at the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G this time so let’s keep the introduction short now and see what kind of performance can we expect from this card.

Specifications

GPU GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G
SMs 48 48
CUDA Cores 3072 3072
Tensor Cores 384 384
Tensor FLOPS (FP16) 89 89
RT Cores 48 48
Texture Units 192 192
ROPs 64 64
Ray Cast 8 Giga Rays 8 Giga Rays
GPU Boost Clock 1815 MHz 1845 MHz
Memory Data Rate 15.5 Gbps 15.5 Gbps
Total Video Memory Size 8G GDDR6 8G GDDR6
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 496.1 GB/sec 496.1 GB/sec
TDP 250W 250W

 

Unboxing

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G (1)

Looking at the front of the box, you’ll find the highlighted features such as the RGB Fusion 2.0, WindForce cooling fan, factory overclocked settings, and all the NVIDIA RTX graphics card features as usual. Also, just in case if you missed this – the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G also comes with a 4-year limited warranty from Gigabyte as well.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G (2)

More details on some of the highlighted features can be found at the back of the box, but you can always visit the main product page to learn more about the features, as well as to get the drivers and optional utilities for the product itself.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G (3)

As for the accessories pack, nothing fancy is included but you will still find the usual Drivers CD, quick start guide, and product registration guide.

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G (4)

Unlike the fancier AORUS RTX 2080 SUPER 8G with tons of RGB lightings, the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G comes with a much more minimalist design, which is much to our liking because we’re not really a fan of RGB. Despite not having those RGB blings, this card doesn’t fall short when it comes to the cooling solution.

The WindForce cooler on the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G is pretty similar across the newer Gigabyte graphics card, all equipped with the same cooling fan that runs cool and quiet. As previously mentioned, Gigabyte designed the cooler with the middle fan rotating in a reversed direction to provide much more coverage to further improve the cooling performance.

As for the thickness, the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G only takes up a total of 2 slots space on the PCIe. So there’s still plenty of room for a decent airflow in case if you decided to SLI two of these on an mATX form factor motherboard as compared to those cards with a gigantic cooler that has a thickness of 2.5 slot space.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G (9)

The very minimal RGB lighting available on the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G, which is located at the side of the shroud. If you’re not a fan of all the RGB blings, this can be disabled with the RGB Fusion 2.0 software from Gigabyte.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G (10)

The power requirement of the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G is the same as the RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition, and Gigabyte recommends the use of a 650W power supply with a 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connector to power this card.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G (11)

A metal backplate is included at the back of the card as well, which is meant to give the card some additional enhancement in rigidity to minimize the chance of sagging PCB.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G (12)

As for the display output, the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G comes with 1 x HDMI port, 3 x DisplayPort port, and 1 x Type-C port – pretty much the same as the RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition.

Test System Setup

For our games benchmark test, we’ve selected a number of AAA titles to run at its highest possible settings using the following setup under an ambient temperature of 30°C:

CPU Intel Core i7 8700K @5GHz
Motherboard ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
Memory G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB @3200MHz
Graphics Card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G
Power Supply Enermax MaxTytan 1250W
Primary Storage Gigabyte UD Pro 512GB SSD
Secondary Storage WD Black 6TB
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 RGB
Chassis Cooler Master Test Bench V1
Operating System Windows 10 64bit

The test is done separately for games that support both DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 at the resolution of 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and 3840×2160 using the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G against GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition we have in our test lab.

Games Benchmark

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G Games Benchmark 1080p

Starting off with 1080p, both the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G and RTX 2080 Founders Edition is what we will describe as too overpowered for 1080p gaming. Even at RTX games with all the fancy real-time ray tracing feature enabled, both RTX 2080 SUPER can handle them at above 60fps with ease.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G Games Benchmark 1440p (1)

Both RTX 2080 SUPER starts to struggle on more demanding titles i.e Metro Exodus and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey as we scale up to 1440p, but it can still handle most of the AAA titles in the list without much issue.

Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G Games Benchmark 4K (1)

Moving on to the 4K benchmark, the RTX 2080 SUPER is a pretty capable card for 4K gaming but it’s not quite yet the performance of an RTX 2080 Ti that can single-handedly take on most of the newer AAA titles after NVIDIA released their GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards. The RTX 2080 SUPER can be seen struggling with most of the RTX games and some of the very demanding AAA titles such as Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider with DXR enabled.

Temperature

During an hour-long gaming session, 70°C is the highest temperature recorded under an ambient room temperature of 30°C. The system is then left on idle for 1 hour, and the idle temperature recorded is around 40°C. Compared to the Founders Edition design, the Gigabyte cooler is definitely doing a better job in cooling down the GPU.

Final Thoughts

Compared to the reference RTX 2080 SUPER, the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G is pretty much an upgraded version with a slightly buffed up performance and better cooling solutions. It’s not as powerful as the RTX 2080 Ti, but it’s definitely powerful enough to handle quite a handful of AAA titles at 4K resolution with a very minimal sacrifice on the graphics settings as compared to the RTX 2070 SUPER or RTX 2060 SUPER which is targeted for 1080p and 1440p gaming.

Despite having a pretty reasonable performance for 4K gaming, the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G isn’t the most affordable RTX 2080 SUPER around. At the price of RM 3699, it’s not hard to tell why some users with a tighter budget will go for competing brands that offer similar performance or longer warranty coverage at a lower price. Though, that RM3699 price tag can still be justified through features such as the silent fan design, 4-year warranty, and minimalist design – something which the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC 8G can offer, but not by some of these lower-cost alternatives.

Pros

  • Support the latest RTX games
  • Support for NVLink
  • Good cooling solution
  • Near silent operation even on full load
  • Reasonable performance in 4K gaming
  • 4-years warranty

Cons

  • The heat from GPU now goes inside your case
  • 1080p and 1440p gaming performance is close to RTX 2070 SUPER

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