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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