Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Extremely good performance coupled with famous Strix aesthetics and cool temps equals a win in our book. ASUS has taken the winning RTX 2080TI and improved upon it in nearly every way. Our Strix was top place almost every single test we threw at it, often by a fair amount. The RTX 2080Ti is already a powerful platform, and ASUS’s magic formula makes sure that you can keep the frames coming at high speed even at 4K UHD at maximum settings. If VR is your game, the ROG Strix 2080Ti OC Edition will immerse you in any world you want to go to.
Temperatures stayed nice and cool with almost no noise, we never saw the fans hit 1200 RPM on their own and temps usually hovered around the 60C mark with a peak of 64C max while running the OC Profile. Speaking of profiles, It’s a little entertaining to watch the card flash all of it’s lighting in acknowledgment of switching profiles in ASUS GPU Tweak II. It was nice to see ASUS stick to its black and red ROG Roots with the default lighting profile a nice red color. Not too over the top, but a nice level of customizable accenting in a world of Vegas-worthy light shows.
We found it a bit interesting ASUS chose to remove the rear fan headers while leaving room for them on the card. Setting lower fans in your case to be controlled by your GPU’s temp and provide it cool air when needed was a nice touch and quite practical, we hope it makes a return. We would also like to see ASUS utilize thermal pads on the rear of the card to get a little extra heat out of the PCB around the VRM’s by utilizing that big beautiful aluminum back plate. Given the temps we recorded it certainly isn’t necessary, it would just make us feel a little better. Unfortunately, MSRP is a little higher this generation but given the raw performance and features plus all the new tech that will soon be utilized in games, you would be hard pressed to find a better GPU than the ROG Strix RTX 2080Ti OC Edition for tomorrow’s gaming today.
Great job ASUS!