The Galax RTX 2080 Super EX Review

The RTX 2080 Super has launched worldwide and it helps bridge the gap between the regular RTX 2080 and the current king, the RTX 2080 Ti. Galax has launched their own version of the card, the Galax GeForce RTX 2080 Super EX which further helps that cause.

Tech Specs
Specs RTX 2070 Super Galax RTX 2080 Super RTX 2080 FE
CUDA Cores 2560 3072 2944
Base Clock 1605 1650 1515
Boost Clock 1770 1845 1800(OC)
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 15.5Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory Config 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Ports DP, HDMI, USB Typ-C DP, HDMI, USB Type-C DP, HDMI, USB Type-C
Power Connector 8-pin + 6-pin 8-pin + 6-pin 8-pin + 6-pin
Recommended Power Supply 650W 650W 650W

The Galax RTX 2080 Super EX uses the same die as the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2070 Super, the TU104.  It’s got 384 Tensor Cores and 48 RT Cores which help in games where you’ll use Raytracing and DLSS.

The card has 8GB of GDDR6 memory with a memory bandwidth of 495.9 GB/s which will make texture streaming much better, especially at resolutions like 1440p and 4K. All of this comes with an increase in TDP as this draws 250 W of power.  At 15.5 Gbps, it has the fastest memory in the RTX series, even the RTX 2080ti runs at 14 Gbps.

Look and Feel

In terms of design, they’ve gone with a dual-fan layout with a sleek looking black shroud. The heatsink is pretty thick which means you’ll at least two slots free to fit this into your case.  While it looks rather bulky, the card runs cool thanks to the fans and the heatsink.

The card feels strong and sturdy and also has a backplate to support itself which means that you won’t have any GPU sag. It comes with 3 Display Port connectors and 1 HDMI port so those of you who want to use DVI or VGA in 2019 for some reason with a high-end card, you’ll need to get an adapter or a better monitor.

For all the RGB lovers, this card also comes with RGB. The two fans that adorn the body of this have RGB lighting and the side of the card which you’ll want to display inside your case also has RGB illumination. It’s not too bright or gaudy and is just enough to add that RGB touch to your card for better aesthetics. Not to mention, using the XtremeTuner app, you can customize the RGB lighting and play around it as much as you want.

Performance

All the games above were benchmarked on their highest available preset. As seen from the graphs, the Galax 2080 Super outperforms all the other cards. It’s faster than the regular RTX 2080 Super by a slight margin but do keep in mind that it isn’t overclocked. The one-click OC gives a nice boost of 15 MHz and can be activated easily in the XtremeTuner app available on Galax website.

The card fares a little better than the 2080 Super Founder’s Edition in terms of average FPS, but is mostly within the margin of error. On the temperature side of things, however,  it does a lot better. During our testing, the Founder’s Edition touched 79 C, but the Galax RTX 2080 Super Ex stayed at a comfortable 71 C, a whole 8 C cooler. Evidently, Galax has done a great job with the cooler design.

Conclusion

The Galax RTX 2080 Super EX is a no-nonsense card that does its job and does it well. At a price point of INR 65,000 it offers better cooling than the Founder’s edition, easy overclocking and customizable RGB. Its performance is as impressive as its looks, and it makes an incredible option for 1440p 60fps gaming.

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HyperX Alloy Core RGB Keyboard Review

The HyperX Alloy Core RGB Keyboard is an affordable RGB backlit keyboard that aims to give you a great gaming and typing experience while also being a dependable keyboard that doesn’t skimp out on style. So, how good is this keyboard? Let’s find out.

Specifications

HyperX Alloy Core RGB

Type: Membrane
Backlight: RGB (5 Zones Multi-color Customization)
Light effects: 6 LED modes and 3 brightness levels
Connection type: USB 2.0
Polling rate: 1000Hz
Anti-ghosting: Multi-key anti-ghosting
Media control: Yes
Game Mode: Yes
Spill resistance: tested up to 120ml of liquid
OS compatibility: Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7

Cable

Type: Attached, braided
Length: 1.8m

Dimensions

Width: 443.20mm
Depth: 175.31mm
Height: 35.68mm
Weight (Keyboard and cable): 1121g

This is an entry-level gaming keyboard that comes with beautiful RGB backlighting. Now first things first, this isn’t a mechanical keyboard. But that doesn’t mean its bad by any means. It’s a membrane keyboard that has really good tactility and pressing buttons is satisfying. Both the gaming and typing experience was enjoyable and I faced no issues which limited my abilities or hindered my experience.

The whole area behind the keycaps is lit and there’s an additional light strip on top of the keyboard. There is one small annoyance with the RGB though. From certain angles, it looks like there are dark spots on the keycaps and it feels like light isn’t passing through it. This seems to be because of the plastic shell under the key. However, this isn’t too big of an issue and only shows up when looking at the keyboard from certain angles

Furthermore, the RGB doesn’t require you to install any software. It comes with dedicated keys for the brightness and colours. There’s also an additional Gaming Key which locks the Windows key so you won’t accidentally hit it while playing. The brightness setting has 3 options. Off, Low Brightness and High Brightness.

The other key controls the pattern, of which there are five. Three of them are different colour cycles while one is a red breathing effect and the last one is a static red backlight.

It also comes with dedicated media keys which is something that even high-end keyboards sometimes lack. You have a set of media playback keys and you also have the volume control keys. These come in pretty handy when consuming media both offline and online.

The keyboard itself is very sturdy and feels heavy at 1.1Kg. The keys are sleek looking and feel a bit rubbery but also smooth. It’s an interesting tactile feeling that I personally liked. The keyboard also has a braided cable so it will last you longer because the cable won’t have issues any time soon.

For people who have snacks and drinks near the keyboard, this keyboard is also spill-resistant so if you drop water or any drink on it, your keyboard won’t die. While it is not advisable to drop any liquid on it, it can withstand 120ml of liquid.

This keyboard comes in at Rs 4,699 and while its competitors are cheaper, this is HyperX’s first foray into the budget gaming keyboard market and they’ve done a very good job.

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Epic Games Store has Started Adding Cloud Saves

Epic Games Store has been almost universally praised by developers and publishers while in stark comparison has been criticized by the PC Gaming Community. They’re slowly trying to change that though and are working to improve their client.


The Epic Games Store now has implemented Cloud Saves but it’s not available for every title. According to Tim Sweeney, support for all games will slowly be added over time but they’ve started rolling it out already.

While this is a step in the right direction, the Epic Games Store still needs a lot of work to be don. How they win over the PC gaming community is yet to be seen but at least they’re trying to work on the shortcomings of their store.

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Rage 2 Gets Major Update that adds New Game+ Along with a New Roadmap

Rage 2 disappointed folks after it’s rather short story and empty world but the developers have been hard it to deliver more content and to appease the fans of the game.

The game has received its second major content update that brings a feature that people requested since the game released, New Game+. This allows players to replay the game on a harder difficulty but with all their skills and upgrades that they had at the end of the regular game.

It also comes with Ironman Mode which means that if you die, you have to start from the beginning and Ultra Nightmare Difficulty which turns up the difficulty to the max giving players an even more challenging experience.

Furthermore, they’ve added a bunch of Quality-of-Life updates which was requested by players. Finally, they’ve updated their roadmap to reflect their content plan for the next few months.

The first big expansion titled “Rise of the Ghosts” will drop in September which will have new story missions, a new world location, a new weapon, new enemies and a new ability. The second expansion that’s currently untitled will drop in November.

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Epic Games Store is giving away For Honor and Alan Wake next week

Epic Games Store’s free games giveaway continues as next week we’re getting some pretty big games. And yes, we’re yet again getting two games.


While this week they gave away This War of Mine and Moonlighters, next week in August we’re going to get Alan Wake and Ubisoft’s For Honor.

Alan Wake is a great game that sadly never got a sequel. You play as Alan Wake, a writer whose wife goes missing while they’re on vacation and he now must solve this mystery while slowly getting entangled with the more sinister and mysterious forces of the world.

The other game is For Honor, a multiplayer game where you fight against other warriors using a fighting system that Ubisoft made for this game. The game is still going strong with new characters and seasons being added in and is one of the most unique multiplayer experiences.

These games will be given out from 2nd August till 9th August so make sure to get them by signing in to your Epic Games Store account.

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Hyper Light Drifter makes its way to iOS with 120FPS

Hyper Light Drifter, the absolutely gorgeous 2D action RPG is making its way to iOS and has a very surprising feature that isn’t even available on PC yet.

Hyper Light Drifter will be playable on all iOS devices. The iPhone and iPad versions of the game will run at a buttery smooth 60fps while in a big surprise, the iPad Pro version will run at 120fps.

The PC Version originally released with the game running at a max of 30fps and the devs then had to “rework 155k lines of code” to get the game to run at 60fps. The fact that this isn’t available on PC yet with no word about whether or not it will be made available has left a sour taste in a lot of the PC players’ mouth.

The game also features controller support which is a must for this game and also has the amazing soundtrack that perfectly intertwines itself with the visuals and gameplay to give a rich, exciting and memorable experience. The full feature set is listed below.

Features:

● 120 fps gameplay on iPad Pro / 60 fps on iPhone and iPad.

● Compatible with MFi controllers.

● Game Center achievements.

● Haptic Vibration.

● From each character to subtle background elements, everything is lovingly hand-animated.

● Easy to pick up, difficult to master; enemies are vicious and numerous, hazards will easily crush your frail body, and friendly faces remain rare.

● Upgrade weapons, learn new skills, discover equipment and traverse a dark, detailed world with branching paths and secrets abound.

● Evocative soundtrack composed by Disasterpeace.

● All the content from the original game + more weapons, enemies and areas from the Special edition.

Link to the Apple App Store

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Cyberprank 2069 Removed from Steam after Promising Copies of Cyberpunk 2077

The game that was all about giving you a taste of the Cyberpunk world is no more available on Steam after it was pulled from it.

Cyberprank 2069 a self-described joke game was originally called Cyberpunk 2069 and was available for $10. This game was described as a dating sim, a meme game and also as a [channels dunkey’s voice] Masterpiece.

The game was pulled from Steam because they stated that everyone who purchased the game before 22nd July would recieve a free copy of Cyberpunk 2077, the CDPR game for Christmas. They also said that the funniest review would get the collector’s edition of Cyberpunk 2077.

Safe to say, Steam probably wasn’t too pleased with this and decided that enough was enough and pulled the game from their store.

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Intel 10th Gen CPUs are Coming Sooner than Expected

Intel’s 10th Generation line-up has been talked about a lot recently. We’ve had various rumours and leaks about it but now we finally have something substantial.

Eurasian Economic Commission listing (via PCGamesN)tells us that the Development  Kits for the 10th generation CPUs are going for qualification. The DT prefix in this refers to the fact that it is a desktop processor and the “(Qual)” points out that it is up for qualification.

Also, it quite clearly says “Comet Lake-S 10 + 2” so there’s no mistaking that it’s any other CPU. We can expect the i9-10900K to be the 10 core CPU while the whole lineup is also another 14nm refresh. AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series of CPUs may have pushed Intel to release their 10th Gen CPUs a bit earlier since they’re facing stiff competition from AMD.

We were expecting this sometime in late 2020 but this listing could mean that we might even get to see it this year.

Source: ECC Listing

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Get Hyped for Wolfenstein: Youngblood with this new Launch Trailer

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the biggest and most open-ended Wolfenstein game in the series, and the first Wolfenstein game that can be played in online multiplayer co-op or single player with an AI companion.

The spin-off that takes place two decades after Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and has you play as the daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz who want to look for their dad while also doing what their family does best, kill Nazis.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood launches July 26, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch!

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PUBG PC Season 4 Available Now with a Gameplay Trailer

Season 4 has arrived and with it comes Survivor Pass 4: AFTERMATH. The first update of the season, 4.1, is now available on live servers.

PUBG SEASON 4 unveils a stunning new visual update for Erangel and reaches back into the undiscovered history of the infamous island that captured the world’s attention with Battle Royale. Erangel, which has a special home in the hearts of many of us, now features refreshed buildings, upgraded graphics, and some revelations as to the island’s combat-scarred history.

Some of the big changes in this new Season 4 update are:

  • Updated Erangel
  • Ledge Grab
  • Auto-Bandage till 75% Health
  • Healing While Moving
  • Auto-Accelerate in Car

Full Patch Notes Available Here

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