A Closer Look
Nvidia’s new RTX lineup has adopted a new Dual fan system over the previous ‘blower’ style system. The shroud is all metal and this makes the card quite hefty and premium feeling.
The vapor chamber heatsink assembly is now exhausted out the sides of the card instead of only at the rear which should help card temps considerably, but keep in mind this heat has to go somewhere, your case airflow will now have to deal with it.
The all-metal backplate makes a return, this time in a flawless satin silver. The plate is also a single piece as opposed to say the previous Titan X cards that were two pieces.
The RTX 2080 fits within 2 slots, but the fans are very close to the surface of the two fan wells, putting this GPU right next to another large card would heavily impede its airflow, microATX SLI users beware!
The rear of the card has an Nvidia eye logo and two threaded holes, presumably for mounting a rear support brace.
I/O ports are now comprised of a trio of DisplayPort 1.4 connections, an HDMI 2.0b and a new USB-C that will support the upcoming VirtualLink system for VR. VirtualLink provides a single cable supporting all of the power, display and bandwidth requirements. That includes support for four lanes of HBR3 DisplayPort for high-resolution displays, USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) for headset cameras and sensors, and up to 27 Watts of power delivery. Sadly, this does not support PCIe type connectivity for Thunderbolt 3.
The RTX 2080 eschews from the long-standing SLI connectors and moves to the new NV-Link system. It’s hidden under a sleek cover that blends in well when not in use. The cap simply slides off the connector.
It nearly looks like a mini version of the PCIe connector on the other side of the card. With a 50X increase in bandwidth over SLI connections, this connection is ready for far more than multi-GPU SLI purposes. Believe it or not, this connector actually has more bandwidth than the PCIe x16 connection.
Of course, we had to throw a few glamor shots in, this card is just beautiful.
Another thing to note is the silver ‘GEFORCE RTX’ logo on the edge of the card actually lights up in the traditional Nvidia green when powered on. Awesome! Honestly, given the onslaught over RGB these days, we’re a little surprised the logo is monochromatic.