NVIDIA caught AMD by surprise, by announcing the RTX Super line up a week before the RX Navi cards. But while the RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super hit the shelves earlier this month, the 2080 Super is coming out today. We’ve already reviewed the 2070 Super, so today we’re checking out the new RTX 2080 Super. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.
The RTX 2080 Super is the upgraded version of the RTX 2080, and will be replacing it in NVIDIA’s GPU line-up. Much like the other Super versions, it receives a boost in core counts, clock speeds and more. CUDA core count is up, to 3072, compared to the 2080’s 2944. The base clocks get a nice jump too, from the 2080’s 1515 MHz to 1650 Mhz in the 2080 Super. Not only that, at 15.5 Gbps, the RTX 2080 Super also boasts of the fastest GDDR6 memory in the RTX line up, which was earlier capped at 14 Gbps. All this leads to a power increase of 25W, with the 2080 Super now having a TDP of 250W.
Much like the 2070 Super, the RTX 2080 Super looks quite similar to the original RTX series, with the same dual fan design and form factor. The difference here is in the middle, where it now sports the “super branding” on a reflective, glossy surface. I still like the original look, but as I said before, to each their own.
The 2080 Super comes with the now-standard options for display, 3 DisplayPorts, one HDMI and one USB Type-C.
But let’s talk real numbers. I mean, how better is the 2080 Super when compared to the original 2080 in actual gaming performance? Let’s find out.
As you can see from the graphs, the 2080 Super definitely has an edge over the 2080. It’s just a matter of how much.
It maintains a comfortable lead in the 3D Mark tests, but when we move on to real game tests, the gap becomes narrower. It’s certainly better than the 2070 Super when it comes to 1440p performance, but still not good enough to provide smooth 4K 60FPS experience at max settings. The cheapest RTX 2080 we can find right now is about INR 59,000, so at the price point of INR 61,400, it’s not bad at all. And the launch price is a lot more reasonable as well, considering the 2080 launched at about INR 70,000.
Now, we can still argue about the real reason NVIDIA launched the RTX Super cards when they did, but one thing we can agree upon is that the Super GPUs have a much better value proposition than the original RTX cards.
We have more games with ray tracing support than we did, and more are on the way. I mean, Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Control are coming really soon, and they are being included with the cards in a nice bundle.
I still feel that the 2070 Super is a better buy in terms of price to performance gains, but the 2080 Super is outmatched only by NVIDIA’s own RTX 2080Ti, and the price difference there is considerable. So, if you want the best gaming GPU experience but don’t really have the money to get the 2080 Ti, this is the card for you.
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